The Latest SPF Products Worth Knowing About
The Latest SPF Products Worth Knowing About

The Latest SPF Products Worth Knowing About

From scalp mists to mineral powders, invisible blocks and everything in between, SPF now comes in all shapes and sizes – so there’s no excuse for skipping protection. Here, we round up the best new launches for every budget and preference…
By Rebecca Hull

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The Skin Quencher

Pro-Collagen Skin Protection Fluid SPF50+, £55 | Elemis

Fans of the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream line will be intrigued to see it’s launched a dedicated facial SPF. With all the same skin-strengthening and plumping benefits as the cult cream, but with added SPF50 protection, this silky fluid sits nicely on the skin and absorbs fast, creating an invisible shield against UVA and UVB rays. Inside, lithops stem cells are proven to bolster hydration levels and deliver a dewy glow, too. 

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The Breakout-Friendly Formula

Daily Defence Oil-Free SPF 50 Sunscreen, £19.99 | Skin+Me

If you or someone you know struggles to find an SPF that doesn’t exacerbate breakouts, try this one from Skin+Me. Non-comedogenic, it doesn’t clog up your pores, while niacinamide keeps inflammation at bay and regulates oil production to prevent further spots from forming. There’s vitamin E in there too, which strengthens skin with every wear, but it’s the featherlight texture we love best. Never interfering with other products or make-up, it acts as the perfect base for other formulas to adhere to.

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The Non-Greasy Scalp Spray

Daily Protect Scalp Mist SPF30, £29 | Coola

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun, but the damage UV rays can do to your hair and scalp is often overlooked. Thankfully, there are now products out there designed to keep this delicate area safe. Invisible and non-sticky, this scalp spray isn’t heavy or sticky. It also helps to prevent colour fade, and the scent is also addictive.

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The Easy-To-Use Aerosol

Rio Radiance Body Spray SPF 50, £36 | Sol De Janeiro

Everyone has gone mad for this new SPF spray from Sol de Janeiro. First, the aerosol format makes application is a doddle and second, the texture isn’t oily or greasy, yet it still manages to give skin a healthy-looking sheen. The brand’s signature scent also transports you to sunnier climes no matter the season –plus, it’s very hydrating, so skin immediately feels softer and smoother.

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The Sweat-Resistant Sports Essential

Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50 With Green Algae, £36 | Supergoop!

Perfect for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, this sweat and waterproof formula stays in place for at least 80 minutes. Because it’s mineral-based, it’s also gentle and suitable for all skin types – even those who tackle issues like prickly heat. Fast-absorbing and lightweight, it’s works well on both the face and body. Plus, it’s made with green algae extract, vitamin E and tucuma butter, all of which nourish skin, giving it a hefty dose or hydration and typical SPF a run for its money.

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The Travel-Friendly Block

Clear Suncare Stick SPF 50+, £32 | Shiseido

Everyone needs a reliable sunblock to cover areas like the ears, nose and lips and we love this one from Shiseido – which is completely translucent and fragrance-free. Botanical ingredients seal in moisture, while the water-resistant formula doesn’t cause damage to ocean life. It’s also gentle enough to use up around your eyes too.

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The Glow-Boosting After Sun

Golden Tan Maximizer - After Sun Oil, £24 | Lancaster

If you want an after sun that delivers on both form and function, try this new golden oil from Lancaster. First and foremost, it soothes skin with hydrating oils, keeping inflammation and irritation at bay, while the glossy, bronzed oil gives skin a healthy glow. Lancaster’s in-built tan activator also helps to deepen your natural colour and prevent it from fading prematurely.

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The Tinted Body Protector

360 Body Glow SPF50+, £28.99 | Heliocare

Heliocare is known for its traditional SPF formulas but it’s now expanding the line with this tinted protector. Designed to give skin uniform coverage – both in terms of protection and a hint of colour – it conceals uneven tone with the kind of soft, healthy sheen we love. Extra points go to the gel texture, which makes application both seamless and satisfying. There’s added antioxidant ingredients in there too, which help to keep skin smooth, supple and protected against environmental damage.

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The Face & Body Favourite

Ambre Solaire Super UV Vitamin Cg Facial SPF50+ Fluid, £9.33 (was £14) | Garnier

You can always rely on Garnier’s effective and affordable SPFs. Created for use on the face and body, this new vitamin C-rich SPF is lightweight and quick to absorb. Never aggravating or irritating, you can apply this up to and near the eyes too. There’s vitamin E in there to keep skin soft and smooth, while vitamin C boosts glow and over time, reduces the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. Suitable for sensitive skin, it also works for younger kids. 

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The Innovative, Silky Texture

Adaptasun Hydra-Protective Sun Water - Strong Sun, £56 | Institut Esthederm

A true space saver, this innovative water SPF protects your hair, face and body with a satin-like texture that feels so good. It sinks in fast, so you don’t have to worry about oiliness, while the nourishing ingredients – think fruit oils and glycerin – keep both your skin and scalp in top condition. We recommend misting this on your hair then slicking it back into a low bun. As for the face and body, mist it on liberally – there’s no need to rub it in vigorously, the texture melts into skin at speed.

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The Quick Top-Up

Super Spritz SPF 50 Face Mist, £23 | Vacation

This fine, non-greasy mist is ideal for using throughout the day – or whenever you want to top up your protection. It can be worn under or over make-up, but if you opt for the latter, you’ll find it doesn’t disturb it or cause any pilling. Free from the usual irritants – like oxybenzone, parabens and mineral oil – it works for all skin types and protects against all forms of UV, including blue light emitted from digital devices.

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The Sensitive, Skin-Kind Spray

Sun Body Cream Spray For Sensitive Skin, £13.99 | E45

For very sensitive skin, this E45 SPF is a no-brainer. Put through its paces, it’s been tested thoroughly for use on those with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and general inflammation. Fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, it uses vitamin E, fruit oils and glycerine to hydrate and seal in moisture, while factor 50 keeps UVA and UVB rays from harming skin. Affordable, dermatologically tested, non-greasy and very hydrating, it’s a great, reliable option for anyone looking for fuss-free protection.

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The Lip Hero

Sheen Screen, £17 | Ultra Violette

Ultra Violette is a firm favourite among the SL team and its new lip balm is seriously impressive. With all the same protective benefits of its face and body products, this hero keeps lips soft and smooth thanks to deeply hydrating lanolin, shea butter and moisture-boosting cacao seed butter. Plus, it has a fresh peppermint scent and there are a few tints to choose from. Throw it in your beach bag for on-the-go top-ups.

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