When the weather is unpredictable it can leave us feeling unsure on when and when not to apply sunscreen. Whilst there are numerous myths surrounding SPF, Nick Drewe, a skincare expert at Wethrift reveals his secrets behind the brands we should be using whether it rains or shines.
A recent investigation carried out by consumer watchdog Which? Magazine revealed two big skincare brands, Nivea and Garnier, failed sun protection tests.
So with the uncertainty on which brands to trust, here are ten research-backed skincare products with UVA and UVB protection and why these products are so special.
Products that pass the SPF test – Deyga Sun Screen SPF30
Deyga is an organic skincare brand focusing on the natural and organic to bring out safe and enhancing skincare products. This particular formula is light and contains all-natural oils.
It is UV protection safe with natural mineral Zinc oxide which reflects the sun rays from exposed skin.
Providing an olive oil texture without making it greasy, its nourishing shea butter soothes irritation, repairs sunspots and other signs of sun damage.
Nick Drewe says, “If you’re stepping outside, you need to apply sunscreen- even if it’s rainy or cloudy. Whilst clouds block some UV, over 90% can still pass through light clouds and cause sunburn.
And whilst many of us may not want to apply sunscreen every day, this Deyga sunscreen almost feels like an everyday moisturiser with its buttery application and beautiful smell.”
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Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Spf 30
A product that Barbadian singer, Rihanna says she can’t live without, her Skin Hyrda Moustrizer is UVA protection approved and perfect for all skin types.
This 2-in-1 sunscreen and moisturizer is lightweight, oil-free, and truly invisible on all skin tones. It claps back at dehydration, discolouration, dark spots, and it’s makeup-friendly, too.
Nick Drewe says, “This product is particularly environmentally friendly as it is made with care for coral reefs and does not contain any harmful substances including oxybenzone or octinoxate.
For those who suffer from spots, it is oil-free ad non-comedogenic (aka won’t clog pores) and is vegan and gluten-free.”
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Products that pass the SPF test -Beauty Bay- THE ORDINARY MINERAL UV FILTERS SPF 30 WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
Beauty Bay has a brand suitable for everyone, and The Ordinary is particularly great for skincare. This Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 gives your skin hydrating tingle and is formulated to protect all skin tones from the sun.
It contains mineral UV Filters SPF 30 With Antioxidants and is formulated with ZnO to absorb UV rays without creating oxygen radicals, effectively shielding the skin from damage.
Nick Drew says, “This formula is particularly lightweight, hydrating, and offers anti-irritant support. Not to mention it is vegan friendly, cruelty and gluten-free.”
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Products that pass the SPF test – Charlotte Tilbury- NEW! SPF50 PRIME & PROTECT SKIN KIT
One of Charlotte Tilbury’s award-winning magic creams infused with supercharged skincare ingredients including BioNymph Peptide, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins C & E and Aloe Vera to help flood your complexion with moisture. The kit comes with a Poreless Primer and a cream, giving you the ultimate SPF protection.
It is specifically formulated with high-performance ingredients for younger-looking skin and delivers up to 24 hours of hydration, modern pollution defence and SPF 20 UV protection.
Nick Drewe says, “One of the highest protecting products from my selection this invisible UV poreless primer increases hydration by 198% after just one hour and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by 51%, according to the brand.”
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Products that pass the SPF test – Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 30
This particular Glossier Daily Sunscreen is extra lightweight, allowing your skin to feel free and hydrated.
The formula is transparent meaning no greasy residue and no white cast along with active microcapsules which instantly absorb into skin, so it plays well with makeup.
Nick Drewe says, “This product is formulated with active microcapsules, containing little spheres packed with UVA/UVB filters (including Avobenzone, Homosalate, and Octisalate) which freshly deliver to your skin with every application.”
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Products that pass the SPF test – MAC- PREP + PRIME FACE PROTECT LOTION SPF 50
MAC Face Protect Lotion is an antioxidant-enriched formula that provides a luxurious texture protecting your skin from a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB rays.
The non-oily lotion absorbs into the skin instantly and is comfortable and light. When worn under makeup it generates a soft-focus effect and ideally is applied to the skin over any moisturizer and under foundation.
Nick Drewe says, “MAC has designed this ‘middle layer’ lotion perfect for adding that extra bit of sun protection to your face if your makeup doesn’t have any SPF protection in it.”
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Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Ultralight UVA/UVB SPF25
This Super Healthy Skin Ultralight formula, a protector acts like a sunscreen with hydrating moisture milk, and foundation primer, all rolled into an invisible, silky light SPF.
You will surprised to know it is loaded with liquorice- which reduces the amount of bacteria on the skin and allows the skin to repair faster- as well as lecithin and hydrating hyaluronic acid.
Nick Drewe says, “This product utilizes a natural ingredient like liquorice to help reduce damage and promote skin repair. We grew up using dock leaves to reduce the irritation of a stinging nettle rash so why not incorporate more natural ingredients to our skincare routine?”
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Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face SPF30
Clinique’s Mineral Sunscreen Fluid is an oil-free formula that protects your skin with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, whilst utilizing Invisible Shield Technology to create an invisible veil.
Lightweight and comfortable on the skin, the sunscreen will leave you feeling fortified and protected without unsightly white marks- and if it dries quickly you can apply makeup on top with no issues of clumping or flaky skin.
Nick Drewe says, “The clever thing abut this Clinique product is it its titanium dioxide and zinc oxide is used to deflect the sun rays as they reach you, whereas chemical sun creams will typically absorb the rays. This can guarantee a better chance of sun protection.”
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Supergoop! Supersize Unseen Sunscreen SPF 30
Your face has never been so safe with Supergoop’s Supersize Unseen Sunscreen. Their completely invisible product is a game-changer, meeting all of your UV deflecting requirements.
This SPF 30 product protects against UVA rays, UVB rays, IRA and Blue light, as well as being sweat and water-resistant.
Nick Drewe says, “Supergoop! Is a particular favourite skincare brand of mine, and their new Unseen Sunscreen is multifunctional, as it can be used on all skin tones and doubles up as a primer- as well as being reef-safe and cruelty free!”
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Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55
Finally we have Neutrogena’s Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion, great for those who suffer with oily, acne-prone skin.
This SPF is lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and non-greasy, so you won’t have to worry about clogged pores or excess shine. In their line of products, it is also one of the best value for money- an 89ml bottle costing just £16.00 on Amazon.
Nick Drewe says, “This product is ideal in the rain or in the swimming pool, as it provides 80 minutes of water resistance as well as being highly recommended by a number of dermatologists to help with acne.”
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