Best face sun screens

Ellie Davis

Applying a facial sun cream should be a basic step in your everyday skincare routine 365 days a year.

Sun lotions create a shield against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays that include skin cancer and premature cellular ageing, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles.

Since sun care was first developed in the 1930s, there has been major advancements in melatonin defence, particularly for options designed specifically for your face. Forget cakey lotions that overload you skin and clog your pores, newer formulations offer an effortless veil that absorbs quickly into your skin to offer optimal protection.

While an SPF 15 will suffice for every day, you should be looking to factor 30-50 for extended periods of time spent outside to combat the effects of sun exposure. You should also apply at least half a teaspoon amount of the creams to maximise their protection.

Whether you are lying on the beach, hiking or playing volleyball in the sand, our selection of facial sun creams provide a lighter solution to shield your skin without feeling overly laborious to apply.

Avene B-Protect SPF50+

One of the latest additions to the Avene sun care range, the innovative B-Protect formula offers a brightness boost with its adaptive formula. While the cream comes out white so that you can see where you have applied it, microencapsulated pigments contained in the formula changes when it comes into contact with skin to match your tone. The cream will protect against pollution and UV rays while also evening out your complexion.

£12.74 | Superdrug | Buy it now

SUQQU Extra Protector 50

This cream from Japanese label SUQQU is one of the brand’s most advanced formulas. Offering both UVA and UVB protection, you only need a pea sized amount of the lotion that has a smooth, non-sticky and water-resistant formulation. It also can doubles up as a primer for your makeup. This is definitely one of our favourites.

£40 | Selfridges | Buy it now

Dry Touch Facial Sun Care UVA/UVB 50+

The Clarins facial sun care range has a cult following for high protection. It has a smooth texture that melts into your skin with ease to protect your skin without irritation or breakouts. The antioxidant formula is made up of Senna, Plane tree and Baobab to hydrate and prevent premature ageing. It also has a pleasant smell that gives us serious holiday feels.

£20 | Clarins | Buy it now

Eucerin Sensitive Protect Face Sun Cream SPF50+

For reliable UV protection, look to Eucerin with its extensive sun care range that caters for all skin types, from oily or blemish-prone, to pigmented. The Sensitive Protect Face Sun Cream is designed to strengthen your skin cell’s own defences and is created specifically for those with sensitive skin. The unperfumed formula is light, non-greasy and doesn’t leave a shine.

£16 | Boots | Buy it now

Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen

Protect your skin from burning with this sun cream from Dr Dennis Gross. It is formulated with Vitamin C and E to fight against free radical and sun damage so you no longer need to sacrifice the health of your skin for that highly sought-after tan.

The sun cream is specially designed for those with previous sun damage, darks spots or uneven complexions to reduce their appearance and leave you with soft and protected skin.

£44 | Space NK | Buy it now

Ultrasun High 30 SPF Face

It is not surprising that this Ultrasun face cream is both a makeup artist and high street favourite. Designed for everyday use, the product has a lightweight texture and hydrating formula that means it can double up as either a moisturiser or a primer. The bestselling product is also non-greasy and fast absorbing.

£20 | Space NK | Buy it now

Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50

This cream is on the pricey end of the spectrum but it will become one of your Holy Grail products. The weightless formula is for all skin types, including those with sensitive as it is chemical and paraben free. Shielding you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, it is water resistant and has a matte finish.

£37 | SkinCeuticals | Buy it now

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+

This high broad-spectrum protection cream will protect your skin from burning. The ultra-lightweight fluid is specifically formulated for sensitive skin as it is hypo-allergenic, paraben and perfume free. Bad skin is the worst, especially in summer or on holiday so opt instead for a cream like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL that will nourish your skin without clogging your pores.

Designed for everyday use, you can use the cream as a base for makeup due to its thin texture, or for holidaying on the beach as it is water-resistant.

£12.38 | Look Fantastic | Buy it now

Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield SPF30

While also protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays, this Lancer Sun Shield will help perfect your complexion by reducing the appearance of sun damage thanks to the natural grape stem cells contained in the formula. The nourishing cream is non-greasy, lightweight and can be used on sensitive skin.

£45 | Space NK | Buy it now

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF30

Just a little drop of this sunblock can be spread across your entire face to heal, repair and protect skin from sun damage. The formula uses pomegranate extract to intensify sun protection, and leave your face looking hydrated and soft. It is oil-free and has a matte finish. Use on acne prone, oily, sensitive or pigmented skin.

£30 | Look Fantastic | Buy it now

Jessica Reynolds // Shopping editor