Along with covering up and staying in the shade, wearing sunscreen is key to protecting our skin when spending time outdoors.
Skincare experts recommend applying sunscreen 15 minutes before going out into high-intensity sunlight and reapplying every two to three hours.
"However, it would be advisable that between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm to be under an umbrella as this intensity of sunlight is almost certainly able to penetrate the sunscreen," Dr Ross Perry of skin clinics chain Cosmedics (cosmedics.co.uk) explained. "Darker skin types have less of a reaction to stronger sunlight or sunlight in general, however, contrary to popular belief, darker skin types can still get sunburned. So, using some degree of factor/sunblock is sensible, certainly an SPF 50."
Read on for a round-up of new sunscreens to hit beauty counters.
Glow RECIPE's Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50
Taking inspiration from South Korean skincare trends, this sunscreen is infused with antioxidant-rich niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin-rich aloe vera. Fruit-scented and very moisturising, and packaged in a cute pink bottle, this product will no doubt become a staple for days spent at the pool and beach.
Hawaiian Tropic's Mineral Facial Sun Milk
Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and people prone to eczema, Hawaiian Tropic's latest launch is lightweight, fast-absorbing, and doesn't leave behind residue or a white sheen on any skin tone. In addition, this option is enriched with tropical botanicals including kukui nut and coconut, and has the iconic Hawaiian Tropic scent.
The Organic Pharmacy's Radiant Day Shield
On the days you feel the need for an extra layer of SPF, this ultra-light daily shield serum contains SPF10 and helps to prevent environmental and UV induced damage. Apply one full dropper to the face, neck and décolleté every morning as the last skincare step and before make-up application. Great worn alone, under or over your foundation.
Dr Dennis Gross's All-Physical Dark Spot Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Formulated with three forms of vitamin C plus vitamin E, this antioxidant-rich sunscreen helps prevent UVA/UVB damage, photoageing, and the look of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. An essential final step in your daily skincare routine!