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Is Medik8's £59 SPF worth splurging on? We put it to the test

🛍️ Product reviewed: Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Spf50+
Tested for: Three weeks
Rating: 4/5
💸 Reasons to buy: It's very pleasant to use, isn't greasy and sits well under make-up.
Reasons to avoid: Costing £59 it's a very expensive SPF option.
💰 Best deal we've found: Currently at Debenhams it has 20% off, reduced from £59 to £47.20.

We spent weeks testing the Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Spf50+. (Medik8/Yahoo Life UK)

A skincare essential for me is SPF. It's benefits are wide-ranging, from protecting against sunburn, preventing hyperpigmentation to reducing your risk of skin cancer, it's an everyday product I can't go without.

As a beauty journalist I've tried well over 50 suncreams in my career and have high expectations for any newcomers before they earn a place in my permanent routine.

I want a suncream that's lightweight, fast absorbing, non greasy or sticky, doesn't pill under make-up nor irritates my acne and rosacea.

One SPF that I've been testing recently is the Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Spf50+, a £59 tube that promises a two month supply with daily use and a hydrating cream formula.

I'm already a huge fan of Medik8 - I love its Crystal Retinal and it's Lipid Balance Cleansing Oil is a luxurious make-up removing treat for my skin, so I was keen to see if this SPF measures up. Over the last three weeks I've been using it almost every day - here's my verdict.

💸 Reasons to buy

Firstly, it has a creamy texture that feel just like a regular moisturiser and despite having an ever-so-slight yellow tint, leaves no white cast once rubbed in.

The best way to describe it as fuss free. It's not strongly scented, greasy or thick, and created a smooth base for make-up to be applied on top.

The texture is akin to a creamy, lightweight moisturiser. (Yahoo Life UK)
The texture is akin to a creamy, lightweight moisturiser. (Yahoo Life UK)

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Thanks to a formula enriched with squalane and hyaluronic acid, it's ideal for dehydrated and dry skin types and the pump allows for easy distribution of product without making a mess.

Reasons to avoid

This is a lovely SPF, but at £59 it's very expensive for a product you need to be using every day. That's not to say luxury suncreams are a waste of money, but given the competitive SPF market, I think you can find better for less.

For example, I love the Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF30 as not only does it protect my skin from UV rays, it also provides a dewy, radiant glow to prime skin before make-up. Costing £34, it's considerably cheaper than Medik8 but more impressive all round.

That said, it does have over 200 five-star reviews with many shoppers saying "it's a worthwhile investment!" Customers note it's a great product for those who are short on time in the morning and want a good quality moisturiser and SPF all in one.

💰 Best deal we've found

The biggest saving I've found on the Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Spf50+ is at Debenhams. Thanks to a 20% off discount, it's now reduced from £59 to £47.20.

It's also reduced to LookFantastic, down to £50.15 - and every little saving helps!

Shop it now: Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Spf50+ | £59 from Medik8

£59 at Medik8 £59 at Space NK £59 at Sephora UK £50.15 £59 at LookFantastic £47.20 £59 at Debenhams