You’ll be needing it this week.
Met Éireann is forecasting non-stop gorgeous sunshine for the days ahead and while we all love a golden glow, there’s nothing attractive about a lobster-red sunburn.
Harmful UVA and UVB rays wreak havoc on your skin long term too.
In Ireland, we’re dangerously laid back about protecting ourselves; with 12,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed here each year, new research by Lloyds Pharmacy found that not only are people not wearing sunscreen year-round, but just over a third (34%) of Cork-based adults only wear sunscreen when it’s a sunny day.
Despite the fact that sun holidays were off the cards, over a quarter (28%) of adults said they have experienced sunburn in the last year. Just 13% claim that they wear sunscreen daily.
The key to regular SPF application is finding products you enjoy using, layering them on, and reapplying on the reg.
Here are six clever SPFs to try this week:
1. SUN PROTECTION THAT PLUMPS AND MOISTURISES
With a therapeutic bergamot fragrance and a formula enriched with Bio Boost (a unique defensive and protective superblend of repairing antioxidant plant oils), as well as hydrating Hyaluronic Serum and soothing Vitamin E, This Works In Transit Skin Defence is an SPF30 you’ll actually enjoy slathering on in the morning. It even helps reduce sensitive skin symptoms such as redness, swelling and itching.
Buy it: €32 (on sale now at €25.34) here
2. THE SPF THAT LEAVES SKIN GLOWING
Keep it light and skip the foundation during the warmer months with a tinted SPF 40 with high broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection from Nimue. Sun-C Tinted SPF 40 comes in Light, Medium and Dark shades and helps prevent sun damage while evening out minor imperfections, leaving the skin radiant.
Buy it: €42 here
3. A RELIABLE EVERYDAY MULTI-TASKER
An ‘invisible mineral parasol’ Skingredients Skin Shield SPF 50 PA is a lightweight broad-spectrum SPF lotion that helps shield skin from sunlight pollution. It also protects you indoors with a special filter to counteract the HEV light emitted from computers, phones, tablets, and other screens.
Buy it: €45 here
4. A CLEAN CREAM WITH A HYDRATING BOOST
IMAGE Skincare’s bestselling PREVENTION+ Daily Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 30+ is one of the cleanest face protectors on the market. A 100% mineral zinc oxide blend, it’s formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, synthetic dyes or animal testing.
Buy it: €52.50 here
5. A BARGAIN BUY FOR OLDER SKIN
An absolute bargain buy for summer, Garnier’s Ambre Solaire Anti-Age Super UV SPF50 protects the skin while visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles by up to 22% – how’s that for multi-tasking? And there’s more; this year the beloved formula has had a sustainable packaging glow-up. You’ll find the same SPF50 non-greasy and non-comedogenic formula in a new paper-based tube that uses 49% less plastic when compared to Garnier’s traditional cosmetic tubes.
Buy it: €12.99 here
6. AN AFFORDABLE FOUNDATION WITH BUILT-IN PROTECTION
Need your foundation to work overtime? NOTE’s Detox & Protect Foundation allows you to skip a step in the morning; the rich and creamy formula provides medium to full coverage and a silky satin finish, with antioxidant vitamin E, nourishing sweet almond and SPF 15. It’s now available in five new shades too; 06 Dark Honey, 108 Terra, 110 Smoke, 113 Honey Bronze, 115 Ebony.
Buy it: €13.95 here