Trying to find a sunscreen you like can be tricky, here’s an expert’s guide to the most wearable formulas for every occasion, so you have no excuse not to apply it anymore.
Navigating the sunscreen shelves at your local chemist can be draining. Trying to pick a tube that won’t leave you looking like a ghost, make your skin greasy, or worse irritated, is tough. Not to mention cutting through all the marketing jargon – from ‘reef safe’, to waterproof and tinted, there’s an overwhelming amount to choose from.
To end the sunscreen usage dilemma and make you promise to wear it every day – it’s pretty much the antidote to ageing, guys – we asked Lisa Patulny, Founder of Call Time On Melanoma – a not-for-profit initiative that’s flipping the lid on sun safety and turning it into a new form of self-care, for her top picks…
As with all sunscreen it’s important to avoid prolonged exposed to the sun and to slip, slop, slap, slide and shade (yep, they’re new).
For exercising outdoors:
Cancer Council Active Dry Touch Sunscreen Pump SPF50+ ($13.64, at Priceline)
“Formulated with an absorbent silica base, this non-greasy sunscreen sinks in quickly leaving skin touch dry. It’s perfect for outdoor sport slash on any day you’ll be sweating bullets under the sun.”
For under makeup:
Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen ($45, at Ultra Violette)
“Think of this as a primer and sunscreen in one. It plays nicely with other skincare and makeup and contains a water-binding agent that helps to replenish dry skin without feeling heavy or sticky.”
For every day:
Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen ($40, at Mecca)
“It’s just good. Lightweight, dries to a flattering satin finish (no oily t-zone here), and is packed with wonderful things your skin loves, like hydrating hyaluronic acid and the antioxidant vitamin E.”
For acne-prone skin:
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Lotion SPF 30 ($9, at Chemist Warehouse)
“Specifically made for breakout-prone skin, it’s oil-free and non-comedogenic for happier (read: clog-free) pores. It’s also super-light, absorbs pretty damn quickly and costs less than a movie ticket.”
For the beach:
Beachfox Coconut Sunscreen SPF50+ ($29.99, at Beachfox)
“A non-sticky, SPF50+ sunscreen that smells of coconut cake—what’s not to love? Because it’s a clear spray, I apply very generously to ensure I’m putting enough on to get the protection on the label.”
For sensitive skin:
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Cream SPF50+ ($29.99, at Priceline)
“Sensitive skins are tricky to deal with because what works for one can inflame another, but I’ve found this sunscreen to be gentle enough for most. It’s rich and nourishing and fragrance-free.”
For face and body:
We Are Feel Good Inc. Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ ($27.95, at We Are Feel Good Inc)
“It’s not often you find a body sunscreen that’s cosmetically elegant enough to want to use on your face too, but this one fits the bill. It’s a sensitive, fragrance-free formula (bonus) that rubs in nicely.”
For a hint of tint:
Rationale B3-T Tinted Superfluid SPF50 ($75, at Rationale)
“I know it’s exxy, but it’s terrific. The formula is serum-like and blends effortlessly into the skin for a glowy, natural-looking finish. The tint is sheer, allowing it to suit quite a range of skin tones, too.”
Avoid prolonged high-risk sun exposure, apply in accordance with directions for effective sun protection. Always read the label and see directions for use.