SPF Picks

by - 14:28:00

It's currently sunny outside, so I thought it would be a great time to get this post up. I'm an SPF fanatic. It's an everyday thing for me and I feel uncomfortable without it. Call me crazy, but I like to do all I can to protect myself from the suns harmful rays. Bearing that in mind, I thought I'd share with you the products I've been using and what I think of them.  

A facial SPF is pretty much a must have these days. We're all so conscious about signs of ageing on our faces, and it's one of the best thing you can do to help slow down the process. For everyday (on greyer days) I've been using the Avene Hydrance Optimale UV Riche (£14.50) and it does the job in terms of sun protection. It's lacking in other areas but the SPF 20 is great.

When the sun's out, I love the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Cream SPF50 (£15.50). Long name I know. This provides really high protection and hydrates beautifully; a double whammy of goodness for your skin. I took it on holiday with me and I wouldn't have took anything else. It does mean I came home with a white face, but my skin looks healthy and happy. Just a note for oilier skinned people, you may want to try the Ultra Light Fluid (£16.50) instead. 

While it's great to protect your face and neck, your body can still burn from the sun at home. On grey days you can skip this, but for sunny days I'd always recommend using some kind of SPF on your arms, neck and anywhere else that's exposed. It may be another thing to do, but no one wants to get burnt while driving or having lunch al fresco. Red, sore skin doesn't look good on anyone. Nivea's Protect and Moisture SPF50 (£8) has been a favourite of mine for a long time. It does the job, and a bottle is under £10 which is a rare thing these days. 

This last area is often forgotten by most people, but your lips do need some help. I see so many people slathering cream on their faces and baking away with bare lips. The skin on your lips is very delicate, so you definitely want to protect them from sun damage. I picked up the Nivea Sun Protect SPF30 lip balm (£4) just before I left, and I'm glad I did. After a good three weeks in the sun, my lips were in better condition than they were before I left. For me, that was a result. My only niggle with this product is that if you apply too much, it can white out your lips a little. You can get round it, but just note that it's not transparent like a regular lip balm. 

And those are my current, go to SPF picks. They're affordable, effective and I'd happily give them my seal of approval (minus the Avene but that's not for SPF reasons). While these exact products might not be for you, Nivea and La Roche Posay have products suitable for pretty much everybody. Go check them out, get protected and get out there!

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