Choosing a sunscreen isn’t as simple as opting for the one with the highest SPF. SkinCeuticals have one of the best facial SPF offerings around, so here is our guide to finding the right formula, finish and factor for your skin and its needs.
Ultra Facial Defense SPF50 – link
In a nutshell This lightweight sunscreen is a best-seller for a reason. It contains a mix of chemical and physical UV filters, providing incredibly high UVA protection, and manages to protect the skin without leaving a white cast or grey tint over the surface, making it an excellent choice for those with darker complexions. It leaves the skin feeling smooth not sticky and maintains moisture levels for up to eight hours, providing an even and long-wearing base for make-up.
Who’s it for? The hydrating formula makes it perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skins but, as it is non-comedogenic, oily and problematic skins can also use it without worrying about breakouts. If you are using a strong Retinol in the evening, this is the perfect sunscreen to apply during the day as it will help to counteract any dryness caused by the ingredient without leaving a film over the surface of the skin.
Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50 – link
In a nutshell Unlike the Ultra Facial, this sunscreen contains only mineral filters to protect the skin against photo-damage. It also contains an ingredient known as Artemia Salina, which is a type of plankton, to improve skin’s resilience to heat damage brought on by prolonged UV exposure. Due to its mineral content, this sunscreen contains translucent colour spheres which adapt to the wearer’s skin tone, to prevent an obvious white cast and to minimise the appearance of imperfections. It’s also water-resistant and incredibly lightweight – remember to shake it before applying it to the skin to awaken the pigments and ensure all the active ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the formula.
Who’s it for? Pretty much anybody. Due to its light, silky fluid texture, this sunscreen will work for all skin types, however, those with very dry skin might prefer something more hydrating or creamier in texture. If you hate wearing heavy make-up during the day, this provides the ideal alternative and is so gentle, it can even be used on delicate post-procedure skin.
Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50 – link
In a nutshell This has a very similar feel to the Mineral Radiance but, instead of a tint, this one is completely translucent. Using only mineral UVA/UVB filters and the aforementioned plankton extract to protect the skin against damage, this silky-soft fluid blends seamlessly into the skin to leave an invisible, matte barrier over the surface. Again, this sunscreen is water-resistant and won’t block the pores, so it can be used at home and on the beach.
Who’s it for? Most skin types and skin tones can use this sunscreen but, due to its mattifying finish, it tends to feel most comfortable on oily, normal, sensitive and combination skins. Shake the product to mix the ingredients together and massage quickly into the skin – as the formula is quite runny and thin, things can get messy if you’re not careful! It also makes the perfect partner to any antioxidant serum applied earlier in your routine.
Brightening UV Defense SPF30 – link
In a nutshell The biggest difference between this sunscreen and the others is the SPF – it’s slightly lower at SPF30, but this is still sufficient to properly protect your skin against UV damage and pigmentation. Instead of merely protecting the skin, this formula contains a specialist collection of ingredients known as HyperBright Complex which actively targets uneven tone. This not only works on correcting areas of pigmentation but works to improve the skin’s defences so dark spots are less likely to develop in the future. It’s also hydrating, non-greasy and formulated with a blend of chemical and physical UV filters.
Who’s it for? If uneven tone, dark spots and visible sun damage are a major concern for your skin, this is the sunscreen for you. Comfortable to wear all day and all year round, this creamy lotion will keep your skin feeling hydrated and happy, and work its magic on creating a more even and radiant complexion.
Mineral Matte UV Defense SPF30 – link
In a nutshell Offering multiple benefits, this sunscreen is almost like a best-of formula, featuring all the best bits of SkinCeuticals’ other SPFs in one product. Yes, it has a lower SPF, but it is also completely chemical-free, using nothing but mineral UV filters to keep the skin safe and clear. It also provides a light, adaptable tint to even out the complexion and uses oil-absorbing powders to soak up shine and keep the skin matte, even in hot and humid conditions. Finally, it perfects and blurs imperfections to leave skin looking and feeling super-smooth.
Who’s it for? If you have very oily, blemish-prone or combination skin, this is the sunscreen for you. Not only will it keep your face matte and smooth, it provides the perfect reliable base for make-up. The thick mousse-like texture takes a little more time to apply evenly to the skin than the Sheer Mineral and Mineral Radiance, but it dries down to leave a soft powdery finish behind. Don’t worry, this won’t enhance your pores or any fine lines. In fact, it makes uneven skin appear more perfected and smooth. A must-have for holidays somewhere hot, hot, hot!