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The best facial sunscreens at MECCA

If there’s one essential skincare step that we all should include every single day, it’s sunscreen. Whether you’re thinking about migrating to Europe to escape our chilly winter (like everyone on Instagram right now), or want to lean into the cold weather and enjoy the snow that comes with it — sunscreen is a non-negotiable.

From the fairest of them all to the ultra-deep, no skin tone is immune from the harmful (and ageing) effects of UV rays – and one part of our defensive arsenal is layers of SPF.

But while we all want our skin to stay as protected as possible, we also want to avoid the terrible trio of sunscreen side effects: excessive shine, breakouts and white cast (think: Mark Zuckerberg on a paddleboard).

Happily, the days of ghostly greasiness are gone; when it comes to choosing the best facial sunscreen, these options easily slip into your everyday routine without a trace. Plus, many of them contain active extras such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to purify, plump and prime pre-makeup. How far we’ve come…

Best body sunscreen with added glow


Let’s be honest, when you’re lying on the beach in Capri, you’re surrounded by a lot of glistening European bodies. Mix in with the crowd with Naked Sundays Golden Glow Body Sunscreen SPF50 — its SPF50 formula is infused with ultra-fine specs of golden glow colour to give you that sunkissed effect

Best tinted SPF

Need a little something extra with your SPF? Morphe’s Glowstunner Hydrating Tint combines broad spectrum SPF30 and skin-loving hyaluronic acid, AHAs and antioxidants with a sheer-yet-buildable tint. Available in 15 shades ranging from light to deep, it blends seamlessly into skin and provides subtle coverage with a hydrated finish — perfect for when you need to skip from the slopes to the chateau for après-ski. As with any SPF, make sure to apply at least a teaspoonful.

Best sunscreen spray

Perhaps the trickiest aspect of SPF is reapplication; unlike your Instant Pot, sun protection isn’t a ‘set-and-forget’ operation! So, how to give your face a dose of the good stuff over your makeup without disrupting that oh-so-carefully-applied base? Keep UVA and UVB rays at bay with Naked Sundays SPF50+ Hydrating Glow Mist. Designed to be layered both under and over makeup, it provides SPF50+ as well as giving skin a burst of hydration and glow via hyaluronic acid and vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum. Seven spritzes, and you’re good to go — no rubbing required.

Best chemical sunscreen

MECCA Beauty Election winner, number-one bestselling SPF and receiver of more than a thousand five-star reviews, Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula is the undisputed queen of chemical sunscreens. This luxe lotion has a featherlight matte finish, SPF50+ UVA and UVB protection and a soft floral scent. Plus, it was designed specifically for makeup wearers, leaving skin delightfully smooth and hydrated — ready and waiting to buff your foundation over the top.

Best mineral/physical sunscreen

Few have been able to change the SPF game – and do it with style – quite like Naked Sundays. In less than a year, the brand has developed a cult following by focusing on high-performance, skin-loving SPF that’s a pleasure to wear. Truly the ‘sunscreen for sunscreen haters’, Naked Sundays’ SPF50+ Collagen Glow 100% Mineral Sunscreen Perfecting Priming Lotion uses zinc oxide to stop harmful rays in their tracks, while bathing skin in a cocktail of plumping collagen and watermelon extracts. Layer it over moisturiser to create a primed canvas for makeup.

*Use wisely. Always check the label for directions. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing, eyewear and a hat. Reapply as directed and ensure you don’t apply too close to your eyes (pop on a pair of sunnies instead).

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