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If there’s one essential skincare step that we all should include every single day, it’s sunscreen. 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…
The question: how to achieve a flawless base, while adding in broad-spectrum sun protection? The answer: Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face SPF30 Sunscreen Stick. Far from the sticky, neon-white, cricket captain zinc of your school days, this physical zinc oxide sunscreen goes on smooth and seamless, sitting pretty under makeup without leaving a greasy residue. Enriched with hydrating coconut and castor oils to replenish the skin’s barrier – plus vitamin C to defend against environmental aggressors – you’ll be in love at first swipe.
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. As with any SPF, make sure to apply at least a teaspoonful.
Perhaps the trickiest aspect of SPF is reapplication; unlike your Instant Pot, sun protection isn’t a ‘set-and-forget’ operation! 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+ protection 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.
MECCA Beauty Election winner, number-one bestselling SPF and receiver of more than a thousand five-star reviews, Mecca Cosmetica’s 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.
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. If you experience irritation around the sensitive eye area, opt for high-protection, broad spectrum sunglasses instead.
Save your skin! Join ‘The Ultimate Guide to SPF’ MECCA Livestream on Wednesday January 19 2022 at 7:30PM AEDT.
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