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Read this to find the best SPF for your skin type

MECCA COSMETICA JUST EXTENDED THEIR BESTSELLING SPF COLLECTION TO INCLUDE TWO NEW PHYSICAL, ZINC-POWERED FORMULAS. HERE’S HOW TO KNOW WHICH SUN PROTECTOR IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

For the longest time, sunscreen was a summertime fling. As we’ve watched it evolve into a skincare staple, and transform in texture, finish and purpose, the process of choosing the right SPF for your skin type and lifestyle has become that little bit more complicated (albeit more personalised). While something is always better than nothing, finding a formula that’s just right can really change the game. To break it all down, we’ve enlisted the help of MECCA skincare education manager, Lucy Shaw.

THE BEST SUNSCREENS FOR NORMAL TO DRY SKIN

TO SAVE FACE SPF50+ SUPERSCREEN OXYBENZONE FREE

WHY? Thanks to its hydrating, moisturiser-like formulation and consistency, this bestselling SPF is a winner for normal to dry skin types.

WHO? If you’re into your skincare, a glowy base or are the type to wear makeup daily, this SPF will fit perfectly into your routine without compromising your makeup.

YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… This formulation is proudly oxybenzone free, so if you do choose to wear it while swimming, you don’t need to be concerned about its effect on our coral reefs.

SHAW’S TIP: “For a subtle glow, I love wearing this with a few drops of liquid bronzer, such as Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi.”

NEW! TO SAVE FACE AND BODY SPF30 PHYSICAL ZINC SUNSCREEN

WHY? With physical sun-blocker zinc-oxide and barrier-protecting essential fatty acids, this SPF is a great choice for dry and easily irritated skin types.

WHO? This sunscreen is perfect for those looking for everyday sun protection, in a deeply nourishing formulation that won’t irritate. It’s also a convenient option if you prefer to have one universal sunscreen, versus one for your face and another for your body.

YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… As well as being a physical SPF and containing essential fatty acids, it is also formulated with vitamin C to help protect your skin from external aggressors and free radicals.

READ MORE: A beginner’s guide to chemical and physical SPF

THE BEST SUNSCREEN FOR NORMAL TO OILY SKIN

NEW! TO SAVE FACE SPF30 PHYSICAL ZINC SUNSCREEN STICK

WHY? Although still hydrating, this convenient stick formulation has a mattifying finish, making it perfect for oily (or sweaty) skin.

WHO? This formula sits incredibly as a base underneath makeup and goes over it just as well. The fact that it’s a no-mess stick means there’s no excuse not to take it with you on the go. Hooray for easy lunchtime and beach day top-ups.

YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… This is a physical SPF, with its key sun-blocking ingredient being zinc oxide. This means that it reflects UV rays rather than absorbing them.

SHAW’S TIP: “Simply swipe it on to your skin and blend in with your fingers.”

READ MORE: SPF: FAQs, answered

THE BEST SUNSCREENS FOR ALL SKIN TYPES

TO SAVE BODY SPF50 SUPERSCREEN

WHY? This formulation is super lightweight and easy to wear—it’s designed to keep everyone protected, all over.

WHO? You won’t sweat this cream off, so if you’re the type to go for a morning run or practice yoga on the balcony, this is the one.

YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… This protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has aloe vera to hydrate and soften the skin while it protects.

SHAW’S TIP: “Make sure that you massage it into the skin about 20 minutes before you head outdoors.”

TO SAVE LIPS SUPERSCREEN PROTECTIVE LIP BALM WITH SPF50+

WHY? Everyone has lips!

WHO? More specifically, this protective balm is a must for anyone who drives long distances, sits by a window for work, or is often outdoors during the day.

YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… Your lips are just as vulnerable when it comes to skin cancer and they are often the one place we forget to apply SPF to.

SHAW’S TIP: “Apply generously and repeatedly throughout the day or whilst you’re out in the sun. This lightweight balm can even be applied on or just outside the lip line as it is not sticky or thick.”

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