Author: Nikki Taylor Category: Health, Cancer, Men's Health, Sun Protection, Women's Health

Protecting your skin from the sun EVERY DAY is vital to prevent damage and premature ageing

Choosing your sun protection for not only your holiday but also an everyday SPF is THE key element in protecting your skin against the signs of ageing.  Always remember to apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.

Here are our top 10 tried and tested SPF’s to use both home and away


Zelens Daily Defence SPF 30 

Zelens innovation is driven by founder Dr Marko Lens’ 20 years of research into skin ageing and skin cancer.  He is a plastic and re constructive surgeon.  This is a new to market sunscreen formulated using micro-encapsulation technology which provides daily broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

It is enriched with powerful antioxidants which reduce free radical formation and help prevent sun damage; it also reinforces the skin’s natural barrier and combats the signs of premature skin ageing.  This sunscreen has a lightweight easily absorbed texture and is perfect for every day wear even when not on holiday.  Make up sits and lasts well over this product.  Apply in the morning to face and neck, use as a last step in your daily skincare regime.  Can be used alone or under make up.

Zelens Daily Defence* SPF 30 50ml £55.00


Murad Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 | PA+++  

This brand founded by Dr Howard Murad M.D. a board certified dermatologist who believes that beautiful and healthy skin should be attainable for everyone.  Essential-C Sun Balm has made our top 10 as not only is it an effective product but it is super portable to allow for quick and easy application.  This product helps restore and renew both sun and environmentally damaged skin whilst also protecting from new damage.  Its formula protects skin from ageing UVA/UVB rays.  This product is perfect to slick onto exposed areas such as nose, tops of ears and back of hands.

Broccoli Extract stimulates the skin’s natural defence against UV damage Vitamins A, C and E work together to renew skin health whilst providing immediate and long term protection.    

This product is no longer available but we love Murad City Skin Age Defense* 50ml £60.00 available from Lookfantastic



Ultrasun Glimmer SPF 20

Totally dedicated to sun care Ultrasun’s products offer great protection in a ‘once a day application’.  Perfect for children, passionate water babies or sports lovers.  I have chosen this fast-absorbing, non-greasy, non-sticky lotion to add a little bit of glamour to your sun protection routine.  This product contains super fine subtle shimmer particles which give a healthy glow to both pale and sun kissed skins.  A patented liposome technology delivers moisture deep into the skin to keep it hydrated.

This product has recently been updated and is now an SPF 30

Ultrasun Glimmer SPF 30* 150ml £26.00 available from Lookfantastic


Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30 

Carry this handy lip stick shaped SPF 365 days of the year.  The harsh effects of the sun and pollution can play havoc with your lips.  This product helps prevent damage from the elements with and is enriched with blackcurrant seed oil to moisturise and enrich and offers effective protection in all temperatures.

Regular use will also prevent and reduce inflammation and chapping.  Fragrance free and makes an ideal base for lipstick. Re-apply throughout the day.  This product does not give a glossy finish so is also suitable for men.  Perfect for ski season.

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30* 4.8ml £6.00 available form John Lewis



La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Ultra-Light Fluid SPF50 

With over 30 year’s research experience; La Roche-Posay has become a leading brand in the development of products formulated for sensitive skin.  Once only available in chic French pharmacies it is now available widely in the UK.

Many people find sun creams too heavy for their normal to combination skin.  This product offers a high protection whilst being super light in texture.  The SPF 50 makes it suitable for fair and sensitive skin.  This product provides high broad spectrum sun protection against the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays.  Contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Ultra-Light Fluid SPF50* 50ml £16.49 available from Superdrug


Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Body Milk Sensitive Skin Extreme Sun 

Institut Esthederm is a high tech brand which believes that instead of over treating the skin it is better to re-educate it.  Institut Esthederm approaches sun care in a very different way.  Adaptasun Body Milk is a complete sun protection system that uses a patented ingredient called Adaptasun.  This trains the skin to fortify itself at a cellular level, fighting free radical damage and stimulating the production and distribution of melanin which leads to a faster, longer lasting tan.

As this product strengthens the skins resilience to the sun, users often report it helps minimise sun induced symptoms such as prickly heat.  UV external protectors filter the harmful, ageing UVA and UVB rays.

Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Body Milk Sensitive Skin Extreme Sun* 150ml £42.50 available from Cult Beauty



Elemis Tan Accelerator 

Elemis is a leading British spa and skincare brand.  It combines natural active ingredients with cutting edge technology.  Invest in this beautiful smelling lotion and start using as soon as you have booked your flight.  Use as your daily body lotion ideally two weeks before you go away as this will prepare the body for exposure to the sun by stimulating its natural melanin production. 

Use throughout your holiday as your daily aftersun and continue using on return home to maintain a long lasting tan.  Fragrant Tahitian Gardenia and Jojoba Oil leave skin beautifully conditioned.  Also excellent for sun-sensitive skin.

Elemis Tan Accelerator* 125ml £26.00 available from Lookfantastic


Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25  

Created out of a need to find products suitable for her daughter’s sensitive skin, Charlotte Voltz founded this organic brand.  Its certified organic products contain over 90% active natural and organic ingredients.

This light weight cream offers medium level natural sun care for fair complexions and is soothing and suitable for sensitive skin as it is scent-free.  Using mineral sun filters this product offers effective, natural broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection.  Contains organic Aloe Vera, Edelweiss, Green Tea, Rosemary extract & Beeswax.  Moisture retaining for a longer lasting tan.  Water resistant but not pore clogging.

This product has been updated to an SPF30

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30* 200ml £22.50 available from Green People




Resultime Anti-Ageing Protective Care SPF30 PA+++ 

Resultime is a salon professional brand specialising in anti ageing treatments and products that deliver visible results.  This sun cream for the face delivers triple protection against UVA and UVB, whilst fighting premature skin ageing and pigmentation.  Protects the skin against environmental pollution.  This product is suitable as your daily SPF protection as its lightweight texture works well under make up.  Suitable for all skin types and all ages.

This product is no longer available


Philip Kingsley Swimcap 

Philip Kingsley is a world renowned trichologist with over 50 years’ experience. His clients include royalty, celebrities and politicians. His product range that is available at retail is the very same that is recommended for clients visiting his clinics.  This product completes our list as an absolute holiday must have for anyone wanting to protect their expensive hair colour (I might colour my hair very slightly!).  Originally developed at the request of the first US Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team, Swimcap’s formula is both a summer saviour and a must-have for swimmers.  Containing UV protection, this cream protects against the damaging effects of the sun which leads to hair breakage and colour fading.

It also protects against the drying and damaging effects of both chlorinated and salt water, as well as discolouration from swimming pool water.  Swimcap deeply conditions your hair as you wear it, leaving it in better condition than before.  For use on wet hair.

Philip Kingsley Swimcap* 75ml £19.00 available from John Lewis

Read more about UV radiation here and why you should wear sunscreen everyday here

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