6 of the best sun creams for your face 

Wherever you're getting your Vitamin D fix, sun cream should be the most important step in your skincare routine this summer. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays will accelerate the signs of ageing (think wrinkles and sagging), but this can be reduced with the right sun protection. From skin-enhancing to water-resistant SPFs, these are the best face sun creams to suit your needs.


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Best for wearing under makeup

Kiehls SPF


Lightweight, sheer and fast-absorbing, this sun cream is for you if you want an SPF that doesn’t affect your makeup or leave a white cast. Apply after your day cream and before foundation.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense, £28


Best for skincare benefits

Sisley SPF


If your budget can stretch to it, this Sisley cream is truly an investment in your skin. As well as the hard-working UVA and UVB protection, it contains collagen-boosting Camellia Oil and strengthening Edelweiss Extract.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care, £153


Best for holidays

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain


Swimming pools and sweat are no match for this SPF as it’s specially designed to have stronger UV protection when it gets wet – the kind of genius concept we’d expect from Shiseido.

Shiseido Wetforce Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion, £34


Best for acne-prone skin

Origins Lipstick


If you suffer from blemish-prone skin, try this SPF from Murad. The oil-free formula will protect you from sun damage while keeping your complexion matte and clear.

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock, £35


Best for added glow

MAC Lipstick


Dewy skin your thing? You'll love this instant glow in a bottle. It contains SPF 50 and is super illuminating. Pair it with a little concealer for natural-looking radiance.

Dior Beautifying Protective Creme Sublime Glow, £27.50


Best for sensitive skin


A mineral sun cream works best for sensitive skin types as the ingredients aren’t absorbed and instead sit on the skin's surface to deflect UV radiation. This Clinique SPF is so gentle it can be used comfortably around the eyes.

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face, £22