Help protect your skin from the sun’s rays & look flawless doing it

We all know we need to wear SPF when the sun is beaming down, but what about when it’s the colder months, do we need to use it then? Of course, we do! Protecting your skin from the sun should be a year-round affair, whether you’re taking a stroll in November or having a picnic in July, sun protection is your friend. 

First things first, what's SPF for?

As much as many of us love having fun in the sun, it can give off damaging effects without the right protection, which is where SPF comes in. It should be an important part of your skincare regime but it’s good to choose the right one for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Extra care is needed if you have pale skin, freckles, red or fair hair, have moles or a family history of skin cancer – so buckle up and use that SPF!

Why is there SPF in make-up & skincare?

SPF in make-up and skincare is there to give us a little extra protection but it shouldn’t be used as a substitute for sun cream, as the amount in cosmetics isn’t enough to protect your skin fully. The SPF that’s in skincare and make-up is likely to be thinner than what you’d normally apply and probably isn’t rub-resistant or water-resistant. So, make sure to use them alongside wearing sun cream rather than alone. 

So, why should I wear SPF in the winter?

We might not be exposed to the sun as much in winter, thanks to travelling to work in dark mornings and travelling home in dark nights, but just because you’re not sweating doesn’t mean the sun’s not causing damage! La Roche-Posay’s Dr Hiva Fassihi says, "The best thing you can do to prevent the appearance of ageing is to use a sunscreen every day. Sunscreen really is the best anti-ageing product you could ever use." If you’re not a fan of wearing sun cream in the winter, here are some of our favourite cosmetics specifically designed with sun care in mind…

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Original SPF 50+

Make-up meets skincare

This skin-loving full-coverage foundation with SPF 50 is your answer to complexion perfection. There’s no surprise it’s won awards for its hydrating and anti-ageing benefits.

Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 40ml

High-level sunscreen

Offering SPF 40, this sheer, weightless formula is suitable for all skin types and can be worn alone or under make-up as an invisible primer.

Olay Regenerist Whip Light Moisturiser With SPF30 50ml

Whip up glowing skin

Whipped to perfection like your favourite ice cream sundae (it’s almost good enough to eat!), this light-as-air formula transforms from cream to liquid as soon as it touches your skin. It also has a matte finish, SPF 30 and SolaSheer Technology (oooh fancy).

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Protection SPF50 40ml

Time to prime

Want to enhance the quality of your foundation and prevent sun damage? Thanks to broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, this primer is your go-to layer before applying make-up.

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3in1 Liquid Foundation with SPF 20

Multitasking must-have

This foundation has it all – it acts as a primer, concealer and foundation in one. And with SPF 20, it deserves a place in every make-up bag! Match with your skin tone for a long-lasting hold, clear complexion and flawless finish.

Clarins Mineral Sun Care Face Compact SPF30

Portable protection

Ideal for those looking for an on-the-go protector. This tinted liquid compact contains a unique combination of high-level filters and plant-based extracts to protect against the sun’s UV rays. 

No7 Lift & Luminate TRIPLE ACTION Day Cream SPF 15 50ml

Age-defying antidote

Not only is this day cream proven to deliver noticeably firmer and visibly smoother-looking skin, it also protects against the number one cause of skin ageing. Shield from the sun and get a radiant glow – what’s not to love?

L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer SPF 20

Hybrid formula

The care of an eye cream and the radiance of a concealer, we think that’s the ultimate combination. This revitalising remedy brightens and reduces the appearance of dark circles. It’s packed with SPF 20, too!  

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Lip Cream SPF 15 – Acai Berry

Load up your lips

Glide this buttery lip cream onto lips for an ultra-luxurious pop of colour, plus SPF 15 to nurture and protect.

YSL Touche Éclat All-In-One-Glow Foundation SPF23

All kinds of fresh

If you’re wanting a natural-looking, dewy glow, this hydrating foundation is for you. With a buildable, light coverage and SPF23, keep skin comfortable and protected all day long.

Now you’re a sun cream goddess, take a look at the rest of our gorgeous range of cosmetics with SPF in – you’ll be prepared whatever the weather.