• Olivia Hansen

The 10 Best Face Sunscreens for 2020

Updated: Jun 17, 2020


Sunscreen is a necessity when spending day after day in the sun, and thanks to the sublime weather, we have found ourselves outside (social distancing of course) even more. By now, we are all very well informed that by applying sunscreen to our face every morning before we start our day, it will help prevent wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and early signs of ageing. Finding a good sunscreen is a must - but with a tidal wave of new sunscreens on the market every year - it can often feel overwhelming when deciding on what works best for you.


Thankfully sunscreen has improved over the years, from the sticky, greasy, thick and chalky formula’s we were smothered with as a child, modern sunscreens have improved drastically. Now, they are able to cater for almost every skin type, and be so light-weight you can barely believe it isn’t clogging up your pores. If you have finished your last face sunscreen and want to invest in something different, these are my 10 best sunscreens on the market.


1: My personal fav - La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] SPF 30 (40ml), £17.50, www.laroche-posay.co.uk

This is an incredibly lightweight and fantastic cream that is a dual action magnifying moisturiser and sunscreen for skin that is prone to blemishes. La Roche-Posay have formulated this wonderful cream, not only to protect your skin from the rays but also for people that are prone to oily, blemish and acne-prone skin in adults and teenagers.


2: Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defence SPF 30 (90ml), £29, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

This oxybenzone-free sunscreen is non-toxic to marine life delivers a powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection as well as helping protect skin against free radical and oxidative damage. This non-sticky formula is loaded with potent antioxidants such as astaxanthin, grape juice and sunflower shoot extracts to prolong a youthful-looking complexion.


3: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence Stick for Face SPF50 High Protection (6.8g), £12.75, www.boots.com


An eight hour hydrating mini stick created to target those over exposed areas such as lips, nose, earlobes and scars against sunburn. This fantastic little stick is super lightweight, non-sticky, as well as being water-resistant and perspirant resistant.


4. Dermalogica Solar Defence Booster SPF50, (50ml), £44, www.dermalogica.co.uk



Add critical UV defence to your moisturiser or foundation with dermalogica’s solar booster sunscreen for all skin types. With Green Tea and Grape Seed extracts form an invisible shield, and antioxidant vitamins C and E improve skin smoothness and softness ,while providing added defence against skin-ageing free radicals


5. NUXE Sun High Protection Fondant Cream for Face SPF 50 (50ml), £12.40, www.lookfantastic.com

Specially formulated with Kau Pe sun flower to reduce overheating, whilst water hyacinth maintains hydration levels, so don’t worry about a white film or greasy appearance. Suitable for fair and sensitive skin it helps with an even tan and minimises the appearance of dark spots.


6. Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect SPF30 (50ml), £48.15, www.feelunique.com



A lightweight moisturiser with SPF 30 and ultra-high 5* UVA protection that offers comprehensive defence from the environment. Medik8 only use photostable and environmentally-safe UV filters that thankfully won’t be affecting the coral reefs. True hydration is also achieved with multi-weight hyaluronic acid and skin-softening emollients. A seriously good investment.


7. Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ (60ml), £53.30, www.tatcha.com

Silk extract leaves skin feeling silky-smooth, Japanese wild rose helps tighten the look of pores and smooths skin texture, and loquat leaf extract offers a rich source of antioxidants to protect and calm skin. Perfect as a primer for makeup without leaving a chalky finish.


8. Shiseido Expert Sun Ageing Protection Lotion SPF30 (100ml), £35, www.lookfantastic.com


The brand’s SuperVeil 360 ensures that the formula works best when in contact with water and perspiration, meaning you’re free to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about your sun protection. A lightweight sun cream that uses innovative technology that smooths on effortlessly without becoming sticky, creating an invisible barrier against UV rays and harmful free radicals.


9. Eucerin Sun Allergy Protection Creme-Gel SPF50 (150ml), £19, www.boots.com

Eucerine has specifically developed the sun allergy protection creme-gel for sun-sensitive skin and skin prone to sun allergies. Unperfumed, to minimise the risk of skin irritation, the non-greasy and non-sticky gel-cream absorbs quickly and is water-resistant. And, like all sun protection products in the Eucerin range, it is free from octinoxate and oxybenzone – UV filters known to be harmful to coral reefs.

10. Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ (60ml), £38, www.kiehls.co.uk

A new non-comedogenic (avoids clogging pores) sunscreen provides high protection with a lightweight, comfortable texture. Tested in humid conditions, this lightweight sunscreen for oily skin hydrates and defends skin from damaging UV rays and protects against the harmful effects of pollution, leaving it looking shine-free and feeling smooth and protected. Best for: Normal to oily skin.

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