We're well versed in slip, slop, slapping when we're heading outdoors for an extended stint, but it's just as imperative that we lather up with sunscreen for day-to-day life. Yep, you should still be rocking the SPF when you're stuck behind a desk. In fact, in addition to UV, other forms of light, such as the blue kind from smartphones and devices as well as infrared rays emitted by said devices could be giving you wrinkles and dark spots, according to some studies.
So to protect your skin, here are some of the best face sunscreens for daily use.
1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+
Dermatologists are major fans of sunscreens with sun blockers and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid fits the bill. Its SPF 50+ formula is paraben and fragrance free, specifically designed for sensitive skin types. The best part? It feels ultra lightweight and non-greasy, and it sits really well under makeup.
Best for: Normal to combination skin types
2. Murad City Skin Age Defence SPF 15
City slickers rejoice – this new-wave, mineral sunscreen protects against UV, infrared light, blue light and pollution. Murad City Skin Age Defence's SPF 15 formula absorbs quickly (without leaving ghostly residue) featuring vitamin C to help brighten skin and colour correcting to even tone.
Best for: Combination and sensitive skin types
3. Invisible Zinc Sheer Defence Facial Moisturiser SPF 50
This natural, mineral sunscreen uses Zinc Oxide as a physical barrier against harmful sun exposure. The formula is creamy and nourishing, with an untinted option as well as light and medium tint products. Other bonuses? It's paraben and fragrance free, vegan, and Australian made. Tick, tick, tick.
Best for: Combination to dry and sensitive skin types
4. Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30+
Mecca's To Save Face sunscreen has been a best-seller since its launch and for good reason. It gets rave reviews for its lightweight, non-greasy, ultra-hydrating formula, which has a matte finish and sits well under makeup. It contains SPF 30 with hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E. You can also get an SPF 50 version of the cult-favourite product.
Best for: All skin types – oily, dry, combination
5. QV Face Moisturising Day Cream SPF 30
QV's Face Moisturising Day Cream has a pH-balanced, low irritant, SPF 30 formula, free from fragrance, colour and lanolin, making it the ideal option for sensitive skin types. While super nourishing, it's also non-greasy.
Best for: Sensitive skin types
6. Nivea Sun UV Face Shine Control SPF 50
The Nivea Sun UV Face Shine Control is one of the best sunscreens for oily and combination skin types, at a super affordable price point. The SPF 50 formula is light and non-greasy with a mattifying finish. No sticky residue here!
Best for: Combination and oily skin types
7. O Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+
O Cosmedics Mineral Pro is a delicious smelling daily moisturiser that's lightweight, fast absorbing and dries clear, so it's perfect to wear under makeup. It's a natural, physical sunscreen that also contains resveratrol – an antioxidant which has anti-ageing properties.
Best for: Any skin type
8. Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-free SPF 50
Not only does Heliocare's 360° Gel Oil-free formula provide broad spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, Visible Light and IR-A, it's enriched with anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and sebum controlling tech so it makes a great sunscreen for acne prone skin. The downside of this SPF 50 sunscreen is that it's sold exclusively in clinics, however you can order it online here.
Best for: Normal, combination, oily, acne prone skin types
9. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 30+
Give your daily moisturising routine an sun protecting boost with Alpha-H's best-selling Daily Essential Moisturiser with SPF 30+. The super hydrating formula (featuring vitamin E and aloe vera) is easily absorbed into the skin and won't leave a ghostly white residue. Bump up your protection with their award winning Protection Plus Daily SPF50+.
Best for: Normal and dry skin types
10. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream SPF30
Combine sun protection with anti-ageing benefits and you've got one stellar sunscreen. Olay Regenerist's Micro-Sculpting UV Cream SPF30 has a concentrated amino-peptide complex to help renew the skin’s surface plus broad spectrum sun protection against UVA/UVB rays. It has a rich, creamy texture so it's ideal for dry skin.
Best for: All skin types but particularly dry skin
11. Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF50
If you need a budget sunscreen that packs plenty of sun protection Neutrogena's Hydro Boost® Sunscreen is a great option. Its formula includes hyaluronic acid to keep skin super hydrated and it's non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.
Best for: All skin types
Always read the label and use only as directed.