As the days lighten and temperatures gradually heat up, we have one thing on our mind - summer and the (hopefully) long, golden months it promises. It’s about this time of year that we start thinking about how we need to refresh and rethink our beauty routines; namely, how to best protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Of course, wearing sun cream is the most important step in that journey, and if you haven’t already factored a SPF into your skincare routine, now is the time to do so.

Of all the skincare products in our arsenal, sun cream is the most powerful and - as such - the most under scrutiny. It doesn’t just have to make our skin softer or brighter, it also has to protect us from skin cancer and premature ageing due to sun damage. To pass the test, it needs to be broad spectrum, a SPF 30 or higher, absorb quickly and without feeling greasy. Other considerations though include water resistance, mineral versus physical, and whether it will clog pores or cause skin to break out. 

In all, it’s a lot to consider. To help you make the best choice for your skin type and concerns, we’ve explored the market for the best SPFs out there.