As I've got a pale complexion and more than my fair share of moles, I've always been very careful when it comes to protecting my skin from the sun. So back in the day when my school friends were covering themselves in oil and lying out on tinfoil (on a particularly sunny afternoon), I was always in hiding.
But despite my carefulness, a session under UV lights during an ESPA facial at the Ritz-Carlton in Powerscourt revealed sun damage in the form of dark patches of pigmentation.
I'm not alone either, because we have one of the highest instances of skin cancer in Europe, with a phenomenal 5,000 new cases being reported annually. It seems incredible in a country that's not exactly blessed with sunny days and that may be part of the problem -- unintentional exposure makes up 70pc of our total sun exposure.
The good news is 90pc of all skin cancers are preventable, so always make sure you wear a sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher. When it comes to facial suncream, many products can be sticky, gloopy and altogether off-putting. No matter how long I waited after applying Clinique's CityBlock, my foundation always seemed to congeal around my nose and on my chin.
Then I discovered phyts fluide protecteur spf 50, €36. You just need to make sure to really massage it into your skin. Other good options include:
Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 30, €25.50
This non-sticky formulation is easily absorbed, so it doesn't feel mask-like. It's also available in a specific eye-protection formulation that feels super light on lids.
Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream, €21.50
Very hydrating and not at all greasy, despite its thick, rich texture. In fact, I've used it straight after serum and it's worked as a lovely moisturising make-up base. Particularly good for sensitive skin.
shu uemura uv under base mousse spf 30, €35
You do need to make sure your skin is well moisturised before you apply this one. It's a great make-up primer, too. I'm convinced my foundation lasts longer when I use this, even when humid.
chanel uv essentiel spf 50, €45
This comes highly recommended by a very fussy friend. It works as a physical UV filter and goes on over your moisturiser. Good for acne-prone complexions.
crÉme de la mer spf 30 uv protecting fluid, €91
Okay, it's eye-wateringly expensive, but it is Crème de la Mer. The good news is this light, easily absorbed lotion also boasts 'hollow photonic spheres', which redirect and diffuse light. Skin appears clear, bright and luminous.
anthelios xl melt in cream 50+, €17.50
The latest launch from LRP, this cream is slightly tinted, non-perfumed and paraben-free. Even better, it doesn't actually feel like it's a sun-screen.
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