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Protect your skin: Our guide to the best sunscreens for all complexions

A good SPF is vital to protect against cancer and signs of ageing, but different skin types require different formulas. We round up the expert picks

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Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist at Sligo General Hospital, with her daughter Grace (14) and two of her favourite Elave sunscreens. Photo: James Connolly

Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist at Sligo General Hospital, with her daughter Grace (14) and two of her favourite Elave sunscreens. Photo: James Connolly

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Age Correct SPF50 (€26, pharmacies)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Age Correct SPF50 (€26, pharmacies)

Bioderma Photoderm Bronz SPF50 (€23.25, pharmacies)

Bioderma Photoderm Bronz SPF50 (€23.25, pharmacies)

Avène Haute Protection Compact (€18.75, LloydsPharmacy.ie)

Avène Haute Protection Compact (€18.75, LloydsPharmacy.ie)

Heliocare 360 Gel Oil Free (€35, millies.ie)

Heliocare 360 Gel Oil Free (€35, millies.ie)

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50 (€70, millies.ie)

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50 (€70, millies.ie)

Avène Very High Protection SPF 50+ Cream (€20, pharmacies)

Avène Very High Protection SPF 50+ Cream (€20, pharmacies)

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Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist at Sligo General Hospital, with her daughter Grace (14) and two of her favourite Elave sunscreens. Photo: James Connolly

In between the grey days and rainy spells, we’re starting to see bursts of sun, as we inch closer to summer. If you’re looking at the old bottles of suncream on the shelf and considering an upgrade, there are a few key points to keep in mind. 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, and Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist in Sligo University Hospital, points out that we have more than 11,000 diagnoses each year. “Of those 11,000, over 1,000 are malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer,” she explains.


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