6 of the best sun creams for your face 

A non-negotiable, sun cream is the most important step in your skincare routine. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays will accelerate the signs of ageing (think wrinkles and sagging), but this can be reduced with the right sun protection. From skin-enhancing to water-resistant SPFs, these are the best face sun creams to suit your needs.


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Best for wearing under makeup

Charlotte Tilbury UV Primer


Lightweight, sheer and fast-absorbing, this clever primer from Charlotte Tilbury is the one for you if you want an SPF that doesn’t affect your makeup or leave a white cast. Apply after your day cream and before foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer, £39


Best for skincare benefits

Elizabeth Arden SPF


Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream is iconic in itself, but throw in added sun care benefits with a water resistant and perspiration resistant formula, and you have one of the best face sun creams on the market.  

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Face SPF50, £14


Best for holidays

Shiseido Sun Protection Lotion for Face/Body

Swimming pools and sweat are no match for this SPF as it’s designed withstand water and perspiration – the kind of genius we expect from Shiseido.

Shiseido Sun Protection Lotion For Face/Body, £29


Best for city living 

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

The first-of-its-kind skin shield, this clever product from Elizabeth Arden combines pollution and UV defences with their special DNA Enzyme Complex to help hydrate, strengthen and protect the skin.

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF50, £55


Best for added glow

MAC Lipstick


Dewy skin your thing? You'll love this instant glow in a bottle. It contains SPF 50 and is super illuminating. Pair it with a little concealer for natural-looking radiance.

Dior Beautifying Protective Creme Sublime Glow, £27.50


Best for everyday use 


Packed full of glow-giving vitamin c, this antioxidant-rich daily moisturiser from Murad also packs a big SPF punch. Helping to prevent sun damage with and repair the skin from any free radical damage, it also improves skin elasticity, clarity and gives a good hydration boost. Essential for summer months. 

Murad Day Moisture SPF30, £65