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 discolouration), 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 everyday sun cream



There isn’t a more irritating feeling than having heavy, greasy sun cream on your face all day long. This Kiehl’s SPF is lightweight and oil-free, perfect alone or underneath makeup and won’t clog your pores. Fast absorbing and colourless, you’ll barely notice you’re wearing it.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50, from £33


Best tinted SPF



This Sisley tinted sun cream provides a sheer, radiant coverage and is a perfect spring and summer substitute for foundation. Simply massage generously onto the face and neck and top up with your usual makeup routine. The best part is it’s water-resistant so you can keep your coverage around the pool.

Sisley Soin Solaire Tinted Sun Care SPF 30, £124


Best hydrating sun cream


If you’re looking to streamline your routine, Clinique’s SPF40, which also acts as a rich and hydrating moisturiser, has the answer. Our tip is to rub any excess product onto the back of your hands, where the skin is just as delicate and exposed as your face.

Clinique Face Cream SPF40, £20.50


Best mineral sun cream


Why just protect agaisnt UVA and UVB when you can protect against five damage-causing factors? Murad’s City Skin goes the extra mile with added protection from infrared radiation, blue light from electronic devices and pollution. It’s safe to say this covers all possible bases.

Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF50, £60


Best spray-on sun cream



We’re constantly being told to reapply sun cream every two hours, but things get a little tricky when you have makeup on. Coola has cleverly created a Refreshing Water Mist SPF15. A spray-on SPF infused with organic aloe and coconut water. It’s not only hydrating but extremely refreshing - just what you need in the summer.

Coola Refreshing Water Mist SPF15, £39


Best lightweight sun cream


This new offering from YSL promises to be eight times thinner than its previous formulations, meaning it’s perfect for under makeup. As well as very high UVA protection, this formula also boasts protection against daily urban aggressors such as dust, pollution and smoke. If you live in a city, this may be the one for you.

Yves Saint Laurent Airthin UV Defender SPF50, £40