Liane Moriarty has a new mystery book for your book club
Liane Moriarty has a new mystery book for your book club

Holly O'Neill

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make Time 100 Most Influential People list
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make Time 100 Most Influential People list

Holly O'Neill

Meet five Irish embroiderers doing amazing things with needle and thread
Meet five Irish embroiderers doing amazing things with needle and thread

Megan Burns

Saying you are a ‘stay-at-home-mum’ is the ultimate conversation stopper
Saying you are a ‘stay-at-home-mum’ is the ultimate conversation stopper

Amanda Cassidy

The Hygiene Bank’s Sorcha Killian on hygiene poverty and how it’s impacting Irish families every day
The Hygiene Bank’s Sorcha Killian on hygiene poverty and how it’s impacting Irish families every...

Shayna Sappington

Wildfire: ‘We knew we wanted to tell a story with fierce women at the heart of it’
Wildfire: ‘We knew we wanted to tell a story with fierce women at the heart...

Jennifer McShane

The initiatives fighting hygiene and period poverty in Ireland
The initiatives fighting hygiene and period poverty in Ireland

Holly O'Neill

‘This WAS my reality’: Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton shares depths of alcoholism struggle
‘This WAS my reality’: Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton shares depths of alcoholism struggle

Jennifer McShane

Actress Gabrielle Union speaks movingly about her fertility struggles and fighting feelings of failure around surrogacy
Actress Gabrielle Union speaks movingly about her fertility struggles and fighting feelings of failure around...

Lauren Heskin

Let’s tax the uninventive Met Gala outfits instead
Let’s tax the uninventive Met Gala outfits instead

Holly O'Neill

Image / Beauty

4 Of The Best SPFs To Buy Now


by Jennifer McShane
06th May 2017
blank

My skin is so pale and sensitive, that, when younger, I used to wear a t-shirt over my swimsuit to avoid getting burnt to a crisp and looking like a tomato. Actually, let me re-phrase that; in most cases, I was made wear the t-shirt. But, it worked. Pale and interesting I stayed, not a red mark in sight. But I couldn’t keep hiding under t-shirts forever; eventually, my ghostly-limbs had to feel some legit sun and suncream was required.

I used to begrudgingly?apply it only while on the occasional sun holiday thanks to the non-subtle messaging on TV and in magazines. But every dermatologist I’ve seen since I was 18 has said the same thing: wearing a dose of daily SPF is the only thing that will keep your skin from looking like an old, leather handbag. Yes, even in Ireland, where we get two sun-filled days a year – it must be worn every single day while indoors (UV won’t let a silly thing like a window stop it from hitting you with its rays) and even when it’s cloudy (ditto, UV and clouds).

It seems like a stretch because it’s not that fun to apply, they always used to make you feel like you’d covered your skin in greasy?oil and you can’t see results right off the bat. But not even your favourite super, duper anti-age serum will protect you from the long-term damaging effects of UV without an SPF. They are working beneath the skin’s layers to prevent lasting damage. And thankfully, the new formula?variations have evolved into textures that are both lightweight and airy.

Here’s our pick of four of the best on the market:

Skinceuticals Sheer Physical Uv Defense SPF 50, ?41

This one is a favourite of IMAGE.i.e., Editor Ellie Balfe who swears by the entire Skinceuticals range. Once applied, let it settle into the skin for a few moments and makeup with glide on smoothly after. As well as protecting the skin, this one also boosts its natural radiance and uses mineral filters to provide high broad-spectrum UV protection.

La Roche Posey Anthelois?SPF 50+ Ultra Light Invisible Face Mist, €20

I’ve always loved La Roche for SPFs, as they are so light and easy-to-apply, yet they don’t cause my acne-prone skin to break out. I wear?this one under and over makeup, and it’s so easy to re-apply, and it’s none-greasy. It’s also new to the range, an addition to the already popular fluid on the market. Some are hesitant about a spray in terms of total protection, but this works just as well, and it’s handy to have on the go.

Available at pharmacies nationwide

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50, ?39

Doubling up as both a moisturiser and an SPF 50 sunscreen, Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense is a perfect two-in-one for those with sensitive skin thanks to its Oil-free, fragrance-free formula.

Clarins’ Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50, ?38

If I’m in the intense sun, I always opt for Clarins’ multi protection sunscreen?with broad-spectrum SPF 50 as shields skin from harmful UV rays, pollution, and free radicals and protects skin from the appearance of dark spots fine lines. The sheer, ultra-lightweight texture forms an invisible yet powerful film with a matte finish, so this is ideal for under your makeup.

Also Read

Elsa Hosk
BEAUTY
My life in beauty: 5 minutes with supermodel and fashion it-girl Elsa Hosk

Former Victoria’s Secret model and Instagram’s favourite it-girl, Elsa Hosk, shares her fashion and beauty must-haves with Sarah Finnan. My...

By Sarah Finnan

crystal light therapy
BEAUTY
I tried crystal light healing therapy — this is what happened

In her ongoing pursuit of Zen, Holly O’Neill seeks out the latest wellness treatment promising to harness the power of...

By Holly O'Neill

Ouai x Byredo
BEAUTY
Ouai x Byredo is back with more scented haircare

Ouai x Byredo has returned for a second collaboration with more luxurious scented haircare.Ouai and Byredo was a beauty collaboration...

By Holly O'Neill

scents
BEAUTY
Scent your way abroad with location-inspired perfumes

Travel the world from home with an olfactory journey this summer.Ready to scent your way abroad? It might be another...

By Holly O'Neill

body hair
BEAUTY
Hair Stories: Taryn De Vere on being disgusted by body hair, then learning to love it

Hair is so much more than what we see in the mirror. It’s linked intrinsically to who we are, to...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
BEAUTY
The 2021 Met Gala standout beauty moments

After two years off, the 2021 Met Gala red carpet had high expectations for extravagant glamour and the pent-up passion...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
BEAUTY
Homemade hair masks you can make using ingredients in just your kitchen cupboard

Protect your hair from heat and weather damage with these amazing homemade hair masks that can be made in your...

By Lauren Heskin