Facial sunscreens with a skincare boost | Sali Hughes

1 week ago

These products combine UV protection with ingredients found in serums and creams

There were many years in which serious skincare stopped when the sun came out. As my time outdoors increased and it became appropriate to wear a dedicated sunscreen, I’d drop my more sophisticated day cream lest I suffocate under all the layers, or die of boredom applying them. Now we needn’t pick our battles – the new crop of sunscreens has more to offer than mere protection from sunburn. They incorporate the kinds of clinical skincare ingredients found in troubleshooting serums and creams, allowing (vital) protection without compromise.

I’ll begin with SkinCeuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF50 (£45 for 40ml), because it’s among my favourite launches of the year. This was made for you if you have sunspots or brown patches, providing not only broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, but a dose of tranexamic acid, proven to be effective on uneven pigmentation, as well as niacinamide – similarly great for redness and enlarged pores. The silky, ungreasy texture of this unarguably pricey sunscreen is bliss: you can feel the money in the elegant glide and subtle gleam of the finish – minus any white cast, despite the inclusion of mica and titanium dioxide. (I wrote about invisible sunscreens a couple of weeks ago.) It sits beautifully under makeup, and if a high-quality sunscreen is something you prioritise, it’s worth the splurge.

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