Best Sunscreens for Face

best sunscreens for face

The Alex Edit of my favourite sunscreens for the face. Offering good UVA and UVB protection, these five facial SPFs provide lightweight formulations packed with brilliant skincare ingredients and protective actives. I always advocate that wearing sunscreen is non-negotiable. Sun protection is key to achieving and maintaining healthy skin and a radiant complexion. It also prevents sun damage and the inflammation it can cause which can lead to long-term skin concerns from pigmentation to dark spots. 

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best facial sunscreens

1. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi-Defense Aqua UV Gel SPF50*

A brilliant lightweight SPF with a gel texture that oily skin types might prefer. It contains chemical filters (instead of mineral) alongside the skincare benefits of 8 antioxidants, squalane and hyaluronic acid. It leaves no white cast over the skin and makeup applies beautifully over this. It’s called Multi-Defence for a reason, offering UVA/UVB alongside pollution protection and hydrating ingredients to nourish the skin. 

Good For: Oily skin types and those that prefer a lighter, gel formula.

2. Garnier Sensitive Advanced SPF50*

A long-time budget SPF favourite of mine. It has a creamy, non-sticky formula and has been developed specifically for sensitive skins. Being water-resistant, it’s a good staple for the beach or a summer run. 

Good For: Those with sensitive skins or seeking a good, affordable SPF.

3. Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance SPF30*

I love the original Skin Insurance SPF30. A beautiful tinted sunscreen that evens out my complexion whilst offering a myriad of skincare benefits. Packed with antioxidants to protect the skin from free-radicals and urban pollution alongside an innovative stem cell complex. You are getting more than just daily sun protection! Now also available in the newly formulated SPF50+. 

Good For: Those seeking a daily sunscreen that’s multifunctional for ease or prefers an SPF with a tint. 

4. Shiseido WetForce SPF50+*

A brilliant SPF that performs well in wet environments offering strong sun protection whilst remaining invisible on the skin – even if you sweat. Easy to reapply and doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin. I used this back when I was in Malaysia, an incredibly humid environment, and was impressed by how well this performed. 

Good For: Those living active lifestyles or in humid environments and need strong, water-resistant protection.

5. Sisley Age Minimising Global Sun care SPF50+*

This is more than sunscreen. An SPF packed with active ingredients to nourish and protect the skin – vitamin E, white willow leaf extract and glycerin to name a few. This is skincare in the form of a protective shield that not only offers UVA and UVB protection but overtime helps to smooth and firm the skin. 

Good For: Mature skins who need an active protective shield against the elements with additional skincare benefits.