Doesn’t the smell of suncream being slathered on your neck and shoulders by your mum bring back fond memories of holidays as a child? There’s something so joyous about that smell, even as an adult… you’re out of office and most likely lying on a gorgeous beach somewhere. Heaven! But SPF isn’t just for summer…

Before you think you can stash yours away until next year now that autumn is here, think again! The sun’s UV rays can cause premature ageing, pigmentation, wrinkles and sunspots (to name a few) even through heavy cloud! We know it’s hard to believe but you should be slapping on that SPF year round for complete protection.

Gone are the days of smearing any old brand across your forehead and cheeks. Yikes! That’s a recipe for breakouts. No, no. Our delicate complexions need their own SPF, which is specifically designed for the more sensitive skin on our faces. Below we’ve shared our pick of the best facial SPF for every skin type and ones that we think work particularly well in the colder months.

For Oily Skin

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30

This is a great choice for vegans and eco-warriors alike. REN’s Clean Screen Mineral SPF is vegan-friendly, uses recycled plastic for its packaging AND is made from 22% non-nano naturally derived zinc oxide, which is marine-friendly. The mattifying formula is ideal for oily complexions and sits really well under makeup, making it the perfect everyday SPF for everyday use.

Institute Estherderm Photo Reverse
For Pigmentation

Institute Estherderm Photo Reverse

Let’s be real, if you want to stop your pigmentation in its tracks then sun exposure is kind of a no-no. BUT that’s no fun and almost unavoidable no matter what time of year it is! So, a great SPF to slather on is suncare specialists, Institue Estherderm’s Photo Reverse. This is specifically designed to reduce pigmentation and dark spots whilst still offering great protection.

La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
For Sensitivity

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50

La Roche-Posay is designed specifically for sensitive skin so you can rest assured their wide range of dermatologically-tested SPFs is going to sit comfortably on your skin. If you’re prone to sensitivity then sun exposure tends to make things worse so a high SPF like their Anthelios 50+ is what you need. The added bonus of this one is that it’s tinted so it’s ideal for those also prone to redness who want a small amount of coverage.

For Anti-ageing

Oskia SPF Vitamin Mist

Oskia’s SPF Vitamin Mist has the silkiest, smoothest texture and can actually double up as a face and body SPF. Infused with vitamin D and E as well as being chock full of antioxidants, this unique formula firms and plumps the skin whilst protecting it against pollution along with UVA and UVB.