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Want the most effective anti-ageing product money can buy? Then read on, because nothing – repeat nothing – can do more to protect your skin from ageing than a daily sunscreen.
And note that word: daily. While you’re not going to burn in winter, your face is bombarded with ageing UVA rays all year round, and if you’re not protecting yourself you’re going to get lines, wrinkles and sagging sooner.
SPF is especially vital if you use anti-ageing exfoliating peels, as these take off the dead top layer and expose the younger cells underneath which are more vulnerable to year-round sun damage.
Dermatologists generally recommend a product with SPF30 or above as a daily screen to keep those wrinkly rays off your skin.
But which to use? Any SPF will protect you, but what you really want is a sunscreen you’ll actually WANT to put on your face as part of your morning regime.
Thick, chalky formulas have given high SPFs a bad name in the past but the latest sunscreens promise to actually enhance your skin as well as protect it.
The OK! beauty team handpicked a selection of the latest SPFs to test for this year’s Real Beauty Awards. Each one was sent to five different women to trial for month.
These are the ones they genuinely looked forward to applying every single morning.
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This featherlight SPF50 converted the vast majority of testers to the sunscreen cause, with comments about ‘glowy’ and ‘smooth’ skin.
Tester says: “I usually wear SPF only on sunny summer days because I suffer with a shiny T-zone, and lots of sunscreens make this worse. However this SPF has proved it’s possible to wear factor 50 without it being thick and greasy. Having vitamin C to help repair and brighten is a plus too as I don’t have to layer another product on.”
Tester says: ‘This made a good base for make-up, helping it to stay in place and last, and it improved my skin tone. I would wear this daily to protect from skin ageing.”
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Testers were complimentary about the light, non-greasy texture and flattering skin finish.
Tester says: “I found it slightly smoothed out my fine lines. A little goes a long way. My skin feels 100% better than it did before I started using it. I only used to wear SPF in summer, but this will make me wear it more as it’s light and makes a great base for make-up.”
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One tester found the tinted formula too dark for her complexion but the rest loved the healthy, glowy boost they got with their protection.
Tester says: “My skin felt radiant and soft and dewy. This is the first SPF with a tint in that I have used and I’m hooked. I would definitely use a tinted SPF from now on during the whole year. 10/10”
If you like the sound of our best SPFs, they’re part of the huge skin haul up for grabs in our Beauty Awards giveaway. Three lucky winners will get a bundle of some of our top-rated products, worth £1,800 each! Click here to enter.
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