Whatever the weather, we all know that applying SPF every day (yes, even in winter) is the golden ticket to healthy, wrinkle-free and radiant-looking skin. But finding the best SPF for you that successfully blocks the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, is no easy feat when there is so much choice in such an oversaturated market. And just like any other skincare investment, the type of SPF you should use depends on your skin type.

Historically, SPF creams have been quick to induce a breakout, with greasy pore-clogging formulas that often leave an ashy white cast, especially on darker skin tones. But new products are proving that lightweight but powerful SPF is now something that, with the right knowledge, can easily become a part of your everyday routine.

The Because team have dug out their top tried and tested recommendations to protect you this summer – and all year round.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation With SPF15

For a multi-use product that does it all in just a few drops, this lightweight SPF 15 foundation leaves my skin feeling glowy, with the perfect amount of subtle (non-cakey) coverage and essential everyday protection from the sun.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF50

Skincare maverick Dr. Barbara Sturm has kept our faces radiant over the years, with her expansive offering of lotions and potions with anti-ageing properties. Her cult Sun Drops pack protective punch but are weightless on the skin. And the good news is that she’s just launched an SPF for the whole body providing head-to-toe protection, with a signature skin-loving formula.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Oil Control Fluid SPF50+ for Oily Blemish-Prone Skin

This small but mighty bottle is my go-to for days spent on the beach or make-up free in high summer. Its uber-light consistency can be added to any moisturiser or applied directly to sunburn-prone areas. This product helped me overcome my fear of SPF and I would recommend it to anyone with sensitive, oily skin, scared of suncream breakouts.

Supergoop Mattescreen SPF 30

This tried and tested product has been on our radar since it dropped back in March. It's been on repeat in my washbag and guarantees a super thin, matte coverage, that is effortless to blend make-up over.

Horace Mattifying Face Moisturiser SPF30

I’ve stolen this product from my boyfriend's (very limited) washbag a few times, and it's a great mattifying alternative to typical high-shine, glossy SPFs.

A'PIEU Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+

Everything about this A’pieu SPF is refreshing: the cool turquoise of its easy-application tube, its citrussy scent bringing to mind lazy days on the beach, its watery texture which absorbs quickly and without a white cast. The best part? All of these benefits for less than £10.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Care SPF20

To hydrate and protect my lips, I find myself reaching for a household classic. This is a permanent fixture in my washbag that doesn't skimp on heavy-duty nourishment.

Lesse Every Tone SPF30

For a sunscreen that blends into all skin tones, and leaves no residual white cast, Lesse has got you covered. Though seemingly opaque white, the lotion melts into the skin leaving no chalky white behind. The cream feels rich and is packed full of protection, making a great base under daily moisturiser.

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