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5 Sunscreens with Added Skin Benefits

Who doesn’t love a multi-tasking product? For Summer, we’re all about sunscreens that do more than simply protect against UV rays and burning, like these top complexion-boosting formulas…

Epionce Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF50link

This sunscreen is a bit of an overachiever. Yes, it provides UVA and UVB protection but it also creates a protective shield over the surface of the skin to defend it against Infrared radiation, pollution and High Energy Visible Light – the kind emitted by smartphones and computers that can damage skin’s DNA. Not only that, but it contains barrier-strengthening actives and anti-inflammatories to keep skin calm in the heat, while providing a sheer layer of coverage to hide minor imperfections. Phew!

Avène Very High Protection Cleanance SPF50+link

For oily skin sufferers, a sunscreen that won’t clog the pores or contribute to breakouts is a must-have, but this once from Avène goes one step further and actually prevents blemishes. Alongside a combination of UV filters, this emulsion contains Monolaurin to control oil and mattify shiny areas alongside ingredients to stop the growth of acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin. It’s also water-resistant – making it great for holidays – and is lightweight enough to wear underneath foundation.

Ultrasun Glimmer SPF20link

Dial up the glamour next time you hit the beach or pool by massaging this sunscreen from Ultrasun into the skin from head to toe. It contains the standard UV defenders, to limit sun damage during the day, found in all sunscreens but it also cools hot skin thanks to its refreshing gel-like texture which makes reapplication a breeze, sinking into the skin on contact so you don’t have to worry about getting sticky or covered in sand. However, the main reason this sunscreen is so special is the high concentration of ultra-fine gold mica particles that add a radiant sheen to the limbs, helping to fake the appearance of longer legs and naturally healthy skin.

iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF30link

The extra benefit of using any sunscreen is that it helps to prevent the onset of ageing, but this innovative formula from iS Clinical actually works on minimising existing signs of ageing, such as fine lines and slackness. Its nourishing texture softens dry patches, Aloe Vera prevents heat-induced inflammation within the cells that can lead to damage and Extremozyme antioxidants repair weakened collagen stores, to encourage the skin to act more like its younger self. Think of it like an anti-aging cream and sunscreen in one.

Exuviance OptiLight All-Over Dark Spot Minimizer SPF25link

Hyperpigmentation can be a struggle all year round, but most sufferers will notice that it becomes particularly problematic during the Summer months. This treatment from Exuviance works to both correct and prevent the appearance of dark spots and discolouration by using a blend of proven skin brighteners and exfoliating agents, which remove damaged cells, alongside melanin-inhibitors which control the amount of pigment produced by the skin in the sun. Use it every day without fail to keep your complexion clear.

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