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If there's one piece of advice dermatologists always give their friends, their family, and of course their patients, it's to wear sunscreen every single day. Yep, even indoors and on cloudy days. Wearing sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays, which prevents skin cancer and ageing, as well as minimising other skin concerns — like hyperpigmentation, rosacea, sun spots, and fine lines. Put simply: "sunscreen is the most effective anti-ageing product you can invest your money in," Dr Catherine Borysiewicz, consultant dermatologist at London's Cadogan Clinic, told POPSUGAR.
We expect a lot from the sunscreen we put on our face: a minimum of SPF 30, UVA and UVB protection, one that doesn't break us out, and one that must feel good on our skin and work nicely under makeup if you wear it. If we're going to wear it all day every day, then it's important that our sunscreen is just as nice to use as our favourite serum or moisturiser. Luckily, the choice of sunscreen is now vast and formulations have improved immensely over the last few years. No longer are we putting up with sticky or greasy formulas that have the distinct sunscreen scent and leave a white cast — even with mineral sunscreens.
Whether you're looking for a chemical or mineral sunscreen formula, a solid or spray format, or one that won't leave a trace of a white or blueish cast, we've found the perfect sunscreen for you. Shop our ultimate dermatologist- and editor-recommended list of sunscreen formulas for your face ahead.