The new high-tech anti-ageing SPFs you need to know

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Seeking a tip-top SPF? We’ve got you covered (Ultrasun )
Seeking a tip-top SPF? We’ve got you covered (Ultrasun )

Put that £75 potion down, because unless you’re wearing broad spectrum SPF every day, it won’t be doing much in the way of anti-ageing.

In fact, according to suncare expert and founder of Ultrasun Abi Cleeve: “Over 80% per cent of all ageing is due to the sun. And the World Health Organisation claims that up to 90 per cent of the visible changes commonly attributed to ageing may be caused by sun exposure.”

If that isn’t frightening enough, blue light is also an issue, says Cleeve. “The high energy visible (HEV) light that is emitted from electronic devices poses potential skin harm. HEV light penetrates more deeply into the skin’s epidermis and generates free radicals which cause cells to produce enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. This process is known as oxidative stress which can lead to hyperpigmentation.”

Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays and many brands are now upgrading their formulas to cover HEV light, too. But with a plethora of choices out there, it can be difficult to decide what to slather on each day, so here are our high-tech favourites.

The everyday hero

Formulated for ultra-sensitive skin and with a new, patented organic filter called Triasorb, the Avene Intense Protect SPF50+, £20, absorbs and reflects UVA, UVB and HEV rays with a completely film-free finish. Plus, it’s reef and marine life friendly.

Avene Intense Protect SPF50+, £20 (Avene)
Avene Intense Protect SPF50+, £20 (Avene)

The mighty spritz

The average sunscreen only works at full capacity for around two hours, so the full-spectrum Ultra Sun Face & Scalp Mist SPF50, £18, packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants, is fantastic for top ups desk-side or out and about. Plus, the non greasy formula protects the scalp from sunburn when it’s really toasty.

Ultra Sun Face & Scalp Mist SPF50, £18 (UltraSun)
Ultra Sun Face & Scalp Mist SPF50, £18 (UltraSun)

The tip-top tint

The clever Dr David Jack All Day Long SPF50, £89, features a touch of mineral tint to delicately conceal imperfections and a concoction of alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate and resurface skin as it protects.

Dr David Jack All Day Long SPF50, £89 (Dr David JAck)
Dr David Jack All Day Long SPF50, £89 (Dr David JAck)

The anti-pigmentation potion

If you’re struggling with pigmentation, look to the silky smooth La Roche Posay Anthelios Age Correct Spf 50+, £25, packed with for niacinamide and phe-resorcinol to protect and hydrate skin while working to reverse sun damage.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Age Correct Spf 50+, £25 (La Roche Posay)
La Roche Posay Anthelios Age Correct Spf 50+, £25 (La Roche Posay)

The super stick

If you like a hands on application without greasy palms, the Shiseido Clear Suncare Stick SPF50+, £28, is the on-the-go protection for you. Completely transparent, the product uses heat and moisture activation to strengthen the protective veil in hot weather.

Shiseido Clear Suncare Stick SPF50+, £28 (Shiseido)
Shiseido Clear Suncare Stick SPF50+, £28 (Shiseido)

The powerful primer

Designed with a 360 approach in mind, the Hello Sunday The One That’s Got It All Facial Primer SPF 50, £20, firmly holds makeup in place while protecting against damaging UV rays, HVL and pore-clogging pollution.

Hello Sunday The One That’s Got It All Facial Primer SPF 50, £20, (Hello Sunday)
Hello Sunday The One That’s Got It All Facial Primer SPF 50, £20, (Hello Sunday)

The mineral maverick

Created for those with an aversion to chemical sunscreen, the au natural Dr Dennis Gross All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, £46, uses transparent zinc oxide and a mix of antioxidants to ward off wrinkles.

Dr Dennis Gross All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, £46 (Dr. Dennis Gross)
Dr Dennis Gross All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, £46 (Dr. Dennis Gross)

The kid’s kit

Created for all over application, the Lancaster Kids Milky Face & Body Spray SPF 50+, £24, is a water resistant, anti-sand, tear-free formula that can be spritzed on wet skin. It also contains HVL filters for the times you want to distract them with the iPad.

Lancaster Kids Milky Face & Body Spray SPF 50+, £24 (Lancaster)
Lancaster Kids Milky Face & Body Spray SPF 50+, £24 (Lancaster)
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