The Top 5
Body SPFs
Body SPFs
It’s peak holiday season and while our faces tend to receive most of our attention when it comes to SPF, as with our complexions, protecting the skin on our body against sun damage ought to be a top priority. So whether you’re staycationing or vacationing, we’ve rounded up five of the best body SPFs, from family-friendly and waterproof formulations to one that’s an unapologetically luxurious treat.
Best For Breakout-Prone Skin: Avène Very High Protection Cleanance SPF 50+ Sun Cream

This is a core part of Avène’s Cleanance line which has been designed specifically for acneic and blemish-prone skin. One of the most common reasons why people tend to skip SPF is for fear it will induce acne or breakouts, but Avène have worked hard to make this one as non-comedogenic as possible – it’s oil-free and features monolaurin to suppress sebum production and ensure a matte rather than sheeny finish.

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Best All-Rounder: Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

If we had to recommend a sunscreen that excels on all fronts – and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg – it would be this broad spectrum SPF 50 lotion from Sun Bum. It’s reasonably priced, deliciously scented, waterproof and sinks in in a matter of seconds – what’s not to like? It’s sure to please the whole family, from children right up to even the most sunscreen-averse adults.

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Best Budget Buy: Bondi Sands Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Made in Australia (whose regulations around sunscreens are famously some of the strictest in the world), this fragrance-free, broad spectrum SPF rivals far pricier formulations with its quick to absorb, non-greasy finish. And for just under £8, you get a generous 150ml of sunscreen that will last you for ages, even when you’re regularly applying (and, of course, re-applying) across your whole body.

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Best Waterproof Formulation: Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50

When you’re working out or spending lots of time in the water, we’d suggest you switch out the SPF you rely on for incidental sun exposure day-to-day to something more built for purpose, like this sunscreen from Dermalogica. As well as being water resistant for up to 80 minutes, it offers oleosome technology, where tiny moisture-rich spheres help to enhance the protection afforded by broad spectrum SPF 50 as well as helping to keep skin hydrated. Unlike waterproof formulations of old, there’s no sticky finish or white cast here, so you’ll actually enjoy wearing it – we promise.

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Best Luxury SPF: Sisley Super Soin Solaire Silky Body Cream SPF 30

Those in search of an ultra-indulgent body sunscreen that feels like heaven to apply, will enjoy this aptly-named silky SPF from Sisley. Alongside its SPF of 30 you’ll find a raft of pigmentation-fighting antioxidants in vitamin E and Edelweiss extract, while camelia and shea oils leaves limbs feeling soft and supple. And as can be expected from Sisley (and, arguably, from such an elevated price point), it feels sublime, smells exquisitely of geranium and lavender and hydrates beautifully without greasiness. 

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