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To SPF or not to SPF, that is the question. But when it comes to great skin, the answer is always yes. You might be bored of being told to add it into your skincare routine, but wearing a high enough SPF to protect your skin even when it’s not sunny is fundamental to fending off pigmentation, dryness, fine lines and skin cancer; basically, it’s the key to the very best, healthiest skin. The good news is that there is a selection of great tinted SPF sunscreens that make protecting your skin - while concealing, blurring and disguising - easy. Here are our favourites:
The Lightweight Veil
Wonderfully sheer - if you like a veil of coverage that lasts all day then this is for you. Aside from the super high SPF of 50, which is the ultimate sun shield, it contains superstar antioxidant Vitamin C which brightens and protects skin from pollution.
The Budget Buy
As proof that amazing skincare doesn’t have to cost the world, we present Maybelline’s SPF30 beauty balm. It’s gel-based, so doesn’t feel heavy on skin, but is pigmented enough to give a great glowy base. We love it – the only drawback is that it only comes in two light colours. If you’ve got darker skin, try Body Shop’s All-In-One BB Cream for a similar feel but with more colour choice.
The Oil-Free Tint
More of a foundation, this Nars offering imparts really great coverage that gives a flawless matte finish. It’s also oil-free which makes it great for shinier skin types and comes in every shade you can think of (there are 12 that range from very light to very dark). Bravo!
There’s BB creams and then there’s this Smashbox BB cream – the silky formula was created with those who are partial to a selfie (or six). Oily, dry or sensitive, every skin type will love how it feels on skin because it’s water based. Not only will it feel hydrated, but it will look it too, so expect a pretty perfect luminous glow. The additional SPF35 makes it a winner.
The City Defender
If you live in a city, then you need to take particular care of your skin as it’s not just the sun’s rays that cause damage, it's pollution too. This BB cream from Estee Lauder is packed full of skin-defending antioxidants (Vitamin C, E and Coenzyme Q10), which along with the SPF 35 make a pretty damn good barrier against skin-destroying particles. You’ll get an even, natural finish without it feeling heavy and, if you’ve got sensitive skin, this’ll be your new best friend.
As per the Golden Rules of Suncare, remember that nothing beats applying a straightforward (non-tinted) SPF for healthy skin. Using one of these hybrids is great for minimum protection but for the best shielding from the sun, a standalone SPF is key.