We know summer’s already in full swing, but it’s never too late to talk suncream. Although, let’s face it, there’s nothing sexy or exciting about it. In fact, applying it is somewhat of a chore. Especially when, like us, you have kids in tow, which means you have to slather it on them, before you can even consider protecting yourself. We know you’ll have all read a million times before about the importance of using SPF to prevent the signs of ageing…and worse. So we’re not here to preach to you (although frankly, if you’re not sun aware and protecting yourself adequately, we think you’re bonkers!). We’re just rounding up our favourite sunscreens and make-up products with SPF, to ensure you have a safe, non-sticky and flawless-looking summer – whether at home or abroad! Happy reading…

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The wonderful world of Lancaster

VERYMAKEUPMAD’S STAR BRAND: We love Lancaster. The brand that we grew up with – it boasts over 40 years experience in UV protection – and which we continue to use today. Recent innovation sees Lancaster now protecting us not only from UVA & UVB rays (responsible for burning and ageing), but also from infra-red light, which damages skin’s elasticity and firmness. We love the SPF30 Velvet Touch Cream, £21, although the new Sun Sport range seems to be making waves in the beauty world and is perfect if you’re having a more active holiday. Or try the SPF 30 Invisible Face Mist, £14.95, which is fast-drying, alcohol-free, and can be spritzed over make-up. Top Tip: Download the brilliant Lancaster Sun Timer app which calculates when to apply more sunscreen or to get out of the sun.

PHARMACY FAVOURITES: If you suffer from sensitive skin that misbehaves in the sun, be sure to get your hands on  La Roche Posay suncare. The Anthelios range is unbeatable and we love the new Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel Cream SPF50, £16.50, which is perfect if your skin is oily and/or spot-prone. Vichy is another firm favourite of ours, and V recently used the BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF50, £16.50, on her face on a girly weekend in Marbella (woop woop!). It evened out her skin and gave a gorgeous glow, meaning she didn’t feel pale and self-conscious on the beach. Not that she went to the beach. She’s not a fan of sand. More a swimming pool kind of girl…

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BEST FOR UNDER MAKE-UP When it comes to looking good in the heat, we’ve got it covered. Gone are the days when sun products were thick, greasy and left you streaked white. If you want to apply a great, quick-drying sun cream under your makeup, we suggest you go for Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum, SPF50, £32. It’s super-light and dries beautifully to leave your skin perfectly primed for cosmetics. And whilst we’re on the subject of Clarins, be sure to pack the Sun Care Milk For Children SPF50, £21,(although grown-ups can use too!! We do) if you’re jetting off en famille.

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BEST SUN MAKEUP: Several months ago, V discovered CLE Cosmetics CCC Cream, £25, and has already written about it here. In case you missed it (shame on you!), all you need to know is that it’s a magical, light cream that transforms on application to match your skin tone, and contains SPF45. It leaves skin looking flawless and with a flattering, dewy finish. Meanwhile, M loves Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation, SPF30, £23.95 (pictured below) which she’s been using for years and which works like a dream. It’s perfect to dab on during the day for touch ups.

BEST FOR FEELING SHIMMERY & FABULOUS: Ultrasun is another brilliant brand that  has something for everyone – if you’re not familiar with it, go check it out. We love the gorgeous body lotions with subtle shimmer, that melt into the skin and make limbs look gorgeous. Glimmer Shimmering Sun Protection, from £18.

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BEST HIGHSTREET BRAND: It’s got to be Boots’ Soltan. Perfect for all the family and boasting the best in suncare expertise. Try the Protect & Moisturise Face range, from £4.50. The creams absorb really easily into the skin.

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That’s our sunscreen scoop!

Despite all our best efforts and fastidious suncream application, there are always times when we overdo it in the sun and find random red streaks on our skin where we’re sure we were protected. So we always pack some Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel, £5.59 which immediately soothes skin and gives relief from pain. And unlike certain other aloe products it’s not at all sticky and sinks into the skin. It’s our summer secret weapon!

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Love & Happy Holidays,

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