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The best sunscreens for protecting your skin

Hello, Sunshine! There’s no better time to discuss sunscreen than right now, as we approach the blazing hot Aussie summer days. Although you should be wearing it everyday, even during winter, when the UV rays are reflecting off the snow, sleet and through the clouds. – if you didn’t know that little fact, now you do.

With every new season, you should also be restocking your sunscreen stash – most will have an expiration date, we recommend taking this date very seriously. Also, if you’ve been holding onto a tube for more than five years then it’s SPF protection probably isn’t 50+, which became the new standard in 2014.

The perfect sunscreen for us would be something un-scented, not too oily, tinted and matte enough to sit under our makeup without being too noticeable. So with this list in mind, we did some research and found what we believe are the best of the best…

ULTRACEUTICALS SUNACTIVE SPF 50+ FACE CREAM $49

The SunActive SPF 50+ range features complete UVA/UVB spectrum sunscreen ingredients to provide very high sun protection with 4 hours water resistance, antioxidant protection and touch-dry technology for a shine free velvet finish.

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MODELCO DAILY FACE MATIFYING SUNSCREEN AND LIP BALM $25

This is a matte, non-greasy, tinted sunscreen AND lip balm that’s also SPF50+. This one basically ticked all our boxes, but it gets even better. The sunscreen and balm is great for all skin types, the balm is strawberry flavoured and comes packaged with an inbuilt mirror for perfect application. Take all of our money!

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SUNSENSE ANTI-AGEING FACE MATTE SPF 50+ $14.69

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF 50+ is an oil-free sunscreen formulated with alpha hydroxy acids, nicotinamide and vitamin E to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. For the face and neck, the cream contains SPF 50+ UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection. The light, moisturising lotion has a sheer tint for an invisible matte finish. (Yass) It also works to improve skin texture, firmness and tone, while helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improving the appearance of age spots.

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BANANA BOAT FACES OIL-FREE SPF 50+ $8.80

Banana Boat Faces Oil-Free SPF 50+ is an oil-free, very high protection sunscreen lotion specially formulated to protect the face and neck from sun damage, without clogging pores. It contains UVA and UVB protection and is idea for wearing daily under make-up. The non-greasy, fragrance-free light lotion glides easily onto skin, absorbing into the skin without leaving any white residue.

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ELLA BACHE GREAT SPF 50+ SUNGLOW $49

A protective tinted luminous shimmer spray radiating your skin whilst moisturising. SPF 50+, water resistant for 2 hours, easy application and lightweight moisturiser rich with antioxidants. The Ella Bache Sunglow also tints the skin, providing the benefits of an evened out complexion and a luminous shimmer effect. A gorgeous sun kissed glow that will also highlight an existing self-tan product.

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IT COSMETICS CC CREAM $58

It’s CC cream is a colour-correcting, full coverage cream, which gives your skin the look of subtle radiance. It’s formulated in five shades that deliver full, flawless, perfect coverage, while protecting your skin with one of-a-kind UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical-only SPF 50+. Clinically shown to increase skin hydration by 179% and improve skin texture, this breakthrough illuminating cream never creases, never cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots. Plus it’s infused with an advanced anti-aging serum formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins and antioxidants that work in harmony to diffuse the look of wrinkles, minimize pores and give you the look of radiant, supple and flawless skin.

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SURF LIFE SAVING MARINE FRIENDLY CLEAR MIST SPRAY SPF 50+ $17.49

Alleviating concerns that the sunscreen you put on your skin washes off into rivers, lakes and our ocean, potentially harming our unique marine environment. This product has been Tested and proven non-toxic to marine life, you can now ensure the SPF50+ sunscreen you use, is proven to be marine friendly; offering maximum sun protection, with minimum eco-impact.

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MECCA COSMETICA SUNBRELLA INVISIBLE SUPERSPRAY SPF 50+ $19

Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF 50+ is a completely clear, fast-absorbing, sunscreen spray for face and body. Acting like an invisible umbrella, the mist is perfect for on-the-go protection or a day at the beach. The weightless, 4 hour water-resistant formula is suitable for sensitive skin and offers maximum broad spectrum protection against age-accelerating UVA and UVB rays. Perfection!

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