The Only SPFs That Don't Break Me Out

Historically greasy and pore-blocking, SPFs are a much-maligned bunch. But, with ever-evolving formulas and improved technology there are now plenty of facial suncreams which protect weightlessly.

With a slew of new-gen sun protection available, this is now a no-excuse zone. 

We're all guilty.

Even though we all know that wearing a decent suncream on our faces every day is one of the best routes to having younger-looking skin for longer (not to mention its ability to minimise harmful sun damage), we often approach a devil-may-care attitude to SPF. 

But, these days, not all sunscreen is created equal – meaning that it's now entirely possible to coat your skin in protection while also looking fresh. 

What you're looking for is both UVA and UVB protection, a minimum of SPF 30, and a formula that suits your specific needs.

From dewy mists textures to subtly-tinted creams for when you don't feel like wearing make-up, check out Irish Tatler's best SPFs for your face below.

The Cream

A creamy and invisible formula that eschews former sunblock norms and feels lightweight on the face. 

Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 50ml, €56.95, Dermalogica 

The Lotion 

La Roche-Posay's Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid is specifically designed for people with skin breakout concerns, offering a non-comedogenic, featherlight formula with a velvet finish alongside SPF 30 protection.

Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid SPF 30, €19.50, La Roche-Posay

The Powder

For those with oily skin, powder SPF is the way to go. Ideally reapplied on top of makeup. 

On-the-Go Shielding Powder SPF 30, €26.45, Paula's Choice

The Mist

A super-fine mist from the sun Gods that are Institut Esthederm, this protective spray is made with nourishing coconut and silky rice bran. 

Adaptasun Protective Silky Body Mist, €50, Institut Esthederm

The Gradual Tanner

Particularly adapted for the sun-conscious, Tancream (as featured on Dragon's Den) is an odour-free formula rich with hydration which also protects the skin from the harshest of rays. 

Premium Suncream 100ml SPF50, €51,60, Tancream

The Bronzing Oil

Fake it, while you making it with this oil that gives SPF 50 while leaving behind a believable faux glow. 

Marula Dry Oil Self Tan SPF 50, €49, Vita Liberata

The Charged Water 

Replenish thirsty skin with this spray formula SPF, which is enhanced with Hyaluronic Acid and Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water for extra hydration. 

Idéal Soleil Hydrating SPF30 Protective Solar Water, €23, Vichy

The Purist

Suitable for even the most sensitive skins, this is first-ever 100% mineral sun care product, offering optimum protection using only mineral-based filters and comes in both tinted and clear versions. 

Tinted Mineral Fluid, €21, Eau Thermale Avene

The Multitasker 

Downsize your holiday beauty-haul with this spray oil that can be used to protect body and hair all in one hit. 

Spray Radiant Oil High Protection SPF30, €25, Clarins

The Rehydrator 

The new Yon-Ka Solar Care Sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays while also providing moisture. In it, we have liquorice extract which reduces redness, helps minimise dark spots and discolouration as well as Vitamin B5 which binds water to the skin to improve elasticity.

Solar Care Spf 50 Creme Solaire, €39, Yon-Ka

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