The very best sun protection: Beauty Bible's shortlist

When it comes to ageing, an ounce of protection is worth a ton of repair. Fact: it is way, way easier to prevent wrinkles, crêpiness and even dryness than it is to 'cure' them. And even if you're venturing no further than Brighton beach this summer (or Hastings, in Jo's case), the sun's strong enough right now that you need good protection. (As for faces? We never put those in direct sunlight. N.E.V.E.R.)

For the YOU Magazine Summer Sun Special, the Beauty Bible team slathered our way through dozens and dozens of products. These are the ones we think it's worth finding beach bag-space for.



Just never, ever go below an SPF25 for faces. End. Of.

Shiseido Sun Protecion LotionShiseido Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion SPF30/£29 for 100ml

Most sun protection becomes less effective in contact with water, but this lotion becomes more powerful, creating a water-repellent layer.

Green People Scent-Free Sun Lotion SPF25/£18.95 for 200ml

This natural sun prep, with 82 per cent organic ingredients, is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

Rodial SPF30 X-Treme Dark-Spot Sun Filter/£45 for 50ml

The oil-free formula addresses the tanning concerns of women with ‘sun spots’, key to helping prevent more.

Clarins Suncare Oil Spray


We still like to use a high protection on the body, to tan more slowly - because that way, a golden glow lasts longer. Burn, and you'll peel - and almost be back to square one...

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray UVB/UVA 30/£19.50 for 150ml

This delicious-smelling dry oil spray was formulated to protect and nourish your hair as well as body, leaving no greasiness.

Boots Soltan Sensitive Hypoallergenic Suncare Spray SPF30/£7 for 200ml

Amazing value for this quickly absorbed spray, which gives good no-frills protection plus moisturisation.

Sisley Silky Body MistSisley Milky Body Mist SPF30/£83 for 150ml

A luxury, but this light, deeply moisturising and protective formula melts into skin, leaving it hydrated and subtly scented.