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Super-charged sun care

Innovation abounds in the world of sun care today. Luxury London reveals the brands breaking new ground

Whether it’s due to health concerns or merely wanting to prevent the signs of ageing, we are more aware of the importance of sun care than ever before. Fortunately for us, this is arguably the most exciting category in beauty right now, with groundbreaking new formulas and innovations on track to change sun cream as we know it. No more sticky, oily textured formulas that give you breakouts and need to be reapplied every 15 minutes.

 Today’s offerings are lightweight and fuss-free, with most offering added extras

Promising ‘sun care with benefits’, Eau Thermale Avène offers sun protection specifically targeted to ageing and acne-prone skin. Its Cleanance Solaire is the only cream on the market that promises to actively fight blemishes while protecting against sun damage, using an ingredient called monolaurin. It is also formulated with anti-inflammatory zinc gluconate and mattifying powders, ensuring a shine-free finish. Likewise, the new Anthelios Anti-Shine promotes a matte complexion while bringing the ease back into sun care application with its spray bottle and unique mist texture, meaning it can be applied under or over make-up. 

If you want indulgence from your sun care, then look to Sensai, whose sumptuous formula for body and face offers protection while also counteracting the existing signs of ageing through its use of koishimaru silk, which stimulates hyaluronic acid and collagen production within the skin.  

And if you’re up for sampling something a bit more revolutionary this summer, try Canary Wharf-based cosmetic surgeon Dr Russo’s eponymous range, which recently launched the industry’s first Sun Protective Day Cleanser, promising SPF 30 protection with an exclusive ‘wash-on’ technology that remains on the skin once the cleanser is washed off and the face patted dry.