5 Of The Best SPF's To Wear Under Your Makeup

With the weather warming up and summer just around the corner, it’s all the more important to make SPF a vital step in your morning skin care routine. Why? Because it protects skin from damaging UV rays which cause premature ageing, discolouration, dark spots, and skin cancer. So, you know it makes sense to wear SPF. But there’s a niggling thought at the back of your mind isn’t there? 

SPF Under Make-Up

Surely SPF and make-up don’t go together is what you’re probably thinking. Perhaps you’re even imagining yourself right now with make-up sliding half-way down your face, carried on an oil-slick of gloopy sun lotion. Let’s make one thing clear though. SPF that’s been formulated to wear under make-up is very different to traditional suntan lotion, which can be heavier and, in many cases, takes longer to absorb into the skin, leaving a white cast.

SPF That Doesn’t Make Skin Oily

Nowadays SPF facial moisturisers harness the latest technology and use highly effective ingredients to provide exceptional protection from the sun, whilst simultaneously providing the perfect base for make-up. It won’t surprise you to know that Skinstation stocks the most cutting-edge SPFs on the market. Check out our top recommendations and get ready for the coming sunshine, safe in the knowledge that your skin will be fully protected.

Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Defense Sunscreen SPF 50

If your skin has already suffered at the hands of the sun, this product is going to be your saviour. A high-protection SPF, this formulation guards against the signs of ageing including dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles.

Packed with enriching antioxidants and Melatonin Defense Complex, it’s an SPF that provides free radical defence and powerful antioxidative action. Vitamin C and E are also in there to maintain healthy skin ensuring that this is a superb all-round SPF. 

You’ll be glad to know that it’s also completely without any chemical filters, providing solid reassurance that this product provides safe protection without the use of any ingredients that may have adverse effects. Massage until the formula completely melts into skin, leaving it thoroughly pampered and prepped, ready for your morning make-up.

iS Clinical® Extreme Protect SPF 30

Formulated with advanced Extremozyme® technology, this SPF uses micro-fine zinc oxide and micro-encapsulated organic active sunscreens.

By combining multi-level broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with powerful antioxidants that abate oxidative solar damage, an antioxidant rich barrier is formed against damaging rays, as well as protecting against other environmental damage.

The result is that it provides an extraordinary level of sun protection from premature ageing, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Skin feels extraordinarily soft and smooth too without any grease, making it just perfect for using as a base for make-up.

MZ Skins's Potent Age Defence Retinol Day Moisturiser SPF 30

Ideally formulated for those suffering with blemished skin, this multi-purpose daily moisturiser contains an encapsulated non-irritant retinol to heal imperfections, refine and brighten skin tone. 

It’s wonderfully rich in Vitamin A, C and E, meaning that cell renewal is encouraged. Antioxidant rich Kahai Nut Oil also protects, hydrates, and nourishes skin. 

Used regularly, this SPF not only provides sun protection but actively improves your complexion, transforming skin at a deep cellular level.  Say goodbye to blemishes and hello to a beautifully even toned, radiant and healthy-looking base for make-up.

Dr. Barbara’s Sturm Sun Drops SPF50

This has, to be the ultimate moisturising SPF serum which can either be applied alone or easily mixed with a moisturiser. Its super light, making this SPF ideal for wearing under make-up. Despite being lightweight. hero ingredients glycerine and arginine offer intensive nourishment and hydration. Doctor Barbara herself has even been known to describe this powerful skin elixir as “your liquid sun umbrella”. 

The magic happens when this serum forms a protective layer, simultaneously shielding skin from harmful summer rays whilst deeply nourishing it, making it the perfect tonic for dryness. Active ingredients, Vitamin E and Cassine Extract also support the regeneration of skin cells and with continued use, skin appears more youthful. 

Skinceuticals Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF 30

Sun damage causes fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eye area, often making us look older before our time. SkinCeuticals, realising this common problem, have cleverly developed a targeted SPF30, using !00% mineral filters for protecting and nourishing the thin, delicate skin around the eye area, including the lids. 

An added benefit is that its sheer, universal tint is suitable for all skin types, unifying the look of skin tone around the eyes. It’s also suitable for use from the brow bone to the cheek bone, even on the eyelid. A weightless mousse, this SPF really creates the ideal canvas for flawless make-up.