The best sunscreens for summer

by Kelly Billimoria

The best sunscreens for summer |

With the summer and beautiful weather on the horizon, it is time to get serious about sun screens. Our beauty writer Kelly Bilimoria outlines what to look out for and which sunscreens to get.

Sunscreens are designed to help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching and damaging the skin. There are two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, which damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.

The most common phrase with regards to sunscreen is SPF. SPF, Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin.

Sunscreen can help the skin in a variety of ways, especially:

  1. It decreases the development of skin cancer.
  2. It helps prevent facial spots and skin discolourations.
  3. It helps to reduce the appearance of facial veins and blotchiness.
  4. It slows down the development of wrinkled or premature aging skin.

When applying a Sunscreen, consider the following:

  • Fair-skinned and redheaded people should use at least SPF 30+ and higher.
  • Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours after.
  • For swimming, remember no sunscreen is waterproof. However, there are water-resistance sunscreens on the market, which last 40 or 80 minutes. You still need to reapply regularly.
  • Don’t forget that a cloudy day isn’t a day off for sunscreen. You can just as easily get sunburnt on a cloudy day, especially if you’re in the water.

Learning to read the label is the key to buying the right brand of sunscreen

Look for sunscreen with these key features:

1. SPF

  • SPF 15 will keep you protected from harmful rays for 150 minutes. Suitable for when you are outdoors, walking the dog or at an outdoor café.
  • SPF 30 will keep you protected from harmful rays for 300 minutes. Suitable for when you are in the sun for longer periods of time, such as sunbathing or playing sport.
  • Please note that the SPF rating only indicates your protection from the UVB rays.

2. Broad-Spectrum

These protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

3. Check that the product label includes some of these sunscreen ingredients

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octyl Salicylate
  • Avobenzone
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Zinc Oxide

The Best Sunscreen Products on the market

For All Over Quick Coverage

For Outdoor Activities

For Special Skin Conditions

Are you serious about protecting your skin from the sun? Which is your favorite sunscreen?


Kelly is 40+Style’s makeup and beauty expert writer. She is a professional makeup artist currently residing in Singapore. For more information or bookings contact her through her website

1 Patti

I love the sprays for when I am going out to ride my bike, they’re so quick and easy.

2 Michele

Even though I have a tawny complexion, over the years my skin became extremely sensitive, and breaks out in hives and rashes from sun exposure and heat. In fact, I am allergic to certain sunscreen ingredients, like oxybenzone! I highly recommend Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen SPF 60+ for hypersensitive skin… The lotion is thick, and it takes rubbing it in well for the white streaks to fade, but it is a truly remarkable sunscreen!

3 Sylvia

Thanks for the recommendation Michele!

4 Michele

You’re very welcome! Lots of love from NYC!

5 Greetje Kamminga

I better keep my mouth shut on this subject. Notoriously bad at it and it shows.

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