It’s heating up in Hong Kong, so make sure you’ve got some sunscreen to hand!
If there’s one piece of advice the beauty world swears by time and time again, its not to skip on an SPF moisturiser for your face. It’s easy to forget this crucial step in your routine, however applying UV protection is a bigger deal than you might first think. Although it’s a no brainer to protect our skin when we head to the beach at weekends, dermatologists highly recommend including SPF moisturisers in our daily routine (yes that’s right, even during the grey, cooler months). The sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays can be severely damaging to our skin even on the cloudiest of days, which is why sun protection is a beauty must, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Luckily for us, more and more brands are developing lightweight, non-greasy formulas for daily use that won’t clog pores or leave a sticky residue behind. So whether it’s a daily moisturiser you’re after, a base for your makeup, or something with a hint of colour, we’ve rounded up our favourite SPF moisturisers for every skin type to ensure your face stays protected all year long. Best of all, they’re all available to buy in Hong Kong!
Best for: Dry Skin
If you haven’t heard of Supergoop! yet, then it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Supergoop! is currently completely dedicated to sun protection and aims to change the way you feel about sunscreen. Instead of a chalky, sticky product, expect lotions, oils and calming face sprays, all with super broad-spectrum protection (protecting your skin from UVA, UBA and infrared-A rays). Its Superscreen Daily Moisturiser is a great place to start if you’re keen to explore the products. With SPF 40, this particular lotion is great for targeting skin that’s in need of some extra moisture (it manages to brighten and quench your skin’s thirst without feeling greasy or tacky).
Best for: Oily Skin
Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Moisturizer (with SPF 20) is just the thing for those with oily skin, especially in the summer months when it’s so easy for your moisturiser to slide off your face minutes after leaving the house! This product features a high concentration of vine sap or “viniferine”, which visibly tightens pores, reduces excess sebum, decreases imperfections and corrects spots, leaving your complexion even and radiant. And if that’s not enough, the velvety soft texture melts onto your skin, smoothing your skin tone and creating a naturally perfect base for your makeup. So even during the long summer days, your skin will stay protected while your makeup stays firmly in place! Did we mention that Caudalie donates 1% of its proceeds to organisations working to protect the environment and has a mission to plant over eight million trees in eight countries by 2021? We’re in love!
Best For: Sensitive Skin
With a mission to make dermatological skincare available for those who need it, La Roche-Posay is committed to formulating products for those with even the most sensitive skin. If you suffer from sun allergies, prickly heat, sun induced pigment spots, or all of the above and more (sensitive skin sufferers we feel your pain!) then this is the moisturiser you need in your beauty routine. Its Anthelios Ultra Light fluid with SPF 50 is a super lightweight, non-greasy, soothing moisturiser dedicated to optimal sun protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays. It leaves an invisible finish and is extremely water resistant, perfect for daily use under makeup or as a beach day essential.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluid Ultra-Light, available from Mannings and Watsons across Hong Kong, check out this store locator to find your nearest stockist
Best For: Anti-Ageing
A skincare favourite with a cult following worldwide, Eve Lom’s Daily Protection SPF 50 is so much more than just a sunscreen. Committed to protect, brighten and fight against ageing, this luxurious daily moisturiser is packed full of sun-fighting ingredients and also works to undo any sun damage that may have already been caused, all whilst minimising any fine lines or wrinkles. Still not convinced? It’s also packed with anti-pollution ingredients, including vitamins C and E to defend against environmental impurities, and lactic acid to gently exfoliate. This lotion will make sure your skin stays protected, hydrated and even all day long, with a totally weightless finish.
Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50, available online for around $589
Best For: Long Wearing
If you’re on the hunt for something a little more durable, then look no further than Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion. It’s specially formulated to withstand vigorous exercise or sporting activities, is water resistant and sweat proof. It also boasts superior sun protection with an SPF of 70+ to help prevent sunburn on even the toughest of hikes (where it’s very easy to sweat off your sun protection). This moisturiser is a little on the thicker side, making it best for makeup free days. It will nourish and restore skin balance and is thankfully oil free and PABA free, so it won’t clog pores or cause any unwanted breakouts.
Neutrogena Sport Oil-Free Lotion, available online from Amazon for around $70
Best For: Brightening
If you’re looking to not only stay hydrated but also brighten and even your skin, then this is the pick for you. Part of Dr. Andrew Weil’s range for Origins, the Mega Bright SPF30 Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser with Rosa roxburghii and White Peony, plus melanin-inhibiting Palmaria visibly helps even your skin tone. It promises to banish any dark spots or unwanted discolouration, whilst restoring dull skin back to its glowing best. It’s added SPF 30 sun protection and oil-free and paraben-free formula will ensure your skin is treated to only the kindest and best ingredients, banishing any unwanted blemishes without clogging pores.
Dr.Weil for Origins Mega Bright SPF 30, available online from Selfridges for $355
Best For: A Hint Of Coverage
With countless beauty awards under its belt and a staple in many makeup bags, there’s a reason our favourite tinted moisturiser comes from Laura Mercier. A perfect blend of skin care and makeup, this dreamy long-lasting formula will keep your skin hydrated and soft, whilst giving a healthy, dewy coverage to ensure you stay glowing all day long. Ingredients include vitamins C and E, which act as a barrier to the harsh effects of the environment. This lightweight moisturiser also provides ideal sun protection with an SPF 20, eliminating any UVB/UVA rays whilst simultaneously providing long wearing, even colour. Laura Mercier also offers an oil-free version too, perfect for shine and blemish control!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, available online from Duty Free for $430
Best For: All Skin Types
If you’re after something a little more versatile then take a look at Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50. The amazing thing about this product is it’s designed to have a whole host of uses. It can be used as a broad spectrum high defence sunscreen for your face to wear alone, or if you already have a preferred moisturiser you just can’t bear to part with, you can mix equal parts of this sunscreen into your current favourite and you’ve got yourself a tailor-made SPF for your face! You can also mix this with your existing foundation or tinted moisturiser because the lightweight, non-chalky formula is smooth enough to blend into your skin evenly. This product also contains Green Tea and grape seed extracts, which help to create a protective barrier against any nasty pollution or environmental damage. This ultimate all-rounder is a solid choice whatever your needs!
Featured image courtesy of Supergoop via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Supergoop via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Caudalie, image 3 courtesy of La Roche-Posay via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Eve Lom via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Neutrogena, image 6 courtesy of Origins via Selfridges, image 7 courtesy of Laura Mercier via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Dermalogica.