Factoring in a holiday somewhere hot? Here are our sun-care short cuts
Sun creams that promise all-day protection can be very effective – but only if you apply them correctly. "Do it first thing, do it indoors and apply plenty," says Abi Cleeve, MD of Ultrasun, who points out that applying sunscreen when you're already in the sun increases evaporation, thereby reducing protection.
"Put it on at least 15 minutes before you go out and look for easy-to-miss bits around shoulder straps and your clothing. Get a good coverage and let it sink in."
:: Ultrasun Sports Transparent Sun Protection Spray SPF 30, £24.99, John Lewis
:: Riemann P20 Continuous Spray SPF 30, £19.99, Boots
Say goodbye to chalky creams and hello to see-through sprays that make application a doddle. Just be sure to give the bottle a very thorough shake before you spritz, to ensure the SPF ingredients are dispersed throughout the liquid.
:: Garnier Ambre Solaire UV Water Clear Sun Cream Spray SPF 30, £8, Boots
:: Dior Bronze Beautifying Protective Milky Mist Sublime Glow SPF 30, £29.50
Skip one step in your morning routine by choosing a foundation or BB cream that has in-built high-factor protection. Bioderma's new factor 50 Aquafluid comes in two skin-enhancing varieties, while BareMinerals' much-loved Complexion Rescue with SPF 30 is available in 16 shades.
:: Bioderma Photoderm MAX Tinted Aquafluid Golden SPF 50+, £13.20, FeelUnique
:: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30, £28
Water-resistant sunscreen isn't only needed by the pool or seaside, sunbathers – sweat can hamper the efficacy of your SPF. So if, for example, you're a regular runner in summer, you need to be properly protected. Shiseido has just revamped its suncare collection, so that all products use its clever WetForce Technology to form a water-repellent barrier when your skin comes into contact with moisture.
:: Shiseido WetForce Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion Plus SPF 50+, £33, Escentual