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For the longest time, sunscreen was a summertime fling. As we’ve watched it evolve into a skincare
staple, and transform in texture, finish and purpose, the process of choosing the right SPF for your skin
type and lifestyle has become that little bit more complicated (albeit more personalised). While something
is always better than nothing, finding a formula that’s just right can really change the game. To
break it all down, we’ve enlisted the help of MECCA skincare education manager, Lucy Shaw.
WHY? Thanks to its hydrating, moisturiser-like formulation and consistency, this
bestselling SPF is a winner for normal to dry skin types.
WHO? If you’re into your skincare, a glowy base or are the type to wear makeup daily,
this SPF will fit perfectly into your routine without compromising your makeup.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… This formulation is proudly oxybenzone free, so if you do choose
to wear it while swimming, you don’t need to be concerned about its effect on our coral reefs.
SHAW’S TIP: “For a subtle glow, I love wearing this with a few drops of liquid bronzer,
such as Drunk Elephant
WHY? With physical sun-blocker zinc-oxide and barrier-protecting essential fatty acids,
this SPF is a great choice for dry and easily irritated skin types.
WHO? This sunscreen is perfect for those looking for everyday sun protection, in a
deeply nourishing formulation that won’t irritate. It’s also a convenient option if you prefer to have one
universal sunscreen, versus one for your face and another for your body.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… As well as being a physical SPF and containing essential fatty
acids, it is also formulated with vitamin C to help protect your skin from external aggressors and free radicals.
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WHY? Although still hydrating, this convenient stick formulation has a mattifying
finish, making it perfect for oily (or sweaty) skin.
WHO? This formula sits incredibly as a base underneath makeup and goes over it just as
well. The fact that it’s a no-mess stick means there’s no excuse not to take it with you on the go. Hooray
for easy lunchtime and beach day top-ups.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… This is a physical SPF, with its key sun-blocking ingredient being
zinc oxide. This means that it reflects UV rays rather than absorbing them.
SHAW’S TIP: “Simply swipe it on to your skin and blend in with your fingers.”
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WHY? This formulation is super lightweight and easy to wear—it’s designed to keep
everyone protected, all over.
WHO? You won’t sweat this cream off, so if you’re the type to go for a morning run or
practice yoga on the balcony, this is the one.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… This protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has aloe
vera to hydrate and soften the skin while it protects.
SHAW’S TIP: “Make sure that you massage it into the skin about 20 minutes before you
WHY? Everyone has lips!
WHO? More specifically, this protective balm is a must for anyone who drives long
distances, sits by a window for work, or is often outdoors during the day.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT… Your lips are just as vulnerable when it comes to skin cancer and
they are often the one place we forget to apply SPF to.
SHAW’S TIP: “Apply generously and repeatedly throughout the day or whilst you’re out in
the sun. This lightweight balm can even be applied on or just outside the lip line as it is not sticky or
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