The summer holidays are just around the corner. Your flights are booked, you've got your five-star villa, and you've already stockpiled five designer bikinis. But hang on a second - it won't do at all if you forget to bring any sunscreen. Rather than waiting until the last minute to buy an el-cheapo bottle at the airport that ends up feeling pore-cloggingly greasy and heavy as a wet blanket, be a smart vacationer and plan ahead with our pick of the savviest sun protectors.
1. For spending all day on the beach
Sun damage isn't to be taken lightly. Long wavelength UVA rays can penetrate the skin's deepest layer and cause photoaging - as a result, the skin darkens and becomes dull, its vital structures give way to a loss of firmness and elasticity, and it develops wrinkles.
Kiehl's radical blend of sunscreen filters helps protect your skin against three different forms of UV rays, joining forces with Vitamin E to heighten the formula's anti-oxidant, skin conditioning properties. It's also non-comedogenic, keeps your skin hydrated as you wear it, and has a lightweight matte finish. Have this handy in your beach bag at all times, and you won't regret it.
Try: Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++, RM 148.40
2. For splashing around in the infinity pool
Now you have an excuse to spend as much time in the water as you want to: Shiseido's new sunscreen harnesses the power of its WetForce technology, which becomes even stronger when it makes contact with moisture.
The product's main strength comes from its SuperVeil-UV 360's ultraviolet-protective veil, which covers everything from tiny bumps and crevasses in the skin to prevent accidental burning from unevenly applied sunscreen. Unlike your run-of-the-mill lotions, however, there's an ionic mineral sensor that encourages minerals in water and perspiration to add to the strength of Shiseido's protective veil, making the water-repellant layer of sunscreen all the more powerful. So relax, and don't sweat it - or rather, do!
Try: Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF 50+ PA ++++, RM148.40
3. For cooling off in the afternoon
Complement your new, healthy sunkissed colour with La Mer's translucent SkinTint, which uses sophisticated light and pigment technology, along with its famous Miracle Broth, to perfect your complexion.
Part of the glow that comes from using this product is due to its reparative properties, which include a potent deep-sea red algae perfecting ferment and a seaborn ferment that fight discolouration, soften signs of aging, and plump your skin up deliciously. A Deconstructed Waters delivery system also ensures that its SPF 30-strength UV protection is distributed properly over the skin's surface, so you'll be the smoothest mover in the shade.
Try: La Mer The Reparative SkinTint SPF 30, RM 330
4. For quick touch-ups
A chic little pocket-sized fix-it to highlight the radiance of your luminous holiday skin or to subtly contour the angles of your face. Dot onto the highest points of your cheekbones and just on the top of your mouth's Cupid's bow for a lustrous, glimmering touch of glamour.
Try: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 PA++, RM170