Each year, suncare products get that little bit better. While, for many years, that has meant increased moisturising properties and more advanced protection from UVA and UVB rays, some brands are now adding antioxidants, based on research that shows they may help boost skin’s natural immunity to sun damage and free radicals.
This summer, French brand Sisley launches its Super Soin Solaire range, consisting of a face cream with an SPF of 15 (£131 for 60ml) or 50+ (£109 for 40ml) and, for the body, an oil-based lotion with an SPF of 15 or a milky spray with an SPF of 30 (both £83 for 30ml). They all contain edelweiss, which offers antioxidant support, and sweet white lupin, proven to help protect cells.
Australian natural-skincare brand Jurlique launches its Sun Specialist range this month. The SPF 40 sun cream (£27), Sunless Tanner (£24) and After Sun Replenishing Moisturising Lotion (£24) contain antioxidant-rich superfruits, such as riberry and muntari berry, known for their high levels of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
And anti-ageing skincare brand Lancer’s new Sheer Fluid Sun Shield SPF 30 (£40 for 60ml) has Gamay grape cells (antioxidants that increase the skin’s UV tolerance) and a unique DNA repair complex that reduces inflammation and redness caused by oxidative stress. The ultra-light non-greasy lotion can be used as a make-up primer, though it needs to be reapplied every two hours.