As fair-skinned redheads, we know only too well how vulnerable we are to the ravishes of that pesky sun. Not only do the sun’s UVA and UVB rays pose the dangerous threat of skin cancer, but research shows that 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun exposure and that sun damage is the #1 cause of premature aging in both men and women. Uh oh!
So, how do we protect our delicate complexions? It can be as simple as wearing a high-factor sunscreen every day!
I’ve been speaking with dermatologists, aestheticians and skin oncology specialists to get the scoop for you lovelies. Here is my selection of the best sunscreens for redheads and gingers, to keep those mean UV rays from doing their worst…
Ladival Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 40+
Skin care experts are in agreement that this is the best sunscreen in the world! ‘What makes it so grand?’ I hear you ask. Well, It contains the chemical, Mexoryl, which is currently the most effective protectant against UVA and UVB rays. SERIOUS sun protection, indeed!
Vichy Anti Age Cream SPF 50
Eucerin Sun Oil Control Face Protection SPF 50
Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream for Face and Body SPF 35+
This creamy formula is water resistant whilst adding moisture to dry skin. Not only does it offer excellent UVA and UVA protection but it can be used as a primer for make up, so you won’t have to worry about applying greasy sunscreen as well!
Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hydrating Sun Cream Mist SPF 50
Tocca SPF 30+ Sunscreen Towelettes
These fabby towelettes are the perfect solution for when you’re out and about in the sunshine! These wonderful, almost magical creations are sweat resistant, portable and offer a broad spectrum of sun protection.
With added bonuses, their formula also contains Vitamin E and Marine Silk to soothe sensitive skin. This is then all wrapped up in a sweet blood orange fragrance that will make you smell good enough to eat!
Peter Thomas Roth Über Dry Sunscreen with SPF 30+
This is a great choice for those with oily skin or who are prone to acne breakouts. The consistency is super light, non-oily and absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy shine!
And because it’s PABA and fragrance free, it’s pure perfection for those with sensitive skin. Also, it contains mega doses of Vitamins A, C, and E to fight those nasty free radicals!
For little redheads…
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics Lotion SPF 50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics Baby Lotion SPF 50+
Don’t forget your lips…
Uvistat Lipscreen SPF 50
Finally, for any of you who have suffered from painful chapped lips or even worse, sunburned lips, you know it’s essential to protect your pout!
Aside from the added stress of staying sun safe this summer, there are still plenty of reasons why being ginger during summer is actually pretty awesome. Remember to stay cool, apply plenty of sunscreen, and whatever you do, don’t trust those clouds!