The £9 facial SPF to stock up on this summer

Broad-spectrum sunscreen is the number one anti-ageing skincare product you can use: The £9 facial SPF to stock up on this summer

Sunscreen is undeniably the most important product in our skincare routines.

UVA and UVB rays remain the most significant cause of premature and accelerated skin ageing, and with a heatwave expected to sweep across the UK from Thursday, it’s essential to ensure your protected.

Fine lines, wrinkling, uneven skin, tone, pigmentation and textural changes occur because of damage from sunlight. So for a healthy, youthful complexion, broad-spectrum sunscreen is the number one anti-ageing skincare product you can use.

You shouldn’t rely on makeup products and moisturisers with SPF to protect your skin. An SPF 15 product does not provide adequate protection. Using SPF 30 or above is ideal.

The team’s skincare expertise and sun protection knowledge enables Altruist to produce premium quality skin products  at the lowest possible price

For the face, we recommend the new Altruist Dermatologist SPF50 Light Face Fluid. The Amazon bestseller offers 5-star broad-spectrum daily sunscreen protection against UVA (which is more responsible for causing ageing and skin cancers) and UVB exceeding EU standards. And before you conjure up another excuse not to wear facial sunscreen, this facial SPF costs under a tenner.

‘The new Altruist Face Fluid will be a great addition to our product line up. The light formula means it’s perfect for the face and can be used every day to provide the best possible sun protection,’ explained creator of Altruist and full-time Consultant Dermatologist Dr Andrew Birnie.

‘We have built up a really loyal following over the last five years, and we hope this new addition to the Altruist range will prove just as popular. Our aim is to provide sunscreen that people love wearing everyday – UV protection to suit everybody, every age, every lifestyle.’

The no-frills SPF, which costs £9 for 50ml, is enriched with vitamin E to prevent cellular damage from UV induced free radicals and reactive oxygen species.

In 2019 Altruist donated £65,000 worth of sunscreen to people with albinism in Africa

Even better, the sun-shielding formula which has a liquid-like consistency is dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), fragrance-free, non-greasy and water-resistant. We tried and tested the facial SPF, and it works well under makeup, and it doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin, either.

Note the SPF number reflects the time. And to truly protect your skin from the sun you must apply suncream liberally. But as a general rule, a single application of SPF 30 or higher will keep you protected for a typical workday.

Altruist Anti-Redness & Pigmentation cream SPF 50 caters to the most sensitive skin types

However, if you’re basking in direct sunlight, it’s essential to reapply your suncream – and yes that may include the removal of makeup. Apply generously 20 minutes before going out and reapplying every two hours for maximum coverage.

If you have rosacea-prone skin the Altruist Anti-Redness & Pigmentation SPF 50 caters to the most sensitive skin types. And it costs under £12.50 on Amazon. You can also score a one-litre bottle of Altruist SPF 30 for £22.73 – so you’ll never be without.

Better yet, 10p per pack sold is donated to Albinism charities around the world. In 2019, Altruist donated £65,000 worth of sunscreen to people with albinism in Africa.              

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