SPF Foundations

Mimi ON Nov 21, 2008 AT 1:39 pm

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

Constantly changing weather conditions can cause chaos for your complexion, and can leave you confused as to whether your skin is protected against the sun’s harmful rays.

Although the sun may have spent most of the summer hiding behind the clouds, you’re still fully exposed to UVA and UVB rays which can easily penetrate even the most dense cloud cover. To help shield your skin, be sure to invest in an SPF foundation and wear it on a daily basis, whatever the weather. You’ll be giving your skin optimal protection against UVA and UVB rays that can lead to premature ageing, dark spots and wrinkles.

Here are our favourites…

BECCA Luminous Skin Colour SPF 25 (£33.00)
A combination tinted moisturiser and sheer foundation, this product visibly improves the complexion, yet looks incredibly natural on the skin. Offering skincare, makeup, and sun protection in one product it’s a great travel essential. Contains antioxidant vitamins, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients with a broad spectrum SPF 25+. Very nice.

NARS Powder Foundation SPF 12 (£34.50)
A lightweight formula providing flexible coverage and protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Glides on and sinks in quickly to reveal a flawless finish. With SPF12, it’s not quite as high protection as some of the others but it’s a great base for colder days. www.narscosmetics.co.uk

Chantecaille Real Skin SPF 30 (£47.00)
Expensive but worth every penny, Chantecaille is a brand for people with deep pockets and impeccable taste. Real skin is a lightweight foundation which provides long-term moisture and hydration and protects against damage from UVA and UVB rays. You’ll look clean, fresh and bright and with its high SPF it’s ideal for the city, the beach or the ski slopes.

Available from Fenwicks, Harrods, Selected Space NK store

The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals Make up Foundation SPF 25 (£15.00)
Oil-free and with no potential irritants like preservatives and fragrances, this long lasting powder foundation is perfect to protect those with very sensitive skin. A good SPF and easy to blend, it also helps reduce the appearance of redness, imperfections and blemishes. The addition of titanium dioxide also helps provide extra sun protection.

Available from September www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 (£28.00)
A finely milled powder composed completely of natural elements with 15 active amino acids to clear the skin of toxins, promote healthy skin cell growth and fight the ageing process. This product is also water resistant so it’s ideal if it rains. Apply as a buildable foundation or a pigmented powder.

Stockists:0800 123 400

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