I realised that I’d spent most of the summer so far banging on about oil-free “weightless” sunscreens that “disappear into the skin” and “don’t leave a residue”. But there are people who don’t particularly want a weightless sunscreen; they want to feel as though they’re wearing something protective, or they prefer a slightly richer texture, or they find the alcohol in some of the very light versions a little drying. And so I’ve spent the past few weeks testing out SPFs that aren’t quite so light and fluid texture as Anthelios or Clinique’s Even Better; these have a bit of weight to them and more of a silky, hydrating feel. They’re by no means heavy; just not entirely weightless.
The first that I tried and, actually, one of my favourite sunscreens of the year is the Anew Clinical E-Defence SPF 50 from Avon. This is a stonking buy, it really is; broad spectrum, an array of antioxidants to help further protect the skin and a beautiful velvety texture that absorbs quickly and sits well beneath makeup. I really, really like it. I imagine that if someone blind-tested it then they would think that this sunscreen was far more expensive than it really is – it has a luxe, plumpish feel to it but isn’t greasy in the slightest. I actually find it hydrating enough to use without a moisturiser underneath, which is a bonus – it’s also fragrance free, and it can be quite difficult to find sunscreens that aren’t scented.
Just top marks all round, really, and the best of it is that the Clinical E-Defence is a very affordable £20. You can find it at Avonshop here.