If you're interested in preventative skincare, a daily dose of broad spectrum sunscreen is the easiest place to start. A generous layer will protect skin from UVA rays (responsible for skin cancer and signs of ageing, such as fine lines and dark spots) and UVB rays, which cause painful sunburn. In other words, slotting sunscreen into your morning skincare routine is a no brainer, and if you're using skincare ingredients like retinol or exfoliating acids, it's even more of a necessity, as they can make skin sensitive to sunlight.
But when the sun is shining, one single application of sunscreen isn't enough to protect your skin throughout the day. Experts say sunscreen loses its potency after just two hours on the skin, so topping up is a must to shield against damaging UV rays. But when you've spent your morning applying foundation to perfection and nailing your blush contour, the last thing you want to do is disrupt your flawless finish by rubbing in sunscreen. That's where SPF face mist comes in...
SPF mist provides a sheer veil of protection, rather than a heavy slathering, and thanks to advances in skincare, the majority are entirely invisible meaning you'll avoid telltale tidemarks, smudges and the dreaded white film. Even better, the mists are easy to apply on the go, so you can safeguard your skin in a single spritz.
As a self-confessed sunscreen aficionado, I've tried pretty much all of the buzziest SPF mists out there. Here are five that are actually worth your money.
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