Simple Guide to Choosing Sun Protection Products

We’re all aware of the importance of protecting our skin from the sun in Summertime. But there’s a bit more to it than just buying any old sun protection product and putting it on your face and body. Just as you’d take care about your usual skincare products, it’s also important to do this same for your sun protection products. However, it can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out which product to choose. But this guide will make it a whole lot easier for you.

Choosing Your Sun Protection Product

One of the first things you need to consider is that you need a separate sun lotion for your face and body. Think about like this. You wouldn’t apply your body lotion on your face. So the same applies to sun lotion. Many people complain that sun lotion causes breakouts on their face. This can be for a number of reasons, but one of the main reasons is that they’re using the same sun lotion for their body on their face too. The skin on your face is a lot thinner than on your body and therefore it requires a cream with a lighter consistency.

Which Consistency?

Most sun protection products will come in a lotion, cream or milk form. But there is also another option available that works just as well – powder. In fact, a sunscreen powder is a great solution for protecting your face from the sun, AND it’s perfect to use over makeup. It’s also a great solution for oily skin in particular, as it will mattify your skin too. And these are perfect for popping in your bag when you’re on the go, as they’re so small and lightweight. They’re also perfect for kids and men too, as they’re so easy and quick to apply. Two of my favourites are the Mineral Fusion Brush-on Sun Defense Mineral SPF 30 or the Bare Minerals .

Which SPF Should I Choose?

Once you’ve chosen which product, now it’s time to look at how much protection it’s going to give you. This is known as SPF in English (Sun Protection Factor) or LSF in German (Licht Schutz Faktor). My advice is to always choose a sun lotion that has an SPF/LSF of at least 30. There is a common misconception that using a sun lotion with a higher SPF will stop you from getting a tan. But this is not the case at all. In fact, you can still get a tan using a sun lotion with a high SPF. It’s just going to limit the amount of damage to your skin. The SPF is not only protecting your skin from UVB rays which cause burning, but also from the sun’s UVA rays which age the skin. A general rule of thumb is to reapply sun lotion approximately every 2 hours. And always reapply it after swimming and bathing in water. That way you can be sure that your skin is always protected.

The Absolute Safest Way to Tan

If you really want to be extra safe in the sun but still want a lovely Summer glow to your skin, you could apply a self-tanner. Now, don’t be put off by using a self-tanner. Gone are the days of orange looking self-tanning products. And there are some really excellent products available nowadays. My absolute favourite self-tanning product is this one by Lavera. It gives a really beautiful looking glow to the skin and does not look in any way orange. Plus it’s so easy to apply and is great if you’re a beginner. It’s also perfect for fair skin as it gives just a hint of colour. However, if you’re looking for a more intense colour, it’s very buildable so you could apply it over a couple of nights. Or you may want to try this one by Bare Minerals. This gives a lovely, natural glow too. But it’s best for if you want a deeper looking colour or if you’re used to applying self-tanning products.

The key to applying self-tanner is in the preparation. Always exfoliate your skin first with either an exfoliating product or with an exfoliating mitt or gloves. You can find out how to exfoliate your skin in this blog post. Follow up with a body lotion and then begin to apply your self-tanning product evenly onto your skin. To avoid the product staining your hands, apply your self-tanner with latex gloves.

Don’t Forget!

It’s not only in Summertime that you need to wear a sun protection lotion. The sun’s rays can be just as strong in colder temperatures. So my advice is to wear an SPF of at least 30 on your face all year round, even in Winter. I hope you have a lovely Summer and have fun in the sun – the safe way.


Noleen Sliney is a Makeup Artist & Green Beauty Blogger who’s passionate about showing women how to enhance their natural beauty so that they’ll not only look fabulous but so they’ll also FEEL fabulous and full of self-confidence every single day. And how to easily make the switch to natural and organic beauty products. She doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to beauty. And in her virtual Personalised 1 to 1 Makeup Lessons, she helps her clients to find the exact products and techniques that are perfect for their face shape and skin type so that they never again have to waste money on products that aren’t suitable for them. You can find out more about Noleen and her work at

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