Beauty buys: Five super sunblocks
Save your skin this summer with these five great sunscreens.
Skinnies, SPF 30: This Kiwi-made sunscreen is special in that it contains absolutely no water, meaning it lasts longer and absorbs much faster into the skin. It's formulated with zero parabens or preservatives and a a little goes a long way. It's $34.95 from Skinnies.co.nz and pharmacies nationwide.
Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster, SPF 50: At last a SPF 50 sunscreen that doesn't feel like wax. This product smells lightly of lavender and has the fast-absorbing texture of a light day moisturiser. The lightweight formulation comes off the back of new technology that gives maximum sun protection without the chalkiness of traditional sunscreens. And with added vitamins C and E your skin is being cared for as well. $107 from Dermalogica stockists and from Dermalogica.co.nz.
Antipodes Immortal, SPF 15: Here's a completely natural sunscreen from New Zealand cosmetics company Antipodes. Immortal uses the natural mineral Solaveil - a zinc-based compound - and organic raspberry seed oil, known for its natural UVA sun-filteration. With antioxidant-rich grape and kiwifruit extracts and reiki mushroom, Immortal reduces redness and can help fade age spots and pigmentation over time. $49.50.
Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector, SPF 50: A great option for those with oily skin, this sunscreen for the face is oil-free so won't clog pores. With goji berry, vitamin E and einkorn wheat, you'll get a hefty skin-loving antioxidant boost as well. $55.
Nivea Sun Kids Caring Roll On, SPF 30+: This product comes as a roll-on so it's easy to use and mess free - the kids can even apply it themselves. The fast-absorbing, virtually scentless formula contains a natural mineral formulation that's great for sensitive skin. $10.49.