Everybody Loves the Sunshine, according to singer Roy Ayers. But nobody likes the damage or ageing effect it has on skin. Whatever your skin type or level of sensitivity there's a protective cream to help you maintain that sun-kissed glow.
Giorgio Armani's Luminessence Bright UV Protecting Fluid SPF 50 PA +++ (HK$450/30ml) is a light-reflecting block that not only protects skin from the sun but also brightens and tones. The cream has a lighter texture than that which usually comes with a high SPF (sun-protection factor) product and features nylon powder for a matt finish. Mint and jasmine extracts soothe the skin while corn extract and amino acids combat ageing.
Guerlain's Terracotta Sun Moisturiser (HK$370/110ml), complete with UVA and UVB filters, comes in two versions - Blondes (SPF30) and Brunettes (SPF15). The tiare flower-scented product is also said to protect the skin from "environmental aggressors". A detox complex is designed to give skin a natural glow and there's a "tan booster" complex that stimulates the production of melanin, the pigment that darkens skin.
Jill Stuart's Relax Aqua Chiffon Protector SPF50+/ PA+++ (HK$240/60ml) is a gel-like lotion that promises translucent coverage without a white powdery finish, thanks to so-called aquary polymers. Moisturising ingredients such as rose honey, orange honey and lavender honey work together with anti-inflammatory loquat extract to hydrate and restore sun-exposed skin. The lotion comes with a pleasant white floral bouquet fragrance.
Sulwhasoo's Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream TPF40, SPF30, PA++ (HK$1,070/50ml) promises to work as a sunscreen and an anti-ageing agent. Seoul National University has found that heat - besides sunlight - is a culprit in accelerating ageing of the skin, and has worked with the Korean brand to derive the TPF (thermal-protection factor), which measures a product's ability to block heat energy. To that end, four herbal medicines - namely Cypress Polysaccharide, Prunus Mume, Oldenlandia Diffusa and Red Ginseng Saponin - are used in this cream to cool, soothe and promote blood circulation.