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Hello, sunshine!

SPF can do so much more than protect you from the sun. Our top picks are the cream of the crop when it comes to added benefits

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Tinted Sun Cream Gel SPF50+ 50ml

THE FACE SAVIOUR   If you're prone to oily skin, consider La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Tinted Sun Cream Gel SPF50+, £16.50/1,650 points (50ml). It's both tinted and mattifying, so you'll feel great taking those selfies on the beach.

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THE BUG BLITZER Help stop the risk of pesky bites while also being safe in the sun with Boots Soltan Protect & Repel Moisturising Suncare SPF50+ Boots Exclusive £7.50/750 points (200ml). Providing protection from mozzies, it doesn't have that distinctive odour, either.

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Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 30 180ml

THE THIRST QUENCHER If skin is in need of hydration and sun protection, try Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 30, £7.50/750 points (180ml). Its silky ribbon strands can help prevent your complexion drying out.  

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Childs Farm SPF 50+ Roll On Sun Lotion 125ml

THE KID PLEASER   Perfect for little ones, Childs Farm Roll-On Sun Lotion SPF50+, £9.99/999 points (70ml), is a water resistant, comes in a handy roller (that older children can easily use) and is suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

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Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Sun Cream SPF50+ 200ml

THE GENTLE CHAMPION   Full marks go to Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Sun Cream SPF50+, £7/700 points (200ml), Its no-nonsense formula is perfume-free and hypoallergenic. Plus, it's non-greasy, so the ideal choice for sensitive skins.

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50 High Protection

THE ON-THE-GO HERO   In a hand stick format, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF50*, £15/1,500 points, should be your SPD BFF. It's super-easy to apply to areas that may get missed (think tops of the ears and back of the neck).

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THE GOLDEN RULES

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How to store it In a cool, dry, shaded area out of direct sunlight.

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How long to keep it Sunscreens sold in the UK have a small symbol on the packaging, which looks like a little pot. This indicates how many months the product can be used for after it has been opened.

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How many bottles to take for a week away You’ll need at least two 200ml bottles per adult – and, of course, you can always use what’s left over when you get back. SPF isn’t just for holidays!

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How much to apply to the face and body As a rule of thumb for adults, Clare recommends the equivalent of two  tablespoons of sunscreen for your face and body while wearing a swimsuit. Remember to reapply every two hours and after swimming.

*Available in selected stores

Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky

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