It’s clouded over a bit this week but we’re fairly certain that the heat won’t be abating any time soon. So in order to prepare for the next bout of unrelenting rays, Prestige has done the legwork and scoured the market for a shortlist of the best sun protection on the market right now for whatever the situation.
In the City
Your Face: Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 PA++
Hong Kong rays have been strong of late, so this SPF 50 formula that protects against the ageing effects of sun and pollutants is perfect for a day of errands. Its ultra-light, transparent texture is ideal for heavy humidity and blends UV protection with antioxidant action, keeping your skin in tip-top shape and serving as a perfect base for light make-up.
Your Bod: Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray High Protection UVB 30 UVA
Water- and perspiration-resistant, this SPF 30 dry oil body spray is great when running around town. You can use it for more rigorous activities, but this nourishing elixir, which contains aloe vera and an enticing fragrance, is also perfect for cutting short prep time before you head out the door. You can spray it in your hair, too, so your locks are as satin-smooth as your bod.
Your Lips: Jo Malone London Vitamin E Conditioner SPF15
No time to hydrate? That’s no good, but we have a stopgap for you. Banish dehydrated chapped lips with this lip balm, well known for sun-protection properties as well as restorative powers, thanks to Vitamin E – which defends your pucker from the slings and arrows of daily life – and honey, a natural emollient. It’s almost good enough to eat!
On a Boat
Your Face and Your Bod: Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF 50+ PA +++
You’ll want to carry this sport-geared sunblock with you when you’re out on the waves. Formulated for athletes and using WetForce Technology, this potion binds with minerals in water or perspiration to create an even more powerful veil against the rays over your skin. Put it on your face and all over your body for a very water- and pollutant-resistant carefree day out at sea.
Everywhere: Hampton Sun Hydrating Aloe Mist (Joyce Beauty HK)
The sun takes a toll no matter how much sunblock you apply. This refreshing spray is packed with natural aloe and menthol for a blast of coolness to soothe tired skin. It’s oil free, so spray as much as you want after a sun-drenched day of fun.
In the Office
Your Face: Natura Bissé Diamond White Oil-Free Brilliant Protection SPF 50/ PA+++
This sunscreen is part of Natura Bissé’s Diamond White collection, a treatment that aims to combat discolouration and dark spots. At SPF 50, the formula offers maximum photoprotection against UVA and UVB rays – and all while working to prevent and treat spots and melanin-like pigments. It’s oil free, so hydrates without clogging, noticeably improving skin tone as you nail those tasks one by one.
Your Face: Jurlique UV Defence Lotion SPF 50 High protection Lotion PA++++
It might seem counterintuitive to wear sunscreen in the office but, trust me, as someone who went outside in the blazing sun for 10 minutes to grab lunch and came back with a full-on short-sleeve tan, sun protection is now non-negotiable. This squeezy tube is perfect for the job because the texture’s just like that of your regular body lotion, but with the full-force benefit of SPF 50, something that Jurlique specially worked on with the Pola Orbis Skin Science team.
Your Hands: Cha Ling Hand Cream SPF 15
All that handwashing in the office probably means that you already plough through tubs of hand cream anyway, so why not try one with added SPF benefit? Did you know that even your phone and computer screens can cause pigmentation and skin darkening? Those terrified by this can now protect their hands with Cha Ling’s SPF 15 hand cream. Made from fresh and delicious pu’er leaves, it’s non-greasy and packed with anti-oxidants.
Your Face: Valmont Restoring Perfection High Protection Anti-Age Cream SPF 50/PA++++
Indoors, you might think your skin will be spared from harmful rays, but think again. Between sunlight shooting through the windows, and beams emitting from your television, laptop and phone (see above), you’re more under siege than you think. This is where a skincare infused SPF comes in handy – like this one from Valmont.