It’s said that most of the sun damage suffered by our skin actually happens before the age of 18. However, it’s also been proven that discolouration, wrinkles and skin cancers, all of which are exacerbated by sun exposure, occur gradually throughout your life. Enter high protection sunscreens to save the day!

But it seems we’ve all been listening to the skincare experts when it comes to protecting our complexions from the sun. According to Euromonitor, the global sun protection market was worth around 13.03 billion USD in 2019. That figure is set to reach 16.84 billion USD by 2027. In fact, in Saudi Arabia alone, online sun care product sales soared 25% in 2020. Great news for youthful looking faces!

According to interesting new research that was carried out by Yale University, skin damage from UV exposure can continue long after being in the sunlight, even in the dark. They discovered that the elements responsible for mutations in the skin, which can then go on to develop into cancer, continue to be generated for hours after exposure to sunlight or UV rays, such as those emitted on a tanning bed, for example. Considering the damage continues well after the sun exposure, the scientists working on the study suggested that ‘evening-after’ sunscreens could be a good idea for added protection against skin damage. An indicator of what’s coming in the future of high protection sunscreens perhaps?

What You Need to Know Before Shopping

Staying in the here and now, always consider the basics when shopping for a facial sunscreen. Always make sure that your chosen sun cream protects both against skin-ageing UVA rays and skin cancer-causing UVB rays. Many lower quality sun creams only address the latter (the rays that cause your skin to burn), which is the minimum protection required by law.

Whilst many women tend to avoid facial sun creams with the excuse that they’re too heavy on the skin and don’t work under makeup, these four are super light and work brilliantly. No greasy shine or impending zits– guaranteed.

kiehls ultra light daily uv shield high protection sunscreens

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50

I was always a fan of the original Superfluid, but this new and improved formula has blown me away. It’s exceptionally light, oil and fragrance-free and now contains Rosa Gallica extract to soothe and calm skin. An absolute must-buy this summer.

Estee Lauder Cyber White UV Protector sun cream SPF 50 high protection sunscreens

Estée Lauder CyberWhite HD UV Protector Advanced Brightening Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Regardless of my reservations surrounding the name of the range, this product is excellent. With both UVA and UVB protection, this cream is easily absorbed and smells fresh and up lifting. It’s also rich in antioxidants and has an immediate brightening effect. Great as a priming makeup base.

Avene Very High Protection Sun Cream Emulsion

Eau Thermale Avène Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50

This cream has been specially formulated for sensitive skin and those who are intolerant to the sun. Far from being greasy, it actually regulates sebum and gives skin a matte finish upon application. As with all Avène products, the sun cream contains thermal spring water, giving it soothing and anti-irritant properties.


Nuxe Sun SPF 50 High Protection Face Cream

This sunscreen has a creamy texture but is still non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin. I would say it’s better suited to a normal to dry skin type as it’s quite hydrating. It smells like coconut caramel, the stuff summer holidays are made of!


  1. […] you wear heavy makeup or a foundation with SPF in it or you just wear a high protection sunscreen, you should really be doing a double cleanse at night. The first step removes all the products and […]

  2. Thanks for this great post! Would you recommend SPF 50? I’ve been using Boscia’s day moisturizer with SPF 30. And would you recommend applying sunscreen first and day moisturizer on top? Thanks in advance, Basma!

    1. Hi Dalia,
      Generally, an SPF 30 will do, it’s still considered high protection. If you live somewhere very sunny or you suffer from pigmentation, acne, sensitive skin or you’re particularly worried about ageing, that’s when I would advise going for an SPF 50.
      Apply all your skincare products then apply your sun cream, so after your moisturiser but before your makeup.
      Thanks for getting in touch! Basma

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