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Iimagine you’re attending a summer wedding or sports day, or just planning a trip to the park or beer garden. You’ve applied a generous layer of SPF and feel well prepared against sunburn and premature aging.

What you may not realize is that you are only good for the next two hours. According to the study you believe – from Johns Hopkins US Medical School to the NHS – sunscreen should be reapplied every 120-180 minutes if it is to continue to be effective. As with a lot of medical advice (your fruits and vegetables five times a day, for example), this rule is scientifically sound – but are people likely to follow it to the letter?

It’s one thing to keep applying SPF when you’re lying on a secluded beach, but it’s another thing to bother doing it on the floor of the house when you’re wearing appropriate clothing and you’re make up carefully. That’s why, as a committed but still pragmatic sunscreen wearer, I start with a lotion and pack a touchless invisible SPF for over-makeup add-ons.

My favorite is Ambre Solaire sensitive moisturizing face sunscreen mist, just £6.50. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating because it’s still the best, most economical, and must-have product anyone with makeup can buy.

It imperceptibly fogs even a face full of makeup, adding a hyaluronic acid-laden veil of hydration and an SPF of 50. compromise on security for convenience. .

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For oily skin, Anthelios invisible anti-shine sun protection SPF50+ La Roche Posay, at £14, is the same brilliant idea but leaves a more matte finish (there’s a kids’ version too). This can obviously be used for the whole family, but it’s also the ideal choice for adults with sensitive skin. Anyone with easily irritated skin should head to the general kids’ aisle.

Newer to the market is 100% mineral (Re)fixing powder SPF30 PA+++, £28, from terrific suncare brand Supergoop! (not to be confused with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Wellness Empire). Unlike others, this is a loose, twistable, non-irritating face powder that can be applied generously and evenly over your sunscreen and base coat makeup.

I expected it to look rather dusty and cakey as the day progressed, but it stayed light and fresh – and successfully doubled as a mattifier on a sweaty nose.

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