The sun is slowly, slowly beginning to show its face, which means it’s more important than ever to protect your own from UV rays. You need to use everyday SPFs. During menopause your oestrogen levels drop leading to less melanin – which protects the skin from UV damage – being produced. This leaves your skin more vulnerable to sun damage.
At the same time, hormonal changes and reduced natural oil production alter skin texture and increase dryness. So it pays to look out for sunscreen products that will add moisture to the skin as well as having a high SPF.Remember, the dermatologist-recommended amount of sunscreen to apply is half a teaspoon. That works out to about three finger lengths worth. Here are our top picks.
La Roche Posay Anthelios Age Correct SPF50, £25
La Roche Posay’s new SPF has been created specifically for mature, dry and sensitive skin. It’s designed to target the signs of ageing including wrinkles, dark spots and skin elasticity.
The formula includes moisturising hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, while niacinamide will work to strengthen the skin barrier and stimulate collagen production.
Heliocare 360 Oil Free Gel SPF 50, £31
Oil-free sunscreens, like this one from Heliocare, are great if you are suffering from menopausal breakouts. All Heliocare products contain a combination of mineral and non-mineral filters to absorb and protect against the sun’s rays, as well as DNA repair enzymes which work to both repair and prevent damage from the sun.
Ultra Violette Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF 50+, £34
Australian brand Ultra Violette has finally arrived in the UK. Dubbed “skinscreen” thanks to its skincare benefits as well as its sun protective properties, the brand offers a range of products for different needs.
We would recommend the Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF 50+ which contains vitamin C-rich kakadu plum extract to protect the skin from damaging free radicals and environmental stressors.
Soleil Toujours 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF30, £36
This mineral SPF from Soleil Toujours is packed full with moisturising and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It also contains antioxidants including vitamin C and E to protect your skin against damaging free radicals.
It’s lightweight texture makes it perfect for everyday wear, and it also comes in a tinted version for anyone looking for a sun-kissed complexion without the sun damage.
Ultrasun Face Anti-Pigmentation SPF50+, £32
A sunscreen that you can use as your daily moisturiser, this Ultrasun SPF is fast-absorbing with a non-greasy texture that gives a matte finish. Suitable for sensitive skin, it protects against harmful UVA, UVB, HEVL (high energy visible light) and Infrared-A rays. It also prevents and diminishes the intensity of pigmentation to leave you with a bright and even complexion.
SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial UV Defense SPF 50, £41
This daily SPF from SkinCeuticals contains a combination of UVA and UVB filters to give you a high level of protection from the sun. It helps prevent UV-induced collagen breakdown, hyperpigmentation and other signs of premature ageing.
SkinCeuticals also has a brightening SPF that contains niacinamide and tranexamic acid to target discoloration and even skin tone.
EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40, $36.50
EltaMD’s mineral SPF is specifically designed to improve skin’s natural moisture and suppleness, and target signs of ageing, making it perfect for menopausal skin.
The formula contains squalane which has anti-inflammatory and moisturising benefits. There’s also ginger root extract and saccharide isomerate which work to improve skin smoothness, minimise dark spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.