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Face Vs Body Sunscreen: Your Go-To Guide

Facial and body skin differs in thickness, sensitivity and oil content, so using the same sunscreen from top to toe doesn’t make much sense. In fact, from skin-feel and coverage to how often to reapply, there are a number of different things to consider when selecting face versus body sunscreen. So, do your skin a favour this summer, and don’t hit the beach without this go-to guide!


Choosing a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen is vital for protection from both photo-ageing UVA rays (a contributor to lines, dullness, and pigmentation), as well as cancer-causing UVB. However, there are a few more things to keep in mind when choosing a facial sunscreen.


Sensitive skin types in particular should take extra care, selecting only high-tolerance, dermatologist-approved products, such as La Roche-Posay’s minimalist formulas. The right texture is also important, with creams typically prescribed for a drier skin, and a light fluid or milk preferred for an oilier skin.

Within the La Roche-Posay Anthelios range, dry skins will enjoy the non-greasy hydration of the SPF 50+ Comfort Cream. Light and easily absorbed, this moisturising cream nourishes and protects without leaving tell-tale white marks.

Oily and acne-prone complexions, on the other hand, will benefit from the all-new Dry Touch SPF 50+. With a gel-cream, anti-shine formula, Dry Touch contains Airlicium™ – an exclusive anti-sweat molecule that absorbs up to 150 times its volume in sebum! The result is an ultra-matte finish and skin that’s protected and perfectly primed for makeup.

And for normal to combination skin, the iconic Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra-Light fluid teams a lightweight, non-greasy formula with the highest UVA/UVB protection* available. Fragrance and paraben free, Ultra-Light is comfortable enough for sensitive skin to wear year-round under makeup.


Skin type aside, using a non-comedogenic sunscreen is the easiest way to avoid break outs. Always check the label before buying.


Will you be wearing sunscreen alone, or under foundation? If you do want to go bare, but live in fear of the white pallor of some sunscreens, a tinted option could be for you.

All Anthelios facial sunscreens come in both tinted and non-tinted formulas. While the non-tinted sunscreens absorb instantly for an invisible, non-sticky finish (and NO white mask!), the tinted versions provide greater coverage and a healthy glow for all skin tones.


The skin on the body has complexities just like the face, so don’t purchase body sunscreen without considering these. Personal preference over texture – oil, cream, lotion – and scent will also come into play.


Nobody wants to wear a heavy, greasy sunscreen on their body. Choosing a lightweight and comfortable product will make a beach trip far more enjoyable! Normal to oily skin types will love the feather-light feel and ease of application of the paraben-free, non-comedogenic Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra-Light Spray. For a silkier sensation on drier skins, the nourishing and protective Nutritive Oil combines a summery hypoallergenic fragrance with a luxurious dry-finish oil. 

And for junior skins, there is the fragrance- and paraben-free Dermo-Pediatrics SPF 50+ Spray, with 2-hours water resistance for extra peace of mind.


Are you strolling to a cafe, playing a sweaty game of beach cricket, or hitting the pool? While all sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours, if you’re swimming or exercising, make sure you reapply as soon as you dry off to maintain your level of protection.

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