Ultimate Guide to Sun Care for the Body

With our sun care for the body guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is the best sunscreen for the body and can face sunscreen be used on the body. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our sun care for the body page.

Top Sun Care for the Body Brands

  • Dr Russo
  • Shiseido
  • Sol de Janeiro
  • Mimitika
  • Piz Buin
  • Coola

Sun Care for the Body FAQs

What is the best sunscreen for the body?

With the evergrowing number of holidays and travels, there is a greater need for a wide variety of effective and trustworthy body sun protection. We have a vast selection of sun protection, suitable for all skin tones and types. If you have pale, fair skin then you should invest in a sun protection lotion with a high SPF number such as SPF50. If you have darker skin and very rarely burn, you're more suited to a lower rating, of around SPF20 or SPF15.

Every skin type is catered for in our diverse collection; we have potent formulas for sensitive skin, as well as dry and dull skin that needs hydration. A powerful sun protection remedy also works as a moisturiser, so can be incorporated into your daily skin care routine.

If you're looking for an affordable and efficient sun protection lotion, brands such as Nuxe and Piz Buin provide reasonably priced options in the region of £10. You can get more deluxe items with higher-end brands, which also soften, nourish and moisturise the skin.

Can face sunscreen be used on the body?

They may seem like the same formula, however, there are a few differences between the two products. Sunscreen for the face is formulated different to body sunscreen, and often contains different ingredients. Facial sunscreen caters to sensitive skin, outbreaks of acne and blemishes, therefore the remedy is designed differently and with a different purpose.

Your face is constantly exposed to the sun, whereas your body will sometimes, if not oftentimes, be covered by a towel or clothing. It's important to constantly reapply face sunscreen throughout the day, as well as to the body. The higher the SPF rating, the more likely your skin is to be protected, and if you're planning on spending a lot of time outdoors or sunbathing, make sure to reapply to your face and body frequently.

To provide perfect balance to your skin tone, we suggest buying a face sunscreen and a body sunscreen from the same brand. The formulas complement each other to produce tone and protection.

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What factor sunscreen should I use if I want a tan?

The battle between getting a tan and protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun is a prominent aspect of any holiday. To put it simply, the higher the SPF number the less chance of sunburn, but also the less chance of getting a tan. According to leading scientists, 3% of UV rays can enter the skin with a factor of 30 and 2% with a factor of 50. If you have pale skin, we highly recommend applying a high rating, such as SPF50, which fully protects your skin.

If you have naturally tanned or dark skin, or just a bit of colour that doesn't typically become too burnt from the sun, SPF20 or SPF15 should sufficiently protect your skin whilst also providing a golden skin tone. Anything above SPF20 is unlikely to yield a tan, so if you're confident that your skin won't become burnt then we suggest using a lotion with a maximum rating of SPF20.

Is sunscreen waterproof?

Applying sunscreen and being around water pretty much go hand in hand, therefore it's useful to know whether that thick layer of sunscreen will wash off the moment you jump in the pool. The short answer is yes. All sunscreen brands understand the demand for waterproof and water-resistant formulas, however, none have managed to create one that works efficiently.

We appreciate this is inconvenient when you're planning a beach holiday or a villa break with a gorgeous pool, but you're going to have to separate your sunbathing and swimming time. The good part is that sunscreen is effective almost immediately, so once you've dried off after a fun-filled swimming session or lounging around on a pink flamingo, you can lather on the sunscreen and soak up the rays.

Unfortunately, the water of the pool or the sea isn't the only thing you have to worry about breaking down that extra layer of protection. If you begin sweating, that's enough to break down most lotions, so you'll need to apply another layer if you begin sweating a lot.