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Spotlight on…The Sun-Ready Edit

You asked, we delivered. Back by popular demand, say hello to this year’s curated collection of high-performing {SPF skin care} and sun-ready saviours. Whether you’re planning a summer escape or just stocking up on the non-negotiable everyday skin care step, protecting and caring for yourself from head to toe has never been so easy.

the sun ready edit box featuring 9 different products in various sizes

Worth over £205 but yours for just £42, save over 75% on this nine-piece edit of iconic products to shield and soothe sun-kissed skin. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside (spoiler: all that’s missing is a sun hat)…

Guilty of swerving sunscreen to avoid breakouts? Meet the sunshine saviour for sensitive and acne-prone skin: ZITSTICKA {Megashade Breakout-proof SPF 50 Serum}. Something of an overachiever, this featherweight, skin care-inspired formula delivers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection — without upsetting irritable complexions. A mineral-chemical hybrid (featuring non-irritating zinc oxide) deflects harmful rays, while soothing niacinamide and anti-inflammatory tea tree get to work keeping spots at bay. A hydrating and nourishing blend of colloidal oatmeal, ceramides and hyaluronic acid round out the formula for skin that feels juicy but never greasy. All in a deluxe size, ideal for travel.

The ultimate AM moisturiser you’ll want to use year-round (which is why we’ve included it in full size), Medik8 {Advanced Day Ultimate Protect SPF50+} combines serious {skin care} tech with invisible broad spectrum protection against harmful rays, blue light <em>and</em> pollution. Boasting SPF 50+ PA++++, hyaluronic acid and light-activated DNA repair enzymes, this lightweight cream sits seamlessly under makeup to act as a parasol for your skin, warding off sun-related ageing while encouraging a visibly brighter complexion. 

An often neglected area when it comes to SPF protection, delicate lips are just as susceptible to sun damage as the skin elsewhere on our bodies. Forget cricketer-style thick white chapsticks — Ultra Violette {Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF} 50 delivers luxurious high protection and {lip care} in four flattering sheer shades with a hint of shine. Made with deeply hydrating ingredients, including lanolin and shea butter, this full size balm soothes and softens for protected, chap-free lips all year round.

All the benefits of fresh-tapped aloe gel with none of the gloopy texture, this luxurious {Aloe Vera Gel} from Dr Barbara Strum is formulated with 90% pure, organic and fair-trade aloe leaf juice — plus purslane to protect and provitamin B5 to condition and soften. A real beauty workhorse (which is why we’ve included it in its generous full size format) this super soother can be used anywhere on the face or body to instantly soothe, quench and cool. Ideal for smoothing over skin after shaving or sun exposure as an {aftersun} treat — you’ll almost be able to hear your skin breathing a sigh of relief.

Offering truly invisible protection you’ll actually want to apply as the last step in your AM skin care routine, {Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50} is the brainchild of innovators in the sunscreen sphere, Supergoop! In a full size suitable for face and body (buh-bye excess baggage charges), this fast-absorbing gel-lotion hybrid is laced with sunflower extract to replenish and shield against pollution. Formulated with broad-spectrum UVA, UVB and IRA protection, it’s also totally see-through, residue-free, water and sweat-resistant, deliciously scented and reef-safe. Is it any wonder it made our edit?

In a hand luggage-ready deluxe size, discover this luxurious body sunscreen from the benchmark in reliable and trustworthy sun protection — Lancaster. {Body Milk SPF 30} shields skin from four different types of sun rays (UVA, UVB, infrared and visible light) in one lightweight, rapidly-absorbing formula suitable for all skin tones and types. Lancaster’s proprietary Tan Activator Complex — a zesty blend of orange, coffee and buriti oil — encourages a faster, deeper tan, while leaving skin feeling firmer and intensely hydrated.

Summer holidays stressing out your tresses? Significantly more chic than its namesake rubber variety, Philip Kingsley {Swim Cap} was created at the request of the US Olympic Synchronised Swimming Team to protect their hair from chlorine, salt and UV rays. In a full size format to last your summer breaks and beyond, simply apply to damp hair and comb through for an instant insurance policy against dryness, damage and colour fade. Castor and olive oils deeply nourish strands while you have fun in the sun, to leave hair feeling silky soft and replenished after shampooing out at the end of the day.

A beach bag essential (and in a super cute mini format perfectly sized for it, too), Megababe {Thigh Rescue} takes the friction out of balmier days, without the mess of talc. A winner of no less than six prestigious beauty awards, this fan favourite can be used on thighs, toes, shoulders, elbows (and more) to ward off chafing — and open up a world of options when it comes to your summer wardrobe. Simply swipe on for instant glide wherever it’s needed. Anti-inflammatory aloe and orange oil soothe away irritation that’s already started, while pomegranate seed extract protects the outer layer of skin to make it more resilient against future chafing.

Want to feel sunnier once winter rolls around again? HUM Nutrition {Here Comes The Sun} harnesses vegan, lichen-sourced vitamin D3 (the active form of vitamin D that the body can use most efficiently) to keep levels topped up all year round. An estimated one billion of us are deficient in this crucial vitamin, which is vital for bone strength, muscle and heart health, bolstering our immune systems and aiding the absorption of other vitamins. Including a month’s supply, these easy-to-swallow, one-a-day softgels are a simple way to bolster your levels — even when the sun’s not shining. 


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