Because staying safe in the sun doesn’t have to result in extra concealer…

SPF is a must in the UAE, but finding one that won’t make you break out can be a tiring and expensive experiment.

So, to save your skin, we’ve trialled a box-load of suncreams and brands to narrow down our top five picks that won’t aggravate your skin.

Got a great recommendation that’s worked for you? Share it in the comments below!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Moisturiser SPF20


This is a super light, oil-free moisturiser that has a mattifying effect on the skin. It keeps oil under control throughout the day, and pores are visibly reduced over the course of the week. It also provides a smooth base for foundation. This SPF moisturiser gets top marks from us – plus, Caudalie is also against animal testing. Dhs205, available at Sephora.

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Nuxe Delicious Cream High Protection SPF30


This creamy moisturiser smells amazing and leaves the skin feeling velvety smooth and refined. It contains natural carob powder and water hyacinth, which activates the appearance of a natural tan and really hydrates the skin. This is a great SPF option for those with oily but dehydrated complexions. Dhs109, available at leading pharmacies, Boots and Sephora.

Clinique Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Face Cream SPF30


A great face cream for everyday use as it’s oil free, so won’t clog pores, and is gentle enough for sensitive skins. The formula includes added antioxidants which help protect the skin against environmental damage and reduce signs of ageing. Dhs177, available at all Clinique counters across the Middle East.

 Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF50 


A very light liquid cream that instantly makes the skin look radiant and visibly smoother. The formula is free of oil so it doesn’t clog pores, and its anti-pollution complex of organic alpine sanicle extract helps strengthen the skin’s resistance to environmental damage. This cream has a white-blue tone, so it does have a slight whitening effect on the skin. Dhs221, available at Sephora.

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Labo Trans Dermic Sunscreen Fluid Base SPF50+

labo trans dermic

This is a white watery fluid that can be used straight on the face or mixed with your daily moisturiser. It offers a high protection from the sun and penetrates eight hyaluronic acids deep into the layers of the skin. These acids bind the skin cells to water to increase moisture and stimulate skin cell regeneration, giving a more vibrant complexion. This also promotes moisture balance in the skin, preventing the over production of oil that clogs pores to cause breakouts. Dhs249, available at Bin Sina.

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