Self Defence

Self Defence

Protect your skin and hair from harmful UV rays with our roundup of the best summer saviours

Whether it’s oily pores or sun-parched locks, there’s no disputing that the sun can wreak havoc on skin and hair. Here are our picks of the best hydrating formulas and mattifying products that will ensure the shine stays at bay and lock in your dose of Vitamin C in the healthiest way possible. 


Delicate skin on the face is often the first to notice the effects of sun damage, from irritable sunburn to fine lines and wrinkles. Combat this by prepping skin with a light oil-free formula such as Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defence Primer, £40 that includes SPF 50 and acts as a smooth base for makeup, before applying Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment, £25 to stop lips becoming dry and flaking. If going makeup free feels you with dread opt for Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15, £31.50 to add another another defence layer against UV rays as well as providing subtle coverage. Avoid excess shine by using Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder with SPF 15, £39 to mattify skin and sooth with rose and cotton flower plant extracts. Finish with Clarins Fix’ Make Up, £24 to keep everything in place and stop makeup sliding.



Fair skin is prone to burning easily so liberally apply sunscreen to protect against UV rays. Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50, £30.20 uses naturally occurring oleosome microspheres found in oil bearing seeds to enhance SPF shielding properties. Slather on Clarins HydraQuench Lotion SPF 15, £36 to alleviate shine caused by excessive heat and humidity or if you’re planning on spending your holidays in the sea, use Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50, £27 to prepare a water barrier for up to four hours. For those that suffer with prickly heat rash warm three drops of Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defence Barrier Boosting Essence Oil, £39 and press lightly onto the skin to relieve bothersome itches caused by sun radiation. When you’ve had enough of basking in sunlight smooth Guerlain Terracotta Sun Serum, £43.00 onto skin to prolong your tan. 


It’s easy to forget about your hair when it comes to sun protection but hair undergoes the same suffering from UV radiation which can cause breakage and frizz. Label.m Intensive Repair Shampoo, £12.95 targets each layer of the hair using an exclusive Enviroshield complex that gently repairs strands. Coloured hair is also prone to heat damage. Label.m Colour Stay Shampoo, £11.95 uses Wheat and Soy proteins to stop colour fading. For a more invigorating treatment use label.m Peppermint Treatment, £11.95 after shampooing to resuscitate limp strands by exfoliating the scalp and increasing blood supply. To give your hair the ultimate rest and recuperation treat it to label.m Honey & Oat Treatment Mask, £15.75. Leave on hair overnight to strengthen from root to tip let its Hydra-5-moisture-regulating complex replace lost moisture. If you’re short on time spritz label.m Therapy Rejuvenating Oil Mist, £24.95 to shield from UV damage and leave hair looking shiny and feeling renewed.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker

  • Illustration: Josh Bristow