With the warmer weather almost upon us, it’s time to get serious about protecting your skin. In Australia, we experience hot, dry summers and have little protection from our thinning ozone layer. So get ready to “slip, slop, slap” and look gorgeous doing it!

In Australia, the government has announced manufacturers will now be allowed to label their sunscreens up to SPF 50+. The increased sun protection factor will provide extra protection from UVA and UVB radiation and is expected to appear in late 2012 or early 2013. Brands such as NIVEA, Dermalogica, Ella Bache, La Roche Posay and Banana Boat have already begun to announce their line of sunscreens with the increased SPF factor.

Couturing has got you covered with summer skin care in Part 1: Guide to sunscreen and moisturisers. Read on to find the perfect treatments to protect you under the heat of the sun.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30+ ($45)
This creamy, moisturising sunscreen offers protection against UVA and UVB rays . It’s non-oily and non-whitening formula is comprised of hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E. An added bonus of ‘To Save Face’ is its pleasant smell. This sunscreen is also perfect to apply before layering on makeup.

Dermalogica Solar Defense booster spf 30 ($63)
This sunscreen is designed to be used in conjunction with your foundation and moisturiser. The defense booster must be mixed with a mosituriser or foundation and applied to the face evenly for SPF30 protection. This innovative sunscreen supplement is non-oily and light; perfect for breakout prone skin!

Kiehl’s ultra-facial mosituriser SPF 15+ $34
Kiehl’s formula simultaneously hydrates the skin and offers protection from harmful sun rays. The great thing about this product is its non-oily formulation that doesn’t leave you with sticky residue.

Eve Lom Moisturiser 15+ SPF $90
This daily moisturiser imparts hydration and sun protection to the skin. It sits perfectly under make-up and is suitable for all skin types. Containing shea butter, biasabolol, yarrow and antioxidant extracts, this formula calms the skin and assists the prevention of premature ageing.


BODY SHOP: Aloe Soothing Moisturiser Lotion SPF 15+ $29.95

Aloe Vera has a wide range of skin benefits including acne prevention, moisturising the skin, fighting premature ageing and treating sunburn. This Body Shop lotion specifically imparts hydration to the skin as well as sun protection from harmful UV rays.


Vitamin E Moisture Lotion SPF 15+ $28.95
Vitamin E guards skin cells from UV rays due to its antioxidant properties. This formula is non-greasy also providing moisture to the skin and protection from the sun.


Mecca Cosmetica Lip de-luscious SPF 25+ $28

We often forget about protecting our lips from the sun, so make sure your mouth also gets some great sun protection. This lip balm is hydrating with an SPF factor of 25+. Containing High- pomegranate seed oil, vitamin E evening primrose, calendula, avocado and jojoba oils your lips will adore the nourishing and rejuvenating properties of this formula. The slight pink sheen is an added bonus!

So keep your skin healthy and glowing this summer and religiously apply great sunscreen and moisturisers!

Images courtesy of Mecca Cosmetica, The Body Shop, Dermalogica, Lipstick and Luxury and Makeup Drama

About The Author

A Melbourne city girl through and through, Olivia is a Communications student at RMIT. After dreaming of crossing international waters her entire life, she has spent the last six months studying in Leeds, England. As cliched as it is, she believes travel really is the only thing that makes you richer and intends to spend the rest of her life exploring and discovering the world. A lover of the arts, good food and quality wine she realises the importance of being an enthusiast in life. Because honestly, lukewarm is no good for anything. Twitter: @oliviawindsor Blog: http://exchangeonaplatter.wordpress.com

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