The Best Sunscreens for 40+ Skin

Suncare should be a priority in any skincare routine, but it’s especially important as you go into perimenopause. Reduced oestrogen levels mean less melatonin is being produced, which is what protects you from UV rays. Thankfully SPF has come a long way since the days of thick, greasy creams - here’s our pick of the best.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50, £38


One of the best sunscreens for 40+ skin is an easy way to incorporate SPF into your skincare routine by using a moisturiser with a high level of sun protection. This one is lightweight and non-greasy with SPF 50 and a glowy – not chalky – finish. It’s a great base for makeup.

Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50, £46


Menopausal skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation, aka age spots, due to that pesky lack of melatonin. Dr Gross has created a product that both protects from the free-radicals that cause age spots, fades previous damage and is one of best sunscreens for 40+ skin. He’s also added hero ingredients, hyaluronic acid and evening primrose oil, for a huge dose of nourishment.

Elemis Daily Defence Shield High Protection Sunscreen SPF 30, £46


If you live in a city, protection from environmental stresses like pollution can be as important as SPF. This formula has both. It feels cooling on application and comes in a compact size, which is ideal to carry on the commute.

Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50, £66.50


This vegan formula is specifically designed for older skin. Ceramides that act as cement in the skin’s barrier reduce over time causing dryness and irritation, and this offers long-lasting hydration while soothing sensitive complexions.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+, £10.50


If you’re all about low maintenance, this La Roche-Posay face mist is for you. A quick spritz (or five) over makeup and you’ll reap the benefits of SPF 50+. It’s cooling too – perfect for those heatwave days.

Perricone MD Photo-Brightening Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, £59


Many women experience a significant loss of collagen during menopause, and this formula works hard to combat it by smoothing, brightening and plumping the skin. It contains SPF 30, but feels weightless and fast-absorbing.

Shiseido UV Protection Cream Plus SPF 50, £25.50


It’s common for sun cream to cause breakouts or irritation and this is your antidote. Designed with ageing, sensitive skin in mind, it’s hydrating and non-greasy, leaving behind a beautifully smooth finish.

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