Everybody loves the sunshine. Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and lambs are frolicking, and it feels so good. There’s something about spring that, well… puts a spring in everybody’s step. And as the weather begins to warm, we can happily shed the coats and scarves and enjoy that inimitable sensation of a little sun on our skin again.
But, as UV rays damage the skin all year round (in fact, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays pass through the clouds), now is not the time to get complacent about sun protection. Daily sunscreen should be a habit – just like brushing your teeth.
However, we know that some sunscreen can be sticky or leave you looking like a ghost. Not so with these expert-approved sun protection products to keep you sun safe from top to toe – there’s a formula to suit everyone. Plus, we reveal the three-step faux glow plan to look like you’ve just returned from travelling to sunnier climes. Yes, we know travel is out, but you can fake it ‘til you make it...
Our high standards
At HealthPost, your sun safety is our priority so we only stock sunscreens that have been independently tested to confirm the SPF rating and water resistance. This isn’t a requirement under NZ law but given our high rates of melanoma and skin cancer, we don’t think that’s good enough. We also have strict rules about the ingredients we sell, not allowing products that contain reef-disrupting ingredients like Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and Octinoxate. We do sell nano-based UV filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which have been proven safe broad-spectrum sunscreens that aren’t absorbed, and we don’t sell aerosol-based products, keeping your lungs safe.
Expert approved sunscreens
- Best all-rounder: Earth's Kitchen Kawakawa & Tamanu Adult Sun Protection SPF50
Our Best of Natural Awards Winner contains skin nurturing ingredients such as vitamin rich Kawakawa (New Zealand’s native plant that is often used to soothe and nourish the skin), along with Tamanu oil and zinc oxide, for its natural UV protection and antioxidant properties. Bonus: it applies clear with no white residue.
Brand new to our store, this mindfully formulated BB cream protects your skin from the ageing effect of the sun while evening out the tone to giving you perfect complexion. Wear it all year round as a very light coverage foundation, or underneath make up as a primer to protect from those sneaky UV rays when they’re least expected on a cloudy day. With Rose Stem Cells, Acai, and nourishing oils this will moisturise dry skin. Containing titanium dioxide, this product is ideal for those who can’t use zinc oxide on their skin.
- Best for handbag: Goodbye Ouch Sun Balm SPF50
With high SPF50 protection and the antioxidant and nourishing benefits of a skin balm, this goodie is great for on-the-go application on the lips, face or anywhere you need it! You only need a tiny amount and the zinc mineral protection doesn’t leave a film. Plus, it’s water resistant for up to two-hours. Available in a 35g tube or a handy pocket-sized 15g tin.
- Best for kids: Made4Baby Natural 50 Sunscreen SPF50+
Sensitive skin approved and suitable for babies, this made in New Zealand sun cream provides mineral derived SPF50+ sun protection. Best of all, it’s non-greasy, non-whitening and rubs in easily.
Another winner with the little ones, Solimara Natural Sunscreen SPF50 Face and Body is also New Zealand made and uses zinc oxide as the active ingredient, so it’s ideal for sensitive and baby skin and has a low allergy risk. The delightfully scented formulation is packed with natural moisturising ingredients.
- Best for Lips: Hurraw Lip Balm Sun Balm SPF15
Our customers rave about this one and it’s easy to see why. It’s thick and creamy (so it stays put on the lips) but glides on silky smooth. Just one swipe protects your lips from the sun’s rays, while moisturising Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Pomegranate Seed Oil keep your pout soft and hydrated. The juicy tangerine with Roman Chamomile scent is delicious too.
Three steps to a healthy sunless tan
If you’re diligent with your sunscreen you might miss out on sun-kissed skin. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the only safe tan is a fake one. However, with this trio you’ll be looking freshly bronzed in no time – and with no sun damage.
- Step 1: Hint of a tint with Eco Tan Face Tan Water
Build a natural glow with this ingenious product that replaces your toner and moisturiser AND gives your complexion a hint of ‘I spent my lockdown in Fiji’ bronze after just a couple of days of use. Swipe on with a cotton pad and enjoy the anti-ageing and clear skin benefits that come with this subtle sun kissed tan.
- Step 2: Prep with Weleda Birch Body Scrub
Just like the judges at the Best of Natural Awards, you’ll fall in love with the fresh, citrus scent, then you’ll go gaga over the creamy texture (a little goes a long way!) and how soft-as-silk your skin feels when you step out of the shower. This Body Scrub Winner is perfect to prepare your body for a fake tan, natural beeswax pearls provide gentle exfoliation, while Birch extract helps to improve skin tone.
- Step 3: Glow up with Three Warriors Gradual Tan
Forget stinky fake tanners and say hello to the moisturiser of your dreams. This certified organic Gradual Tan is formulated with skin soothing organic Manuka Honey, Olive Oil and Aloe Vera and with a lingering Lime and Vanilla scent and is the body moisturiser you’ll look forward to applying each day. Plus, with continued daily use you’ll not only be rewarded with silky skin but a gorgeously tanned skin tone. Our Best of Natural Awards judges loved the easy-to-use-in-the-morning-in-a-rush nature, fast appearance of a healthy glowing tan and the natural fragrance from a certified organic product making this one a clear winner.