There’s no debate about whether or sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine – a good SPF is crucial protection, even on cloudy days. However, one thing that is debatable is the best facial sun cream on the shelves, and this year, a new front runner is emerging, in the form of Garnier Ambre Solaire Ultra-Light Sensitive Face Fluid SPF50+.
The affordable fluid formula launched back in January, retailing at just £7 per 40ml bottle, and is slowly but surely building cult status among skincare buffs, even those who usually swear by more expensive options.
On the Boots and Garnier websites, it’s racked up 100 5-star reviews, many of which say it’s the best sun cream for the face they’ve found. ‘I have been looking for a daily facial sunscreen for a long time. I am in love with this one,’ says one. ‘It hasn’t got a strong scent and absorbs into your skin quickly leaving it feeling that nothing is even there. I have dry/oily akin and this doesn’t leave my face looking shiny at all.’
‘Amazing product, agrees another. ‘This is a lovely texture, not like any other SPF creams I have used. Its very light and doesnt feel greasy or heavy on my skin. Leaves a lovely matt finish and I’m able to apply make-up over the top! It is the only one I use that doesn’t leave my skin oily or shiny.’
Commenters on popular skincare forums have even begun to compare the hyaluronic acid-infused product with La Roche Posay’s cult Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid Sun Cream, a much raved about and genuinely brilliant facial SPF 50+ with a similarly thin, milky texture.
The key difference? The Ambre Solaire version is £7, while La Roche-Posay retails for £17.50 when not on a promotion; even though the bottle is slightly bigger, at 50ml, it still works out at £26.24 per 100ml, compared with Garnier’s £17.50 per 100ml.
Despite its impressively low price tag, the Garnier face fluid is hypoallergenic, fragrance free and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, protecting against against UVB, UVA and long UVA as well as pollution. So if it ticks all your boxes and you’d normally pay a higher price tag, making the switch could be the money-saving tip you’ve been waiting for.
A word of warning, however, is that it’s currently out of stock on Lookfantastic and we wouldn’t be surprised if Boots follows suit – with temperatures continually rising, the demand could soon outrun the supply.