I’ve found a remarkable sunscreen – and it costs less than a

Yes, I realise I’m always banging on about the importance of sun care, but this time, the cost of indulging me is as low as it’ll ever be. Long before the UK spring sprang, I travelled to three sunnier climates and wore one sunscreen (costing just £8) more than any other. And I will pack it again and again.

If you can’t face layering sunscreen over moisturiser, either because you don’t have the time or because too much product feels unpleasant (I relate), you really need Garnier Ambre Solaire’s Super UV Anti-Dryness Protection Cream SPF50+ or – for the less dry, more combination-skinned – the same brand’s Super UV Anti-age Face Protection Cream SPF50+. Both are new and utterly remarkable, but look much the same (each is packaged in a tube containing cardboard, cutting plastic by 49%), so let’s start with the former.

The anti-dryness formula does precisely as promised, but don’t imagine that means thick or greasy. What we have here is a rich, gentle but very quickly absorbed formula that plumps up and moisturises the face and neck as much as many expensive day creams, and not only sits obediently under makeup but actually gives it a helpfully grippy base. The inclusion of glycerin – one of my favourite ingredients – gives it a glowy, ever-so-slightly glassy finish that keeps skin looking moist and fresh all day.

The anti-age version is also big on hydration: it uses hyaluronic acid to plump up thirsty skin, but also contains niacinamide to soothe sensitivity and help with uneven tone. This is a more fluid version of its sister formula, with an even lighter texture, but is still as agreeable on dry skins as oilier ones. I can’t quite skip a day cream beneath this one, but most will. Both are non-comedogenic (they won’t clog your pores), leave no white cast and can, in my now-extensive experience, be used around the eye area with no ill-effect.

For oily types, I’m pleased to report that Bioré, creator of the outstandingly good Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen range, imported from Japan, has recently launched a new face-protecting milk: Aqua Protect SPF50. This, an even more hydrating formula than its stablemates, positively drenches thirsty skins in sun protection while instantly improving skin texture and comfort. I’ve included it here because it’s currently all over specialist websites at half price or less, but even at the full £16.55, it’s worth every penny.

This article was amended on 1 August 2022. Bioré is a Japanese brand, not Korean.