You Need These Sunscreens

The Viva team share their favourite sunscreens

Sun smart is sexy - Gigi Hadid gets it. Picture / Instagram.

Janetta Mackay, beauty editor
Elta MD is good with or without makeup and although I’m always trying perfectly serviceable new ones out, I like the texture of this. EltaMD UV Daily Sunscreen SPF40, $55, From Prescription Skincare, Remuera. Ph (09) 529 5784.

Zoe Walker, associate editor
For a day at the beach or by the pool, any SPF 15+ sunscreen that's around the house will do. But my daily moisturiser, Olay Complete Day Cream with SPF15, is regular and simple sun protection that has, happily, become a habit. $10 from supermarkets.

Jessica Beresford, digital producer
I am a religious sunscreen user, all through winter as well as summer. I always find myself coming back to the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer range, as most have high a SPF content. The Clear Face Lotion is particularly good for my spot-prone skin. $22.99, stockists see

EltaMD UV Daily, Olay Complete Day Cream, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunblock and Murad Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30.

Rebecca Barry-Hill, writer
Murad Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30. A great matte variety for the face, light but effective. If I’m wearing foundation over the top I don’t feel like I’m drowning in product. Not cheap, but a little goes a long way. $54 from and Caci clinics.

Angela Casley, recipe editor
Ok, so sunblock: straight from the supermarket, so it can be found wherever one is holidaying. The Nivea spray is perfect for easy application and no blotches with the tan. Nivea Sun Sunblock SPF15+ Spray, $14.50, from supermarkets.

Rosie Kelway, writer.
Le Tan SPF 50+ coconut spray. Why? The smell of course. $22.99 from

Amanda Linnell, managing editor
The tube of Triumph & Disaster ‘No Dice’ Sunscreen at home rightfully belongs to my partner, but this sunblock is wonderfully non-greasy. It has a light texture  that absorbs easily into your skin and the scent is subtle. The fact that it is 87 per cent natural is a great bonus. $55 from

Anna Lee, editorial assistant
I like using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry-touch sunblock because it’s super lightweight, oil-free, waterproof and won’t leave me looking like Casper with a thick white film on my face. $16.80, from

Nivea Sun Sunblock SPF15+ Spray, Le Tan SPF 50+ coconut spray, No Dice by Triumph & Disaster, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry-touch sunblock and Coola SPF 30 sunscreen.

Rebecca Wadey, wellbeing editor.
I struggle with sunscreens, trying to balance my hatred of chemicals with being cancer smart. This season, I'm quite happy to wear my Karen Walker huge oversized hat every day. When that's not appropriate, I will use Coolah sunscreen. On my lily-white children I use Invisible Zinc Junior on their faces and Badger sunscreen everywhere else. Coola SPF 30 sunscreen, $50.

Dan Ahwa, fashion editor
If I can’t find any Hawaiian Tropic,  my other favourite would be No Dice by Triumph & Disaster. It’s non-greasy and doesn’t have that strong odour you get from other sunscreens. Because I have an olive skin tone I tend to go brown quickly, so having an SPF 50 is plenty of coverage for me. $55 from

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