BEAUTY CLINIC: Moisturisers with an SPF

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Q My partner has discovered moisturiser (quite late in life) and now wants one with an SPF as he spends a lot of time outdoors. What are the best options – which I might use as well?

A Well, hats off (or rather on….) to him. We don’t know enough British men who’ve really got the message about sun protection – unlike Aussies, who are watching their older counterparts dealing with skin cancers. And thinking of that, please make sure your partner dabs it on his ears and also eyelids, both commonly missed and very vulnerable to UV.

There is a range of men’s moisturisers with an SPF, including American Crew Al-in-One Face Balm Broad Spectrum SPF15, which is currently on special offer at, £15 for 170ml. A colleague’s husband is keen on this one. 

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor at Esquire, recommends Aesop Facial Hydrating Cream SPF15, £27 for 40 ml. “Heavy-duty sun products don’t translate well from body to face. Aesop’s facial hydrating cream is a little more delicate on the old mug, and won’t leave pores feeling clogged or oily afterwards.’ 

But since your partner is outside a lot, he might be better with a higher SPF, either 30 or 50. Ultrasun products come in unisex packaging, are long-lasting (although every sunscreen should be reapplied after swimming or umm sweating…) and combine sun protection with great moisturisation. Ultrasun Face Mineral is an ultra-light sunscreen, based on a physical mineral screen. It comes in SPF30 or 50 versions, at £26 for 40ml. 

If your chap is really into natural products, we suggest award-winning Green People Facial Sun Cream Scent Free SPF30, £18 for 50ml. And finally, for chaps with less hair, a brush on powder works well, eg Susan Posnick Brush On Block SPF30, currently £22.50.  

Beauty Bible loves… ESPA Beauty Explorer Collection, £65. All travel kits are not created equal. (Although to be fair, most travel kits prove to be an excellent way of trialling products before swinging for the full size. Or, importantly, NOT – as the case may be.)

But we’re going to stick our (nicely-moisturised) necks out, here: this is one of the best travel kits we’ve ever seen/swooned over/used. It helps that it’s from ESPA – and at some point or other, we’ve probably individually reviewed everything in this really well-designed grey zip-up travel bag, on the site.

ESPA Beauty Explorer Collection , £65. We’re going to stick our (nicely-moisturised) necks out, here: this is one of the best travel kits we’ve ever seen/swooned over/used

These are generous sizes – definitely enough for over a week away. And there’s not one thing that we feel is superfluous to requirements, or a waste of packing space – that’s how well edited it is.

So, inside, find…

• Purifying Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner (50 ml each) – Jo happens to keep full sizes of this at our hairdresser in her own private ‘stash’. (Sssssshh.)

• Pink Hair and Scalp Mud (30 ml) – what can we say? A legend and a Beauty Bible Award-winner several times over.

• Energising Shower Gel (30 ml) – we love the eucalyptus and peppermint zing of this, which would be brilliant after a long flight.

• Skin Rescue Balm (15 ml) – you might want to take this out of the grey bag and stow it in your hand luggage, actually, as a great multi-tasker.

• Smooth and Firm Body Butter (30 ml) – super-rich, wonderfully nourishing, an excellent after-sun skin quencher as well as an all-round fab body treat.

• Optimal Skin ProCleanser (30 ml) – a three-in-one effective cleanser, scrub and mask.

• Hydrating Flora Spafresh Spritzer (12 ml) – one of the only facial spritzes we’d give shelf-space to, frankly.

• Optimal Skin ProSerum (10 ml) – powered by omega 3, 6 and 9 oils, and wonderfully replenishing.

• Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser (15 ml) – that drink of water holiday (and in-flight) skin really needs.

You could cram it all into one of those plastic in-flight bags (just) – but we’d recommend keeping out the moisturiser and Rescue Balm.