Did the first few days of proper summer take you by surprise? If, like so many of us, what could’ve been a golden glow became an undeniable shade of lobster, this sun care round-up is for you… Yes, it’s the UK, and yes it’s rare that our weather is akin to that of the Med, but even when it’s not scorching, the sun can still pack a serious punch! So avoid that pink and prickly feeling (not to mention risking long-term skin damage and premature ageing) – take good care of your skin now and it will be much happier in the long run.
The good news is that skincare doesn’t need to be a faff – gone are the days when applying protective lotions left you luminous, sticky and slick with grease. Say hello to skin-loving goodness that won’t feel like a chore – here are some of our widely-available favourites…
For beautiful skin:
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30
This high-factor sun cream is super-hydrating and will keep your skin lusciously silky all day long. Plus, the deliciously summery aroma will bring to mind happy holiday memories – an added bonus!
For a cooling effect:
Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist SPF 30
Perfect for those who suffer in the heat – this sun screen not only provides all-round protection, it also has added menthol which naturally creates a cooling sensation when sprayed onto the skin.
For a natural tan:
Soltan Protect & Tan Spray SPF 30
This convenient spray provides all-round UVA protection, while also helping the skin to develop a safe and natural tan – perfect for the sun worshippers amongst us!
For sensitive skin:
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Body Spray SPF 50+
If your skin needs a little extra TLC alongside exceptional sun protection, this is your go-to brand. It’s a little pricier, but you can’t beat it for skin-loving goodness and anti-aging properties. For SPF 50, it’s also remarkably lightweight.
For insect repellent:
Soltan Protect & Repel Spray SPF 30
For a spray with built in insect repellent, you might not expect it to smell fantastic. But that’s not true of this spray – it’s an effective all-in-one that will repel bugs, not people.
Sun care products typically lose effectiveness within 12-18 months, so the onset of summer is the perfect time to clear out any old creams festering at the back of your cabinet and invest in some savvy new skincare – pop into Boots at Market Place for a wide selection of summer must-haves. Happy (safe) sunbathing!