We all love the sun. It lifts our spirits, makes us feel healthier and it even helps us sleep better as well as producing vitamin D for the development of healthy teeth and bones. The down side? Well being burnt by the sun is not only uncomfortable, (try getting a good night’s sleep with tender shoulders), but can also cause irreparable damage to the skin and advance the signs of ageing. The best protection is a sun cream or spray but the range of solutions on offer can be more confusing than comforting, so we’ve identified some of the key priorities to help guide you when buying the right protection for you and your family.
Whilst children benefit most from the vitamin D the sun gives them, their minds are concentrated on having a good time and not on protecting themselves. So our advice is to go for products with really high SPFs that are lightweight and easily rubbed in, thus helping to reduce the number of times you’ll need to reapply and the time that the process takes.
Always popular is the SunSense Toddler Milk range that also incorporates a degree of water resistance so your children can carry on playing in the pool and the sea without you, or them, having to worry. The range now includes a handy roll-on version which is ideal for carrying in your beach bag. Also specifically designed for the younger members of the family is Organic Children Sun Lotion. This SPF 25 formula is packed with 81%
organic ingredients, including aloe vera, edelweiss and elderflower, to provide natural protection for delicate skin. It is also rich in antioxidants to protect against cell damage and is water resistant.
We are all aware that too much sun is not good for your skin; its UVA and UVB radiation may contribute to chronic skin, eye and immune system damage, while infra-red and visible light can also cause chronic skin damage and ageing symptoms. Choosing the right skin protection can help alleviate some of these environmental impacts.
Shiseido Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion is one of our most popular products as it is suitable for the face and the body. Sandproof and water resistant, the non-sticky formula protects skin from photo ageing, UVA and UVB rays, whilst also preventing dark spots
The alternative to this is to apply a high factor sun cream on your body and one of these specialist formulas on your face. Protecting against dehydration as well as helping to prevent the visible signs of premature ageing, Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream is not only ideal for sensitive skin but with an SPF 30 it will keep you protected from intense sunlight as well. A favourite of ours, this product provides reinforced sun protection with photostable and heat-resistant UVB-UVA filters. Ultrasun’s Anti-Ageing Very Sensitive Facial Sun Cream also has SPF 30 as well as ectoin for active DNA and cell protection with an enzyme that effectively neutralises skin-damaging free radical activity stimulated by exposure to the sun. Free from oils, it can also be used as a moisturiser, leaving you one less thing to pack.
Sitting out in the sun is no fun when you are worried about how quickly or how much you are going to burn. As well as protecting yourself with a sun hat and sunglasses, thankfully there are products to address this concern.
The Ultrasun Extreme range delivers extra high protection, UVA 99% and UVB SPF 50+, for ultra sensitive skin. It is also available as an SPF30 and is water resistant and contains no oil, perfume, emulsifiers or preservatives and is also suitable in case of sun allergies.For use by both adults and babies alike, SunSense Sensitive, is suitable for very sensitive skin and babies aged over six months. It does not contain chemical absorbers, thereby minimising the potential of irritation and provides SPF50+ broad spectrum protection from the sun with four hours water resistance.
Most of us only have a need for a general all round sun protection solution, and we have plenty of them in our range. Always popular, is the original once a day sun protection, Riemann P20, which is now available in a handy spray and ideal for all of the family with its economical once a day non greasy formula that also protects against burning and the premature signs of ageing.
Active 15 minutes after application it provides 10 hours of protection, even after swimming frequently throughout the day. And Clinique’s Body Cream SPF 30 uses SolarSmart technology to offer high level protection that also makes it suitable for sensitive skins as well as the rest of the family.