Having just recently come back from Portugal where the sun was shining brightly every day and Wireless weekend in the summer heat, it's no wonder my latest go-to is sun cream. London is gearing up for this extended heatwave (yay!) so we've got to get prepared. For most, having fair skin is a hindrance, however as I've got older I've begun to embrace it more and more. That's not to say I don't enjoy a nice, natural tan, but I'm also not prepared to damage my skin in the process.
One thing that I've always found annoying during summer is the actual application of sun cream. Usually you've got to apply it every few hours, it normally has a pretty strong sun-creamy smell (lovely!) and God for bid you go near any water – you'll then have to reapply the whole lot again! All sounds like a lot of effort? That's what I thought.
So when I was introduced to this great product range by ultrasun, I cannot even explain how this has now become my summer skin lifesaver!
Factors ranging from 20-50 depending on how much protection you need, they've really thought of it all. Depending on what formulas take your fancy, there's something for everyone. The best bit about these products is you simply apply it 20 minutes before you head out into the sun, once a day! That's right, once you've slapped it on, you're good to go and don't have to worry about carrying it around in your bag for reapplication later on in the day. Time saver eh? Not to mention you don't have that lingering sticky feeling or strong sun cream smell once applied, which gave it even more brownie points from me.
I like something with a bit of a difference, so I've always opted for the glimmer products. Once applied, your skin has a shimmer effect all over – so it's also great for people (like me) who have a tendency to forget patches. With the glimmer products you can clearly see what areas you've covered and what patches you need to go over.
There's a specific Factor 30 cream designed to really look after your lovely face. Applied daily, your face and neck will be properly protected, while maintaining your youthful appearance. (For those who don't know, it's always best to use an SPF for your face to prevent from premature ageing and looking a bit “worn”). But don't worry, the face cream is just like a normal moisturiser without the glimmer effect. So your face won't look like Edward Cullen (good ol' R Pattz) does in Alice's premonition of his “big reveal” when his body glitters in the sunlight in Twilight's New Moon.
While in Portugal, I tried out the After Sun. So far this is definitely my fave After Sun product I've used; the gel like formula cools down any sun-heated areas, and it soaks into the skin pretty quickly. Not to mention it also works as a great tan accelerator, so for those who've forgotten to prep your skin pre-hols, this is a great go-to product. (Although it's still best to start off with a good Tan Accelerator a couple of weeks before you jet off – esp those with really fair skin.)
Finally, the ultrasun Lip Balm stick is a great everyday product – even when you're not on hol. For those who want a reliable product, I'd def add this to your make-up bag.
For more info on all the available products in the range along with a list of local stockists and price range, visit the ultrasun website.