Sun series: New takes on sun cream
Applying sun lotion has come a long way from thick, gloopy white cream being laboriously rubbed into the skin. The invention of sprays and all-day protection has made light work of staying safe in the sun. And now with even more inventive ways to safeguard against the sun hitting the shelves, forgoing sunscreen will soon be a thing of the past.
Shower on sun care
Those clever people at Lush have created The Sunblock, a solid block of SPF30 sunscreen, masquerading as soap. Simply glide the bar over damp skin in the bath or shower for full body protection. Rinse off and then pat skin with a dry towel. A third of the bar can cover the whole body, and as it comes with pre-cut grooves, it's easy to break off and use the right amount. Made with three broad-spectrum sunscreens, cocoa butter, calamine powder and rose absolute, this will leave skin feeling good and smelling great.
Sprinkle on SPF
Creating sun block soap isn't the only genius product Lush has designed; it's also behind Powdered Sunshine. The loose, light, SPF15 powder is easy to apply and a handy travel size to carry around all day. It's made with calamine powder, which is rich in the natural sunscreen zinc oxide, sesame oil, lemon, lime and patchouli oils which gives it an earthy and citrusy fragrance.
Dermalogica is, unquestionably, a skincare expert and the go-to company for many skin complaints. Its dedication to skin means the brand also cover sun care and has now fused together protecting the skin from UVA with shielding the skin from hyperpigmentation (darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin) with Pure Light SPF50. The powerful ingredients, including peptides, Red and Brown Algae, botanical extracts and Hyaluronic Acid, work together to balance uneven skin tone, regulate melanin production and strengthen the natural moisture barrier. Wear this lightweight formula under make-up.
La Roche-Posay take sun care seriously, and as well as catering for your entire body it also has more make-up based products that boast a high SPF. The Anthelios XL Ultra Light Tinted Fluid 50+ will give your face a non-greasy, natural glow while also protecting from UVA and UVB rays. Or if you're a BB fan then try the Anthelios XL SPF 50 BB Comfort Cream, for a naturally luminous complexion.
Piz Buin is one of the most respected names in sun care, and it recently added an exciting new product to its burgeoning collection. The Instant Glow comes in SPF15 or 30 and is high in UVA and UVB protection. What makes it different from other spray-ons is that it gives you an instant summer shimmer thanks to the delicate, light reflecting pearls and light tint of the formula. The result is a subtle glow which will give skin a sun-kissed finish from the get-go.
Yes roll on sun protection! Soltan's Active Ultra Resistance Suncare Protection Stick SPF50+ is ideal for anyone who's in a hurry to slather on their SPF. Particularly good for topping up face protection for kids swimming in the pool all day. It's sweat and water resident, and can be used easily during skiing breaks too.