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In The Heat of Summer Sunshine: My Favourite Sun Care

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… I miss you; like nobody else in the heeeaaat of suuuummer sunshine… OK. I’ll stop, but that’s my absolute favourite Corrs song.

So you may have noticed, it’s pretty hot! I’ve banished the duvet to the garage; I have a tower fan following me everywhere I go in the house and I worry passing the windows in fear of bursting into flames like a vampire. I went to a friend’s house last weekend and quite painfully burnt myself, resulting in a red face and a farmer’s tan. Needless to say, I miscalculated my SPF.

If you want to learn more about how to work out your SPF and what you should be looking for, head over to Manface’s little brother, Boyface; where I wrote an article to that effect last week. So, here are my top sun care products for Summer 2014 [from left to right] and boy, have there been some good ones this year:

La Roche-Anthelios XL Anti-Shine SPF50+

Love, love, love, love, love. I love it. I hate that SPF products always make my oil-prone T-Zone shiny and with UVA/UVB protection and a whopping great SPF number; I’m in love. Set on a base of La Roche-Posay thermal water, it’s just delicious and perfect for sensitive skin. This is probably one of my favourite products of 2014 full stop. The 50ml tube costs a mere £14 and currently, if you buy any 2 Anthelios products from Escentual, you get a free Spray Thermal Water another summer essential – I ended up drinking one once on an unexpected hike; long story!

Clinique SPF40 Body Cream with SolarSmart

I swear this product is older than time itself. I remember this as a little kid on holiday with my parents; this is the smell of holidays (although is 100% fragrance free). It sinks into the body leaving it smooth and nourished but not oily. SolarSmart technology helps prolong the time it takes for the sun protection to degrade as well as keeping it a little more fixed as you sweat (still keep reapplying though). Again, UVA/UVB protection and also great for sensitive skin. The bottle is 150ml lasts forever and costs just £20 here from (think of the points!).

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid Ultra-Light SPF50+

Not as matte as the Anti-Shine, but by no means greasy/shiny. This gives a lightly tinted glow to the skin and perfect if you’re just starting to tan but also great to unify a sun-kissed complexion. Again, high SPF50 protection and great for sensitive skin. Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid is just £14.45 here at Escentual.

Vichy Capital Soleil After Sun

Vichy products flare up my skin like nobody’s business; seriously, reaction central and with the rest of their products, if you’re sensitive, I’d say to avoid them (if you’re not, then by all means use and love them; they receive incredible feedback and reviews). However, Vichy Capital Soleil products do seem to suit my skin down the ground; they’re awesome and Vichy Capital Soleil After Sun is a life saver. After my ‘burn incident’ last week, I cleared up the burn, peeled and returned to pretty much normal in 3 days and I put every second of that down to this (also Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream for my face). Keep it in the fridge; it smells great; non-greasy and does the job. A winner. Still can’t get over that it’s only £9.50 for a long-lasting tube here from Escentual.

Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50 BB Cream

BB creams are a guy’s best friend. They unify complexion, don’t look, sit or feel like makeup and keep us looking great. Vichy Capital Soleil BB cream is very sheer (light coverage) and is definitely more of an SPF with BB properties than a BB with an SPF (if that makes sense). It sits very, very well on the skin; feel hydrating but doesn’t leave you at shine-central. An absolute cinch of a deal at just £12.30 here from Escentual.

L’Occitane au Brésil Jenipapo Face Veil SPF30

Last year was L’Occitane’s year, with the launch of the Collection de Grasse and the revamping of their awesome (in the true sense of the word) Divine skincare collection. However, with launches almost every month, I think they’re getting a bit carried away with quantity rather than their reputation for quality and in 2014, none of the releases have particularly floated my boat (the brightening collections and soft creams were good!).

I was hugely looking forward to the au Brésil range and have been pretty disappointed; it’s just a bit, “meh”; I have honestly nothing more to say than that. But, the Jenipapo Face Veil is excellent. A bit OTT on the fragrance but it fades away quickly and isn’t at all unpleasant (just avoid if you’re sensitive). Jenipapo Face Veil SPF30 sinks into the skin and disappears without a trace; it’s probably the most unobtrusive SPF I’ve ever come across. Jenipapo Face Veil SPF30 is £26 here from L’Occitane.

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