I was incredibly lucky with the weather over in Austria last week. Whilst London is one big miserable puddle, the weather was gloriously in the 20s towards the end of my stay, and after my morning’s medical ministrations were done, I would head to a lounger on the edge of the jetty, lay out my green striped towels and bask like a lizard. Albeit a lizard in a giant sun hat, high SPF and sunglasses.
As is my wont, I grabbed a random selection of suncare offerings from the beauty bucket in my office so I could test them out. The beauty lottery this trip turned out to be Clinique Targeted Protection Sun Stick SPF 35, £16, Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze SPF 30, £7.99, Lancaster Sun Delicate Skin Soothing Cream SPF 50+, £21.00
The Clinique I’ve had for a while, and love. I keep it in my handbag for on the hoof touch ups, as I am paranoid about burning my face and decollete. Wrinkly cleavage? Not on my watch, thank you very much.
The Nivea is a spray, which is my new favourite thing for sun care products – I refuse to call it sun tan as there is as much chance of my getting a natural tan as there is of a TOWIE (or Jersey Shore) girl not wearing make up. That being said, the Protect & Bronze range contains a natural plant extract said to support Melatonin production and therefore enhance a tan. As I am currently wearing three layers of St Tropez Bronzing Mousse (excellent BTW), I can’t speak for this, but I do know that I haven’t burnt once wearing it, and that is all I care about. And it’s a great price considering you should get through at least two of these, and preferably three, on a week long holiday frolic in the sun.
The Lancaster is new, arrived a week or so ago, and I am impressed. It’s light for such a high SPF, and I’ve been using it in the mornings before I go out here in Singapore on the backs of my hands, decollete and face. I’ve had no breakouts, and my make up goes on smoothly over it. Another good handbag sized product.