May 29, 2013

My Suncare Essentials


From left:
 Hawaiian Tropic Protective Sun Lotion SPF 15 Medium Protection 
 Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist SPF 20 Medium Protection 
Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Spray Oil SPF 8 Low Protection
Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist SPF 30 High Protection
Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturising Lotion

When my boyfriend asked me where I wanted to go on holiday this Summer the first thing I said to him was 'I don't care where we go as long as it's hot!' So, off we went in search of destinations with scorching temperatures without a care in the world for our pale, fair skin that we are both blessed with! (I say this in a very sarcastic manner as I think most people envy those who have perfect olive skin that tan's like a dream!)

In the end we decided to go to Majorca for a week and the weather was perfect, finally some guaranteed sunshine! Of course, we didn't want to head off sunbathing without protecting our milky white bodies, so these suncare picks proved to be very essential holiday buys.

As we were only going away for a week we limited ourselves to these 5 suncare products, which were more than substantial for the week- we even came back with some left over. I tried to ensure we had varying factors with us (whilst my boyfriend had packed two pairs of swimming shorts and forgotten almost everything else he needed) and I found the chosen factors to be just right.

So here's why I would choose to take these 5 suncare products on holiday over any others:

Hawaiian Tropic-SPF 15

When applying this product I found the main advantage to be that the creamy formula literally dissolves into the skin and dries instantly. I really hate it when sun cream leaves white streaky marks and takes forever to be rubbed into the skin, however, this formula seemed to glide on, it was quick to apply and most importantly, protected my skin for the whole day. Of course, I did top it up occasionally to be safe but I think I could have got away with the one application. I love the fruity smell of this product too.

Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist-SPF 20 and 30

I'm going to cover both of the Nivea sprays here as apart from the difference in the sun factor they are essentially the same product. These sprays were an absolute suncare saviour whilst I was away and they are a great holiday buy if you are looking for ease of application. Initially, I was a little worried that the mist might not reach all areas of the skin, leaving some patches unprotected. However, the mist worked very effectively on even the most hard to reach areas and ensured that our skin was protected from top to toe. 

Top tip: This product is also a great buy if you hate the feeling of sand sticking to your body as it dries super fast! 

Hawaiian Tropic Dry Spray Oil- SPF 8

Most people usually tut and sigh when you say you use an oil on holiday, but I always think it's ok to use them as long as you don't use them throughout your holiday and from the moment you get there. Obviously, I can only use them in moderation or when my skin is already lightly tanned as I have fair skin that is likely to burn. 

This oil was great for applying on particular areas that take forever to tan such as my legs and back- I don't know why these parts of my body take that bit longer? The spray bottle and smoothing formula also makes for a fuss-free application.

Hawaiian Tropic After sun Moisturising Lotion

One question: what would we do without after sun on holiday? I think applying a soothing aloe vera based lotion such as this Hawaiian Tropics one is the perfect way to end a long day at the beach and this one really works to put the lost moisture back into the skin. I also found this after sun to be good value for money as I still had some left despite both my boyfriend and I using it repeatedly throughout the week. Definitely a must-have!

What are your suncare essentials whilst on holiday?

Sarah
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