Its summer! The sun is out, at least it was today, and we are rushing out to soak up the rays before it turns grey again. Before going out into the sun we should remember that it can be harmful and is a cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer is on the rise in the UK and up to 10,000 people a year are developing malignant melanoma, a frightening statistic.
I was recently sent some of the Ultrasun sun protection products to try out and review. This is said to be the ultimate in sun protection. It is free from preservatives, emulsifiers and perfume which is great if you have sensitive skin. This is also meant to stop them staining clothes which can be a big problem. They also protect against UVA and UVB rays. In case you are not aware the sun emits two different types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA which can cause the skin to look old before its time and UVB which causes sun burn. Both of these cause long term damage to the skin.
All the products are meant to last all day with one application. They are water resistant and apparently bond to the skins surface so that you are still protected even if you go swimming or have a shower.
Ultrasun have a wide range of products to suit every need. I will look in more detail at the two products I was sent to review. These were the Ultrasun family 30 sun cream and after sun products.
As you can see the suncream comes in a stylish handy sized bottle. It is a pump action top so you can easily control how much you apply. It does not rush out of the bottle the way some products do. It is white and creamy and it has a nice smell, even though it is not perfumed. Its a subtle smell, not overpowering. The cream rubs in really well and its not sticky. I find that some suncream leaves you with a shiny look on your face but this doesn’t. It absorbs into the skin really quickly and a little bit goes a long way. It is SPF 30.
So how well does it work? To put this to the test I had to wait for a sunny day. Strangely after receiving the sun cream it decided it was not going to be sunny again. I had to wait it out until I got my chance to pounce! Today was the day, it was gorgeous. I put the sun cream on and went and sat in the garden. I went out at mid-day. I know that we are advised not to do this as between 12.00 and 3.00 pm is the hottest part of the day, but I decided to go with the theory that I was either a mad-dog or an English (wo) man and try it out. It worked very well, I didn’t burn.
The other good thing about this cream is that my husband actually put it on without moaning. The normal sun cream I wear he will not put on as it makes him sticky but he was happy to use this one. I also noticed that when I put it on my son, who wriggles, there were no stains on his collar which my other cream leaves.
The after sun comes in the same pump dispenser. This is a cooling gel lotion that moisturises and soothes skin, if you have overdone it in the sun. It has a very slight pleasant scent and you can feel the cooling action on your skin when you apply the gel. If you had managed to burn yourself I can see how this would be really soothing. It contains liposomal SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) which is meant to activate the skins repair system and reduce free radical activity by 58%.
The Ultrasun family suncream comes in two sizes, 100ml RRP £18.00 and 150ml RRP£24.00
The Ultrasun aftersun gel 150ml RRP £16.00
Both are great products and suited everyone in my family.
The experts at Ultrasun have put some tips together to keep the family safe in the sun and I am going to share them with you. It is good to get children aware of the sun from an early age so that this becomes second nature to them.