I know you are probably all thinking accessories … the it straw bag of the season teamed with some raffia slip ons…. Perhaps a beautiful Albus Lumen hat and some gold dipped shell earrings
Well no – these are all good buys for your Summer suitcase but what we are talking about is a bit more basic and probably the most important item!
We all know how important it is for us to use suncream , to reduce sun damage, fine lines, premature aging, loss of collagen in the skin and most crucially skin cancer but recently it has been documented that the main/base ingredient in these wonder creams is doing a great deal of harm to the environment and potentially could be damaging our health.
We can’t stop using suncream (see massive beneftis above) and the links to certain health problems are not totally clear (sperm damage and endometriosis) as yet but it may be of interest that the EU has lowered the legal percentage amount allowed in products.
What is clear is that Oxybenzone is damaging our coral reefs and sea life. Unlike humans, sea life – both flora and fauna cannot get rid of ingested Oxybenzone therefore it builds up and bioaccumulates.
End of Lecture.
Below are a couple of fab suncreams with great protection, super hypo allergenic and with the added bonus of not contributing to the degradation of our Coral Reefs….they are also rathe nicely packaged and will look super stylish in your circle straw tassel beach bag this summer
Anthelios-Xl-Ultra-Light-Fluid-Spf-50 From La Roche Posay
In fact choose any Anthelios branded sunscreen and you’re guaranteed a next generation, anti-ageing, oxybenzone free sunscreen.
Neo Strata Sheer Physical Protection SPF50
Sheer and perfect for sensitive skin types
Glossier Daily sunscreen SPF 30
Our fave beauty brand this year for everything
Eau Thermale Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
Get to Boots!
After-Sun Care Products
Same Applies to aftersun care – we all need hydration and to give our skin a well deserved drink after a day on the beach and below are some wonderful products that we will be packing
Dr. Hauschka After Sun
This lotion is fast absorbed, leaving your skin soft. It contains calendula, almond oil and shea butter to guarantee long-lasting soothing feeling and skin hydration. It’s also ideal for sensitive skin.
Korres Yoghurt Cooling After Sun Gel
With real edible yoghurt (!) and a host of vitamins, this cream gel with anti-inflammatory properties instantly relieves irritated or sunburnt skin to provide cooling comfort to face and body.
Ladival DNA After Repair Sun Gel
Not only does it soothe redness and irritation caused by the sun, it also repairs damage by UV rays and protects skin from ageing. We’re sold!
Moroccanoil After Sun Milk
Rich in vitamin E and argan oil, this is light and luxuriously moisturising. With a gorgeous fragrance, you will feel irresistible all day long.
Phytoplage Sublime After Sun Oil
Add this silky oil to your after-sun beauty regime this Summer and give your skin and hair a glowing and hydrated feel.