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School’s out for summer, let the fun begin! Of course, we’ve got to be realistic about the Irish weather — one day can be great, the next not so much — so it pays to be prepared. Rainy-day waterproof make-up aside, knowing what sunscreen is perfect partner for your plans saves money and ensures sun safety fits seamlessly into your lifestyle.
Not all sunscreens are equal, so what ’s designed for the beach won’t necessarily be great for the city; just as a product that doesn’t offer top-notch water-resistance will be of no use to sports enthusiasts. Getting the right formulation saves your skin in the long run.
So, what should we look for in the sea of creams that flood every chemist and supermarket in the holiday season?
For children’s skin, water-resistance is of prime importance — as is value for money if they spend most of a holiday in the pool requiring regular top-ups. La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Kids SPF 50 retails for €19 per 100mls — but 300ml bottles are on special offer at pharmacies for €21.50 — a deal that also applies to SPF 30 and 50 body lotion for adults.
For city breaks and for working women who need sunscreen to sit smoothly under make-up, a good factor in a sheer fluid is perfect. Vichy’s Mattifying Face Fluid SPF 50, €14.50, or Ultrasun Clear Gel Face Formula, €16 are ideal. For touch-ups or on dull days, pop Avon’s Solar Advance Eyes & Lips into your handbag, a double-end wand for those delicate areas, €20.
Sports enthusiasts need strong sun block to avoid burning. Hamilton Optimal SPF 30 can be used for body and face, € 33. For specific zones such as scalp, nose and ears that might burn, for instance from a long round of golf, Avene’s High Protection SPF 50 Stick gives clear coverage immediately, €17.28.
Of course, hair can also benefit from sun protection — you can guard against colour fade, frizz and dryness with Aveda’s Hair Veil, pictured below. Fight the frizz with Pantene’s Smooth & Sleek 24 Hour Frizz Fighter, €5.49, and get the moisture back in with Redken’s After Sun Mask, €28.50.
After all that sun, your body will love some TLC. Aldi’s Aftersun Gel is a pocket friendly €3.99 and Ambre Solaire’s Golden Touch Aftersun, which contains Monoi oil and coconut, smells like a holiday in a bottle, €13.89. email@example.com