We’ve got it cov­ered!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

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. laura.ber­ming­ham@mailonsun­day.ie

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