I’ve been spurred on to write this post after seeing numerous pictures splashed across my social media sites of those people who I follow, enjoying themselves on holiday. Weeks in Mexico and The Maldives, a jaunt over to the Canary Islands, and lazing on the untouched golden sands of the Caribbean and Cyprus. And, in each and every single photo, I have not yet spotted an SPF more than factor 15. Of course, it’s a personal choice of which sun protection factor to wear, and with that choice, there is also the consequences of what comes from frying in the sun. I have taken the personal choice to stop sunbathing as since my Granddad developed skin cancer from just pottering around in the garden, it has frightened me into stepping up my skin protection and playing safe in the sun.
Although I don’t sunbathe anymore, I will venture out into the sun, but before I do, I make sure my skin is totally covered with an SPF that is no lower than SPF25. My preferred factors are SPF30 for my body, with SPF50 for my face and delicate areas such as the skin on my chest and around my bikini straps. I like to wear a hat to cover my head, and then, with a good book, I’ll sit under a big parasol in the shade. I’ve picked up some new products to keep in my long haul suitcase for those times where I will be exposed to high temperatures. As a fan of the Vita Liberata self tan range, I was delighted to see that the range extended into sun care. Not only can I tan safely by faking it, but I can keep my skin protected by their SPF offerings.
The Vita Liberata SPF25 Neroli and Argan Milk is the face and body cream that I would generally use if I was somewhere where like New York or Orlando, where I would be walking around rather than sat outside. SPF25 is a medium protection against UVA and UVB rays so I don’t tend to use it in hotter climates. The milk is lightweight and sinks into thew skin easily without leaving greasy marks on clothing. It also smells amazing, and leaves my skin feeling so soft, it’s like I have moisturised.
I’ve been using the Vita Liberata Passionflower and Argan Dry Oil Serum with SPF30 whilst I’ve been away on city breaks. It’s almost a cross between skincare and sun care, so I have been wearing it underneath makeup. As the dry oil is non greasy, I’ve no issue with putting foundation over the top, and I know that my face is getting the protection that it needs whilst out walking in the sun.
My favourite from Vita Liberata is the Passionflower and Argan SPF50 Dry Oil for the face, body and hair. I literally cover myself in this luxurious oil and reapply when needed during the day. My skin feels hydrated and as it’s such a high factor, it makes a nice change for my skin to feel fresh rather than clogged up with sun cream. The dry oil also makes your faux glow look extra glowy and gorgeous.
I’ve been getting into Kiko lately and aside from make up, they also have a sun protection range. I spotted this Solar Protect Serum with SPF15 and it caught my eye with its lilac and orange bi-phase liquid. As it’s only SPF15, I have wearing this in the UK only, and have been adding it into my routine before putting makeup on. The serum contains my favourite ingredient, hyaluronic acid, which of course retains all the moisture in your skin for a plumped up and pretty face.
Although the Kiko Solar Haircare Oil SPF6 is too low a factor for my liking when it comes to sun protection, I have been using the dry oil spray to keep my hair conditioned and in place whilst out and about. It makes my hair look really shiny and I think that the oils have been working as my hair feels so much more healthier. Maybe I’m imagining things, but there has definitely been less breakage lately.
I’m always on the look out for new sun protection and it’s something that is really high up on my list of priorities, especially when I spend so much time in foreign destinations. I don’t want to ever have to look back and think ‘I should have been more careful’ especially when it’s something that is so easily accessible and so much common sense. So, I ask you all, to think about is that tan worth it?
*Contains PR Samples from Vita Liberata.