Seeing as we're having quite the heat-wave here in Ireland at the mo, I thought it'd be great to put together a sun protection post for you all! I have the palest of pale Irish hide, and burn like a crisp in the sun unfortunately. I'm not into tanning, and I've never been one to sunbathe or lay aimlessly on the grass for hours in the heat, but I do like to stay hydrated, pale and alive (slight exaggeration).
I've used Boots pharmacy 'Soltan' suncare range since I was a child, they're the ones I buy each year - I remember reading an article years ago, stating that Soltan and Asda (supermarket chain in the UK) brand suncare ranges, were the only lotions that give you a genuine 100% 5-star protection rating. Boots always have deals on also, especially on their Soltan range around Summer time, usually 2-3 bottles won't cost you over €25. I personally ADORE the scent of Soltan lotions, they bring back tons of nostalgic Summer holiday memories.
I use Soltan's 'Moisturising Suncare Lotion' with an SPF of 50, all over my body. It sinks in well, is water resistant, insect repellent, moisturising, smells amazing and doesn't clog your pores. If I'm out in the sun for a prolonged time, I make sure to reapply it every 2 hours or so. On my face, I use Soltan's 'Moisturising Suncare Cream - Face', with an SPF of 50 also. It can be worn under makeup but it does leave the skin a tad bit dewy looking, so apply a light dusting of powder over your makeup afterwards. It doesn't clog pores at all, and sinks in quite fast which is a bonus.
I don't apply suncream everyday, which you're meant to do; I'm far too lazy! However, I do wear M.A.C's 'Prep + Prime' Face Protection Primer daily, which has an SPF of 50 too. It's reassuring to know that I at least have SOME sun protection on, under all of my war paint. I've never been the biggest fan of aftersun to be honest, as I find it quite oily and greasy, so I just use my regular body lotion in the evening after I've been out in the sun for the day. My all-time favourite lotion is Vaseline's 'Essential Moisture' (which was featured in my Best Beauty Products of 2011). It sinks in unbelievably fast, is cheap as chips and smells amaze!
What suncare products do you use?