Yesterday we spent the late afternoon at the beach building sandcastles in the sand and filling our buckets with salty water to empty into our moat. Yesterday it was boiling. Today it has rained, but yesterday was brilliantly sunny with temperatures of 28°C here in south Wales. Perfect weather to try out the UltraSun Professional Protection sun-cream we'd been sent to review.
As we are typically British in complexion, and therefore likely to burn at the drop of a hat, it is always extremely important that we cover ourselves in really good sun protection. I have suffered second degree sunburn from half an hour in the sun (in Dubai) and it's not a fun experience. There is no way that I am going through that again, especially as my skin now seems to almost have been tattooed with the shoulder straps from the swimsuit that I wore that day. I kid you not.
Aside from the initial concerns about burning, there is of course the long-term issues of skin cancer to avoid. I don't want to damage my skin anymore than it might have been in the past, and I am not putting my child's delicate skin at risk.
We tried out the Factor 50+ Ultra Sensitive sun protection cream. "The ultrasun sensitive 50+ delivers really high protection (UVA 99% and UVB SPF 50+) and, as it contains no perfume, emulsifiers or preservatives, it’s suitable for people who suffer with sun allergies or prickly heat." Well we don't suffer with the latter, but we do have eczema in the family so I'm really pleased that there's no nasties in there.
Dispensing the sun cream was easy as it uses an 'airless pump dispenser'. The fact that it doesn't have air, and therefore contaminants in it, helps to prevent product deterioration and contamination. Regardless of this, the actual pump was very clean and easy to use. Hubby applied it to The Boy and he commented that it comes out cleanly and dries in quickly to the skin.
This sun-cream is a once a day application and safe to use in the water. I would always advise you to reply after swimming, just in case. The other thing that I would point out is that it needs applying 15-30 minutes before it's needed. We therefore put it on before we left for the beach, which gave it plenty of time to soak in a work.
The proof is in the pudding. We spent a good few hours on the beach late afternoon and not one of us has burnt anywhere! I didn't feel grimy at all and it washes off really well in the shower afterward.
Following on from this, I applied the Ultrasun Aftersun Liposome Gel to The Boy and myself which helped to moisturise the skin after all that dehydration. A very nice gel to use, soothing (if you had burnt, which we didn't) and rehydrating. Apparently "Liposomal SOD activates the skin's biological repair system."
I thoroughly recommend this range of once-a-day skin protection which is available now from QVC, John Lewis, Waitrose and www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk.
Always in the sun:
- Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm when it is at is strongest and the risk of skin damage is high.
- Keep children out of the sun at this time and set up play areas in the shade. Infants and young children have much thinner, more delicate skin than we adults and the risk of sunburn is much higher; skin damage in their early years is serious and irreversible.
- Apply sun protection (to clean, dry skin) indoors or in the shade, 30 minutes before you go into the sun.
- Infants and children especially should always wear brimmed hats or a cap with a cloth flap that covers the back of the neck to protect their scalps from burning.
- Remember the 3 S rule – sunhat, shirt and suncream.
- Children’s eyes can be more sensitive to UV light than those of adults, so they need protection. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses for your child with 100% UV filtration; toy sunglasses may provide no protection at all.
To win one of five sets of the Ultrasun Family SPF30 (worth £17) and Ultrasun Aftersun (worth £14.50) simply do the following two compulsary things.
- 'Like' UltraSun on Facebook
- Tweet the following message:
I want to win UltraSun sun protection products with @TheBoyandMe http://www.theboyandme.co.uk/?p=3470
Competition closes on Monday 18th July 2011 at 8pm. Five winners will be chosen at random and notified that evening. If I do not have a reply within two days, I will redraw. UK entrants only.
I was sent these products for review purposes. My opinions are honest and fair.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
The 5 winners are:
And those people are:
Congratulations all and thanks to those who entered.
As one of those winners did not contact me within the time, the new winner if Jennifer Kelly. Congratulations!