Sunshine on a rainy day…by Belinda Morris
Are we going to have a summer here? Who knows? Probably most of you don’t care – you’ve got a holiday booked somewhere hot and fabulous and if you can just put up with indifferent, weak sunshine alternating with tempest and flood for a little longer…
Anyway, whatever the next few week holds in store (in case you care, nothing remotely exotic is beckoning me) you’re going to need to think either sun protection or else faking it! And I can talk you through both… with brands that do things a little differently.
EQ Suncare describes itself as the first such line of products that is specifically mindful of the marine environment and coral reefs. It sets itself apart with an organic sun protection range using natural ingredients which ‘seek to preserve the environment’. They’ve been tested and validated by surfers ‘all over the world’ and tested to make sure that they don’t upset skins that are photosensitive or intolerant to chemical solar filters.
Four key ingredients are used: organic apricot seed oil, organic safflower oil, organic olive oil and beeswax – all nourishing, hydrating and soothing ingredients. What it doesn’t contain are parabens, chemical filters and nanoparticles; they’re suitable for children, not tested on animals and accredited by Cosmebio, the professional association for natural, ecological and organic cosmetics.
So what are the magic ingredients if there are no chemicals? Well, the sun protection range uses mirror effect systems which reflect and bounce back the harmful UVA and UVB rays helping to prevent skin damage and premature ageing. The line includes Sunscreens SPF15, SPF 30 and SPF50, as well as SPF50 sticks coming in four colours and a Lipstick – which is not, you may be pleased to learn, coloured at all, but it does help to prevent tightness and cracking. There’s also Aftersun, a Self-tanner (which smells deliciously of almonds and contains moisturising ingredients) and a Dry Oil for those really dehydrated spots.
From £7 to £22.90. Available from www.ecobeautyshop.com
Another natural-based suncare line which also smells great, in my view – is by Greek skincare brand Korres, which is renowned for utilising its extensive scientific resources to develop clinically effective and safe products that are natural, certified organic… and work.
Their formula is inspired by the Greek tradition of applying yoghurt onto sunburned skin; the development of the Korres Yoghurt line took over three years and it still remains a global-first, as this was the first time edible yoghurt was incorporated into a cosmetic formula. And now the same principles have been applied to suncare – and amazingly the scientists have found a way of making sure the yoghurt is active (and therefore effective), but also stable (not easy for such a sensitive ingredient!)
The nine-strong line includes two Sunscreen face Creams (SPF 30 and 50) with yoghurt, three Face and Body Emulsions (SPF 20, 30 and 50) with yoghurt, a Clear Sunscreen for the body with walnut and coconut (SPF20) which is ideal for watersports, a shea butter Sunscreen SPF50 for children, a Beach Hair Sun protector with red vine, a cooling After Sun gel with yoghurt and an anti-ageing, soothing After Sun body milk with active aloe vera, vitamins and avocado butter. If you’re wondering whether the yoghurt part suggests that they smell strange – they don’t, they all (like all Korres products) smell great.