Thanks to my Irish heritage I measure a 1 on the Fitzpatrick scale (very pale, never tans only burns). Combine this with a trip to Los Angeles and it could only mean one thing – I needed some heavy duty sun protection, stat!
I had initially hunted around Boots in Meadowhall for Ambre Solaire, based on the fact it has a very distinctive smell which takes me back to a holiday I had in Tenerife in 1994. It’s true what they say about how smells can stay with you! I had always longed for this scent and was delighted to find the range still smells exactly the same all these years later.
There were lots of formulas to choose from, such as the oil or lotion but after chatting with an Ambre Solaire rep I was convinced to give the dry touch mist a try. Kudos for Garnier for supplying this source of information, as sun protection is imperative and there are so many options to choose from, it’s nice to have some help!
The benefits of a mist formulation are endless when it comes to sun protection. Firstly, it covers a large surface area very quickly, meaning backs and legs are a doddle.
Although I don’t have kids, I can only imagine it would be much easier to apply to them without trying to slather a thick lotion on them as they wriggle and scream their heads off in utter dismay, as is normally the scene on any family holiday.
The formula is also water and sand resistant, which lived up to its claims during an unexpected trip to Hermosa Beach.
I am incredibly impressed with this product, which has UVA, UBV and long UVA protection, as well as being hypoallergenic. I came back from two weeks in California during record temperatures of over 42 degrees, and yet I had NOT burned. Not even a tiny patch. Nada!
I appreciate some of you might think this is a waste of a holiday to come away without a tan. It’s so important to remember that the sun/sunbeds are incredibly harmful and the ‘tan’ you are seeing is actually damaged pigment. This puts you more at risk of developing skin cancer, not to mention age spots and premature aging.
If you wish to tan please get a spray tan or use at home lotions/oils…. never the sun! For me I’m happy and confident in my pale skin so for me this is not an issue, but still it would be irresponsible of me not to reiterate this advice.
A 200ml can cost me £7, and was enough for two weeks in California with some left in the bottom despite applying and re-applying throughout each day.
For the ultimate sun protection on your summer holiday, I could not recommended the Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced 50+ highly enough. In fact I would go as far to say it’s the best sun protection I’ve ever used given I didn’t burn in extreme heat, and it was incredibly fuss free to use.