Not that we're trying to be all head-teacher on you but in case you haven't noticed, the sun's come out to play and it's time to load up on SPF. If you're wearing a strapless wedding dress it makes sense to cover up (unless you like burnt red shoulders and big white strap-marks). And what a shame it would be to ruin the radiant results of all those facials and skincare products with a patchy forehead and dried-out cheeks. Here at Brides we're big fans of the brand Ultrasun for their no-nonsense, unfragranced, uncoloured and long-lasting suncreams. If you haven't heard of them, we got in touch with Managing Director Abi Cleeve for her sunshine advice and to explain why Ultrasun should be at the top of your summer wedding and honeymoon beauty list:
What makes Ultrasun stand out from normal suntan lotions?
All the products are once-a-day applications that delivers high level, all-day UVA and UVB protection. It holds on amazingly onto the skin so it still protects after swimming, towel-drying and showering without re-application. They're hypo-allergenic, non-greasy and fragrance-free to help prevent skin allergies such as prickly heat. The innovative, airless packaging prevents product deterioration ensuring that it remains effective for up to 36 months after opening.
How does it stay on the skin all day?
The products contain photostable UV filters (that means the chemical structure of the UV filter is not degraded when exposed to the sun's rays) and bonds to the skin cells to create a water resistant barrier. The patented "LipoSystemComplex" formula works without the need for emulsifiers, which makes the products non greasy, non sticky, easy to apply, moisturising, very photostable and extremely resistant to water, sweat and friction. It also means you can wear make-up over the top without it slipping or changing texture. We did a test with a group of volunteers who applied Ultrasun at 9am in the morning. They sat in a Jacuzzi bath, then towel dried, then went swimming, then towel dried again, and had to repeat the process several times until 5pm. The results showed that the UV filters were still 99% effective at the end of the day, hence the reason that Ultrasun is able to claim 'once-a-day' protection!
Any good application tricks or tips we haven't heard before?
Always apply sun protection to cool, clean, dry skin in the shade (ideally indoors) 15-30 minutes before you go into the sun. If applied in the sun, up to 50% of the quantity of sun cream applied to skin can evaporate before it has a chance to bond with the skin and therefore become less effective.
Ensure you apply enough product to your body. The official guidelines given by Colipa (Association of European Cosmetic Industry) is 2mg/cm2 - approximately one teaspoon worth for the face. Take your time to apply Ultrasun products carefully and generously - after all, as you only apply once a day, you can afford to be lavish!
The Ultrasun range is available nationwide in Bentalls, Brown Thomas, Fenwick, John Bell & Croyden, John Lewis, Waitrose, Harrods, many local stores and all UK airports. You will also find the range on QVC or order direct on 01737 245 499. From £4.00 to £23.00.