If there is one thing you do not want to forget just before you go on a weeks ski-ing holiday it is most definitely sun lotion. I'm fair skinned and I burn easily so I will usually stick with branded factor 50 and to hell with the extra expense. I don't particularly care if I don't look tanned by the end of the holiday, the important thing is that I don't look like a rather large lobster. This year however, bright spark that I am, I forgot mine which meant that I had to rely on what Dad had brought with him, which is never as high factor or for that matter high quality as I would have bought.
Honestly, my heart sank when I saw the simple white bottle with a white and orange sticker proclaiming loudly to the world that it was Sainsbury's basics. Usually in skin care I am lazy as hell, sun lotion is the one exception and I will always buy the top range products. This therefore made me cringe right from the offset as it screams 'Cheap!' at the top of its non existent lungs. But to be fair it's easy to carry, easy to open and comes out in sensible quantities when you squeeze it so despite its appearance there can be no complaints in terms of ease of use.
Does it work?
There’s no point in going over the claims and expectations you may have from or about this sun cream as it doesn’t boast any moisturising, age defying or wrinkle reducing properties; it is simply there to protect. And in all honesty, it does. I was ski-ing for seven days at altitudes of between 1000 and 3200 feet and I came away with little more than a slight sun blush. If I was using my typical factor 50 I wouldn’t even have had that, but considering my low expectations this stuff really does work. I’ve found from experience that even ski-ing in the minus temperatures can give you a nasty sunburn despite how stupid that sounds; it’s something to do with the altitude that you are at so even if you have a cold and biting wind at you the enture time you are still really exposed to the sun. The problem was multiplied on this holiday by the fact that we were ski-ing in temperatures of 20 degrees C; belting sun from the top of the mountain to the bottom and if you stayed still for more than a couple of minutes you started roasting. And I still only look sun kissed, nothing more. That has to be a measure of success.
The main downside that I have found is that the stuff is greasy. Really, really greasy. I don’t have greasy skin and even two hours after applying it I could literally feel how greasy my skin had become. I don’t suffer from spots on a usual basis either and yet after a week of using this I gained an impressive selection of small but noticeable and irritating spots across my face and upper chest are; needless to say this is where I was using the sun cream. My brother found the same problem on the bottom area of his tattoo that was uncovered and therefore required sun cream; like me he found he gained a large number of spots. Granted it’s much better than sun burn but still irritating.