Review & Giveaway – have you got Sun Sense?
The sun. That fleeting friend that visits us only occasionally in the UK is much more sociable in Spain. The light seems to have a different hue there, a goldenness that makes everything glow. While we were on holiday last week I’d have eaten it with a spoon if I could, swallowing the brightness down and feeling the warmth spread through my bones, relieving the discomfort from my infection. Sunshine does that for me, cheers me up, gives me cause to stop and smell the roses in a way that cloudy days cannot. And holiday sunshine, well of course that’s the best vintage.
|Doctor Chris Steele – skin cancer survivor|
As I undressed her at bath time a red line across the back of her neck flashed at me. Guilt wrapped around my heart. It’s my job to protect my little girl and I failed. Nevermind the fact that we have to give express permission to her pre-school for them to apply extra sun cream during the day (health and safety has gone too far in my opinion), I hadn’t even applied it that morning before she left home. I slathered on aftersun and thankfully it didn’t hurt or itch her. A day or so later she had a lovely brown colour. But I knew the damage had been done. As celebrity Doctor Chris Steele points out:
“What many people still don’t realise is that the majority of sun damage occurs before the age of 21 and suffering sun burn as a child or teenager greatly increases the risk of skin cancer in later years.
“Another common misconception is that sunscreen doesn’t need to be applied on cloudy days. The reality is that cloudy days can often bring more risk as children will stay out longer when the sun isn’t as hot, meaning the damage caused can be more intense.”
Did you know Sun Sense is the number one sunscreen in Australia? Nope, me either. But it’s a country well used to having fun in the sun, so I reckon there’s a good chance that they know a thing or two about keeping safe while they’re at it.
|Sun Sense Toddler Milk
roll-on – genius!
We were sent some Toddler Milk, in a bottle and an ingenious roll-on (a bit like deoderant), Ultra Milk and Daily Face cream to try out in Spain on our glamping holiday by the sea. (Tents and me parted company when I was a teenager I’m afraid.) The whole lot are at least SPF 50 and protect the skin from both UVA rays (responsible for aging) and UVB rays (that cause most sunburn and can lead to skin cancers) so I was expecting them to be thick and difficult to rub in.
Sun Sense Ultra is SPF 50+ and water resistant for 4 hours. I’m not sure why it has a higher protection factor than the toddler version but it is still suitable for all the family so I think it’s a good all round option. Like the Toddler Milk it rubs in easily and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. It doesn’t really have a scent either – I admit I like the coconutty scent of some creams because they put me in a holiday mood but for day to day use at home as well as abroad a scent-free cream has it’s advantages. OH found that it blocked the pores on his face a little, giving him a few spots, but he has that problem with all sun creams to be fair.
For more information about staying Sun Sensible, including the positive and negative effects of the sun and a range of resources for schools to help educate children about sun protection, visit the Sun Sense UK site. Over 200 schools have already signed up to the Sun Sensible campaign – is your child’s school taking sun protection seriously?
With Summer holidays just around the corner I’m delighted that Sun Sense are giving my lovely readers a chance to win a fab selection of Sun Sense goodies – feast your eyes on this lot! The giveaway prize includes Sun Sense Ultra for all the family, Lip Balm and Daily Face cream plus wrist bands and a cool frisbee. Yay! To enter just answer the question in the Rafflecopter widgety thing below. You can also tweet about the giveaway for another entry. Good luck!
Disclaimer, terms and conditions and the all-important small print:
We were sent the Sun Sense range to review and offered some items to give away. We received no other compensation and all opinions are our own. This giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 or over, one entry per household. There is no cash alternative. The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen, again at random using Rafflecopter. You DO NOT have to subscribe to Bod for tea or like my or follow me on or as part of your entry.