Sunday, 17 September 2017

SUN-day | Skincare ESSENTIALS for YOUR Winter Sun Holiday*


This week, my Twitter timeline has been FULL of people heading off on holiday to some beautiful parts of the world, such as Greece [which is my ultimate fave place in the world ever], Spain, Turkey, Bali and Florida to name but a few... you guys are truly 'avin it large

Unfortunately, due to raaaaaging health issues and a level of debt which is possibly even less manageable than they are [trolololol] I won't be setting foot out of the country this year... but for those of you seeking Autumn / Winter sun, skincare & aftersun care is a MUST. And I've got some 2017 Hero Products from skincare experts Vichy and La Roche Posay to share with you [not literally lol, get yo own] that you should defo consider packing in your suitcase. These bottles, tubes and sprays of expert UV protection ensure the safety and beauty of your skin in the sun [waaaaah, I'm so jealous!] and are suitable for use on all skin types; including sensitive.

I'm talking Vichy's Idéal Soleil 2017 collection and La Roche-Posay's Anthelios range - which are available at larger Boots stores, pharmacies nationwide and at www.boots.com. And for those of you seeking out-of-season sunshine, you're more likely to pick up these products on special offer - great success!


Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection
Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

Suncare

Something I've always struggled with when it comes to staying safe in the sun's rays, is facial sun protection. A lot of the products I've tried have made my oily skin, oilier - and felt like they've simply melted off my face in the heat [yum.] There are countless selfies of me which will never see the light of day due to my face being shinier than Kimmy K's arse in those photos, with the greasiness of the products I've put on it to keep it safe. And then there's the fear of breakouts. Urgh. 

Gals, fear no more - I've gotcha. These two miracle products for use on yo face keep your skin mattified, protected from UVA-UVB damage and don't leave you shining bright like a diamond. They're pretty much what I've been searching for all my adult life.

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection
Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection
Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

All New La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Mist*, RRP £14

This is legit the bae of facial suncream, ladies. It's invisible on the skin and applies like a mist - as well as being TOTES makeup friendly; you can wear it under or over makeup, without a trace. Say whaaaaaat?! Perfect for daily use and with a gorgeous, lightweight texture, it boasts high UVA-UVB protection, a hands-free application [so you're not massaging impurities or oils into your face] and has a patented anti-shine formula.

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

It actually absorbs up to 100x its own weight of sebum [ie oils and sweat and all other sexiness that oozes out of your face on the beach] to proactively control sources of shine, leaving yo sexy mug clean and matte all day. And it weighs next to nothing, in a totes handy spray bottle. 

Best for: Oily Skin [ie me. In a bottle.]

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

Vichy Tinted Velvety BB Cream SPF50+*, RRP £16.50 for 50ml

Ah, Vichy. One of my all time favourite skincare brands. Their Idéal Soleil 2017 range boasts a patented global anti-UVB and UVA level of protection; in a lightweight, comodegenic-free formula that's dry to the touch. This helps reduce heat rash for those who are prone to a bitta sun-sensitivity [also, me] - providing protection, hydration and skin repairing qualities.

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

This velvety tinted BB cream illuminates yo face with a glowy, youthful look; whilst protecting it from sun damage, brown spots and premature aging. No-one wants to look like those leathery-skinned old fellas in their Speedos, do they?! It also contains the much loved, blogger ingredient of-the-moment Hyaluronic Acid, which melts into your skin and plumps it up with moisture - leaving your skin smoother, supple and soft. TOTAL babe.

Aftersun Care

Aftersun care is well important - all that beachy / poolside exposure to sun, chlorine and salt water causes your outer layers of skin to dry out; making it look dry, dull and flaky. And no-one wants to invest in a solid 7 hours of sunbathing, only for it to peel off the next day. That's why this genius aftersun product from Vichy is one you ABSOLUTELY must pack for your next vacay.

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

Vichy Idéal Soleil Double Useage After Sun Oil*, RRP £13.00 for 200ml

This stuff right here. Legit what holiday makers' DREAMS are made of. It looks great, it smells great and it's packed full of greatness  - and it's so easy to use. It's basically the most luxurious, nourishing aftersun ever to exist to mankind - and you can use it IN THE SHOWER or on dry skin. Which is pretty much all kinds of amazing. And it leaves even the most parched [yes, I managed to burn my chest in the UK lol] skin feeling soft and less pink within minutes.

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

Its proper unique formula hydrates your skin and repairs damage, extending your tan by up to 61%. It smells like a holiday in a bottle - described as mellow summer notes of ocean spray, white flowers amber and musk; which lightly fragrance your skin with a sensual aroma, leaving it comfortable and refreshed. The fact you can use it in the shower, on wet skin [as well as on dry skin] works really well for me; as I always find that having a shower post-sunbathe brings the colour in my skin out. And it saves time, when you're rushing to get ready for your evening meal after a slightly longer dip in the pool than you anticipated!

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios CollectionSunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

It's so, so important to look after your skin in the sun's rays - skin cancer is a very real, yet easily avoidable danger; when you dress your skin and body appropriately for the climate. So if you don't like the greasy, oily feeling of your bog-standard suncream on your face - or the somewhat tacky feeling of generic aftersun products, don't just go without. Go to Boots instead, and load up on expert skincare brands like these guys. 100% worth the investment.

Sunbathing essentials from Vichy Idéal Soleil 2017 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Collection

Have you been away this year, or do you have any holidays booked over the next few weeks that you're looking forward to? Where are your favourite Winter Sun hotspots?
*This blog post contains PR samples, but all opinions, bitterness towards those able to take holidays and rambling on is totes my own.
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