We all know that the sun is bad for us but when it comes to the delicate skin of our kids, it’s even more important to be careful and sensible in the sun. I recently stocked up on all my SPF lotions and potions before heading off to the heat of Dubai – and am now armed and ready for any (here’s hoping) heat waves heading our way in the UK. Here are a few sun care tips I use to ensure my girls are always safe in the sun.

First of all, any sun tan lotions and sprays you have left over from last year need to go to the bin. I know it seems wasteful but believe me, these products don’t last!

When it comes to the children, I never go under factor 50. Their skin is so young and fragile and I want to teach them the importance of sun protection from a young age. I grew up thinking that getting a tan was desirable but these days we know that being sensible and healthy is far more important.

On holidays children will of course play in the water and sand, which will rub off any trace of sun tan lotion in a few hours. To be safe, I always reapply any SPF after two to three hours. We often use lotions from the Soltan Kids (£6) range, they’re brilliant for active kids who enjoy running in and out of the water. Also, they’re slightly more robust than other lotions, making them perfect for days at the beach or by the pool.

Did you know that there are two different types of sun tan lotions? There are “chemical” ones and “mineral” ones. The key difference is that a chemical SPF is absorbed into the skin, while a mineral SPF will sit on the skin’s surface, forming a barrier to deflect the sun’s rays. I’d say the mineral formulas are better for kids, especially those with eczema or sensitive skin – as the active ingredients are not absorbed into the skin itself. My favourite mineral formulas are  Clarins Sun Care Milk for Children 100% Mineral Screen 50+ (£21), which is a brilliant spray lotion and worth every penny! And La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids SPF50+(£11), which is what I’ve been using on little Iris this year.

I know from experience that it can be difficult to top up the kids’ sunscreen throughout the day, especially when they’d rather be running around having fun and playing games. For these occasions I keep a bottle of Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Anti-Sand Spray SPF50+ to hand so that I can quickly reapply a new layer of sun protection on their skin in a matter of moments. I wouldn’t use this as my first layer of protection because I don’t feel like it gives a good base layer of protection but it does a great job later in the day when you need a quick top-up. It’s a mist spray that’s incredibly light and easy to rub in. Sun creams have come along way from the thick lotion I remember from my childhood and this one is incredible!

I hope you’ve found this useful and please let me know if you have any of your own helpful sun care tips.

 

 

I’ve literally just got my hands on this NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, which is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care. These three power products work together to cleanse, purify, renew, moisturise and reveal younger looking skin. I know what you’re thinking… we’ve heard these promises before – so what makes this system different?

The ageLOC Elements Kit includes…

1) ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone: an anti-ageing foaming cleanser

2) ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22: an ati-ageing day moisturiser (with SPF 22)

3) ageLOC Transforming Night: an ati-ageing night cream

Here’s how I got on…

The ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone

This lotion beautifully cleansed and purified my skin, preparing it for the anti-ageing ingredients of the day or night cream that followed. It’s also said to work with your skin’s natural healthy pH, helping it to preserve your skin’s natural moisture level – and not stripping your skin of moisture, which can often happen with cleansers.

NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care.

The ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22

Now this is an anti-aging day cream that means business! It promises to increase your youthful cell turnover by 85% leaving your skin looking smoother and soft to the touch. According to the brand, it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 45%.

Personally, I love the fact that this day cream offers a UVA/UVB protection from the damaging effects of the sun, with an impressive SPF 22. We all know that the sun ages us more than anything else so a day cream that offers a high level of SPF is always a winner for me.

NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care.

The ageLOC Transforming Night

Did you know that while you sleep your skin is working hard to renew itself? This is why having enough ‘beauty sleep’ is so important and why you should always use a night cream before going to bed – not just a generic moisturiser or your usual day cream. This ageLOC Transforming Night Cream works together with the skin’s natural night-time repair and renewal processes, ensuring you wake to stronger, smoother looking skin.

NU SKIN ageLOC Elements Kit, is said to be the modern answer to anti-ageing skin care.

I absolutely love trying new skincare products and am especially excited by new brands. These products are impressive because my skin really did look and feel different after only a week. The NU Skin website is full of testimonials and ‘before and after’ shots of people who swear by the products – and you can’t argue with that! For more information visit the NU Skin website.

I first discovered Elemis Pro-Collagen Cream about ten years ago, way before I had kids, back when I had time to wander around the beauty halls. I’d spend hours on a Saturday afternoon going from one counter to the next, testing the creams and smelling the different fragrances and candles on offer. Ah those were the days!

On one of these days I came across the Elemis Marine Cream and it was love at first touch. I’d read so much about this ‘amazing cream’ but if I’m honest I thought it might be too rich for my skin due to the ‘anti-ageing’ properties – but it wasn’t at all. It was velvety light and melted instantly into my skin.

By now the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is a huge cult product, with a pot selling every nine seconds worldwide. It is the ultimate high performance day cream that combines active ingredients with cutting-edge science.

For me the only thing missing from this beauty powerhouse product was an SPF. We all know that the sun is the biggest ager, so I want my day cream to protect against any damaging rays. In the past it was said that adding an SPF was not possible without changing the main properties of the cream, compromising the quality the product. However, developments in technology means that this is now possible. And with this new technology comes the introduction of the New Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30.

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 has been developed using a new sunscreen with enwrapping technology, which is able to deliver a more evenly distributed layer of protection, providing a high SPF with a low concentration of sunscreen.

In non-technical terms, this means that Elemis were able to add a high SPF without compromising the quality of their hero product. The cream is as light and velvety as ever and melts into my skin just as quickly.

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 (£82.00/50ml) is available from all Elemis distributors as well as the Elemis website.

Multi-Active Eye Cream

I’m a busy mum of three, most nights one of the girls wakes me up (at least once, if not more), and the early morning rushing around leaves me feeling (and looking) like a tired mess! The bags under my eyes are so big, they look like they’re ready for a long-haul holiday. So this new Multi-Active Eye is a product I was more than ready to add into my daily skincare routine. Inspired by the latest technological developments in plant power, this new eye treatment will help combat the effects of a stressful life.

Did you know that the eye contour area is up to five times thinner than the rest of your face? You can basically think of it like tracing paper and of course, it’s usually the first area to show signs of ageing. The Clarins Multi-Active Eye is said to help preserve radiant, youthful looking eyes, it also smoothes lines, minimise the signs of fatigue and brighten the eye area.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve really neglected my eye contour area over the years and am now, more than ever, realising that I need to increase my efforts. My lifestyle completely changed when I became a mum, that coupled with lack of sleep has severely effected my eye area.  This Multi-Active Eye cream contains teasel extract which helps to revitalise and protect tired skin by encouraging the production of an energising molecule which improves the condition of the eye contour area.

This little wonder product (or magic wand as I’ve been calling it) comes in a matte pink tube, with a silver applicator which is easy to use directly onto the eye area. The cooling effect of the metal applicator also helps to wake me up in the morning.

Multi-Active Eye Cream

The Results…

I’ve been using this for over a month now and my eyes do appear brighter, the skin is smoother – and after four weeks, I can see a difference in the overall appearance. Winner, winner!

Multi-Active Eye (£35.00, 15ml tube) and is available from all Clarins distributors.

If you read my blog regularly you’ll have noticed that I’m a big fan of French skincare brands and Decleor has to be one of my absolute favourites! The fragrances of the products are just gorgeous, but the results are what draw me back. If you’re new to the Decleor brand, here are my top picks and where I suggest you start.

Warning! Total product gorgeousness ahead…

Aroma Lisse Dark Circle & Eye Wrinkle Eraser 

This gem of an eye cream smoothes away fine lines and brightens dark circles. It combats the first signs of ageing with the help of Mandarin Essential Oil, which is clinically proven to protect and repair skin cells. This wonder wrinkle eraser also contains illuminating gold pigments which neutralise dark tones (under the eyes) to immediately enhance the radiance of your eye contour area. Perfect for when you’re over tired and need a little extra help!

Aroma Lisse Energising Smoothing Cream

This is a super light, all-in-one moisturiser with a deliciously refreshing citrusy scent. It also happens to be one of my favourite ever day creams. The potent powers of Mandarin Essential Oil again works to repair DNA damage and protects against free radicals. The other cocktail of plant extracts work to hydrate and plump the skin, leaving it looking illuminated, smooth and radiant. For me this is the perfect cream for the warmer summer months, when you want a lightweight cream that protects your skin, while enhancing your natural glow.

Aromessence Mandarin Smoothing Oil Serum

This serum is said to have been specifically created for busy women in their thirties. Well that’s definitely me! Mandarin Essential Oil once again works to protect and repair any skin cell damage. The addition of Lemon and Bergamot Essential Oils create a powerful fruity/ citrusy cocktail that’s refreshing and invigorating – which is perfect for a morning pick-me-up.

Other key ingredients include; Hazelnut, Camellia and Sunflower oils to nourish, hydrate and boost radiance. This powerful oil is said to slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leave your skin smoother, brighter and bursting with energy! And I’d have to completely agree, my skin really benefits from using this little thirst-quenching super-oil.

Aromessence Mandarin Smoothing Night Balm 

Night creams are so important and this is a nourishing one that helps rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. I tend to use it whenever my skin is extremely dry or dehydrated and needs an extra boost. It has the most gorgeous, calming scent, which helps me to feel relaxed and comforted before bed. The active ingredients include; essential oils of Basil to purify and heal, Neroli to soften and Camomile to calm and nourish. This balm is such a treat to use, it literally melts into the skin with almost no effort. Honestly, it’s a little pot of pampering heaven.

So there you have it, my top picks from the dreamy Decleor.