Holiday skincare

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may know that I’ve just spent a week in Croatia. To my delight, we basked in sunny weather every single day; it seemed more like summer than early autumn! I plan to write a separate travel blog post but thought I’d let you know how I looked after my skin in the hot weather.

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La Roche Posay Anthelios Oil – SPF 50

I won this beautiful sunscreen a few weeks ago, from a La Roche Posay Twitter competition. It was timely, as I’ve been looking for a high SPF product for a while now! The oil is extremely light and easy to absorb.

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I used this on particularly delicate areas of my skin, like my neck and decolletage. On a hot day scaling the city walls of Dubrovnik, a local guy commented on how fair-skinned I am; the product clearly works! You can use a fairly small amount when applying; it needs to be massaged fully into the skin. I was surprised that the oil isn’t at all greasy and has a very light, pleasant fragrance. It didn’t aggravate my skin, unlike other sunscreens I’ve tried in the past, so I’m very impressed.

Rating: 10/10

Ultrasun Anti-Ageing Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin – SPF 30

I bought this product just before my holiday, as I was looking for a daily moisturiser with at least SPF 30 to protect my skin. It applies well and although it seems thick at first, the cream is easy to rub into your face.

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I didn’t burn at all on my face and was pleasantly surprised that one application lasts for a day. It sits well under makeup however, I would prefer a slightly more matte effect, as my t-zone was a little bit too shiny. Overall, it’s a good value day cream, which doubles up as a medium level SPF.

Rating: 7/10

Vichy Ideal Soleil Stick – SPF 50

This nifty little product has been in my makeup bag for a couple of months now; I love it. It’s ideal for quick application on the face, either alone or on top of any previously applied sun cream. It doesn’t give a greasy finish and was perfect for impromptu sunbathing sessions, whenever I spied a secluded spot on the coast! I used the stick on my lips, nose and around my eyes.

Rating: 10/10

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