Did you know that May is Sun Awareness month? Well, if not, you do now! Whilst we all crave the longer days, al fresco dining and the Vitamin D boost that summer brings, skin cancer and sun damage are real risks that, on the whole, we can prevent. Whether you’ll be enjoying summer in the UK or further afield, we have some great products to help protect your skin and give the illusion of a real sun tan. Self tanning and bronzing products have come a long way in recent years, and with so many incredible products on the market, there’s no excuse to risk sun burn in pursuit of a tan!

Here are our top four suncare and self tanning beauty bag essentials

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream – £26

Self tanning can be intimidating for those who have not tried it before, but Clarins self tanning cream is a great place to start. The colour is natural but buildable: start with one layer and re-apply daily to build up a deeper shade. “Fake Tans” are notorious for bad smells and drying out the skin. This product however, is rich and hydrating, benefitting the skin while giving a smooth, even colour pay-off. This formula also contains Clarins anti-pollution complex, making it ideal for summer city breaks! As for the scent, whereas many other tanning products have an unmistakable smell (often compared to biscuits!) due to the dihydroxyacetone (DHA) they contain, this delicious self tanning cream is infused with cocoa butter and aloe vera. It smells like a pot of rich chocolate – delicious by name and by nature.

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Protection SPF 50 – £24

It’s now a well known fact that we should be using an SPF on our face every single day to protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays. However, this can seem like an unnecessary extra step in our morning routine, especially with the often dreary Yorkshire weather! This clever product from Bobbi Brown is a primer as well as an SPF, meaning you can combine the 2 steps into 1. You’ll provide a smooth base for makeup and protect your skin daily. SPF skincare is the most essential step for anyone who is concerned with aging skin! This primer is also free of parabens, so you won’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

Tancream SPF 50 – £39.99

We couldn’t write a suncare feature without mentioning Tancream – a product born in Yorkshire and first launched in Browns! Tancream gives the best of both worlds: SPF 50 and self tan! Apply as you would a normal suncream whilst out in the sun- the bronze colour is natural and instant and will build up with continued use. This clever formula can be used on face and body, also diminishing the appearance of any pigmentation in the skin. All skin types will get along well with this product, and you simply shouldn’t go on holiday without it!

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Balm SPF 15 – £20

It may sound obvious, but it’s often forgotten that even our lips need protection from the sun. The skin on our lips is so much thinner and more sensitive than other parts of our bodies (hence dry, chapped winter lips!) meaning this is one of the easiest places to burn. Lip balm may already be a part of your everyday routine, however when you’re heading on your holidays or the sun starts shining in the UK, make sure yours has an SPF to avoid dry, sun damaged lips. Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour lip balm not only has SPF 15, but it is an iconic formulation that has stood the test of time – your lips will be safe and hydrated all day long.

 

Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants

The Ordinary range of Mineral UV Filters formulas’ offer SPF protection along with antioxidant, hydration, and anti-irritant support. he Mineral UV Filter formulas avoid the use of any nanoparticles. Instead, a refined dispersion of micronized ZnO and TiO2 in flexible, high-volatility, non-comedogenic silicones allows the formulations to remain extremely lightweight by optimizing the amount of the blocking agents. Our formulation uses mainly ZnO for its protective effects (because in addition to reflecting/refracting light, ZnO is actually also able to absorb UV rays without creating oxygen radicals) and the supporting TiO2 that it contains is only in rutile form (no anatase form of TiO2 is used at all since it’s an aggressive producer of free radicals).

 

 

Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants

The Ordinary range of Mineral UV Filters formulas’ offer SPF protection along with antioxidant, hydration, and anti-irritant support. he Mineral UV Filter formulas avoid the use of any nanoparticles. Instead, a refined dispersion of micronized ZnO and TiO2 in flexible, high-volatility, non-comedogenic silicones allows the formulations to remain extremely lightweight by optimizing the amount of the blocking agents. Our formulation uses mainly ZnO for its protective effects (because in addition to reflecting/refracting light, ZnO is actually also able to absorb UV rays without creating oxygen radicals) and the supporting TiO2 that it contains is only in rutile form (no anatase form of TiO2 is used at all since it’s an aggressive producer of free radicals).

For Men

Clinique For Men Super Energizer™ SPF 40 Anti-Fatigue Hydrating Concentrate

Lightweight, gel moisturizer instantly energizes skin for up to 12 hours. The multi layered defence technology fights modern aggressors that can tire skin and accelerate ageing.

A sweat resistant and humidity resistant formula helps shield against pollution, pollen and dust as it delivers all day hydration and powerful antioxidant defence. Immediately skin appears more awake, less fatigued. Over time, first signs of ageing are visibly corrected and skin maintains its well rested look. Combats UVA/B, Infrared, and even Blue Light, a key disruptor of skin’s ability to protect itself. Oil free.

 

What’s on

Join the Tancream team in store on their ‘Mole Patrol’ for a glass of fizz and skin analysis!

Founders of Tancream, Katy and Gillian will in-store providing skin cancer and sun awareness advice. They will use a Dermatoscopy to check any suspicious moles and a UV camera for skin analysis to show any negative effects from the sun. There will be exclusive Tancream offers and gifts too.

Wednesday 1st May – Browns York 

May 9th – Browns Gainsborough – 3pm – 6pm 

May 10th  – Browns Beverley – 12-4pm 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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