Ok, so I’ve sort of missed the seasonal opportunity to post this (well, actually I haven’t because it is technically summer it’s just the weather that implies otherwise) but I wanted to ‘rave’ about it anyway.
So a week or two back we had two or three days of blazing sunshine (no doubt that’s all England will be seeing of temperatures above 20 until next summer) and being the not so proud owner of two very pasty, blotchy legs I practically ran out the door to get some colour on them. Well, colour I did get, just not quite the shade I desired. I went out with intentions of ‘golden bronze’ and returned with two square blocks of lobster red on my thighs. The rest of my legs? Still that pasty white milky bottle shade with visible blue veins to enhance their hideousness, I can imagine the envy in your eyes right now!
Anyway, I found this in my draw and decided to use it as replacement of a simple boots aftersun that I usually use. At first I didn’t think much and it certainly didn’t ease the pain but after three or four days of applying it I began to see it as a bit of a saviour!
This aftersun is a non - greasy jell that claims to ‘protect against cell damage for a long lasting tan.’ While I do love this product I question the first claim because upon being sun burnt surely the cell damage is already done? Besides that the product is near flawless. It’s the most non- sticky aftersun I’ve ever worked with and absorbs into the skin within seconds! This means you can put it on after a shower and get dressed straight away without the discomfort of your clothes sticking to the burnt area. It’s in no way greasy either, again another plus when it comes to getting dressed as you don’t have to worry about it getting on your clothes. While it didn’t take away the pain long term it was extremely cooling when first being applied to the skin which I suppose is better than nothing.
You can see that the jell is near transparent (I know what you all think it looks like in that picture). The product has quite a distinctive smell to it, it’s not particularly pleasant but nor is it awful. In fact it takes me back to my year 5 days when I owned a pink bottle of FCUK body mist, the smell is almost identical! After applying this once a day for a week the burnt areas began to turn a rich golden brown shade, two perfect squares of tanned skin! I didn’t experience any nasty peeling or itching like I usually do upon being burnt, which I was extremely grateful for because there’s something about peeling skin that makes my stomach churn a little.
To conclude I would refer to ultrasun as a bit of a life saver, turning a viscous red shade to a much more desirable brown without the nasty peeling! I’m pretty sure a 150ml bottle of this cost around £15 and can be picked up from the beauty section in John Lewis. Definitely worth investing in a bottle if, like me, you’re likely to catch the sun a little too much while on holiday!
Thank you for reading!