Lifestyle ~ Which Sunscreens I’m using this summer

One of my favourite past times when on holiday* (cough *working…) is guessing the nationality of tourists.

It’s fair to say I’ve become pretty good at it if I do say so myself. There are small clues if you know where to look, from the clothes to the hairstyles, and finally skin colouring.

It’s pretty easy to spot a fellow Brit. Ridiculed the world over for our pasty skin, there seems to be 3 phases to our tan- and it usually involves pink skin, peeling, and repeating the process….

I’ve had my fair share of sunburn, and it’s not something I’m proud of. Not only does sun damage speed up the ageing process, but can increase your risk of skin cancer.

Getting painful sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer

I’ve been fortunate enough to work in some pretty warm and sunny European climes over the last few years, and as such have sampled several Sunscreens, some I’ve found work better than others, and they tend to fall in to 3 main categories: Spray form, Cream Form and All day Sun Filters.

This year (because of various offers- I am from Yorkshire after all) I purchased:

Spray: Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Spf 30

Cream: Piz Buin 1 day Long Spf 30

All day Sun Filter: Calypso Once a Day Spf 30


Hawaiian Tropic Sheer

This smells like summer, but it also has an overwhelming alcoholic/ chemical smell- which if you’re applying in a small room make sure it’s well ventilated.

Because it’s a pressurised can it can be sprayed upside down, which makes getting the hard to reach places, slightly easier.

I found, because it was a clear spray, I wasn’t really sure I’d sprayed where I wanted- which resulted in a couple of burnt patches!

Overall, if you want something that you can pop in your bag when out and about that doesn’t weigh a tonne, and you don’t mind the chemical undertones then this is a good option.
It’s also great if you have children who are desperate to get outside, and don’t want to sit and wait whilst you slather them in cream.


Piz Buin 1 Day Long

I’ve used Piz Buin for a number of years, and is a market leader within the UK, but thought I would give the 1 Day Long a try- mainly because I don’t reapply my Sunscreen as often as I ought to.

This has the texture and feel of a traditional Suncream, including the traditional Summer smell.

A small amount goes a long way, and you can see where you’re rubbing it in; unfortunately, because it’s so thick, it takes a while to rub in, which isn’t ideal if you or your little ones are in a rush to head out the door!

Although it says 1 Day Long- you have to reapply after being in the water, sweating or being out in the sun along time, so the name is slightly misleading.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed. I found it took a long time to rub in, and was slightly greasy, and definitely did not last 1 day long.

Calypso Once a Day

I bought this at the bargain price of £5.99, and considering the market leader in Sun Filters of this type, P20, is more than twice the price, I was sceptical to say the least….

I was however, pleasantly surprised. Once I got over the serious chemical smell- I would prefer if there was a natural alternative, Calypso works by binding to the skin to create an invisible shield.

You can’t go out into the sun for 20 minutes after you’ve applied the filter, but it’s worth the wait- unless restless little ones are dying to get to the pool- and really does last all day, even when being in water. I haven’t worn it in the sea yet- but would advise reapplying sunscreen after swimming in any water, just to be on the safe side.

Again, its main drawback is because it’s clear, it’s not always possible to see you’ve covered everywhere. You also get lulled into a false sense of security.

This is by far my Sunscreen of choice, but if I was going out and about, I would use this in the morning before leaving, but ensure I had a spray with me, just in case I needed to top up any bits I’ve missed- usually the back of my neck and the top of my ears!!