Thursday 7 June 2012

Be Safe In The Sun and Get Super Soft Lips All Year Round With Ultrasun

You may not think when you look out the window today, but it is technically summer. Yes despite the return to grey skies, wind and rain summer is officially here. We've only had a couple of days of proper summer up till now but here's hoping there is more to come. One thing we always need to think about at this time of year though is SPF, it's so important that we protect our skin when we're out in the sun. It's ridiculous and quite frankly scary how many people are still blase about using SPF, you only had to look out of my window the other week to see people walking around looking like lobsters.

I have to admit I've got burnt in the past, I always used to think that you needed to burn in order to get a tan - how dumb was I as a teenager? As I've grown up though I've realised the importance of SPF, not just for it's anti-ageing benefits but also more importantly for it's health benefits.

Putting SPF on every half hour or so though can be a bind, especially when your on the beach with all that sand sticking to you yuck! so that's why so many people are turning towards sun care products that you apply once a day. Swiss company Ultrasun are sun care specialists, they don't produce make up or nail polish, sun care is all they do and they do it very well indeed, all of there SPF products bar the one I'm going to talk about need just one application a day, no matter how many times you jump in and out the pool, you protected against the suns rays. There products are available on prescription for people with certain health conditions and they are also supplied to employers of councils, the police force, and building contractors, where employers have a duty of care to protect there employees who work outside, high praise indeed for a simple suncare product.

I'm not going to talk about any of the sunscreen products as I haven't tried them yet, I have tried the after sun though which I would thoroughly recommend. What I am going to talk about here is the Ultrasun Ultralip SPF 15.

I was very kindly send this product a couple of months ago and since then it's been a constant in my daily routine. The skin on our lips is probably one of the most delicate areas of our body, our lips have no oil glands so extremes of temperature both hot and cold can damage this delicate area and leave the lips sore and chapped. The lip balm is described as Care and Protection and is designed to do exactly that as well as the SPF it contains moisturising ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, and blackcurrant seed oil.

At first glance it doesn't look like the most different or exciting product, it's in a small white twist up tube - exactly the same style of packaging as 90% of lip balms on the market.

It has a slightly yellow appearance but it actually goes on clear, and it doesn't have much a smell or a taste- still not very interesting but what sets this lip product apart from a lot of similar high street products, is the texture, so many of these balms feel greasy and slimy on the lips not this one. Just one small application leaves the lips soft and moisturised but with no greasy or oily residue. The creamy but none greasy texture also means that this is a fabulous base for lipstick or gloss, it's especially good for those lipsticks which can look bitty or patchy on less than perfect lips. You can also use this stick around the outside of your lip line and your upper lip for extra protection from the sun.

Yes unlike the rest of the Ultrasun line you do need to keep applying this but that's no great hardship for us ladies who are constantly applying our lippy ;) Don't think this is just for ladies though the neutral packaging means this product will be great for men and children too. Oh and don't think this product is just for the summer, I can imagine it will be great in the colder weather too and I can definitely see myself using this product all year round - it really is one of the best lip care products I've used. Ultrasun Ultralip Care and Protection SPF 15 4.8g retails at around £5.00 from various retailers including John Lewis, and Waitrose, I would definitely shop around though before you buy I've found it for £3.99 from Fragrance Direct and of course QVC always do some great priced bundles. For more information on the Ultrasun line please check out their website. If you have any questions please leave me a comment, and I'd also love to know if you've tried Ultrasun x

(Ultrasun Ultralip Care and Protection SPF 15 4.8g Was Provided By PR For Review Purposes)

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