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Even though I am a beauty junkie I have never actually used any Lancaster facial products but I have used their sun creams before and thought they were excellent if not a little overpriced. I have bought the sun cream and after sun as part of a set at the airport on a couple of occasions where it is a little cheaper than it is in the department stores. If you buy them separately the sun cream will cost you around about £25 a bottle. This is really expensive in my opinion and takes it in to the price range where it is just too expensive for me to justify buying it as my regular sun cream even though every time I have used it I have been impressed with its protection and the feel of it on my skin.
It has an SPF of 30 and protects against the suns UVA rays which cause skin damage and burning and also against UVB rays which cause damage to the cells below the skin and are responsible for ageing. It also protects against infrared light which we can't see so it offers a high broad spectrum protection.
Although it offers excellent protection from the sun's harmful rays it still allows you to develop a long lasting natural tan which the cream actual helps develop thanks to something called the Tan Activator Complex which is exclusive to Lancaster products. This activator helps your skin tan gradually but helps it be more even and longer lasting.
The cream comes in an orange bottle and for the money you don't actually get all that much. The bottle only contains 175ml's of cream which if you are planning on doing a lot of sunbathing at the beach will not last you for the whole week.
The bottle has a flip lid which does do a good job of helping to keep sand out of the cream and the plastic is squeezy enough that you can squeeze every last drop out of the bottle which is good considering just how expensive it actually is.
Lancaster calls the cream velvet milk and the consistency is more like a lotion than a thick cream. It feels absolutely gorgeous on the skin and isn't sticky and horrible like a lot of sun creams can be. It absorbs really quickly and because it isn't ultra-tacky to the touch you don't end up covered in loads of sand all over your skin and it also doesn't make you feel like you are sticking to sun loungers etc. It also doesn't leave you looking white and chalky and once it is absorbed you would be hard pressed to notice you were even wearing anything. The only thing you might notice is just how nice and soft your skin actually feels with it on.
The milk is designed to only be used on the body and Lancaster sell different versions of their sun cream for the face. However I used this on my face as well as my body and I didn't feel as though it was too heavy and rich for my facial skin in the slightest. In fact it actually felt better and less heavy than my L'oreal sun cream which was specially designed to be used on the face. It also didn't make my skin break out or irritate my sensitive skin. I also found when I used this on my face that when I sweated this tended to run a lot less than my other face sun cream and it didn't end up going in my eyes and stinging them.
I can actually say that this sun cream really did help me to tan much more evenly and although my tan did develop gradually I didn't mind as I really did feel better protected with this on and I was left with absolutely no burning on my skin or darker patches on certain patches on my body which I sometimes get.
The tan was also a lovely colour and it did seem to be a nicer brown than what I normally go. I don't know if this was my imagination but in the photos where I had been using this I did most definitely look a nicer shade and my skin did look less red and blotchy than it can look sometimes.
I honestly believe it did help my tan last longer too as normally within a couple of weeks of returning home my tan has practically faded to nothing and I am left looking patchy. I remember thinking that when I returned off holiday after having used this that my tan looked much better for longer and it sort of faded at an equal pace but still lasted a good few weeks before it was gone.
Other than the price I did find a few negatives with this sun cream. The first being that just like cheaper sun creams you still have to apply regularly to maintain the protection. I understand that with the majority of sun creams you have to do this but at this price and with the money Lancaster spend on developing products that they could have developed something a little longer lasting especially as you can now get once a day sun creams. I don't mind reapplying sun cream other than the fact it can be a bit of a pain but with this because it was so expensive I did find myself regularly wondering if I could get away with not reapplying for another 20 or 30 minutes so I could make it last longer.
You also need to reapply after swimming and again I would have liked at this price for it to have at least have been water and sweat proof.
There is no doubt this is one of the best sun creams that you can buy. It really does help you tan while protecting you from burning and for sensitive skin like mine it is gentle enough to make sure that it doesn't irritate it while protecting it from the sun but it is also too expensive for most people to buy on a regular basis. If I was only planning on spending a couple of days on the beach I wouldn't hesitate to buy this but if I am going to be spending a week sunbathing then it just costs too much to have to keep buying a new one.
It is unfortunate that it is so expensive as it definitely does give you a nicer tan than some cheaper sun creams and it also left my skin looking and feeling much better than before I actually went on holiday which is unusual because the sun tends to dry my skin out. The sun cream itself is definitely a 5 star product but because of the price and the fact it isn't waterproof or longer lasting I have to knock a couple of stars off it.
With the last of the Summer weather over for another year, away goes the suntan lotions and beach paraphernalia. When it comes to Sun Care I am not particularly brand loyal, I tend to try different products each time. In hindsight this could be seen as foolish, as skin protection is very important and you don't want to take risks in the Sun. Available from many online retailers is the Lancaster Beauty range, with their Sun creams and sprays, and their day-to-day skin care products. The product I bought at the beginning of Summer was the Lancaster Beauty Sun Care SPF30. With a Sun Protection Factor of 30 it claims to offer a good level of protection against harmful UV rays. Other claims with this particular product are the lasting hydration it gives and its active anti-age. Having read about the product before purchase I very much grasped the impression that the Sun Beauty care SPF30 would give protection against the Sun, alongside moisturising the skin.
The packaging is very bright, with a vibrant orange tube and bold contrasting blue text giving key product details and application instructions. Sun Cream is designed to protect against harmful rays whilst allowing you to tan in a natural and safe way. From my experience over the past Summer months I have found my skin feeling healthy after use, aswell as giving me adequate protection from sun burn. Personally I took the skin benefit claims with a pinch of salt, but I do genuinely believe that my skin feels better after use of this Sun Cream. The scent is typical of Sun Cream, although it is hard to put my finger on the exact smell. I think it suffices to say it is pleasant and not too overpowering, which can be a major negative with some brands. The Sun Cream isn't as oily as I would expect and I hate having oily and sticky Sun Creams on my skin.
The 50ml tube costs around £15 online, and I feel this is reasonable in comparison to other more widely known brands. When it comes to Sun Cream it is often the case that trusting a brand counts for a lot, but my experience of the Lancaster Beauty Sun Care SPF30 leads me to expect to continue purchasing products from this brand in the future.