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I have never been a sun worshiper but I do love being outside, and if the sun happens to be out at the same time as me then so be it. When we do happen to cross paths I make sure I'm slathered in sun screen. My pasty Welsh skin could do with some colour, however even if I were to go out 'unprotected' I would merely turn a magnificent shade of red and return the following day to pearly white, with a few freckles. So for me sun protection isn't so much about safety (though that is a big consideration) but protecting friends and family from a - briefly - lobster coloured sore tetchy version of me.
I saw this product advertised on QVC and before I could get my order in for the high factor it had sold out, the presenter claimed this happened regularly, with so many people repurchasing I thought that the product could well be a good bet. I was left with the only the factor 20 available, I usually prefer to go up *from* factor 25, but if this was a once a day application and was an accurate 20 as advertised - which so many brands claim but aren't - I was willing to give it a try.
This is what Ultrasun say about this lotion on their website "Ultrasun products are not tested on animals [...]. No mess, no nonsense high protection. It is free from oils, emulsifiers and perfume reducing the risk of allergy. Like other Ultrasun products, it is non-staining, non-greasy, water-resistant and easy to use" I found the product lived up to their claims in every respect, and am more than chuffed that they don't test on animals.
I like the packaging of the product, a simple white plastic bottle with a blue splurge (with what I assume to be a white blob representing the sun? in the middle) it is clearly labelled with details of application etc and that it has a clear sun filter. The bottle fits nicely into the hand and the lotion runs out of the flat nozzle top easily but not in a whoosh as some liquids of this texture can. The lid is the same girth as the bottle and easy to handle. No problem with slippery hands after application as the product sinks in so quickly, but even if there was a bit of slip this bottle and lid would be pretty safe from popping out of your hand like a slippery bar of soap (Nivea sun protection, I mean you)
This product from the Ultrasun range is not designed particularly for the face but I do use it here. They do make a range specifically for this area in factor 50! Which I am absolutely going to try. I had tried for years; decades even, to find a sunscreen that works on my face without causing breakouts and general oiliness, and failed. Products from high end (Elemis, Este Lauder for eg) to low end (supermarket own brands) claiming to be specifically formulated for the face have been bought and binned (or used elsewhere on the body) they have all been rubbish. I tried this tentatively on my face, and because this Ultrasun is fragrance free, clear and disappears into the skin leaving no residue behind it works absolutely fine and causes no breakouts. I am delighted to have found a sun protector for my face that doesn't leave me looking like a greasy, spotty white death mask.
This product is a lotion not a cream and on application feels viscous a bit like a mixture of gel and oil, but as you rub it in it takes on a more fluid consistency, feeling slightly cooling, and sinks in rapidly. Within a minute or two you don't feel or look as if you have anything on your skin. I love this aspect as I won't have to worry about my husband ferreting through my bag when my back is turned for 3 seconds and plastering bright white cream all over his big head. This happened a few years ago when we went to see Green Day at Milton Keynes, it was a boiling hot day and I told him to use some sun cream. Knowing him I intended to dole it out myself but he pre-empted me and looked like a passionate England supporter who'd forgotten to paint the red cross in the middle of his face. No risk of that with this beauty.
Because this formulation is so clear and sinks in so quickly you do have to concentrate on where you have applied the lotion, you don't want to find at the end of the day that you have a red stripe on your chest or anywhere else you may have missed, (her ears, my poor babies ears - ok she was 12 not a baby, but I'm sure you get my point). I tend to slap it on liberally and make sure I've paid particular attention to the areas that catch the sun the most.... Like ears! Who'd have thought it...She has long hair, they're not usually visible... I think I'm holding on to too much guilt here.
The really amazing thing about this product is that you need apply it only once a day! To clean dry skin so that it bonds correctly, if you want or need to apply moisturiser either to body or face pop it on 15 minutes or so after the sun lotion. I have only ever used it in this way, as I don't usually have time for reapplication, and have found that it really does continue to give a high level of protection throughout (in this case 91%UVA, and 20SPF). Normally we are told that sun protection needs to be applied and re-applied liberally during the day, which can be tricky, if you are out all day lugging around bottles of inevitably leaky sun protection isn't ideal. This also means if you are wearing make up, which I don't like doing on a hot day, but usually do put some on if I'm going out you don't mess up your face by reapplying sun screen over the make up.
Because you only have to apple once a day the product lasts a lot longer than most creams/lotions of the same volume. All four of us in the family use Ultrasun and we still have half a bottle of the two we bought last year left. The shelf life is 36 months once opened!
My whole family could be mistaken for Moomins when out and about, and can suffer from prickly heat, the Ultrasun claims to reduce this. I can't vouch for whether the Ultrasun has definitely affected our tendency to get this, but so far this year we haven't experience it. Though we've had a few hot days here and there, even a week earlier in the spring, we haven't spent a lot of time out in it to test this particular claim. Mainly because we melt like ice-cream, and get as tetchy as a boxful of rattlesnakes and are no good to anyone.
You are instructed to apply this 45 minutes before any sun exposure, so it does not have an instant effect, if you go into the sun before this time(ish) is up you won't yet be protected. I know if we are in a rush sometime there aren't 45 minutes available between getting up and getting out, I just slap it on as soon as possible, and take the hit. It's usually not that many minutes of not being protected. You can apply make up over this as soon as you like after applying the lotion. It is water resistant but does not claim to be water proof, so if you go for a prolonged swim I'd reapply just in case,this does claim to bind to the skin, so that a dip, and sweating from exertion shouldn't alter its efficacy.
This is definitely on the steep side financially; when I bought my set of two 200ml bottles they cost about £25, which I would not be able to afford at the moment. I see that on the Ultrasun website (www.ultrasun.co.uk/products) they charge £22 for one 200ml bottle (which is the sized I have) but on the QVC website (www.qvcuk.com) you get two 200mls for £30.50 £3.95postage. Even though this is expensive I honestly think it is well worth it, as the SPF it claims appears to be accurate. I don't spend prolonged periods in the sun, but I do love gardening, and having a wander and have found that I have not gone red once yet this year. Neither have I stayed talcum white which is my normal winter plumage, this is what I would expect from a general use factor 20. The little colour I have gained is a nice (very) light golden hue, with just a couple of the infernal freckles.
The consciousness of developing sun related melanoma is very high now, and that is the real main reason why my family and I use a high sun protection, but the factor 20 gives a good balance for everyday use, protecting, but allowing a certain amount of health sun exposure too. I do normally prefer a higher factor though, and if you are spending time outdoors in a very hot climate and need a sun block or nearly so you would need to buy the correspondingly higher factor. I've been very impressed with the performance of the factor 20 not to mention the accuracy of the once a day application claim. If and when I can afford to I will definitely repurchase this, but in a higher factor as I don't like any more than the merest whiff of a tan, generally us native Celts were meant to blend in with snow and rain.
I have very, very fair skin and red tones in my hair (not that I have seen the natural colour for a few years now!). This can be a big problem in the warmer months when the sun is out because it's like the sun wants to chase me around just to burn me.
I do everything I can to avoid getting burnt and yet I still sometimes go a bit red. Trouble is, I have two shades of colour, white, like a milk bottle, or red like a lobster. No golden brown or bronzed goddess for me.
I have tried many different types of sun cream and protection over the years and they do help and work. The problem I have is that it is vitally important that I remember to re-apply it all the time, which can be easier said than done sometimes.
I first saw this ultra-sun in John Lewis quite a while ago now. It looked ok but I didn't buy it because of the price at the time and I had some other products to use up. Then a couple of weeks later I saw the very same product on the shopping channel.
This time I brought it because it was in a special pack with other products from the same range and they give a 30 day money back guarantee if you don't like it, so I thought I nothing to lose by trying it.
When it arrived I read through the product information and it said to apply to clean skin, at least 20 minutes prior to going out in the sun. I did just this and was impressed. It's a good formula, not too runny or too thick and with a delicate smell. It was very easy to rub in and felt cooling and soothing on my skin. I do have quite sensitive skin and can be prone to eczema so I was a bit concerned about irritation, but it was absolutely fine.
I wore it outside for about an hour the first time I used, just in case it didn't work. It was fine and I didn't have any problems and didn't burn. The next time I used it I wore it out for afternoon and it was around 80 degrees. I didn't burn and was very happy.
I now use it all the time and as long as I make sure I cover anywhere that is exposed, I don't burn, which is fantastic for me. The only time I did burn slightly was when I missed an area at the back of my arm, so just make sure you cover EVERYWHERE! It lasts even through swimming and definitely lasts all day.
The best part is that with using the factor 20 I do get a slight colour, still not quite golden brown, but I don't look like a ghost all through summer anymore. I have tried other products in the range and they are all pretty good. I wouldn't use anything else now and it saves me a lot of time and effort. It is also actually works out cheaper than most sun protection creams, because you only apply it once a day.
Created by Swiss labs, Ultrasun's big claim is that it is a once a day sun protection product, to be applied around 40 minutes before you go out into the sun in order to get the full benefit of its UVA and UVB protection.
The product is free from oils, emulsifiers and perfume which its creators claim reduces the risk of allergy reaction to its products while also making it suitable for both young children and those with sensitive skin. It's also only tested on people rather than animals in order to get accurate testing results.
The product is clear so it must be applied carefully and liberally to ensure that it's been applied all over otherwise you may notice small patches that may burn where you've missed a bit but if the time is taken on this once only application then you won't burn.
Once applied it isn't greasy at all while it's other big bonus is that it is water resistant so you don't have to keep applying it after getting out of water.
It comes in a range of protection factors from factor 20 through to 50, in either a pump or bottle dispenser and in either a gel or liquid formula. There is also an Ultrasun aftersun product to go with it.
I've been using Ultrasun for about 7 years now, since I first discovered it at an airport when my daughter was a baby and she's now 8. I wasn't sure whether it would stand up to its once-a-day claim but we did as instructed and applied the factor 30 liberally about an hour before going out into the sun.
Armed with reinforcements of other sun protection creams we went out into the sun but we didn't need to re-apply. My partner, who has fairly pale skin always burns on holiday but we noticed that he didn't burn using Ultrasun. From that point onwards we always pick up the Factor 30 and the Aftersun from the airport before we travel and we cannot fault its protection ability. It really does work and any tan that develops is slow and long lasting.
At around £16.00 for 125ml, although the price can range from less than this up to around £20.00 depending on where you buy it, it compares with the more expensive sun protection ranges but often at airports you can get a buy-one-get-one free deal or a pack with a free aftersun.
If you buy any sun protection for your family for any holiday whether it's skiing or a beach holiday, this is the one to get. It really does make your life so much easier as once applied it gives all day protection from the sun. Ultrasun has a website for further information if you want to research its products before buying.
Ultrasun is an amazing all day sun protection liquid, which I use everyday on myself and my children.
I live in Africa, which is very hot all year round, so I need a sun protection that is long lasting, water proof and child proof. I have tried and tested many different brands and formulas. I find normal creams have to be reapplied every few hours or after each swim. Sprays never go on easily or evenly ( countless times I have got home from the beach with streaked burn lines!). I also find it very confusing as to which sun filter to buy.
Ultrasun was recommended to me. The packaging is rather bland, a white container with a blue and cream sticker on the front. On the back are the instructions explained in six different languages. It all looks rather clinical and reminds me of an athletes foot product!
Right, now about the product itself. Ultrasun is a high all day protection (yes all day!), with a UVA 91% and UVB 20. It is a clear gel liquid formula, with vitamin E. There are no oils, emulsifiers or perfumes in Ultrasun. You need to apply it 45 minutes before you go into the sun or water. Why? Because a good sun lotion takes this amount of time to 'bind' to the skin and become active. It is water resistant, and does not need to be reapplied after swimming, it honestly lasts all day. It is fantastic.
When applying the product it slides on very easily. The liquid gel is a light brown colour, non staining, and glides on your body. It is soaked up quickly, and does not leave any kind of trace or greasiness. It can even be wore under makeup. I found with traditional creams they blocked my pores and really made my sweat (not nice!). It seems too good to be true.
I feel confident putting it on my children and myself, knowing they can have fun, swim, more fun, more swimming and not burn.
Ultrasun is made by a Swizz company and comes in different sizes and sun protection factors. It is quite expensive, for 200mls at approximately £18.30, but remember it only needs to be applied once. It can be bought online at Amazon, or from any good chemist. Ultrasun products can be viewed at www.ultrasun.co.uk.
Ultrasun has been tried and tested by my family, in the harshest conditions. I can guarantee it works. It is a great product, which comes highly recommended.
Once-a-day application / Gel formulation in alcohol base / UVB 20, UVA 91% Maximum star rated / Binds to the skin and is water-resistant / No oil, emulsifiers or perfume therefore less risk of allergy / Non-staining & Can be worn under make-up / Good for the whole family, especially sporty types and bald heads!