So we're back. And rather than doing posts about 'What to take away with you' - I thought it made sense to mention what I took and what actually got used up - by both myself and the family.
First up: Suncare
I'd been asked about Esthederm a lot on the blog - and hadn't used it before this holiday. Seeing as I had a rather large testing panel to hand I figured this was as good a time as any.
I used the tanning cream above - and the aftersuns below...
Institut Esthederm works differently from other sun products in that while it does contain titanium dioxide, it does not have a traditional SPF rating. There is definitely a differing opinion amongst dermatologists/skin experts about its efficacy.
I've been thinking a lot about SPF and skin cancer lately.
I recently tweeted a lot of facts about melanoma including:
- In the 1920's your chances of contracting skin cancer was around 1 in 1500. In 2013 its closer to 1 in 50. We had no SPF in the 1920's - and every availability of SPF in the 21st Century.
- 6 people a day die from malignant melanoma in the UK.
- You are more at risk from melanoma if you have a close relative who has suffered from it (My Mum is a skin cancer survivor).
My take? SPF can definitely give you a false sense of security. I'm half-American - my Grandfather never sunbathed in Mississippi. EVER. If it was hot, he sat on the porch or went inside. He used to laugh at me when I got excited about being tanned. Thought I was insane. No SPF used. Ever.
These days we apply a 'once-a-day' SPF and think we're good to go. And our cancer rates have quadrupled in the last 30 years. Quadrupled.
Knowing that info made me think about what SPF to use while on holiday - on me - I'm not using my kids as guinea pigs just yet.
I have the best, deepest, most chocolate brown tan I have ever had. I didn't burn, applied it religiously (I mean religiously - after swimming and every 2 hours at least) and reaped the benefits.
Now, as I am currently jet-lagged off of my face, there are no pictures of said tan yet.
I will add one to the post when I am awake and look better than a sleep-deprived-strangely-tanned-lady-walking-around-in-a-daze.
It's not cheap, prices start at around £38.00 but I will say this: most of us only manage to get away for a limited time a year, for me it was 2 weeks. I used all of these all day every day and still have a little left over - so if you are off for a fortnight you'll only need one bottle per body/face.
N.B. - I would not recommend IE for children - my kids were covered in SPF 70/55 from top-to-toe and I reapplied it every time they walked past me. It may seem hypocritical but they have virgin skin - I wasn't willing to risk anything at this stage.
I bought Institut Esthederm from Space NK.
Tomorrow. The rest of the family and Hampton Sun.
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