Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Empties continued. Clarins and Hampton Sun.

Unexpected bonus of having small children and their luggage allowance: we literally took 20/25 bottles of suncream/sun products with us on holiday. I figured 'now's a good a time as any to trial everything' - and we did. 

However, predictably there were some stand-alone winners.

Face:

When your teenage son says 'Mum where's that yellow face stuff?' you know you're on to a winner. The entire family used this day in day out. It lasted almost the full 2 weeks being used on 6 faces. 4 big people, 2 little people. I should have taken 2.

Kids - Body:


Full disclosure: Hampton Sun were one of my first clients. I love them like I love SLB* (well, almost). 
One day over lunch in NYC with the founders Grant and Sal (this is about as name-droppy as I get, stay tuned), I said 'I really LOVE using the 55 on the kids. It's so easy. Ooh! I know what you should do - you should make one JUST for kids. Literally whack the SPF to a 70 or something and write 'for kids' on the front. It'll be a sellout. Trust in the Hirons.'
And that dear readers leads us to the easiest SPF to use and with a whacking high SPF to boot.
If you've never been a fan of the thick, white, gloopy kids SPF's - this could be up your street. 
Trying to apply sunscreen to small, mobile people is like trying to herd cats. This is perfect. You just chase them down, say 'Make like Jesus on the cross' (apologies for the potentially offensive, politically incorrect instruction), and spray them back and forth, across the body and up and down. 'Turn around'. Repeat the action and the best part if you have boys, you can spray the entirety of their neck and the tops of their ears - the most forgotten about part on people's bodies. No need to rub in. You can literally spray them as they are trying to run away from you.
Perfect, genius. We used all of ours up the first week. I should've taken more.

Then the kids moved on to the same as their brothers and Dad:


Exactly the same concept, continuous mist, no CFC's (thus no ozone problems) - and comes in 15/35/55 so you can adjust downwards if you wish. 

The grown-ups moved down to the more traditional SPF30 in a lotion form by week 2 (the kids stayed with sprays):


And we finished up with the aloe mist - perfect for post-sunbathing instantaneous cooling off and the traditional after sun. Both lush.



All were used up, all were binned before we came home.

Moral of the story? 
Take more than you think you need.
Leave it behind, forcing you to buy fresh each trip. SPF degrades.
Reapply regularly - especially on small, very active children that are in and out of water. At least once an hour for us.
Don't forget the ears!


*SLB is Simon Le Bon. Obvs.



Clarins SPF30 is £18.00 and available on Clarins.co.uk and all Clarins counters.

Hampton Sun prices start at £30.00 and it is available at SpaceNK, Beauty Works West, and Net-a-Porter in the UK and Sephora, Skinstore.com, Space NK, Net-a-Porter and Blue Mercury in the USA.

Clarins was a PR sample (this year, but I've used it for the last 20 years).
Hampton Sun, as mentioned, are friends - but I wouldn't recommend them (much less work with them) if they didn't work. Honest. Bible. No payment made for the post and no affiliate links.



35 comments:

  1. I shall defiantly be trialling the Clarins face SPF on next years holiday! Quick question- what would you say is best for removing facial hair? *hides face* xx

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  2. Good to have you back. Can you recommend a few good moisturisers for oily to normal skin please.

    Thanks
    I love you

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  3. Love the clarins for face. Great for holidays. Would you recommend using this back at home on the face too? If not, what's good? (Nothing tinted or anything, just want pure spf to apply on top of moisturiser day to day).

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    1. I would go for Bioderma AKN Mat SPF30. The best SPF I tried for my oily-prone skin.

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    2. No! I tried that one and hated it...left a white cast.

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  4. "That yellow face stuff" hahahahahah! Definitely a winner if everyone loves it!

    http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wet-n-wild-megalast-lip-color/ID=prod6097892-product

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  5. Thanks for this Caroline. My Scottish skin goes from blue to white to red, so it's probably best that the sun (or anyone else on the beach) NEVER sees me semi-naked! The Clarins will be a definite for my fizog every day now though:-))

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  6. I discovered Clarins spf through your blog. Great sunscreen. No white cast (no more looking like Caspar the friendly neighbourhood ghost). It has Tinosorb S+M in it, the best sun protection you can get in a chemical sunscreen. Bl**dy brilliant sunscreen. Oh, and thank you!

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  7. I love your honest, candid reviews! I really like the idea of a spray on aloe gel for after sun - will need to look into this.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  8. Love your honest and helpful reviews!!
    my mum uses that clarins cream,
    im only fifteen so its not really for me:)

    http://emzieeee.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  9. I loved this, I'm so terribly at using sunscreen because I never know what's good or not, now I know what to get!

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  10. you're honestly my life saviour on skin products!

    Please could you do some more reviews on REN skincare?

    xx

    www.fashion-form.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Completely agree on the Clarins, I bought that very one this year. I have used it as a moisturiser in the morning on a hot day in the UK but used it all up abroad. Non greasy and no white cast so brilliant

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  12. This is my favourite blog in the whole wide world!!!! :)

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  13. This is my favourite blog in the whole wide world!!!! :)

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  14. I wish i'd invested in the clarins face suncream because I bought a cheap one from boots and it broke me out so bad!
    http://thelipstickthegirlandherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Hi Caroline,
    Is it okay to wash your face 3x a day? I usually work out in the middle of the day then need to go out afterwards, so I've been washing it 3x but have been told to only do twice.


    Thank you!!

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  16. Just wondering where you have been all my life?! Stumbled on your blog, now feel like I finally I am getting on track with my skincare after aimlessly jumping from product to product not having a clue what I was meant to be doing, in what order etc etc. Aussies love a no BS, straight talking gal, so your following is sure to explode in Australia. Huge, mega Thankyou for your honesty and sharing all your knowledge!

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  18. Hi Caroline:-) glad u enjoyed ur holiday. A quick question for u, r any of the above products u mentioned good for a pregnant woman? Is there any ingredient with SPF products I need to watch out while I'm pregnant? I heard I should use physical rather than chemical SPF products is it true? Thanks Caroline:-) x

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  19. Caroline, I am a recent follower of your blog. I went and bought Pixi glow lotion and hydraluron yesterday after reading some of your posts. I have used the combi once and I had to come leave a comment here. They are both GENIUS. My skin felt the softest it has ever felt! You are my skincare angel :D

    While I was at it, I bought the Eysilix eye treatment by Indeed lab as well. Do you have any thoughts on it?

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    1. Scroll down through the alphabetical list on the right hand side of the screen, click on the word that interests you e.g. Eysilix and all Caroline's posts on the subject will appear for you. (Choose a quiet time to do this, you could be there a very long time, there is so much helpful stuff there. HTH)

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  20. What, no Hawaiian tropic factor 2?
    Nicola in nz

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  21. Fantastic! People so often forget about sun care -- it may well be the best investment!!!

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  22. Just saw Clarins also have an SPF50 for the face. Will definitely try it next year, as I never use less than 50 (plus big hat, plus sitting in the shade if I'm not chasing after kids...) and in general my face tends to like Clarins.

    Caroline - wanted to thank you for giving me a relative blemish free holiday! I'm very sensitive to most SPF, and have been pretty happy with Avene tinted SPF50, which I have used for a few years now, but never knew you had to treat the SPF as you do make up in terms of cleansing. I followed your double cleansing instructions in the evenings after the beach and it made a huge difference!!! Thanks again, you are the absolute best!!!

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  23. Hi Caroline I have dehydrated skin that can be slightly dry sometimes I get a lot of spots and breakouts that take a while to fade and I have a problem with blackheads on my face too, I have a love affair for your blog and have come to the conclusion that your opinion is the one opinion that matters and the voice I will listen when it comes to skin, so I am struggling to find products that work for me and was wondering if you could recommend some products that would work and what not to use on my skin, when it comes to cleansers, toners, exfoliants, serums , moisturiser etc. This would be such a amazing help to me and such a pro allege to communicate and get advice from someone that I see as such a idol. Thank you for the hard work you put in to all your content and just wanted say that the majority of us do appreciate all your hard work :)

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  24. Hi Caroline I have dehydrated skin that can be slightly dry sometimes I get a lot of spots and breakouts that take a while to fade and I have a problem with blackheads on my face too, I have a love affair for your blog and have come to the conclusion that your opinion is the one opinion that matters and the voice I will listen when it comes to skin, so I am struggling to find products that work for me and was wondering if you could recommend some products that would work and what not to use on my skin, when it comes to cleansers, toners, exfoliants, serums , moisturiser etc. This would be such a amazing help to me and such a pro allege to communicate and get advice from someone that I see as such a idol. Thank you for the hard work you put in to all your content and just wanted say that the majority of us do appreciate all your hard work :)

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  25. I put these in my favorites at Skin Store for my family upcoming Hawaii trip. Cant wait to try them out. Been using the Banana Boat type stuff for years. Time for an upgrade. Thank you Caroline for doing this post.

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  26. Dear Hirons,

    It hasn't travelled outside the UK, but thank you very much for recommending the yellow Clarins SPF, it has served me so well. Moisturising, alcohol free (if I remember rightly, unlike so many other sunscreens...) and great value for money. It did form into a few white bobbles around my eyebrows, but they're hungry caterpillars.

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  27. Hi Caroline, Just looking at the hamptons sun spray and it has mineral oil in it, it's quite far down the list, but there none the less.

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    1. I don't think it does - send me the inci you are looking at please? Ta!

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    2. Copy & pasted from spacenk website for the SPF 55 one:
      ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: AVOBENZONE 3%, HOMOSALATE 15%, OCTISALATE 5%, OXTOCRYLENE 2.75%, OXYBENZONE 6% ALCOHOL DENAT, POLYESTER-8, ACRYLATES/OCTYLACRYLAMIDE COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE, TRISILOXANE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PPF-5 CETETH 20, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, MINERAL OIL, ACRYLATES DIMETHICONE, COPOLYMER, FRAGRANCE - See more at: http://m.uk.spacenk.com/spf-55-continuous-mist-sunscreen/MUK200005952.html?start=9&cgid=SPUK3010602#sthash.yMRtTh44.dpuf
      SPF 35 one also has it.

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    3. Well colour me GOB-SMACKED. That's me on the phone. LOL Thanks Alexandra!

      As an aside - I only use the sprays on my body - so no huge drama but I'm just so OH!

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    4. Hi Alex,

      I've had confirmation from Hampton Sun that they ABSOLUTELY DO NOT contain mineral oil - Space NK have made an error which they are eternally grateful to you for catching!!!

      I love my readers! :)

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    5. Lol at your first response. Glad I could be of assistance, I don't massively stray away from mineral oil, *hides face*. But was trying to decide products to buy for beauty event & noticed it, on another note great to have had this interaction with you, love you too lol!!!

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