Summer’s in the air, which means it’s time to start thinking about bikinis and suncare.
2010 sees the debut of some fantastic suncare products featuring higher SPF’s, broad-spectrum UV protection, natural formulations, easier applications, and faster fake-tan formulas.
Here are our top picks to guarantee you’re safe and glowing all summer long.
La Roche-Posay’s new Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid contains one of the highest protections against UV rays on the market today. It’s also the most popular, with a bottle sold every 15 seconds worldwide.
The CELL-OX Shield™ provides dual protection against exposure to harmful UV rays, and a self-defense mechanism to protect against cell damage.
It’s paraben-free, fragrance free, water-resistant, and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Ultra Light Sunscreen for Face, $27.90
Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Body, $34.00
Hawaiian Tropic has launched rich, creamy formulas infused with a natural blend of flora and fruit extracts for maximum protection.
The new Sheer Touch line of products features a new silky formulation that is easily absorbed, and it’s water resistant.
The line comes in three application methods: lotion, crème lotion, and spray, which will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth.
Sheer Touch Crème Lotion, $9.99
Sheer Touch Lotion, $7.99-$8.99
Sheer Touch Clear Spray, $8.59-$9.99
Skin Medica, a brand that’s a favorite with celebrities like Brooke Shields and Jennifer Anniston, recently launched their Environmental Defense Sunscreen 50+ with UV ProPlex.
This sunscreen provides full-spectrum defense against UVA/UVB rays in an oil-free, fragrance-free, and PABA-free formula that also provides anti-oxidant protection.
Skin Medica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+, $45.00
This year, Hawaiian Tropic launched three new products with rich, creamy, fragrant formulas: Mango After Sun Crème lotion (a creamy foam texture infused with tropical mango scent), Lime Coolada After Sun Moisturizer (with a refreshing zesty fragrance), and After Sun Body Butter (a rich cream infused with vitamins for intense hydration).
All products are packed with soothing and nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, alongside cocoa, shea and mango butters.
After Sun Cooling Lime Coolada Moisturizer, $6.79
After Sun Coconut Body Butter, $6.79
After Sun Island Crème Mango Lotion, $8.99
The ever-growing market sees the launch of some fantastic new products for those consumers looking for safer options to achieve a gorgeous, golden glow.
Clinique has recently introduced its Self Sun collection – a line of four sunless tanning products.
The Body Airbrush Spray is a lightweight spray with a multi-angle dispenser, a fast-drying (three to five minutes) and fast-developing formula (one hour).
Face Tinted Lotion is a dual-purpose sheer tinted gel-cream bronzer that imparts a natural colour in two to three hours. Body Tinted Lotion comes in light/ medium and medium/ deep, and contains technological advanced polymers to prolong tan color;
Body Daily Moisturizer, available in light/ medium and medium/deep, builds a natural tan gradually, while also nourishing skin.
Clinique Body Airbrush Spray, $20.00
Clinique Face Tinted Lotion, $18.50
Clinique Body Tinted Lotion, $20.00
Clinique Body Daily Moisturizer, $20.00
Dermatologist to the stars, Vicki Rapaport, launched her SKN line that includes Safe Tan, an all-natural self-tanner for the face and body.
It features a nearly scent-free formula that develops into a golden glow in just a few hours.
SKN Safe Tan, $24.00
For those who are impatient and want instant color, there is an increase of products offering an instant "tan".
Noah’s Naturals launched their luxurious body cream and glowing bronzer fluid. The cream is designed to help tighten and tone skin while delivering a healthy, natural glow.
The formula contains powerful vitamins B5 and E to help improve your skin’s elasticity and firmness, while Mica – a natural bronzer – adds a touch of color.
The fluid blends evenly into facial skin, and is packed with soothing and anti-oxidant ingredients, like Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. It can be used on its own for an intense, bronzed look, or blended with moisturizer for a natural-looking glow.
Noah’s Naturals Firming Bronzing Cream, $14.99
Noah’s Naturals Glowing Bronzer Fluid, $17.99
Suncare protection for hair is a rapidly growing market, with Kerastase and Redken remaining as frontrunners.
What Not To Wear’s Nick Arrojo launched his highly anticipated haircare and skincare line with some fabulous sun protection products.
The Thermal Protector is a light spray that protects hair from UV rays, pollutants, salt water and chlorine, by binding moisture to each strand.
The Hair Repair Masque is a once-a-week treatment to restore health and shine to your locks and relieve the damage caused by UV rays.
Thermal Protector, $15.00
Hair Repair Masque, $15.00