Good quality sunscreen should be our first line of defence against the harmful effects of sun exposure and skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, malignant melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with on average 40 new cases being diagnosed every day.
HEVL SPF 50 Face Crème: We all know that UVA and UVB sun rays damage skin. What’s not so well-known is a third type of harmful ray called High Energy Visible Light (HEVL). HEVL are basically rays produced by daylight, whether it’s sunny or just light. HEVL is a light non-greasy face cream with a skin-coloured tint. FREE from MI, SLS, parabens and perfumes it costs £19.95 for 50ml and is available exclusively from Skin Shop on www.skinshop.co.uk or call: 01794 527433.
EVY Sun Mousse: Consistently voted Sweden’s No1 safest sunscreen, EVY absorbs into the top layer of the skin for a non-greasy, non pore-clogging finish. This patented ‘Pro-derm’ technology provides enhanced protection against deeper penetrating UVA rays and stays put, swim after swim. Long lasting and effective, one application lasts for up to six hours! EVY Sun Mousse costs £18.95 for 150ml and comes in factors 10, 20, 30, 30 Kids and 50 (SPF50 costs £18.95 for 100ml). EVY After Sun Mousse also costs £18.95 for 150ml. All are available from www.evy.uk.com
Altruist: At £4 for 200ml, Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen affords effective sun protection at an affordable price. Developed by skin cancer specialist Dr Andrew Birnie, it is highly photo-stable, which means its UV filters do not degrade easily in the sun and is suitable for sensitive skins. Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen costs £4 for 200ml (sold as a pack of two) and is dispatched exclusively from Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk).
A larger litre bottle (£14) and SPF50 strength are also available. Proceeds from the sale of every bottle of Altruist go to Under the Same Sun and children in Africa suffering from albinism.
Bay editor Lesley sent the three products off to a friend who was just heading off to Crete for a week’s holiday – what better way to test them? Here are her comments.
“The face cream is really good and I have continued to use it after my holiday. It is light and non greasy and is absorbed really easily leaving the skin feeling soft. At £19.95 for 50ml it is good value and should last me quite a long time.
“The other two sunscreens the Altruist SPF 30 as a cream and Evy SPF 20 as an aerosol mousse were both great, non greasy, non perfumed and easily absorbed. I particularly like the Altruist sunscreen because of the ethos behind the production.
Produced by two guys who recognised that it is really important to wear sunscreen to protect from skin cancer but also realising that the cost of good quality sunscreen is beyond the reach of many people, they have developed a cream that costs only £4 for 200ml and proceeds from each sale goes to a charity for children in Africa suffering from albinism. And it is a nice product to use, how good is that?!
“I don’t know how much the Evy mousse costs, but I imagine it is more expensive. It is very convenient being in an aerosol but I don’t imagine it can beat the Altruist on price or ethics”.