Posted by Carole
Do you get itchy red rashes on the skin of your arms, chest and legs when you indulge in your first sunbathing sessions of the year? If yes, you might be suffering from sun allergy, a condition that affects one in six of us and if you’re familiar with it, you know how painful and disabling it can be! I won’t even talk about that red patchy look that ruins your décolletage…
I personally suffer from pretty bad sun allergy even if I tan easily and I’m not prone to sunburn, it started when I was about 15 years old and hasn’t stopped bothering me each spring and summer since.
Less than 30 minutes in the sun can suffice to trigger the allergy and turned me into an itchy mess, to a point my dear twinnie likes to call me “enfant lune”, which is the name given in France to the very unfortunate people suffering from xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare genetic condition that makes it dangerous for them to being exposed to sunlight (remember that horror movie with Nicole Kidman and the two kids who live in the dark?!)
I find that antihistamine tablets help to avoid major symptoms however the best protection remains limiting your exposure to the sun and applying a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or above, with a broad spectrum of protection against both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays.
These prevention tips seem quite easy to follow, only if you forget that most sunscreen lotions and sprays make your skin oily and sticky and personally make me skip the two-hours sunscreen renewal rule… or even applying a sunscreen lotion altogether. I know it’s stupid but if I tolerate a sunscreen lotion at the beach, I just can’t stand feeling like a greasy sausage when I’m out and about in the city.
Fortunately, I finally found THE body sunscreen lotion that I can wear every day, no matter what I’m up to, since it’s not oily nor sticky and get absorbed like a normal, good quality and non-sticky body moisturizer! This marvelous product is AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE® LOTION SUNSCREEN WITH BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 (also available with SPF 50 or more) and I love it because, besides not leaving my skin greasy or sticky;
- It’s a great moisturizer and leave my skin hydrated and supple.
- It doesn’t smell like your typical sunscreen lotion, which is a big plus for me as I don’t want to reek of monoï when I’m at work. Instead it smells of sweets and if some might find the fragrance a bit strong, I personally enjoy it a lot.
- The price is reasonable (less than $10 for 85g)
- I was already a big fan of their AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION and used it daily when I was living in the UK where the brand is available, which brings me to my next point….
The only (and rather big) downside is that AVEENO® is only available in a limited number of markets (US | UK | Canada | Korea | Australia) plus their sunscreen product range is limited to the US, Canada and Korea only… so it’s always a struggle to stock up on their products!
Amazon remains the best option if you don’t live in one of these countries but be careful as stocks sometimes run low and shipment costs can be exaggeratedly high too!
Otherwise make your purchase during your next trip to one of these destinations or ask a good friend for a favour…
Visit the NHS if you want to know more about sun allergy (medically known as Polymorphic light eruption), its symptoms and causes as well as prevention and treatment.
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