As the summer sun approaches (fingers crossed) or your summer holiday is on the horizon, I must once again address the need for all apes and gentleman to look after their skin when under the sun! Let’s face it, men are reluctant to commit to proper sun care, for whatever reason – perhaps it still has an unmanly stigma with it? Well, no more, please – lobster red English men on European beaches are a thing of the past, welcome – the bronzed (admit, this is a better look than lobster red) English man, not only safe from the suns harmful rays but able to compete with the Italian torsos littering the beaches of the Italian Riviera. Jokes aside, we must protect our skin from the suns harmful rays and in doing so, achieving a healthy bronzed appearance is a bonus.

Step forward Clinique for Men Sun with SolarSmart technology. UVA rays can cause deeper damage than UVB rays – UVA rays age the skin while UVB rays burn it. Not all sun screens protect against both. Clinique’s SolarSmart technology now offers a comprehensive defense against harmful UV rays with 3:1 technology, where UVB protection is three times proportional to UVA protection. The ratio 3:1 ensures an appropriate amount of UVA protection with a unique blend of photostable sun screens designed to help skin defend itself from UV assault.

Impressed? Confused? Let us break it down for you…

 

Ape to Gentleman top pick: Clinique SPF 15 Face and Body Cream 150ml, £17.00 – Sunscreen containing broad protection against UVA and with UVB absorbers. Protection, done. This sunscreen will also encourage the skin’s natural repair process, neutralise free radical damage associated with premature ageing, visible lines and wrinkles. Not only that, it also helps calm and soothe the skin from the effects of sun exposure. Impressed? You should be. Apply product liberally and evenly at least 15-20 minutes prior to sun exposure.  A quarter sized amount should cover the entire face, about 1 ounce will cover the entire body.  Reapply every 2 hours or more often after swimming, excessive perspiring, and/or toweling. The non-greasy formulas are oil-free, water and sweat-resistant, non-pore clogging and appropriate even for those with sensitive skin.

 

Also there’s a rather handy Clinique SPF 25 Body Spray for lazier apes and a useful sun stick; Clinique SPF 35 Targeted Protection Stick (like a lip balm) for protection of sensitive areas such as the lips, under eyes and ears. Prices are £17.00 for 150ml of the body spray and £15.00 for 6g of the sun stick.

 

For those who have overindulged and achieved the lobster look, fear not, for they offer Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm – an ultra-moisturising, cooling body balm to calm post-sun skin with soothing ingredients including Aloe. And, a targeted ingredient, Micrococcus Lysate helps repair free radical damage. £17.00 for 150ml.

Top tip: To increase tan longevity, before exposure to the sun make sure you exfoliate with a good exfoliator. If you wish to stick with Clinique for Men then we can recommend Clinique for Men Face Scrub. All Clinique skin care products are Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free – ideal for sensitive skin.