With the vast majority of kiddies around the country going back to school today, I've resigned myself to the fact that the summer is officially over. I'm not terribly devastated about that to be honest because I love the cold evenings and snuggling up in front of the TV with the rain bashing against the windows. One thing I am devastated about however, is the fact that I never really got a chance to use many of my sun protection products properly over the summer, like 'The Sun Mousse'. I was very intrigued when 'The Sun Mousse' landed on my desk a few months' back- as a complete and utter sun protection advocate, I thought that I would get so much use out of these over the hot summer that we were promised... In reality, as all of my Irish readers will be aware, we got about 2 weeks of summer, and heck of a lot of humidity after that. In many ways, the sudden shortage of sunny weekends has meant that my presentation on this suncream has been somewhat hampered, which is a pity given that I would honestly burn sitting next to a candle as I am incredibly fair. I'm also hypersensitive about getting burned again- I was caught out a few years back and suffered some horrific water blistery sunburn on my arms- it was absolutely agony, looking back, I'm almost convinced that I suffered some sort of second degree burns, and my skin on my arms, though it completely healed, has never quite been the same since.
I had only a handful of outdoorsy days over the course of the summer with himself, we headed over to Dun Laoghaire, down to Wicklow, up to Howth, and those were the only real opportunities I had to test these new Sun Mousses out. Apart from the weekends, I barely see the sun from one end of the week to the next unfortunately as when I enter the office in the morning, I don't see the light of day again until the evenings when the sun has retreated. My interest was definitely piqued in the Sun Mousse from the first minute I heard of it because of the novelty factor of the unique mousse formulation- I was both curious and terrified. I was expecting this to be sticky and crunchy like hair mousse (I never use hair mousses)- but I was wrong. The Sun Mousse feels like and fluffy in texture, applies incredibly smoothly and did not leave a greasy finish. I applied this on my arms, shoulders, chest and back of next on days I was touring around the countryside with himself, and was impressed by its instant absorption. It smells nice- not sickly perfumed like many sun creams, squirts from the bottle nicely and evenly- oh, it was shaping up to be a nice little lovefest with these until the sun decided to disappear.
This Sun Mousse offers up to 6 hours protection- and I would definitely say that this is a modest assessment. I have been out from 10 in the morning until 6 or 7 in the evening and even with my fair skin, I was not sizzled by the end of the day- in fact, I wasn't even pink. The Sun Mousse also offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. The Sun Mousse also promises that it will not clog the skin's pore and thus it is suitable for face, but I have a mattifying sun fluid from Eucerin that I prefer to wear under makeup so I didn't even get the chance to try this out on my face. In terms of water resistance- again, I never got the chance to test this theory as I wasn't near any water over the summer but this claims to not only be water resistant, it is very water resistant. You probably are wondering how could it claim to be very water resistant- apparently this is due to the fact that it absorbs not only into the top layer of the skin but also the secondary layer, which makes it much less likely that it will be washed or splashed off.
Even though I am 28 years young, I used the factor 50+ which is marketed for kiddies because when it comes to SPF factors, I'm greedy and want the highest level of protection possible, as well as the broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Honestly, when you have been very literally scarred by something, you become obsessive about avoiding that pain again. I wouldn't use anything less than factor 30 on my skin to be honest. My overall impressions of this were that it was pleasant to use, didn't feel sticky or uncomfortable, sank into my skin straight away, didn't have any strong fake smell, and most importantly, I did not get sunburned when I wore it. I know you may think it is strange that I am hailing a sun protection product when our weather has been, eh, changeable, but I'm sick of holding out for sunshine to spread the love. My first impressions of this product were highly favourable.
If you like the sound of this and are hopeful for a sunny September, The Sun Mousse is available from MedDirect for €19.99. The Sun Mousse is also on Facebook so check them out there if you are so inclined!