A little bit about me…
I grew up in France and I lived there until I turned 18. During the year, my family and I lived in Paris, where the skies are mostly moody, romantic and gray. Everyone needs a bit of sun sometimes – so we went on vacation!
During the winter, like a lot of French families, we went skiing in the Alps. In the summer, we spent time in the South of France. There was always a lot of time spent outside either on the slopes or at the beach, and the sun was always super strong! Whether it was the harsh sunlight of skiing at high altitude (with the sun reflecting off the bright white snow) or the sun of high-noon on the beach during those summers on the French Riviera, we were always sure to get a major tan.
The French were just as into beauty and self-care back then as they are now, and you can bet all those French moms wouldn’t let their skin shrivel up from the sun as a result of all this outdoor time! The local pharmacies were pretty much temples dedicated to health and beauty, and I remember they would sell these gorgeous sunscreen products in beautiful orange packaging. The brand name was Lancaster and they advertised everywhere with glamorous ads. Sunscreen was very much a part of our lives, but it never felt like a chore – the products we used were luxurious and delicious, they glided on smoothly and smelled amazing. Nothing like the sticky, yucky stuff that comes to mind when you say “sunscreen” – more like a moment of pure indulgence…
In the years since my childhood, I’ve found this amazing sunscreen only when I vacation in Europe. So you can imagine how surprised and excited I was when the other day on Amazon I saw that they carried this brand! Some of the products are even available on Amazon Prime, which means that if you click “place my order” today, you’re likely to have it delivered to your home in a day or two.
If I’m going away to the beach, my favorite products are the ones that protect your skin, yet still let you get a tan. So I typically go for the Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk SPF30 400ml/13.5oz . It comes in a 400ml bottle which is large enough for the whole family. I also like the Lancaster Silky Touch Cream Radiant Tan SPF 15,, 1.7 Ounce for face. If you’re looking a higher level of sun protection, (perfect if you’re going skiing!), you can try the Lancaster Sun Sport Ski Wind and Cold Protection, Cream and Stick SPF 50, 0.67 Ounce which I absolutely adore.
In France, they believe that the products you put on your skin AFTER sun exposure are equally as important as your actual sunscreen. Lancaster carries a whole line of after-sun products that moisturize, soothe and repair the skin, and ensures your tan lasts and lasts. I love the Lancaster After Sun Intense Moisturiser for Body, 6.7 Ounce, which comes in an adorable little jar (yes, yes! The packaging totally matters)! If you want a deeper tan without any sun exposure, you can also use the Lancaster Sun Beauty Tan Deepener, Tinted Jelly SPF 30, 6.7 Ounce.
Lancaster carries sunscreen that’s specifically tailored to kids and babies. I like to lather up my kids with the Lancaster Sun for Kids Comfort Cream, 4 Ounce. If you’re a fan of sun sticks for your kids’ faces (so easy on the go and at the beach!), try the Lancaster Sun Sport Face Stick Sensitive Areas SPF 30, 0.27 Ounce. It’s easy to carry around in your purse or in your stroller so you have it handy whenever you need it! They also have a convenient sunscreen spray that works on wet skin, perfect for pool or beach – and perfect for kids that try to run away from you when you tell them it’s sunscreen time: the Lancaster Sun Sport SPF 15 Invisible Mist.
Happy vacation, everyone! Let me know what you think of this amazing line of sun products!