Monday, July 28, 2014

Suncream Review

I don't normally do this, so please bear with me.

This is a story about my hunt for suncream. It begins several years ago, when, as part of my degree, I spent two months in Singapore. Obviously, it is hot and sunny there, and being cautious about melanoma, I applied suncream to my face and went on with my day. By lunchtime, my face was feeling a little warmer than usual, but by suppertime I was blotchy and itchy. I washed my face, but it was too late - the next morning I looked like some kind of cartoon my face was so puffy. Very sad (although my colleagues were mildly amused by my nice representation of angioedema.)

I tried several other brands of suncream, and although I managed to get them off before puffy face arrived, each and every one caused blotches and itches and rashes.

In 2012 I was at the Allergy Show in London. I saw Green People, and picked up a few samples, but wasn't really convinced, too scared by previous experience, I washed their suncream off two minutes after it went on! Fast forward until 2014 and once again I was at the Allergy Show, in a much more spacious venue. Once again, Green People were there. This time I had a lovely chat with one of their team, who encouraged me to apply some of the SPF 15 suncream ( to the crook of my elbow (which is thin, sensitive skin) go off and enjoy the show, and if I was rash free, to come back later. I was rash free so bought the suncream!

I have since tried it on my face in real Sun and remain rash free. Not to mention it smells much better than regular suncream, has no nasties and is far more natural. Very pleasing. If you're a rash-prone type, I would recommend Green People as they never use many of the nasties usually found in skin care products or cosmetics.

Disclaimer: I bought my suncream with my own money, but had 20% off because I bought at the Allergy Show. If you're interested I can send you an "introduction email" and you'll get Green points (loyalty scheme) with your first order.

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