When I think of slathering oil on my body and lying out in the sun, I’m transported back to my European adventure in 2008. I’d just made the discovery that a) the Greek sun didn’t burn my skin, and b) this meant that to achieve tanned skin, I required baby oil. Cringe.
Fast forward to now (and a fair few sunspots later…) and I’m gearing up to bathe myself in oil all over again.
No, not to achieve a tan — that’s what St Tropez is for, right? — but to protect my skin from burning. I’m talking about sunscreen oil.
Leading the charge is La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Nutritive Oil SPF50 ($35.95). It’s two hours water resistant and it’s combination of ingredients makes it glide on without that sticky sunscreen feeling.
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Now I’m going to say what we’re all thinking: how can an oil provide sun protection and not completely singe our skin?
Rachel McAdam, Scientific Communications Manager at La Roche Posay says it’s down to the technology used to make it.
“For a long time, oils have been associated with sun baking rather than sun protection, but it’s more a case of the filtering technology than the oil itself,” she explains.
“From a formulation standpoint, the oil act as a base for the sunscreen filters that once spread on to the skin and provide that high level broad-spectrum protection… the oil base will still offer that nourishing effect.”
If you’re someone who’s prone to dry skin, McAdam says a sunscreen oil should be your go-to as it provides a “barrier from the harsh elements of the environment”.
Look, I love sunscreen but its tendency to collect sand and feel greasy are not its winning attributes.