Monday, April 23, 2007

Sun Cream

I knew it would rain today.

We went shopping to BlogTown on Saturday, and mindful of the letters that generally come home from school at this time of year exhorting parents to buy sunscreen for their children and allow them to take it to school so it can be applied at intervals throughout the day when we do actually have sunshine, I complied.

I stood, boggled, at three aisles of sunscreen products in a branch of a major shop chain, looking and wondering which one to choose. I normally buy factor 50 as both of the young ones have quite sensitive skin compared to the older two, and I naively thought this would narrow the search somewhat.
It didn`t .
Sunscreen products for children are seriously big business and there were loads to choose from- in fact , many more than there were last year.

Sticks which look green when first applied , sprays which look green when first applied, liquids which look green when first applied so you can see what parts you have missed.
Items which are waterproof, or "use once and protect for six hours".

Items which you need to apply 15 minutes before going out in the sun and items you can apply and go straight out in the sun.
Factor 50, Factor 40, Factor 30 for kids, in various permutations of the above and made by numerous different manufacturers.
I was exhausted by the time I finished, and the only bright point was that it was a "Buy One, Get One Free" promotion, so the two bottles only cost me £11 instead of £22.

And of course, we woke up this morning and it was raining. So the girls went to school wearing raincoats, not sunscreen !

But at least I am prepared if the sun should dare to show its face again in the next few months......
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1 comment:

Meg said...

Just a thought about this: I once worked with a woman whose skin was as fair and peaches and cream as any woman could wish for. It was so obvious that she'd be the kind who'd burn easily, but she never did, and I knew she did a great deal of gardening. Finally, I asked her how she did it, and her answer floored me: Cod liver oil. I think she said she took three capsules a day, and *never* burned. You might be interested to know that she was from the Cotswolds, and only came to the US when she married an American serviceman.... ;-)