I am a pale one. I can thank my English, Welsh and Irish heritage for that (kind of wish I was the full set, to be honest) but as I have dark hair naturally, a lot of people assume I'd tan "well" as if having dark hair means I'm going to suddenly become a gorgeous, golden bronze when I step outside. No dice.
I go pink, freckles erupt, or I just stay the same. There have been a few occasions where I have managed to "catch" a tan and it's all been with these glorious products from Bioderma and Nivea pictured above and below. Since I've just restocked (hilariously so much, I bought a couple bottles for my folks but honestly I'm just trying to encourage the British sunshine,) my SPF cupboard I thought it best to share as these work not only for me, but my boyfriend and parents too - all different skin types and tones which goes to show just how brilliant they work.
All of these products are lightweight and absorb really well into the skin, the High Protection Spray (middle,) is a cream spray and I suppose the 'heaviest' of the lot and comes in SPF 30 and 50 but whilst it might be the heaviest it didn't really feel heavy on my skin at all once I'd applied it and I'm a complete brat to "feeling" sun care products on my skin, like an extra layer just sitting there. Absolutely nope. I used this exclusively whilst in Spain last year and it didn't irritate my sensitive skin and of course I didn't burn. This one might be best for those who need higher protection from the sun or have sun sensitivity. It's worth noting it can be used on the face and body but I pretty much exclusively used it on the body.
The Invisible Mist is the lightest and therefore best if like me you kind of have no tolerance for feeling such products on your skin. This and the Dry Oil* can also be used on hair, which is a nice little bonus so you don't have to purchase a separate product. Again, with these I haven't gotten sun burn and they don't irritate/dry out the skin.
All of the Photoderm products are meant to protect against sun burn, sun intolerance and premature ageing whilst intensifying and prolonging your tan. I have found over the past few years of using these (whilst home and abroad,) I've actually gotten a really pretty peachy tan which hasn't really happened before. Ever. Oh and they are also alcohol free, water resistant, non-comedogenic, paraben-free and photostable.
Got tattoos? Go for the SPF 50 and you'll thank me, especially if you have brightly coloured tattoos like me.
*I can't seem to find the Dry Oil on the escentual website, where I bought it from, but it's linked to Farmaline where it is on offer and available.
For face I use the Photoderm Bronz Fluid. This is kind of a perfect formulation. It isn't tacky, doesn't leave any white marks (which face sun creams did back in the day, they've gotten a lot better now,) and it mattifies! Usually applying SPF means dealing with a supremely shiny face but this just leaves you with your normal face. No added extreme shine. Again, it doesn't irritate the skin and provides really fantastic protection.
It also comes in SPF 50, which you can see here. Escentual have their usual discounts off French Pharmacy items at the moment and all of these are on offer.
A little notable mention comes to one of my favourite after sun products - the Nivea In-Shower Refreshing After Sun Lotion. You've probably all seen the standard body conditioner version but they do have quite a few varieties now and this is a little gem! I used this exclusively in Spain and oh my god, so much goodness! Apply to your body after washing and then rinse off and you'll have not only really soft, moisturised skin but it's really refreshing after a day frolicking in the sun, especially if you get caught out (it happens,) and do get burnt.
Whew. A long post. I know I've come across sing-all-praises for this stuff and I usually try to refrain from sounding like that, but they are seriously, seriously good. I used to struggle to find sun care that wouldn't irritate my skin, or actually keep me protected in the sun. So yeah. Well done Bioderma, you rock.