I think May is the perfect time to talk SPF again. As the weather is warming up and strong sunny days are more frequent it’s worth considering upping our sun protection game. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use SPF in the Winter or Spring, you absolutely should but while maybe an SPF 30 would do then, for the summer, at least in my world, an SPF 50 every day is a must.
Continuing my quest to look for cruelty-free, vegan products I came across Childs Farm. Childs Farm is an award-winning British brand that uses naturally-derived ingredients and essential oils to produce skin and hair products for newborns, toddlers and children. Joanna Jensen founded the company back in 2011 trying to design a range that works for the sensitive skin of her daughters. After creating the first few products she received great feedback from the people who used them since her products worked on the delicate skin of younglings even the ones prone to eczema. After a series of clinical tests and user trials Childs Farm was born, naming the brand after their own family farm, featuring her children, cousins, friends, their farm animals to make the brand more authentic and accessible.
Why did I chose a product formulated for children you ask? Because in my mind if it is designed to work for kids it must be gentle and gentle is good, right? Especially when it comes to sunscreen. Looking through the FAQ section on their website, it turns out, their products are suitable for adults too, so I grabbed a tube of the unfragranced SPF 50+ without hesitation.
After more than a month of use, here are my thoughts:
Packaging: it comes in a recyclable tube, it has a fun, clean modern design using powdery, pastel colours
What it is: a very high protection sun cream that keeps the skin moisturised and hydrated.
Who it is for: for sensitive skin, babies and upwards.
The claim: “Childs Farm formulation 50+ SPF suncream for very high protection, is water resistant and protects young and sensitive skin from UVA and UVB rays, whilst keeping skin moisturised and hydrated. Dermatologist and paediatrician approved. It is suitable for sensitive skin and safe for people who may be prone to eczema.”
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Octocrylene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Triacontanyl PVP, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer.
How to use it: Shake well before use, apply generously before sun exposure and rub it in well. Reapply frequently every 1-2 hours, and always after perspiring, swimming or towelling.
How it worked for me: picking sunscreen has always been tricky for me. I find most of them uncomfortable, thick and sticky maybe apart from La Roche Pose’s Dry Touch Gel. This one actually did quite well considering it feels quite sticky as you apply it and makeup sits quite well over it. During the first few applications the formula smelt a bit like alcohol for a few seconds. Could it be the Alcohol Denat, I felt? I don’t know but it definitely wasn’t the most pleasant experiences I’ve had with skin care. After a while, the strange smell was gone but it still felt quite sticky and heavy so I have to say, as much as I wanted to like this, it isn’t my favourite. So based on the alcohol-like smell and the sticky feel, I don’t think I will get this again, though I could still use this when sunbathing at the beach when I don’t need makeup on.
Value for money: great if you don’t mind the slight stickiness, you get 125ml for £12.00 or 50ml for £7.00.
This sun cream is unfragranced, water resistant, vegan and it is available at Boots or at the Childs Farm website.