I have talked about how much I love this sun screen before. It is the magic unicorn of sunblock. Altruist covers UVA and UVB, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, water resistant, can be used on the face and body (doesn’t cause you break out in spots), it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave you sticky.
I generally apply this in the bathroom covering my face, hands and arms, so I’m covered in white stuff and but the time I’ve finished and move to the bedroom to get dressed, it’s all absorbed.
It comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50, as a cream or a spray. I have the cream (I recently bought the SPF 30 in the one litre size and that will pretty much be my sunblock for the year) and the spray which I use as a top up when I’m walking with Sarah and Fred or on the allotment.
UVA levels are consistent all year around and UVB increases the sunnier it is, the UVB gives you the Vitamin D and The British Association of Dermatologists recommends that you use SPF 30 every day, even in winter. If you’re worried about Vitamin D levels, you should take a supplement (NHS recommends that we should take a supplement from October to March) or look for natural sources in your diet (oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, liver, fortified foods) and wear the sunblock!
Sunblock is a big deal for me and I’m so glad that I’ve found something that is all purpose and that really works. If all of that wasn’t enough, every time you buy, Altruist donate 10p to Under the Same Sun, a charity that helps people with albinism in Africa (which has a higher rate of albinism, 1 in 1,400 in Tanzania compared to 1 in 20,000 in Europe). So it’s not just helping your skin!