Why not swap regular body lotion for aftersun? They contain ultra-cooling ingredients, like aloe vera or menthol, plus skin-repair helpers like vitamin E. After-sun will soothe skin, as well as make your tan last longer. Some also act as insect repellents, like Cyclax 3-in-1 Aftersun, £5.99, or Alfresco, £15 E3.
Soothe operators: (left to right) Ambre Solaire After Sun, £6.99; Tesco Soothing Aftersun Lotion, £2.66; Hawaiian Tropic Cucumber and Melon Aftersun, £7.99 use a teaspoonful of product on your face, and a shot glass amount to cover your body. And, experts recommend you reapply at least every two hours.
• Dr Evans says: “Go out before 10am or after 3pm, if you’re going to sunbathe. Try to stay out of high sun.”
• Don’t ignore fiddly bits like ears or toes.
A solid stick like Piz Buin In Sun Face Stick SPF 20, £5.89, will work wonders.
• Use a body scrub to keep your tan fresh and flakiness away. Try Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Salts, £18,60, or Origins Never a Dull Moment, £12.50.
Here’s what’s new in the wonderful world of suncare. Sprays mist on in seconds – good if you don’t want sticky hands. Try Tesco Sun Protection Spray SPF15, £2.66 (2,3), and Lancome Soleil Instant Cooling Sun Spritz, SPF 15, £ 18 (1). Sand-proof bottle tops, like the ones on the LOreal Paris Solar Expertise range, make putting on sunscreen less of a mess. Dermalogica Sunscreen Wipes, £ 18.80.