Ultrasun is the perfect SPF for people who typically hate sun protection, but why I hear you ask? That’s easy – the instantly-absorbing textures, the weightless finishes and the once-a-day application are all reasons to fall in love with this innovative brand and why they stand out amongst their sun care competitors.
I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know much about Ultrasun before I started working at Escentual, and I never really realised just how important every day sun protection was. That soon changed! I was lucky enough to receive some incredible and in-depth training from Ultrasun. I’ve tried all of their products let me tell you: I am sold.
If you hate thick, greasy sunscreens (and I’m sure you aren’t alone) then Ultrasun is for you. It’s no surprise that when people start using Ultrasun products they become extremely loyal and stick with them. After using and testing each of their formulations, I can definitely say I can see why this is the case.
Despite being so heavy-duty and powerful, you actually forget you’re wearing sunscreen at all. For SPF50+ formulas, this is especially amazing, as you may be used to the thick, milky creams that take forever to blend and never truly disappear.
To make it easy for you to find your best Ultrasun sun protection formula, I’ve rounded up their top ten best-selling icons to give you the lowdown on why you need to try this expert suncare, but first, let me just answer some of your burning questions about Ultrasun as a whole and why I love them so much:
Who is Ultrasun?
Ultrasun is a Swiss suncare brand renowned for their leading suncare research and development. The collection has been sold in the UK since 1992 and they are the number 1 premium suncare brand in the UK.
What makes Ultrasun special?
There are many factors that make Ultrasun stand out from its competitors. From their ethical values to their clean formulations, their weightless textures to their long-lasting protection – there’s a lot that makes Ultrasun special.
Perhaps one of the main things that make them stand out is the use of lamellar technology – they’re the only brand worldwide to use this technology in sun protection. This binds the formula to the upper layer of skin – without being absorbed in – which makes it disappear instantly but also makes it last all day which means that you don’t need to reapply every two hours.
How long do Ultrasun sunscreens last?
Because of their use of lamellar technology, Ultrasun sunscreens will typically provide all-day protection from just one application. This can factor on skin tone and heat extremity, but the water-resistant formula will ensure long-lasting sun defence.
Are Ultrasun Eco-Friendly?
Yes! Ultrasun is Eco Pass Approved, and they’re the only suncare brand in the world to be accredited with this award. This means that their sunscreens are biodegradable and don’t cause harm to the environment, coral reef or aquatic life.
The suntan lotions are vegan and cruelty-free, too. So you can feel confident knowing you are optimally protected without damaging the planet.
1. The Effortless Daily Anti-Ageing SPF
Who this would be perfect for: Anyone looking for a daily SPF and is concerned about the signs of ageing.
Why I love it:
If you’re in your twenties like me, ageing might not be your biggest concern right now. However, I know that my future self will thank me if I start thinking about skin-ageing now and doing what I can to protect against wrinkles and fine lines from appearing.
SPF is one of the best anti-ageing steps you can take, and it’s more effective the earlier you start as the majority of premature skin ageing comes from damaging UV rays. This is why I always start my day off with a hard-working sunscreen that I can wear under my makeup and provide all-day protection.
Plus, the milky fluid is absorbed quickly by skin and leaves a velvety base that’s smooth and soft. It’s non-comedogenic, too, so it won’t block your pores.
2. The Go-To for Prickly Heat
Who this would be perfect for: Anyone with very fair skin, sun sensitivities, or prickly heat.
Why I love it: This sunscreen is the go-to for anyone who struggles with sun sensitivities. The SPF50+ formula is suitable for the whole family and will ensure even the most sensitive and reactive skin is protected.
As the sunscreen is so heavy-duty, you might expect it to be thick or heavy, but it’s not at all. It doesn’t cause breakouts and will soothe your intolerant skin as it invisibly – and comfortably – protects.
If your skin isn’t susceptible to sun sensitivities but you are planning to go away somewhere or live somewhere with very intense heart conditions, then the Extreme Sun Protection SPF 50+ would still be a good shout due to the very high protection it offers and the high absorption of UVA rays.
3. The Family-Friendly Sunscreen
Who this would be perfect for: Busy parents and wriggly children!
Why I love it: When you arrive at the beach or the pool, the last thing your little one wants is to be slathered with thick, greasy lotions that will irritate their skin. The Ultrasun Super Sensitive Family Formula is the ideal choice for the whole family – it disappears almost instantly and feels completely weightless on your child’s delicate skin.
The soothing formula also helps to prevent prickly heat reactions and itching, and is water-resistant too; it’s the ideal companion to making memories in the sun.
I don’t have children myself, so it’s difficult for me to comment on how suitable this is for the whole family. However, who better to turn to for advice and a recommendation than our lovely customers! Here’s what a parent had to say about the Ultrasun family sunscreen to give you further peace of mind:
4. The High Protection Face Shield
Who this would be perfect for: Anyone who wants a very high protection daily face SPF.
Why I love it: If you’re looking to up the ante on your daily SPF protection, then the Ultrasun Face Anti-Ageing Formula SPF 50+ is for you. This is a great choice for your daily SPF if you’re looking for very high protection, if you’re in a hot climate, a city-dweller, or work outdoors.
This would be the perfect companion to trips away and city visits as the face sun lotion is packed with antioxidants, meaning your skin will receive all day daily protection from damaging free radicals and oxidative stress. This can help fend off premature ageing caused by the environment, while the SPF 50+ shield will prevent sun-induced wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation.
5. The One For Dark Spots, Pigmentation and Ageing
Who this would be perfect for: People concerned with ageing and pigmentation
Why I love it: One of the reasons I love Ultrasun so much is that they cater for everyone. The Anti-Ageing & Anti-Pigmentation sunscreen is the ideal choice if you struggle with areas of pigmentation and UV-induced dark spots.
UVA rays are the biggest cause of premature ageing on the skin, so this lightweight cream creates a powerful shield to absorb them and prevent them from causing damage.
It’s packed with anti-pigmentation ingredients to prevent and reverse dark spots caused by the sun, helping you achieve an even and unified complexion.
6. The Tan-Enhancing Body Protector
Product: Ultrasun Tan Activator Body SPF30
Who this would be perfect for: Anyone who wants to achieve a healthy tan
Why I love it: When I’m at the beach or by the pool, I’m usually the person sitting under the shade. This means that at the end of my holiday, I’m usually just as pale as when I arrived. The Ultrasun Tan Activator has changed that, because now I can lavishly enjoy the sun while getting a nice, healthy tan without compromising my skin’s health.
The tan-enhancing formula will encourage your skin’s natural tanning process to allow you to achieve a sun-kissed glow in a speedier and well-protected manner.
This is sure to be a firm favourite of my mum’s, who has in the past been known to avoid wearing sun protection completely (tsk tsk!) in the hopes of getting a better tan, and for people who like to get a “base tan”.
Myth Debunked: Yes, you can still get a tan while wearing Ultrasun sunscreen! Not only can you achieve a tan, but the Tan Activator Body will actually improve, prolong and intensify your natural tan.
7. The All-In-One Tinted SPF Moisturiser
Who this would be perfect for: Someone who wants a multi-tasker
Why I love it: Blending together makeup, skincare and suncare, Ultrasun has really ticked all of the boxes with this one. The tinted SPF makes it even easier to remember your daily sunscreen as it can replace your sunscreen, foundation and moisturiser in this one handy little product.
This is a must-have for any holidays away. It was especially useful when I was camping as it provided all-day high sun protection while also giving me a sheer lick of colour. It’s just what I want in terms of coverage as it’s not too heavy, but could definitely be worn under makeup if you wanted to pack a bit more of a punch.
I’m not someone who wears foundation every day anyway, so I love the light unifying sheen that this sunscreen provides. It gives an effortlessly flawless “no makeup” look while concealing any imperfections. Who doesn’t want to look naturally airbrushed?
I wear shade ivory as my tone is quite fair, but it’s also available in a honey shade, which would be better for people who have darker skin tones.
8. The Fast-Absorbing Gel For Sporty Types
Who this would be perfect for: Sporty and active outdoor types
Why I love it: The Ultrasun Sports sun gel is a weightless fluid that instantly disappears into the skin, and is a popular choice for outdoor, sporty people.
Despite being called a gel, the SPF 30 is so lightweight and fluid it’s almost like a sunscreen oil. It’s transparent and absorbs with a dry-touch finish that’s invisible on the skin; I love the quick and fuss-free application and know this must be a big hit for those always on the go. There’s a slight sterile smell when you first apply it, but this disappears instantly and leaves skin unscented.
It’s water-resistant as well, making it perfect for those who enjoy extreme water sports or surfing. Whatever outdoor activity you enjoy – from gardening to triathlons – the Ultrasun Sports Gel will keep you comfortably protected and will keep up with you and your active lifestyle.
9. The Sun Spray For Those Always On-The-Go
Who this would be perfect for: On-the-go sports lovers.
Why I love it:
As soon as I tried this product, I immediately bought one for my dad. During the training I received, Ultrasun actually said this range is aimed at bald, sporty men who hate wearing an SPF – and that’s my dad to a tee! He loves going out on long bike rides but I am forever telling him (to deaf ears) that he needs to wear sun protection. He always says that he’s put off by heavy, sticky formulas that feel uncomfortable, and also when he sweats it can drip in his eyes it can sting.
That’s where the Ultrasun Sports Spray SPF 50 comes in. This invisible spray is so lightweight, it doesn’t leave a greasy, sticky or shiny residue, and, thanks to the lamellar technology the water-resistant sporty SPF has been absorbed by the upper layer of skin. This means that it won’t drip off with perspiration as the formula has already disappeared. No more excuses dad!
Plus, the SPF spray can even be used upside down (trust me, I tried) so you can ensure all those difficult to reach places are always covered.
10. The 24 Hours’ Cooling, Soothing Skin Restorer
Product: Ultrasun After Sun
Who this would be perfect for: Anyone whose skin has been exposed to the sun.
Why I love it: This vegan aftersun is a cooling antidote to sun-drenched skin in need of a bit of nourishment. After a day in the sun, skin can feel hot, tight and uncomfortable (especially if you haven’t been wearing sunscreen!)
The creamy lotion erupts into a cooling fluid when you massage it into skin and instantly hydrates sensitive skin. The soothing formula will moisturise and soothe skin for up to 24 hours, but it also helps defend skin too.
As with all things Ultrasun, they’re committed to keeping your skin safe. That’s why they’ve packed this aftersun gel with antioxidants to scavenge free radicals and prevent them from doing further damage to your sun-kissed skin.
I haven’t had a chance to try this on holiday yet. However, I can’t wait for that feeling after a full day on the beach, getting out of the shower and slathering my sun-stressed skin in this cooling, watery aftersun. I might even pop it in the fridge for full-on ice-cold relief!