With a week in the sun planned I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do a little test on the best sun creams from a consumer’s point of view.

It goes without saying that it would be best if I could give each sun lotion a prolonged test to really see how well it protects my skin but with this test I thought I would focus on how it felt to apply, how it felt after being in the sun for a while, whether it was water proof and all these other little factors that make picking your sun cream a potential mine field.

The most important factor of skin care on holiday is protection from the sun and we really shouldn’t be using anything less than an SPF 30. There are a huge range of options out there that I couldn’t possibly test them all.

I also had the opportunity to take advantage of a Groupon offer for Priceline who have a good range of skin care products. If any of you want to take advantage of it just head over to https://www.groupon.com.au/vouchers/stores/priceline.com.au as they often have different deals and offers.

Anyway, let’s get started. I had a week in Malta in August and let me tell you, it was hot! It is a beautiful country with wonderful people and the weather is pretty great all year round so as a destination I would heartily recommend it.

I was lucky enough to stay at a hotel that had a wonderful pool as well as easy access to the beach so I had the opportunity to test sun creams by the pool and by the sea.

The first one I tried was the Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen SPF50. It came in a pump style bottle that was ok at first but could get a little slippy. This is for sensitive skin and I found it pretty easy to apply, it wasn’t overly waterproof so I did have to reapply after taking a dip in the pool to cool down.

Next up I tried out the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Body Spray SPF 50. This was a lightweight spray option that I really liked. It was easy to apply and didn’t wash off in the water. Quite a lot of sun creams can feel quite heavy, tacky and leave a residue but this one was actually quite refreshing which takes us on to the next day.

Lancaster Sun Sport Cooling Invisible Mist SPF 30 was probably my favourite. It has been designed to offer users a lot more protection than conventional sun lotions but it was actually nice to apply. Very light and the spray made it easy too. Reapplying cream is usually a hassle but you would actually look forward to giving yourself a nice little spritz of this stuff.

The last one I tried was Ambre Solaire Ideal Bronze SPF30 which was another light, easy to use spray bottle. It has a melanin boosting component that encourages the skin to naturally tan and is also water proof so is perfect for the beach.

Having travelled around Europe, South America and Australia it is important to get to know which sun creams will be best for you from the protection to application. The best way to find out is by getting out there and testing but it isn’t always that easy so looking about for product reviews is a great way to gauge customer response to certain products.

Protecting your skin from harmful rays doesn’t have to be a laborious task that gets in the way of enjoying the sun. Most companies now offer a lightweight, spray sun lotion that doesn’t leave a residue.