Skin Sunscreen

12 months of Sun Protection ?

June 18, 2018

Do you check your cosmetic labels?

I expect you are pretty good at checking the Best Before/Use by Dates on food but do you know that your cosmetics can expire too and many products have a label telling you when by?

Period After Opening (PAO)

That’s what the symbol is called that you may find on many of your cosmetics products.

If there, the symbol will contain a number and the letter ‘M’ which stands for month.  Therefore 12M equals 12 months.  Which actually means once opened the product is good for 12 months and after that, you should, ideally, stop using it…

12 months PAO label

For this to work of course you have to remember when you first opened the product!  For me sun-tan lotion is pretty easy to remember – it was last year.

Which leads me to always buy a new tube of sun-tan lotion annually.  And for Summer 2018 it has been Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50.

But you don’t sunbathe?

I always protect my face every day with SPF 50 and I don’t go on holiday wanting or aiming to get a tan, but I also don’t want to avoid the sun, and definitely never want to burn.  Hence I do buy and apply sun-tan lotion.

Vichy Ideal Soleil

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50
Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50

This is a big tube, 300ml, and I doubt I will use it all (PAO label is 12m).  I purchased it because:

  • it was on offer (£14 rrp £19);
  • it is a good brand;
  • it is SPF50, UVA and UVB;
  • it says ‘Fresh Hydrating Milk’ on the label.

Reading the ingredients also told me it contains titanium dioxide which means it is a mineral rather than a chemical suncream.

It is a good product and it does the job – been on holiday came back the same colour as when I left ?.  But I am disappointed by the description on the label calling it “milk”…

It isn’t a milky texture, it’s a cream.  It is easily absorbed and doesn’t feel too greasy, however, it does make my skin feel just a tad sticky which wasn’t what I hoped for.

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50

I will carry on using it for this year but I wouldn’t buy it again, due to its lack of promise on its consistency.  It will be thrown away (in the recycling) at the end of its 12 month period, just as the label dictates.

If you want to know more about PAO labels click HERE.

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