Grimaud, St Tropez - South of France
There’s no doubt about it, as well as the lure of the glitz ‘n’ glamour of the French Riviera’s premiere hotspot, the pull of the beaches and sunny climes is a definite factor why St Tropez is a holiday hotspot. With temperatures reaching a glorious 80° (F), it’s important to make sure you step on that plane armed with a sun lotion that’s going to stop you glowing for the wrong reasons.
Here’s our top 6 sun lotions to make Riviera radiant:
Before you even step on the plane you’ll want to make sure you have a gorgeous, natural-looking starter tan to make you look holiday-ready on your first day of sunbathing or strolling around the town. Bondi Sands, a firm favourite of celebrities and beauty gurus, offer a wide range of self-tanning products and there’s nothing we love more than their Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk. Whilst hydrating and nourishing your skin at the same time, it provides you with a gorgeous, beach-ready glow that you can control and build upon – no streaky lines or orange tinges here! Coupled with the fact it’s enriched with loads of fabulous antioxidants like Aloe Vera and Vitamin E that are kind to your skin and it has the most gorgeous but subtle coconut scent, the best thing about it is its added SPF15 meaning you have daily protection from the sun
Skincare aficionados Clarins know the importance of protecting the skin from UV rays - as well as softening, revitalising and nourishing it at the same time – and their beautifully fragranced Sun Care Cream does exactly that. Their secret weapon, Mineral Filters, allows the cream to give complete, un-broken protection and this cream is great for staying grit-free at the beach as it’s sand, water, heat and perspiration-resistant. It’s lightweight and non-oily and if you’re concerned about premature skin aging from the sun, then their Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for Face is a fantastic additional product.
For a product that suits all skin types, including those that suffer with sensitivity in the sun or eczema, you can’t go wrong with Green People’s offering. Rich in natural oxidants and non pore-clogging so your skin can breathe, this wonder products protects against a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB rays without irritating delicate skin due to its lack of fragrance and chemical nasties. Green People are a fantastic brand who are Vegetarian Society approved and don’t test on animals and they also donate a proportion of each sale to the Marine Conservation Society – how many more reasons do you need to buy!
With a blend of Karanja oil, Brazilian Algae and a white flower aroma, if you weren’t already in the beautiful paradise of St Tropez, you’d certainly be transported to it with Darphin’s Soleil Plaisir. If ever a sun lotion could make you feel elegant, it’d be this one – the water-resistant, non-greasy, non-sticky and non-whitening formula is incredibly lightweight, leaving you to enjoy your day as though you’re not wearing any cream at all.
For those serious about sun protection, you don’t get much better than this. With an incredibly high SPF of 50+, this is the ideal product if you’re intolerant to sun or don’t want to take any chances whilst luxuriating on the yacht. Containing no preservatives, parabens, colourants, fragrance or lanolin, this hypoallergenic formula provides photostable UVA/UVB and infrared red protection whilst remaining lightweight and easy to apply. A perfect option if you want to stay worry-free whilst out in the sun.
If you’re after complete ease when it comes to sun protection, then Riemann’s hero product is the one for you. Simply apply it in the morning and you’re covered for most of the day – it offers an incredible 10 hours of sun protection with an SPF of 50+. It’s a clear liquid that’s quick drying, and after a mere 15 minutes it’s activated and set up for the day. Worthy of a Palme d’Or in our book is you can dip in and out of the pool as many times as you want – it’s incredibly water-resistant and after a quick pat dry you’re good to continue with your day.
Whether you’re lunching in the town or enjoying a little playtime in the sea there’s a sun lotion to fit in with your St Tropez lifestyle.
If you’re dreaming about those clear blue skies and inviting water talk to one of our dedicated villa specialists here and start planning your luxury escape to the French Riviera.