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Essentials 3 January 2022

Monde’s Must-Have Sun Care Essentials

It’s not a chore to keep your skin safe this Summer with sun care this great.

We are all in need of a little sunbathing from time to time. Maintaining a high level of vitamin D is a super important part to maintaining your overall health - but too much sun exposure? Well, that can have some pretty scary consequences. So, in order to have the best of both worlds this season, we here at Monde have picked our favourite sun care essentials that will keep you protected, before, during and after your sundrenched fun.


Words By Katelyn Kalafatis

Before the Sun

Contrary to its initial title as an Australian health essential, sunscreen has quickly turned into an irreplaceable beauty staple.

Yes, you might be thinking that the skin health-related benefits of wearing sunscreen are painfully obvious (there’s a reason a seagull told us to slip, slop, slap) but over time we’ve gained a little more knowledge and learnt a lot more about the physical damage that the sun can do to our skin.

And although you may not pay for baking yourself right now, as you age, pigmentation and premature wrinkling is bound to become quite visible.

Which let’s be honest, is something we would prefer to avoid.

So now that we’ve learnt that being burnt is officially out, and lathering yourself in sunscreen is very much in, the team here at Monde implore you to take a look at their go-to sun care essentials that will make sure you are protected from head, to toe.

Aussie brands Ultra Violette and Bondi Sands are the obvious choice in terms of truly beautiful sunscreen formulas. Their fantastic screens are popular with Australians and beyond for a reason.

For some sun protection that’s a little more upmarket, slip, slop and slap Medik8‘s Advanced Day Ultimate Protect formula for a truly god like pre-sun glow.

Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect SPF50+ 50ml, $116.82, Cult Beauty

During Sun Exposure

If doctors in their office and beauty influencers on social media have taught us anything, it’s that frequent sunscreen application is key.

And by frequent, we mean as much as humanly possible.

If you feel like you’re lathering it on too thick, you probably haven’t even put enough on.

Sunscreens are typically broken down after prolonged and direct, exposure to the sun.

So, as a general rule of thumb it’s suggested that both face and body sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours.

Yes, we know, that seems extreme. And it is! Especially if you’re sitting in your office or lounging inside all day.

But don’t panic, the timing of 2-hour intervals is more so intended for those who are planning on spending their afternoon swimming or sunbaking for most of us who are beach bound this Summer.

Luckily for us, sunscreen has been innovated in order to align with the modern lifestyle.

Coming in a plethora of formulas and easy-to-use application methods such as oils and sprays from brands we all love including Bondi Sands and Body Shop, you simply have no excuse not to top the sun protection during your day outdoors.

Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Lip Balm Bundle, $29.95, Bondi Sands

After Sun Care

After some time in the sun, the key to feeling and looking fresh is to soothe.

It’s a harsh truth, but you really can’t escape the redness of a sunburn, but luckily you can escape some of the irritation that comes with it.

Although the look of a sunburn is pretty unappealing, we are all aware that the worst part by far is that itchy, uncomfy and hot-to-touch feeling.

So, if you sillily failed to prepare for the harsh Australian summer sun and are now living in an unpleasant state of consequence, we have just the products that will work to calm the skin all the while reminding you to never forget the sunscreen again.

No surprises here but aloe vera is the hero component of this category.

Proven to help relieve pain and redness by reducing inflammation, these after sun gels, sprays and moisturisers will be the much-needed cool down your skin will need to combat the sting of a sunburn.

Once again, the sunscreen gods Body Shop and Bondi Sands are pulling through with the goods. Next time you’ve had a little too much sun, or just need a topical cool down, try out one of their many gels, foams, masks and sprays for size.

We promise, you’ll be cooler in no time.

Body Shop Aloe Multi-Use Soothing Gel, $29, The Body Shop