A couple of weeks ago I spent three sun-soaked days at Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall and, being a Class A Moron, didn’t wear any sunscreen. I KNOW -- it’s unforgivable, I should know better, at my age, etc.
In my defence, it was the first sun I’d seen in decades*. Yeah that’s not much of a defence. Here’s a picture that Rebecca took of my boiled gammon shoulders on the Monday after the festival. Sexy.
Luckily, I had this wonder product on my desk, waiting to be taken on holiday by Rebecca, but appropriated by me to soothe my quietly blistering skin. It’s cult Greek skincare brand Korres’ legendary Yoghurt Cooling After-Sun for Face & Body.
"Aaaahhhhh" (angels singing)
The pale yellow, creamy gel resembles colostrum (thick, nutrient-rich milk that mammals feed their babies in the first 24 hours after birth, which is becoming a cult anti-aging ingredient). It has a light, fresh scent -- a little like baby oil - and absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving a faint sheen on the surface.
Lovely, milky, edible yoghurt is obviously a natural source of lactose as well as proteins, minerals and vitamins, all of which works to increase the moisture levels in the upper levels of the epidermis (useful if you've fried them to a crisp -- ahem). Fennel extract (a great anti-inflammatory) reduces swelling and soothes the pain and redness of sunburn. Actually, you could also use this cooling gel on skin that’s all hot and bothered from microdermabrasion, hair removal treatments and pollen.
A little goes a long way, so it’s well worth investing in this at the start of the summer and keeping it in your fridge for maximum "Aiee it’s so cold! Ahh that’s better." benefits.
I slathered it on liberally and felt immediate relief. And as a bonus that I completely didn’t deserve, a couple of days later my skin was golden brown -- yesss! But still, I’ll wear sunscreen next time.
I can’t tell you how much I love Korres. The packaging is beautiful -- minimalist without being cold -- and fully recyclable. I respect how the brand is committed to using organic and natural ingredients without compromising on efficacy -- science is combined with Greece’s ancient homeopathic remedies to create amazing products.
Korres Yoghurt Cooling After-Sun for Face & Body, £15, cultbeauty.co.uk