This year, this witch hasn’t been all about hiding inside the house, with the AC blasting a snow blizzard. No! This year, this witch went to Croatia. I haven’t been to the seaside in 2 years. Ok, I saw the sea at the end of April this spring, but I couldn’t get in nor sunbathe because I was under a treatment that made my skin burn if I had too much sun (#vampiremode).

Croatia is a dream! Not too pricey, not too far from Romania (1000 km are not that bad) and it has some of the most beautiful views. I will post an article about my travel experience soon, but in the meantime, in this post, I’ll be talking about my sun protection routine.

First of all, it is important to know how sensitive your skin is and how aggressive the sun is in the place you are visiting. Croatia has an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius in the summer, by the sea. Romania, on the other hand, is a lot hotter, and you can’t sit on the beach during the afternoon. In the two areas of Croatia where we spent our vacation (Pula & Makarska), we would go to the beach at one in the afternoon, wear no hats and wear a light to medium sun protection. We spent about 6 hours on the beach every day.

The skin on the face is the most sensitive, so in the morning I would wash it, hydrate and as soon as I got to the beach I would apply an Avon Sun+ SPF 50 sunscreen. Note to self: Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the ears if you’re gonna rock a pony tail. The top of my ears are the only burnt places on my body.

After waiting for a couple of minutes for the sunscreen to be absorbed into the skin, I was in the water, playing around all day. I didn’t need to reapply at all, and neither did my sensitive half-ginger boyfriend. I totally recommend this sunscreen if you want to be really protected and not have to worry about reapplying after every swim. It has no scent to make it bothersome during the day. And let’s not forget Avon has very good prices and is available in almost every country in the world.

When it came to the skin on my body, I alternated between Gerovital Derma+ Oil for Sun Protection SPF10  and Cien Sun Lotion Satin Effect SPF20.  The Gerovital Oil was ordered by my mother from the brand’s website. They’re a Romanian brand with a long history and a lot of great products. I’m personally a big fan of almost everything they make. Their prices range from low drugstore skin care to medium prices, not quite high-end, but their quality can easily be compared to that of high-end products.

You will look like a shiny chicken ready to be spun around with a bottle up your ass in the oven. It’s an oil so duuh, you will look shiny. It is pretty water resistant, I mean I felt very slippery and oily in the water and when I was out of it, so I’m guessing I still had some on, even though I was no longer as shiny. My friend had the same oil, she spent most of her time on the beach and constantly reapplied, and I must say she came back looking like a caramel goddess. As for the scent, I can’t say I remember any, so if it does have one, it’s pretty subtle and goes away fast.

In conclusion, I recommend this oil if you’re not very sensitive and you will be spending a lot of time on the beach. Reapply if you want to be a chocolate god or goddess.

Last but not least, my favourite! My mother purchased this Cien Sun Lotion Satin Effect SPF20 from our local Lidl supermarket. It’s cheap and it has gold glitter flakes, which I’m guessing are there to let you know that you are still protected. I didn’t even notice the tiny specks of shimmer on the first day. They’re not obvious huge chunks of glitter which makes this a pretty cool product. And it also has a nice subtle scent of coconut.

All in all, I must say I was very satisfied with my sunscreens, I had no burns, no hole in my pocket and I got a nice tan while being a shimmery mermaid.

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