Everyone loves a bit of sunshine - even if you're not a beach bunny and prefer the mountains, we all want to see a bright blue sky and enjoy warm and light days, but if you're one of the many thousands of people that have super-sensitive skin, keeping it sunburn-free when the temperature starts to rise means using sunscreen and this can cause all sorts of issues for sensitive skin, the most common of which is prickly heat.
Prickly heat, an itchy rash of small, raised red spots, causes a stinging or prickling sensation, most commonly affecting areas such as the face, neck, back, chest and thighs and usually appears when the body has been exposed to hot temperatures.
When a person sweats more than usual, such as during hot or humid weather, the body’s sweat glands become blocked, sweat becomes trapped beneath the skin and this causes irritation and the characteristic heat rash. Clothing can make it worse sometimes because it causes friction on skin that’s already irritated. Babies and children are also more at risk of getting prickly heat because their sweat glands are not fully developed.
If you’re holidaying abroad and exposed to high temperatures, you may be at risk of developing prickly heat in a hot climate because you sweat more than ususal but the use of sunscreen is imperative to prevent burning and experts recommend at least an SPF 30. However, for those with sensitive skin, using sunscreen can aggravate the skin and bring on the dreaded rash. If you are using high factor sun protection it is often thick and gloopy, difficult to rub in, and thoroughly uncomfortable to wear.
Traditional sun lotions and creams contain oils and emulsifiers as these are the ingredients that contain the UV filters that we spread onto our skin. However, it is these oils and emulsifiers, together with other irritants such as perfume, that will block pores and sweat glands and exacerbate the prickly heat problem.
Although Techniblock sunscreen is not a cure for prickly heat it has, according to many of our customers, prevented or completely eradicated the symptoms of prickly heat. This is because it does not contain pore-blocking oils and emulsifiers; instead the UV filters are encapsulated in an ethanol spray that dries instantly on the skin, leaving behind a transparent but highly effective UV barrier that cools the skin and allows it to breathe. Have a look at some of our customer testimonials to see what our customers are saying on the subject.
Its unique, broad-spectrum formula is delivered as a clear, non-greasy CFC-free spray and unlike a lot of traditional , high factor sunscreens, Techniblock’s SPF 50+ will provide very high protection without the heavyweight feel.
As the ethanol evaporates on contact, the UVA and UVB protectants get to work shielding the skin immediately and the absence of oils and emulsifiers, which break down in water, makes Techniblock extremely long lasting and water resistant, so you can be assured that you’ll be fully protected when swimming or enjoying water sports.
After a day in the sun, cool your skin with Techniblock After Sun - a unique, foam spray that hydrates skin without leaving a sticky residue. It is oil and fragrance-free and contains chamomile and Allantoin to soothe and nuture. Or try the new Solarcaine spray, which contains aloe vera and is free from fragrance and alcohol, dermatologist tested, non-sticky and non-irritating.
Luxury body oil Soothe the Senses from Tropic has a calming scent and is packed with deeply moisturising argan and buriti oils, frangipani and magnolia. Or add a golden glow with the Summer Goddess Shimmering Body Oil for a subtle hint of colour.
Another Tropic wonder-product is Tamanu Balm, packed with plant extracts and tamnu oil, it is highly effective on irritated, inflammed or dry skin.
Another fabulous range for sensitive skin is Tropic and in addition to our main sunscreen business, we are also Tropic Ambassadors. The range of skincare and bodycare products are packed full of plants ceramides, fruits, encapsulated vitamins and aromatic essential oils. They do not contain harsh preservatives, formaldehydes, Phthalates, talc, lanolin or petroleum.
The skincare range is tailor-made so that whatever your complexion, nourishing plant extracts work in harmony to protect and rejuvenate your skin.
Everyone's skin needs a little TLC, and there's no better time to pamper yourself than before you hit the beach. This indulgent range of beauty essentials includes sumptuous oils and creams for super-soft, holiday-ready skin, creamy body washes, pampering treats for hands and feet as well as a full range of 100% natural skincare essentials, exfoliators and super-soothing serums to help look after your skin before, during and after your holiday.
You can order some Tropic products directly from us and you'll find them on our Skincare page. To browse the full Tropic range of skincare, bodycare and collections, please visit our Tropic Ambassador website
Techniblock and Tropic products are not tested on animals.