The slow pace

Summer rituals

A few years ago I was completely obsessed with SPF. I was terrified of the sun. I would cross the street searching for shade (picture this: a person frantically crossing streets in Madrid, not caring about traffic… OCD much?), I would wear long sleeves ALWAYS, even in those scorching Madrid’s Summers, I would never go to the beach… I wanted white porcelain skin and being the hypocondriac that I am, skin cancer was a permanent threat. But then I moved to Germany and everything changed. I discovered the benefits of the sun in my skin, in my mood and in my health. Mostly because there was no sun and my Vitamin D levels dropped so much that I got sick. Of course, my approach to the sun is different now. But I’m still hypocondriac and I still want porcelain skin so I’m still obsessed with SPF, but in a good way. That’s why every year, when we head to the beach for a much needed sun recharge, I look for the highest SPF possible. But I demand a light formula, a non chemical scent and, most importantly, I run away from those lotions that leave you looking like Casper.

Well, I’ve found a range that really works for me. Last month, during our stay in Ibiza (check our slow-paced weekend guide to Ibiza here!), I took The Ritual of Karma SPF range with me and loved it. To be honest, I had used the SPF 50 sun protection milky spray before and really liked it but somehow I had forgotten about it. This year I added the SPF 50 face protection cream and the after sun hydrating lotion and I have to say that even though I sunbathed every day (25 year old me would have been shocked) my skin was safe, moisturised, not greasy and I didn’t look like Casper even though I reapplied frequetly. The after sun lotion was calming, refreshing and delightful after showering.

But then we came back to Germany and I wanted to maintain that  sunkisssed skin because, let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how tanned my skin is, the moment I set foot in Germany I turn green again. Not white, no. I turn green with a grey undertone. Beautiful. Cue: the self tanning lotion. I never fake tan but this time I thought that maybe if I applied a tiny bit after the shower for a couple of days my skin will maintain that caramel shade a little longer. The result was very natural and smooth after the first application. Really nice. Then I got excited and applied it a second day and… well, I shouldn’t have done it. One day is enough for a perfectly natural light tan.

In short, this range is fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough. I’m curious about the sun protection hair spray, maybe I will throw it in the cute waterproof toilet bag that I received as a present next time, since I have finally found another hairdresser that keeps my balayage in shape… (hair drama here).

PS: our favourite scrub, also by Rituals.

PS2: This post is not sponsored, we just really like these products.