I can't believe that it was only in doing the research for this post that I learned about Lancaster's connection to Princess Grace of Monaco. What does that have to do with this post you may well ask? Absolutely nothing. But if you've ever watched any of my videos filmed in my office you'll know my background is Grace Kelly and Cary Grant from To Catch a Thief. Sigh. I digress. So unlike me I know. I first wrote about Lancaster in July 2010 after I had inadvertently burned myself and used the Tan Maximizer to help my poor skin afterwards. Since then they have featured in 'Empties' videos after family holidays, mainly because the Sports range is so brilliant, particularly for those of us with teenagers that do not sit still. In 2016, Lancaster were the first in the industry to patent Full Light Technology, a broad sun protection system that protects from UVs, visible light and infrared light by using sun filters, light reflectors and powerful antioxidants. For 2020, they have updated some staples and added some brilliant newness to their range, all incorporating this protection:

Lancaster Sun Protective Water SPF50 (also available in SPF30): Broad Spectrum? UVA symbol (in EU)? Yes Physical (inorganic) or chemical (organic) SPF filters?

Sun Protective Water SPF50 uses organic SPF filters to ensure the broadest sun protection targeting 100% of the sun spectrum.

Main SPF active ingredients (full inci at the bottom of post)?

Octocrylene and homosalate. (Does not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate)


This is a spray water that contains an oily phase, so you shake to use. It applies and feels like water though - that's key!

White/ashy residue on darker skins? No Absorbs well even at high SPF? Yes Does it leave you shiny?

No. Literally applies like water with no oily residue.


No, feels lovely on the skin.





Suitable for all skin types?


Water resistant/waterproof/sweat resistant?

Yes (but always reapply)

CH Additional info?

This is perfect if you hate using lotions and creams and want something quick, easy and super-lightweight. The non-oily formula can be applied to wet or dry skin. While your skin will feel like it has something on it, it will not feel sticky or clammy. Besides the Full Light Technology that targets 100% of the sun spectrum, all of the products in the range contain the Lancaster Tan Activator Complex (TAC), made with Buriti oil and coffee extract, to stimulate the tanning process and help you develop a golden, even, long-lasting tan.

You Need This IF:

You love being in the sun/have to be in the sun, but do NOT like using SPF. This is literally translucent on the skin. Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Lotion:

The Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Lotion can prolong your tan by up to one month and instantly calms and soothes sun-exposed skin. Made with shea butter and buriti oil, Lancaster's Tan Activator Complex intensifies melanin production for a golden, even and long-lasting tan. This is refreshing and soothing, greatly reduces the risk of peeling and will leave your skin hydrated, soft and supple. Suitable for all skins. Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Serum:

The Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Serum can also prolong your tan by up to one month while repairing from photo-ageing damage, and instantly calms the skin after sun-exposure. Again made with buriti oil, Lancaster's Tan Activator Complex intensifies your tan, albeit in a a gentle fashion. The After Sun Serum contains a combination of soy extract and hyaluronic acid to prevent and help to repair photo-ageing damage (wrinkles and firmness). Its repairing complex instantly soothes your skin and gives a feeling of intense comfort. Used after sun exposure, this is again a lightweight serum that will plump your skin and restore its natural glow. It also reduces the risk of peeling. Suitable for all skins. Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Oil

And finally, the Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Oil is what you want to reach for when you're on holiday (or a staycation!), and you go back to your room for a shower and then change for dinner. This oil helps to repair your skin after sun exposure, reduce the risk of peeling while leaving the skin soft and smooth. Containing six plant oils including buruti and macadamia, it also contains calendula to calm and soothe and instantly melts into your skin, leaving it softened and hydrated. The shimmering texture enhances your tan and scents your skin with Lancaster’s iconic fragrance. Suitable for all skins.

Lancaster Beauty is available from who are currently offering 15% off across the range until Sunday 2nd August via CAROLINE15 Sun Protective Water SPF50 inci:

Water, Diisopropyl Adipate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Octocrylene, Glycerin, Homosalate, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Isohexadecane, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, 4-methylbenzylidene Camphor, Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate, Undecane, Alcohol, Tridecane, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Squalane, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone, Parfum/fragrance, D&c Red N°17 (ci 26100)

Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Lotion

Water, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caffeine, Ceteareth-20, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Glycine, Hydrolyzed Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Laureth-7, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Lactate Methylsilanol, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Parfum/fragrance

Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Serum

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Caffeine, Citric Acid, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Disodium Edta, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Glycine, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Polysorbate 60, Silanetriol, Sodium Lactate Methylsilanol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Parfum/fragrance, Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891)

Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Oil

Isopropyl Palmitate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Bisabolol, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Mica, Silica, Tin Oxide, Parfum/fragrance, D&c Green N°6 (ci 61565), D&c Red N°17 (ci 26100), Iron Oxides (ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891)


– Use a minimum of SPF 30 daily regardless of the weather.

– Always apply SPF at least 20 minutes before going outside unless otherwise stated.

– Always apply last after moisturiser, before makeup – unless otherwise stated

 – Reapply every two hours if in active sun (on holiday, sunbathing, generally being outside all day)

– Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating/drying off with a towel. Always reapply immediately if using mineral SPF.

– No point going under SPF30 or over a 50 (unless specified by a doctor, obviously).

– I would politely advise you to not buy these products (actually any SPF) from third party retailers such as

On and TKMaxx they have the potential be at least one season old and thus already degrading in SPF quality. Check labels. Read expiry dates.

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