Sunblock. You know you should… Every two hours, every day, all year round. *Sigh* With sun damage being the number one cause of skin ageing, as well as putting you at serious risk of life-threatening skin cancer you’d be a fool not to take sunblock application seriously. BUT, it can be sticky and greasy and sometimes it balls up under your foundation, or it goes streaky, or leaves you looking like a ghost. We’ve all had those problems before and it’s not pleasant. Thankfully, there’s a new face block in town and its texture is spot on, it’s protection level is high (SPF30) and it’s bursting with natural actives to protect, restore and renew the skin. Developed in association with leading experts at the Skin Institute, Cherry Black Facial Sunscreen (SPF30) contains 20% zinc oxide, to create an invisible barrier between your skin and damaging UVA and UVB rays. In my humble opinion, zinc oxide is the optimum sun protection you can get your hands on and I rarely use a block without it. The formula also contains cherry plant extract which supports the restoration of the skin’s structure and vitamin B3, otherwise known as niacinamide, which helps to reduce fine lines and age spots. Dr Mark Gray, Founding Director at the Skin Institute, says that sun protection is a necessity. “Each year we treat a number of sun-related skin problems and skin cancer at our clinics across New Zealand. We feel it’s our duty to offer a quality sunscreen that will protect Kiwis against the sun’s harmful rays.” As it is not bleached, this sunscreen is a gorgeous pastel pink colour straight from the tube, which thankfully disappears without a trace when it is rubbed into the skin. The texture is creamy, yet is light and absorbs quickly, so it is ideal for use under makeup. I find a little goes a long way and it is so pleasant to apply that it’s not such a bad thing having to top up after a few hours outside. I used it exclusively on my face during a recent trip to Bali and it was PERFECT. It’s available exclusively from the Skin Institute for an introductory price of $79.95 (100ml) otherwise it sells for $114.95.