I've seen the error of my ways now, and am far more judicious about applying a high-factor SPF, only gradually going down to medium protection and actually tanning rather than frazzling. The effect is not only healthier but better looking: my skin is no longer damaged enough to peel off in protest and nor can I be used to colour-match when creosoting the garden fence.
Ideal Soleil SPF50
£12.37, Vichy, boots.com
Gone are the days when high protection meant pasting yourself; this dry oil is lightweight and easily absorbed with a pleasant scent.
UV face protector SPF50
£25, RMK, selfridges.com
All but invisible, this doesn't leave a sheen or sticky finish. It does have a slight rubbery smell but that dissipates quickly – pay extra attention to nose, neckline and ears.
Sun care oil spray SPF30
Factor 30 is a good compromise for those who tan easily, while the dry oil – which can be used on body, hair and scalp – won't leave skin claggy or pores clogged.
Dry touch gel SPF20
£21, Lancaster, debenhams.com
More of a thick cream than a gel, this has a somewhat soapy scent that helps you feel fresh in the heat and won't leave an oil slick in your wake every time you jump in the pool.
Posthelios hydrating after-sun
£13, La Roche-Posay, feelunique.com
This seems thicker than most after-sun moisturisers, but is still quick to absorb, meaning you can get dressed and out for cocktail hour in a flash.Reuse content