Saltee Skin: a sunny q&A

A Q&A with Patrick McGuirk, Founder of Saltee Skin, a premium sun-care brand stocked in luxury stores across the world!

Saltee is a premium sun-care brand that offers a different style to sun protection. I interviewed Patrick, one of the founders of Saltee on why Saltee was started and why it has became a staple in so many people’s skincare routines.

What made you start Saltee Skin?

Saltee was created by Sam and Patrick because it didn’t exist; luxurious, clean, quality sun protection. Who was asking for it? The women in our life, Aimee and Caroline. Aimee loves open-water swimming, Caroline is a triathlete with a passion for pilates, they both enjoy skiing in the Alps and stylish, exotic sun filled adventures – to some special places round the world.

They both needed fun and premium products that let them get outside, without compromising their style. Too busy planning their next trip to make their own product, we decided to do it for them.

What makes Saltee SPF products different? 

Saltee has been specifically designed to make choosing the best sun-care for you simple. Easy to use and easy to understand. All our products are easy to use and formulated with naturally-derived ingredients, so you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. No matter what your skin type or sun-care requirements are, we have something to suit everyone.

Avocado oil in our sun-care collection ensures super-fast absorbency. No sticky, gloopy, chalky white marks! But instead a suncream collection that feels good on your skin and looks good in your beach bag

Venuceane is the hero of our SPF 50 face formulas. Sourced naturally from the depths of the Caribbean Sea, this organic ingredient counters photo damage, is anti-ageing and protects against both UV and IR radiation.

Our body lotion range is enhanced with tan accelerator that stimulates your skin’s natural sun defences and melanin production to protect and enhance your skin condition. Saltee helps your skin better protect itself from UV rays whilst naturally boosting tanning.

Where can you shop Saltee?

We were very proud to launch Saltee in 2019 as part of an exclusive partnership with Selfridges. Since then we have added the likes of Liberty and Harrods to our retailer list. 

Most Saltee is bought direct from our website but we also need to be near to where customers most need quality suncream – so no suprises that you can find us in places such as the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados or Elfante Gift Store in Ibiza. 

What are the biggest tips for SPFs?

Suncream is often made to feel complicated these days – Saltee want to inspire sun confidence and promote smart suncare.  All Saltee products provide broad spectrum ultra-protection against UVA and UVB rays.

It is important to note that a sunscreen SPF rating is only indicative of its protection from UVB rays. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will protect you against 97% of UVB rays and will protect you 30 times longer than if you did not use sunscreen.

At Saltee we recognise that we often feel better with a healthy glow – with this in mind our body products have tan accelerators that will help you achieve a ‘summer sun look’ without compromising your safety. Apart from safe sun exposure (with high SPF sunscreen) we’d also recommend a pre-vacay exfoliation to get you skin tan ready and looking your best.

 What are you looking forward to the most with Saltee?

We have just launched our first non SPF product which we are very excited about – Saltee hands is a luxurious hand gel that protects from bugs and bacteria whilst hydrating and smelling delicious. The feedback on this new product has been fabulous. We will also launch at least 2 other new travel products in the next 6 months. If you need it to travel; then Saltee wants to have you covered.

Why did you call your brand Saltee?

We wanted to find a name for the brand that was fun but premium. Saltee has proven to be memorable name but also one that communicates the principles of what we do and what we stand for. We haven’t yet had the chance to wear Saltee products on the Saltee islands off the coast of Ireland but that day will come.

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