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People seem to think that factor 30 is really for kids but they are wrong.
These days everyone should be aware of the dangers of getting sunburnt and protect their skin but being British I know that we like to have a tan as soon as the sun comes out and then burn ourselves to a crisp only for the sun to go back in and all we do is suffer then peel then go white again.
I know this because I have spent years getting burnt as I have fair freckled skin which goes beetroot then peels off. Years ago we didn't know the dangers of being burnt from a young age and I have suffered greatly at times.
Then I watched a programme which included a part about a woman who wears sunscreen all year - even in the Winter. Her face was pretty wrinkle free but then she was half my age and dark skinned but never mind that I thought, I will start to wear sunscreen all the time too.
This will cost around £5 for a 200ml bottle as it is always on offer somewhere or from a market stall.
It's called a milk and as such it is runny and not thick like a cream.
It applies quite well and as it contains moisturiser I thought it would replace my normal moisturiser in the day so doing two jobs for the price of one. It does do so fairly well and I apply it quite liberally then allow it to soak in before applying makeup. I don't wear foundation or powder, just eye makeup and lipstick so there's no issue with foundation not going on right so I don't know the effect of wearing it or powder on top of the sunscreen.
The data on the bottle advises frequent application and wearing a t-shirt, hat etc to protect from the sun. Not that we will bother to read any of it much less do so.
In April we went to the IOW and it was really sunny, I unfortunately got burnt and apart from anything else I not only got a cold sore but my mouth was burnt and I developed blisters on my lips which took nearly 10 days to heal and were agonising.
We have just been to Norfolk and because of the recent hot weather I lathered on this sunscreen especially on my face and lips. The first thing I noticed was my mouth felt as if I had been to the dentist and had an injection as it felt quite numb for nearly an hour. Next day the same thing happened. I didn't let this deter me from applying it everyday to my face and mouth as I though numbness was better than a cold sore or burnt lips.
Wrong. Although my face didn't burn my nose did and my bottom lip has got blisters on it - but nowhere near as bad as in April. This still means that this milk did not protect me as well as I expected it to. I also burned around the neck area of my t-shirt and top of my arms (the bits that aren't as weathered as the rest of the arm).
Maybe it was because it was so hot or the sea air. It wasn't because I didn't reply enough times
Would I use this on children? NO as it just doesn't protect enough.
Would I use this on me again? YES but not on a very hot sunny day - I would now be looking at factor 40 or 50 personally.
I am sure this is perfectly fine for people with less sensitive skin but if you are fair or freckled or burn in the sun at all I would recommend using a higher factor than this.
Nice milk, has a pleasant scent, but maybe not as protective as you might think.
One of the curses of being a Scot is that I am ridiculously pale and freckled. If you look at my belly then you would have thought that I had been painted with white paint. I managed to get a bad sunburn last year despite wearing suncream in only hour on a Scottish beach so this year I decided to up the SPF factor. I chose the Ambre Solaire factor 30 simplay because it was the only one in Morrisons that was on half price offer reducing the price of a 200ml bottle from £12 to £6. I will also point out that the bottle no longer has reference to the word suntan on it, as we all know suntans are bad and it is now called moisturising milk.
The suncream itself is exremely thick, far thicker than most suncreams and bright white in colour. Because of the thickness it takes ages to rub in, at first you are left with a white layer on your skin and then it eventually soaks in. The suncream feels slightly greasy on my skin and I am aware I am wearing it and I always need to shower to wash it off completely at the end of the day. The suncream has a very subtle smell and I was glad that it did not have a heavy coconut fragrance like many adult creams.
I have found that the protection afforded to my skin from the ambre solaire kids milk is truly excellent. I am someone who burns really easily and I have not turned even slightly pink at all over the summer when I have been wearing it despite spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun. It is clear very little sunlight is getting through to my skin because of the lack of new freckles when I am wearing it which is what normally happens when I am in the sun. Although the cream is both sand and waterproof I have found that if I sweat a lot it runs off my skin and from my eyebrows into my eyes in particular which stings so I do need to reapply, otherwise I am happy to put it on twice a day.
I am impressed by the UVA and UVB protection this sunscreen has given to a pale Scot and would happily use it on kids, the only problem being it takes a long time to soak in.
My 19 month old has a few allergies and has unfortunately reacted to a few suncreams we've used in the past with little spots all over where the cream has been applied. I noticed this hypoallergenic one at asda and it was on offer at £5 which is cheap for a lot of creams!
We've actually got factor 30 and the factor 50 and both are very moisturising and I haven't found any fault with them yet. It's white in colour and fragrance free so there aren't any colourants or fragrances that can irritate the skin. It has advanced UVA and UVB protection and it claims to be water and sand resistant. It is water resistant upto a point but we always reapply after being in water anyway but it's protected whilst we've been in there.
There are instructions on the back of it but they include staying out of the sun between the hours of 11 and 3. This is good advice but extremely hard to adhere to when you have an energetic 19 month old to amuse! The only thing it didn't give was an exact time to reapply - it just says reapply frequently.
Overall, I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially those with suncream allergies or sensitive skin. We've never been burnt whilst wearing this and there have been no side effects. It rubs in neatly without leaving you sticky or big white patches and my daughter loves getting it on.
Garnier Ambre Solaire's Kids Very High protection Milk SPF30, moisturises and protects your child's delicate skin.