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At the start of every summer I do a massive shop for things I may potentially need throughout the season. I always make sure to pick up a few different sun creams as they will always be discounted at this point. The R.R.P for this product is £16.49 however I picked it up for £7.49 at Superdrug. Similar high street chemists will no doubt offer it for round about the same cost.
I always go for SPF50 in all suncare as I am very fair skinned but I think this one stood out to me because of the attractive packaging, which I now understand is more than just cosmetic. This product is a spray on sun cream and the desgin of the bottle is supposed to sit in your hand easily as you gleefully spritz it about. Unfortunately in reality it is a bit trickier to apply! The spray tip can stick slightly and the spray of cream may land on some nearby surfaces so be sure to stand well clear.
The sun cream itself has been fine in that it has done the job. Though I say it is messy, at least I know i can get proper coverage with it and tend to apply it liberally before even getting dressed therefore avoiding ruining any clothing. The cream is slightly chalky upon application so you have to use quite a bit but I would still say that overall this is a good product and perfect if you have children, especially ones that might try and squirm away from being covered in the stuff as there's no escape once you start spraying.
Overall I would recommed.
Despite the fact that we seem to have about 3 days of good sunshine a year here in the UK, sun protection is a must in every household because it isn't just the bright sun we have to protect ourselves from. The suns rays are dangerous to our skin even if there is a bit of cloud about, so it's important to apply suncream whenever the sun is about, especially for children's young delicate skin. Since Harry's been born, I have worked my way through several different brands of sunscreen, and the latest to make its way into my house is Garnier Rapido - it appears I've been sucked in by the advertising for it on children's television channels!
Garnier Ambre Solaire's Rapido is the latest addition to their vast suncare range, and is one that has been specifically marketed at parents for their children. I've seen it advertised on Nick Jr's "Wrap, Splat and Hat" sun campaign throughout the summer, so they really are plugging it for all its worth. It's one of the more expensive products on the market as well at around £14.99 per 150ml so it isn't the cheapest option that is available, so it's worth thinking about that before dashing off to Boots or Tesco to buy a bottle.
Garnier Rapido only comes in 2 SPF's (Sun Protection Factor). It comes in High which is 30 SPF and Ultra High which is 50+ SPF and this is the one I always apply to Harry. I have one of each of these so am able to comment freely on both. The product comes in a 150ml aersol bottle with blue and orange text that makes it stand out, with an orange plastic lid. There's lot of information on the bottle about use, and SPFs and things to read if you like that sort of thing. I was actually quite excited to use the product because I believed it would be much easier than the sun protection milks I usually use, but I was wrong.
There was a fair bit of sun this week when Harry has been going to nursery so it's been the ideal time to try out the Rapido spray. Under the bright orange lid is a bright orange pump where the sun screen comes out. Simply press the button down and your spray should come out. The main advertising point of this product is actually the non-stop delivery of suncsreen via aerosol, and also the fact you can use it at any angle, making it ideal for spraying on your own back etc. I was curious to see if it would live up to these claims as I find these things often don't.
I actually thought I had got a broken bottle at first because I just couldn't press the button down to get any sunscreen out. It took me sitting it on the table in the kitchen facing towards my apron to actually get the button to depress, and suddenly a blast of sunscreen flew out at my apron. I was a bit surprised but thought I had got the product working and set off to put it on Harry. Again though, it wouldn't come out, and I had to use 2 hands to push the button. At this point, both Harry and I were getting frustrated and a little bit messy with it all too if I'm honest. Eventually he was fully covered so off we went.
When I returned, I thought I'd try out the SPF 30 one just to see if I had picked a duff bottle off the shelf. Apparently not. I had exactly the same problem with the next bottle too and I felt a bit annoyed. Using 2 hands to do the button isn't convenient because it makes aiming the bottle a bit wobbly, and certainly doesn't make for easy application of it either. The spray itself isn't very delicate and it seems a bit heavy. I imagined a more deodorant mist but it was much stronger, far too much especially for use on toddlers. It seemed to just get worse.
The only minor redeeming factor is the sunscreen itself. It is a slightly creamy colour but is quite light when applied, so it didn't make Harry's darker skin seem too streaky and pale like some sun screens can do. It is also water resistant which is handy for toddlers that don't want a million different sunscreens applied according to what they're doing. It's also perfume free which is good for the boys who don't want to smell of flowers, and I've found it really doesn't have an identifiable scent. It did leave my hands very tacky after rubbing it into Harry which wasn't nice, but it was fairly quickly absorbed into Harry's skin. The biggest trouble is that once you've sprayed one arm and rubbed it into your child, it's then almost impossible to press the hard button with your slippery hands. VERY annoying.
I am glad I didn't pay anywhere near full price for this product because it would have been a complete waste of my money and I'd have been quite upset. I paid £6 for the 2 bottles on an offer in Superdrug, and even that seems too much for the poor quality product I got. I would recommend you use one of the more traditional pump sprays because at least they are easier to use, don't deliver too much spray at once and are probably more cost effective too. While the contents on the bottle are okay (but nothing amazing!), the bottle itself is a huge problem because it's near impossible to push down that button and makes applying it a nightmare. Avoid Rapido at all costs, especially a £14.99 one!
RRP: £14.99 per 150ml
Thank you for reading.
I am going to be honest, I have never until this year bought my own suncare. My grandparents used to put it on me once or twice on holiday and I do not remember my parents ever putting any on my person (nor did I ever go on holiday with my parents but suncare is not limited to holidays of course).
I am also rarely ever out in the sun, I cannot stand the clammy, sticky feeling. Though when you have a tattoo any decent tattooist should tell you or give you an aftercare sheet stating he proper way to look after your new ink and what the minimum SPF you should be using is. I was told 30 once before but when I went to Boots the staff approached me and said I need to be using at least SPF 50, I took the skincare expert's advice because I do not like the thought of my precious colours fading.
This summer I bought Garnier Ambre Solaire Rapido SPF 50 spray, boasts of a multi-angle spray with rapid absorption UVA 4* and UVB protection. Claims to keep the skin's moisture levels with the cactus nutriflavones and vitamin E. Water resistant, perfume-free and hypoallergenic.
--How it worked--
Well it squirted at me instead of sprayed at me so I had to leave the caravan. I got loads on my arm but equally as much on the floor. It is the usual white colour and is odourless pretty much. It does however take ages to rub in no matter how much of a minimal amount you use and the tacky sticky feeling stays on your skin for around two hours! It does work at all angles for me which I am impressed with. I came home with a light tan, not looking like a footballer's wife and not sunburnt one tiny bit. And I was out in supposedly the 'hottest day of the year'. I think the odourless attribute is a very good quality of this because perfume-free does NOT mean odourless. There could be ingredients with their own natural odour but this had neither.
But of course because this is the market the product is aimed for use at. Used on the younger members of my family it acted the same, with it being only water resistant and not waterproof a second spray was applied out of paranoia about four hours later. No sunburn on the fragile skin!
It looks and acts like a white aerosol spray with an orange cap, rather big, aluminium (recyclable), and 150ml. The front looks a bit cluttered with information but on reading the text it does indeed sell itself! The back is full of information about how to use the product and how to keep children safe in the sun as well as safety warnings, e.g Solvent abuse can kill instantly and do not pierce or expose to direct sunlight or temperatures above 50 degrees c. 4.3% of the ingredients by mass are flammable.
Suncare is expensive, because they scare you in needing it. Yes you do need it and that is why it is expensive! This was at an RRP of £16 but on offer at Tesco for £8, so I grabbed it. Can be found pretty much anywhere, Superdrug, Boots and in large supermarkets. If you buy at Boots and hand over your advantage card you can get a nice chunk of points back. Guilt free purchasing!
For some reason when buying sun screen for the family this year I was seduced by the marketing of a factor 50 as a children's product.
The obvious truth is that any factor 50 would give my child the same level of protection, but the fact that it said it was tested under paediatric control, was hypoallergenic, perfume free and had a child friendly "works at any angle" spray made me put it in my shopping basket.
The 150ml can looks like a deodrant spray with an orange nozzle and lid. I bought 2 products for £10 on an offer at Tesco. Full price for this spray is £9.99.
The claims of the product are:
Protects from UVA (four star) and UVB rays.
Contains Vitamin E to protect moisture levels.
Quick and easy coverage at any angle.
The product is a creamy liquid which doesn't really have a smell, as you would expect from a perfume free product. The texture is similar to other sun creams. There is nothing really unusual or unagreeable about the cream's appearance or consistency.
The main problem for me with this product was that I found when spraying it onto my 11 month old, that he either wriggled as I sprayed or was startled by the cream hitting his skin. This meant lots of missed sprays and uneccessary angst. I ended up spraying into my hand and then applying to baby. This totally defeats the object of the spray.
The performance of the product, however, was excellent, I do keep my baby out of the sun as much as possible but I have used this on myself also and baby has had a few trips where he could not be totally shielded from the sun. Neither of us had any reddening of the skin or discomfort and definitely no sunburn.
I haven't used in water to test for water resistance so cannot comment on this, sorry.
Overall, it's a good sunscreen, reliable, does what it needs to do. I do think however that I was suckered in by the marketing. Any factor 50 would have done and the "quick and easy" spray added no benefit at all. Next time I'll buy a factor 50 cream and spend the leftover on an ice lolly!
Suncare products are extremely important for children but catching the kids and trying to get them to stand still whilst you apply the suncream can be a problem. Many of the major manufacturers have come up with ideas to make the task easier. From roll-ons to coloured sprays the choice is there. A new entrant to the market this season is Ambre Solaire's Rapido Kids product. Its spray is designed to work at all angles to make it easier to apply the product to excited, wriggly children. The reality? It's worse than a standard adult spray to apply but does seem to offer the required protection.
The suncream is dispensed from a can that looks like an aerosol spray. It is designed to offer a continuous spray at all angles so that the child's body can be covered as efficiently and as quickly as possible. The reality seems to be that the can is not only awkward to hold, the spray is actually more of a squirt and as for continuous, all angle operation I've only managed to get it to work when upright and even then it's dodgy!
The cream itself is the traditional milky-white colour and has that distinctive "holiday" smell that is common to all Ambre Solaire products. Despite being "fragrance free" there is a smell but it is hard to describe, with vague floral notes coming through a clean, fresh base. I'm reminded slightly of talcum powder for some reason.
Unfortunately, the association with talc stops there. Although the cream is quickly absorbed into the skin it's slightly tacky and applications on the beach invariably lead to sand covered bodies! The cream will mark clothing and I've ruined a couple of toddler t-shirts as a result.
The cream contains UVA (4*) and UVB filters and is advertised as being photostable. It is also advertised as being water resistant (note NOT waterproof). On a recent holiday the whole family used the cream and no-one burned despite some quite strong sun. We were not in and out of the water much but probably enough to vouch for the resistant quality of the cream. At factor 50 I wouldn't have expected any burn.
The spray is stated to be hypoallergenic and no irritation was noted.
At a standard price of around £17 for a bottle (150ml) it's not cheap but is comparable to other brands. The summer often sees BOGOF offers on sun protection and so you shouldn't expect to pay more than around £10 for a bottle.
Personally I found no advantage to this product over traditional sprays or lotions. The child still has to stand still for you to cover them properly and, in particular to do the face, and the bottle gets very slippery in use. The aerosol-style spray was hard to depress and the top still gets very mucky.
It works, but it's not easy to use.
Recommended with reservations.