Product Type: Calypso Sun Care
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Protection for all day fun in the sun
Calypso Once A Day Sun Lotion
Member Name: jipp05
Calypso Once A Day Sun Lotion
Advantages: Gives long lasting protection from one application and is cheap
I paid £7.50 for a 200ml bottle of SPF 30. It was also available in SPF's of 20 and 40. The equivalent size of bottle that the P20 was selling for was £20 so it was a significant saving.
Just to make sure I also bought myself some regular sunscreen just in case I found this not to be very good so that I could add some extra to me to give me a little bit more protection if and when I might need it.
I have to say that I was really impressed with the Calypso and it performed even better than I had hoped that it would and in my opinion it was as easily as good as the P20 is.
The lotion is a sort of thin gel like liquid that was really easy to spread across my skin. The instructions state that it should be applied all over and then within 15 minutes the sun protection will be fully active and it will offer protection all day long (approx. 6 hours).
I really liked the feel of this on my skin. It wasn't heavy and it also wasn't sticky feeling so I didn't need to worry about getting to the beach and having sand stuck all over my skin.
It actually felt a little bit weird to begin with as after it had absorbed I felt like I wasn't even wearing anything on my skin and I am used to constantly reapplying sunscreen whenever I am at the beach. I did have my other bottle of lotion with me for if I felt like my skin was getting a little bit red and stingy but this was only needed a couple of times and it was on places where I actually don't think I applied the calypso that well such as behind my ears and on my temples.
I was really nervous the first time that I used this as I had convinced myself it wasn't going to be that good but I really did find it to be excellent and a fantastic buy for the money. I didn't burn once but I still ended up with a nice tan. My tan wasn't as dark as it might have been had I used a lower factor sun cream but it was definitely noticeable and considering that I was completely protected from burning the tan I got was quite good.
The one thing that I was worried about was swimming in the sea. I worried that this would wash off and I would need to reapply and as I swim in the sea quite a lot when at the beach I thought if it washed off then I might as well have just bought myself a normal sunscreen and applied it ever hour. I needn't have worried about the water washing it off as it was very resistant. The bottle did say it was resistant to water but I was dubious. When I went swimming I made sure to not towel dry and just allowed myself to dry off in the sun and I waited to see if I would start to feel like I was burning but it was very resistant and even swimming several times didn't seem to affect its potency. I'm not sure what towel drying would do but if it is sunny there is no need really as I dried off quickly in the sun.
I also used it for when I was sightseeing and this is really where I thought it was invaluable as I always seem to end up getting burnt when walking around. Probably because I don't reapply sunscreen as much as I do when I am on the beach but again I didn't burn so I actually have some pictures from my trip where I am not walking around with a big red face.
The bottle doesn't look very big and when I first used it I thought there was no way that it was going to last me for a week but it was really surprising how little was actually needed to cover my whole body and I really did think it was even better value for money when I realised that one bottle would last the week no problem.
I am going to buy some more of this in a lower SPF for being in the UK as I am quite sensitive to the sun so I am going to start wearing this on my face every day so that I can be assured that I will not get burnt. With the great British weather it is hard to be prepared and I can go up town to meet fiends in the morning and it can be raining and a couple of hours later the sun can be blazing down but if I am wearing this at least I know I will be protected no matter the weather and I won't have to lug sunscreen around with me all the time.
I know it isn't fair to keep comparing similar products but I feel I have to with this as it is so similar to P20 but I will definitely now be buying this instead from now on due to how much better value for money it is compared to P20. It is just as effective but it is such a fantastic price and I think it was worth every penny and I would even have been happy to have paid some more for it. Buy this with confidence and don't be put off with the fact that it is a budget product as it is just as good (and better than some) as the more expensive once a days.
Summary: Protection for all day fun in the sun
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