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Fun in the sun
Yip, yip, yip, get your swimming costume on and jump for joy because this Ambre Solaire sun protection actually works. My two previous reviews regarding Boots Soltan products show how the aftercare stuff works but the factor 50 sun spray does not! Having suffered with sunburn, despite being dark-skinned, I am delighted to find this sun protection but it's not all good news as you'll find out later.
I dug this out of a drawer, after I got burnt, when I was without protection, and secondly when I still got burnt, despite wearing protection from Boots Soltan. I thought I better see how Garnier fares under the hot sun. I know that I paid very little for this - under four pounds but that's all I can recall. It is recommended for light skin so I felt this would be extra protection for my darker complexion. This is a transparent gel, and bonus points to Garnier for not giving me thick, white, and messy cream, that I've found in so many other makes prior to this. Folks, slap it on, as there is no grease. When I rub this in it feels like a layer of gel has gone on, like a smooth extra skin, but within minutes I don't notice it at all.
The SPF is 30 for this product and the Boots Soltan, under which I did burn, was 50 SPF yet with this, one-hundred percent, non-greasy product I did not burn.
This sun gel goes far. I don't need to use a lot and I like the cool feeling as I apply it to my skin and extra yipping cries for the fact that sand doesn't stick to it. It doubles up as a moisturiser and leaves my skin soft without leaving marks on my clothes. It is also dermatologically tested.
This is water resistant so you can swim in the sea, or dive into the swimming pool, and not have any worries about lack of protection. Ride those waves without fear. The Boots Soltan spray is not long lasting and requires many re-applications especially if you have been in contact with water. However, the advice, by Garnier, is to re-apply after swimming which makes me think it's not all that it's cracked up to be!
But, there are buts, sort of like a crab pinching your toes, only this time it's got you by the eyeballs. The product comes with a warning not to apply to the face. Don't be a fool like me and forget about this important piece of advice. There's some, stinging, potent, stuff in this lightweight plastic bottle, including alcohol. Do not apply to broken skin. This gel is highly potent. I can smell it as soon as I put it on and even when I put it on my arms it stings my eyes, and once, I made the mistake by putting it on my face - NEVER WILL I FORGET AGAIN.
I ought to point out that my product is not hot off the shelves so there is a possibility mine has worsened with a little age over maybe a year. The bottle warns about keeping away from flames, sparks and sources of ignition which adds to my worries about the chemicals in this. Alcohol is the first ingredient on the list. The UK lacks daily hot sun so I'm hoping putting the chemicals on for a limit period each year won't be detrimental to my health.
So the smell needs to be addressed though it does disappear quickly, and you only notice it for as long as it takes for the eyeballs to stop feeling like crabs are holding them between their pincers. Please, be aware that no sunscreen completely protects you from the rays of the sun and you must be sun sensible. However, the one reason I am happier with this product over the long-list of others that I have worked my way through, is because I did not burn at all and this folks, is a first.
One smaller issue, or two, is that it can feel a little sticky on the hands but not for long and the gel can run out quickly and slip out of the back of the flip-up lid.
Fours stars for Ambre Solaire because I don't like crabs pinching my eyeballs!
I bought this last summer when it was on offer in Boots. I can't recall how much it cost at the time but suffice to say it would have been cheap to encourage me to buy it. At 30SPF it also provides half decent protection (I don't really see the point in low SPF sun creams).
The product is a gel (although they also do a spray version) that comes in a squeeze plastic bottle which stands on it's lid. It has a clear strip down the front left hand side to enable you to see how much you have got left. The information on the front tells us the brand, product name, SPF rating, and makes the claims that it is 100% transparent, leaves no white marks, has a cooling action and protects against premature skin ageing - whilst I cannot say if the last claim is true, the former 3 are.
You get 150ml of this product and for me it has lasted a long time however it must be taken into consideration that how long it lasts depends on usage - I don't really go sunbathing and have no need to cover my whole body in the stuff, if I did I imagine I'd get through the bottle quite quickly. I mainly use this to cover my arms (you're not supposed to use this product on the face) as they tend to be the only part of my skin that is exposed to the sun's rays.
The gel feels cool and pleasant on the skin and rubs in quickly leaving no unpleasant residue, which is a big bonus. It also leaves a faint but pleasant smell on the skin although I cannot determine what it smells like - vaguely floral is the best I can do (I definately shouldn't write any reviews on perfume...)
The bottle says it should be reapplied frequently although I have found that a couple of applications throughout the day is enough in everyday conditions. More intensive application may be necessary if you're planning to spend all day outside in the current heat wave weather.
Overall I'm very happy with this product and would buy it again provided the price is right. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a sun cream that is hassle free to apply and provides good levels of protection. However if you need to use alot of suncream then I'd suggest a larger bottle would be more economical. The main downside to this product is that you can't use it on your face.
i run a small guest house in spain and a lot of my clients are brits they have been using ambre solaire clear protect spay and other new ambre solaire products does anybody have a problem with the bed linen i have ffound that even if they shower before going to bed i have yellow sheets and towels would be interested in any other person having this problem
I am a child of Ireland... in other words I'm as pale as they come and not made for hot climates. I recently took a holiday in Tunisia, this being north Africa and my first summer holiday in many a year I knew I needed some tip top protection from my enemy the sun! Off I trotted to the shop and browsed the sun protection options when I came across this new phenomenon - 'Clear Protect'. No I'm not one for gimmicks etc but since this was from a tried and trusted product name (Garnier) I decided to give it a try. So what did I think?
Firstly the new 'clear protect' concept. Rather than a lotion or cream as we are accustomed to with sun cream this product is more of a thin gel. It reminded me of the alcohol gel which is common in hospitals these days. Sadly it also smelt the same; I was not impressed with the subtle yet chemical fragrance that came from this product.
The gel does apply fairly easy but it was difficult to get the right amount on. As afore mentioned I'm very pale so I'm always conscious of being fully covered. I found that if I applied too much then it would leave a stick dirty residue and if I applied too little it didn't go very far. Also as it is a CLEAR gel it can be difficult to see where exactly you have applied it. Consequently I was left with a rather nasty burn at the top of my leg.
So as Vie established it's certainly clear but does it protect? Well as I said I did burn but that was because there was no gel in that particular area. I did go a little red after my first day but honestly I didn't expect any less considering my skin type. I can safely say that the best thing about this product is that it does give good protection and after all isn't that the whole point of it?
Value for money? Well it definitely protects but unfortunately the 150ml bottle didn't last more than 5 days whilst my friend's 150ml cream spray did. This could have been down to the fact that initially I couldn't gage the right amount to apply.
To conclude I wouldn't buy this product again. I was unimpressed by the 'Clear Protect' idea and would prefer a cream, largely due to the smell. I was also disappointed with how quickly it ran out, however I doubt this would have been a problem had I have bough the spray.
I will certainly buy Garnier sun protection again but will not be interested in the gel products.
I have typically English skin, pale and freckly with a hint of pink. I used to go on at least 2 summer holidays in a year and always managed to get a glowing tan.
My skin seems to have changed over the years and whenever it sees the sun it turns in to an ugly burnt mess.
I used to hate using the high factor creams as they were always really thick, white and sticky and attracted everything from sand to muck to hairs.
Then I used this product and it was great. It soaked in instantly and after a while I forgot that I had it on. It was hard to imagine that something so quick and easy to apply would prevent me from burning, but it did.
I reapplied it after a couple of hours and this lasted me for the rest of the day.
The only down side is that it tells you not to apply it your face (not too sure why) but this means that I had to buy a seperate product for my face.
Ever since I was young, my mum instilled in me the importance of wearing sun cream, I even used to take a little sun-screen stick to school in case I was sitting out on the school fields in the sun! I do have very pale skin so do burn quite easily, and consequently have to wear a high SPF, usually 40+. Now I'm a mum myself, I am equally cautious at keeping Harry's skin protected from the harmful sun, even though he has a naturally darker skin than me and doesn't burn (lucky for him!).
When we went to Mauritius last year, I used factor 50 protection on all 3 of us because the sun was so intense, I could almost feel my skin burning when we we sitting on the beach. But in the UK, the sun isn't usually too bad around here, certainly not hot enough to burn my pale skin anyway. So when I received a free bottle of the new Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Gel at an SPF of 30, I decided I'd try it on myself and Harry to see how it went, and I must I am now a convert!
Garnier make a large range of sun protection products ranging from traditonal sun milks, to kids suncream, and now the more modern products like Clear Protect gels. Normal sun creams are usually white and have a quick thick consistency which can take a while to sink into your skin, and don't always feel overly pleasant on your skin. They can also leave you looking white and streaky too! This is where Garnier's Clear Protect gel comes into its own. The product is a completely transparent gel which leaves no marks, no residue and disappears immediately!
The gel comes in the normal orange and white plastic packaging which is the trademark of Ambre Solaire sun products. It's actually a top-down bottle, so it sits on its lid so that it is ready to use everytime, and the gel is easy-peasy to dispense rather than having to shake it like a nutter until it comes out. The SPF is displayed clearly on the front, but the best thing about this product is the clear strip down the side, which allows you to see how much of the gel you have left, so you can buy more before you run out. Even though the gel is clear, you can easily see the level against the packaging.
When I first used the gel, I was surprised at how slippery it was, so much so that it ran off my fingers and blobbed straight onto the floor. I learnt my lessons and then squirted the gel into the palm of my hand so I wouldn't drop it again, but only a little bit! I then rubbed it straight onto Harry's legs, and the product disappeared almost immediately into his skin. The gel is easy to spread on the skin because of its watery consistency once thinned out onto the skin, and as mentioned when I rubbed it in, it sank in immediately, leaving the skin protected by not streaky or sticky at all.
When I put it on myself, it also sank in nicely but I noticed how nice and cooling the gel was. In the heat, it was nice to feel a cool sun-protectant going onto my skin, and one that didn't leave me streaky and sticky as well - you wouldn't actually know I was wearing any sun protection at all. It's also great on my partner's darker skin as he doesn't look all odd and streaky as he does with the white liquid creams! It's also not greasy either so you can put your clothes straight on after applying the gel, which is great for going to the beach or to town in a hurry in the sun! The smell of it is quite pleasant, there is a slight smell of alcohol because that is an ingredient in the gel, but its not over-whelming and disappears after a few minutes.
As well as these attributes, the Clear Protect gel is also water resistant so you and your children can go and play in the pool for a few hours without having to keep reapplying the gel. I would personally reapply after 1 hour but thats just me being over-cautious as usual! The gel has 'advanced UVA and UVB Photostable Filters' which helps prevent those harmful rays from the sun. The SPF range available for the Clear Protect gel is 15, 20 and 30, but this is the highest protection available in this clear gel format of sun protection. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and basically means you can be out in the sun for 15 or 20 etc times longer without a risk of burning, so the higher the SPF the better it is for you and your skin.
I think that this definitely one of the best sun protection's I have tried, and I will certainly be sticking with it in the future. For really hot places such as Mauritius etc, I will return to the SPF 50 creams I use just for extra protection, but for me, Harry and my fiance SPF 30 is fine for the English summer, and offers Harry perfect protection from the sun in a gel that absorbs quickly, so doesn't stop him from playing because I can slap it on and off he goes! As mentioned, this is available in SPF's 15, 20 and 30, and can be bought from all supermarkets and chemists for a rough price of £12.99 for 150ml (although most sun creams are usually on Buy One Get One Free through the summer season). The only downside is that you can't use it on your face, I presume the alcohol in it will irritate your eyes and mouth, so that's worth bearing in mind before you buy this product.
For more information on Garnier Ambre Solaire and their other sun protection products, see their website at http://www.garnier.co.uk/_en/_gb/ambre_solaire/portal/index.aspx
Thank you for reading!
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