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I am a pale ginger and I need to be really careful that my skin doesn't burn in the hot sunny weather. I look forward to having some sun and warmth in the summer months (when our weather isn't playing tricks on us) but I never look forward to the greasy smelly sun cream that I associate with it. I need to apply sun cream every couple of hours and find that dirt sticks to my skin, and the cream builds up behind my knees, in-between my fingers and the creases of my elbows.
When I discovered a clear, liquid sun spray I knew I had to try it. I always wait for special offers in supermarkets/ pharmacies, and I bought 2 bottles of this sun spray for £15. I purchased SPF 50+ so I cannot comment in this review about the effectiveness of this spray whilst obtaining a tan. Garnier claim that this transparent sun protection is non-greasy, non-sticky and leaves no white marks. It also contains a hydrating complex, enriched with Cactus Nutriflavones and Pure Vitamin E, which defends the skin by hydrating it. There are two stickers on the packaging that state "very water resistant"
Garnier advise to shake the bottle well before use, to apply product just before sun exposure and to re-apply generously to maintain protection especially after swimming (which doesn't fit in with the "very water resistant claim". In bold, so you don't miss it is the advice "Do not apply on the face".
== The bottle ==
The bottle is plastic and holds 200ml of spray. Both sides of the bottle have been ergonomically designed so that your fingers fit in the grooves of the plastic, ensuring good grip and that the bottle doesn't slip out of your hands when applying. There is a clear plastic lid which pops off easily to reveal a pump with a concave surface, in which a finger fits quite nicely. At the front of the bottle, there is a see through strip running the length of the bottle which allows you to see how much spray is left.
I have found the bottle and pump easy to use and the range of the spray ensures a good area of skin is covered per spray.
== The product ==
The transparent liquid contains alcohol, which helps it to dry quickly on your skin. Although the pump range covers a good area of skin, I would still recommend rubbing in the liquid to ensure no areas of skin are left unprotected. There are absolutely no white marks and the liquid dries into the skin fairly quickly, so I recommend getting into a particular routine for application to ensure you don't miss anywhere.
The application instructions do advise you NOT to apply to the face, but I've never been one for doing what I'm told, and I didn't want to carry two bottles of sun cream- one for my body and one for my face. Be warned, the alcohol within the liquid does sting. It REALLY does sting your eyes. However I persevered with it and I found that as long as I keep my eyes closed during application, and for another 30 seconds after it dries, there is no problem.
The spray does have a general sun cream smell, but when it dries on your skin, most of that disappears.
As the liquid is clear, and doesn't have a heavy feel in comparison to sun creams, I found it easy to be over liberal with the spray, and I'm sure I run out of this product quicker than sun creams.
== Garnier's claims ==
Garnier claim that this product is non-greasy and non-sticky and they are correct. It is so refreshing to be able to feel "normal" during the summer, instead of sticky and smelly.
Garnier claim that the sun cream is very water resistant, which was another reason for my buying it as I like to go on surfing holidays in the summer and find my face and hands burn very quickly. I tend to fall off my board a fair amount and get spun around in the waves like a washing machine, which usually means that sun cream is practically useless. Last summer I left the water every 1.5-2 hours to reapply and found that that I got colour on my face and hands but no sunburn.
== Summary ==
This is a product that lives up to its claims. When bought as part of a special offer I believe it to be extremely good value for money. I do find that I finish a bottle quicker than the usual sun creams but to be honest, I would happily use this product if it ran out in half the time of usual sun creams because it is so pleasant to have on your skin in the summer, and it has excellent water protection.
I thought I would try a clear protect sun protection product for my holiday this year - As one of my pet peeves of sun lotion is the greasiness, and getting sand stuck to you. I paid about £14 for it, which is fairly standard for a good quality sun protection so didn't object too much to the price. I bought the factor 50 version as I have substantial tattoos which I need to protect, and also really try not to get burnt while still getting a bit of a tan.
Firstly the bottle. The packaging looks good - Its bright and eyecatching and comes in a bottle with pump spray dispenser. This is my first complaint - Although the formulation is non greasy, after rubbing in the product in one area its near impossible to spray more as the pump is quite hard and it just slips out of your hands. The trouble is, because of the high alcohol content of this product, you can't just spray it everywhere first and then go back and rub in as it will have evaporated. So it really needs a trigger spray instead.
As mentioned this spray evaporates quite quickly, so you need to apply to small areas and rub in before moving on. So when applying it does feel like you use quite a lot of product. Also the downside of a clear product is that it is hard to see where you have already done and any missed spots. But this is avoided by having a good application routine.
This product really is non-greasy and in this respect it is brilliant. It dries quickly, and doesn't all gather in the creases of your elbows/ knees like traditional lotion does in the heat. It also doesn't leave marks on clothing, which is great if like me you wear a lot of white on holiday. It also lives up to the water resistant claim - After a dip in the sea it still protected me for a short while from the sun.
At first I was a bit apprehensive about this product- As I couldn't see it on my skin, I felt nervous about what protection it could provide. I needn't have worried though, as I didn't get burnt once using this and by the time I had got around to trusting it was sunbathing solidly for an hour or two without top up and didn't get burnt, and still got a tan.
The major downside of this product is that due to the alcohol content I really don't think it is suitable for use on your face. I did, and found it really dried my skin out. But even worse if you sweat slightly in the heat, or wash your face/ go for a swim and it gets in your eyes it hurts. I mean really *hurts*. So next year I'll be looking for alternative facial protection.
All in all, I highly recommend this product as a replacement for normal lotion and takes away all the niggles that usually you get from sunbathing with lotion on.
Transparent body protection spray / zero white marks / Very water resistant / Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Spray / High SPF 50+ offers high protection in a transparent formulation and is non-greasy and non-sticky, leaving no white marks / Practical to use: ultra fresh to apply, quickly absorbed and designed to allow you to spray all over the body, even working upside down, leaving no white streaks / Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Spray / High SPF 50+ contain Mexoryl XL, an advanced patented filter, for UVA and UVB rays, and protect against sun induced skin damage and premature ageing of the skin caused by sun exposure / It also contains a hydrating complex, enriched with Cactus Nutriflavones and Pure Vitamin E, to hydrate the skin and help defend it /