Product Type: Garnier Sun Care
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Member Name: sparkle1004
Garnier Ambre Solaire Golden Protect Shimmering Protection Lotion Medium SPF 20
Advantages: Stops me burning, allows me to tan and shimmer beautifully
Disadvantages: The shimmer won't be for everyone
I have pale skin which is prone to burning so I have to be really careful with applying my sun protection cream so that I don't end up burnt to a crisp. I don't like the white lotions which make my pale skin look even paler so when I saw the Golden Protect Lotion by Garnier Ambre Solaire, I thought it sounded right up my street.
What does the product do?
The product is first and foremost a sun protection cream which has been designed to protect your skin from the sun. It contains a UV filter which protects the skin against harmful rays, both UVA and UVB, which could otherwise cause premature aging of the skin or even skin cancer. What makes the product different from the rest is that it contains a golden, pearl shimmer to illuminate the skin. It also nourishes and moisturises the skin, and the addition of Monoi Oil promises to give the skin a lovely tropical fragrance perfect for your holiday. The formula claims to be non greasy and easily absorbed into the skin.
The product comes in three different sun protection factors. It has a low protection of SPF 10, a medium protection of SPF 20 and a high protection of SPF 30.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a pale bronze and pearlescent plastic bottle which has some more information about the sun lotion on the front and back. It has a white and bronze flip top lid which is easy to open and close even when your hands are slippery. The product will cost you around £7 for a 250ml bottle although you may find it on offer for cheaper. It can be bought from shops such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a slightly golden beige colour to it which I was overjoyed with because as I said, I don't need any white lotions making me look even paler. It has the consistency that you would expect from a product of this type. The smell of the product is completely delicious and it has a really summery fragrance. I really like it and it stays on the skin for hours. When you apply it to the skin, you see that it has a really shimmery finish, especially in the sun. It also adds a touch of colour to your skin which is always welcome in my case.
It doesn't have a greasy finish as promised and it doesn't give you that sticky unclean feeling that some creams do. It is almost instantly absorbed by the skin which makes the job of applying the cream easier and less time consuming. If you don't like shimmer, then you would hate this. Even though I love shimmering things, I don't really like this on my upper body and definitely not for my face. I love it on my legs though. The product is very moisturising and it makes your skin feel comfortable and hydrated straight away.
I chose SPF 20 as I have pale skin and I need to start off on a higher protection factor when my skin hasn't seen the sun in a while! The shimmer does help you to see exactly where you have applied the cream so that you don't miss out any patches and get burnt. I was out in the sun for a long time whilst wearing this on a number of days and I didn't burn. I reapplied the product lots of times throughout the day but that was because I am slightly neurotic about applying cream, rather than feeling like I needed to. It still allowed to tan and so I didn't get a little bit of colour by the end of the holiday. The product didn't get irritated by the product and it didn't cause me any discomfort. My skin felt really moisturised by bedtime, despite having been out in the sun and it looked nourished and in a good condition.
All in all, this product protected my skin well in the sunshine and prevented me from burning while allowing me to tan at the same time. It has a delicious aroma that is truly tropical and it adds a golden and shimmering finish to the skin. It will be too shimmery for some but it looks lovely on the legs and does live up to all of its promises. My advice would be to test a little on the back of your hand to see if you like the finish before purchasing as it won't be to everyone's liking.
Summary: A sun protection cream which adds a golden shimmer to the skin
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