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A decent sun cream is almost up there with passport, money and travel documents when going abroad and for my last holiday I purchased a bottle of Garnier Ambre Solaire Light & Silky. I'm not very loyal when it comes to sun creams and just tend to buy whatever is offer at the time, but I do try and always stick with a brand name and Garnier is a brand I believe I can trust. It comes in a range of different strengths (factors) and I bought factor 20, which is the next lowest factor available (factor 15, is the minimum protection that is recommended by the NHS). I have quite dark skin and don't burn too easily but factor 20 sun cream basically means that I can be exposed to the sun for 20 times longer than if I wasn't wearing no sun cream at all.
The sun cream that I bought is part of a range that all comes packaged identically in a white bottle with a plastic flip top lid. The factor 20 is clearly displayed on the label on the front, and this number is the only packaging difference between the varieties. In addition to the factor rating, sun creams also have a star rating, which is a measure of their ability to filter out UVA and UVB rays from the sun, the two things that are associated with increasing the likelihood of skin cancer. This product has a good star rating of 4, the highest possible rating being 5.
I applied this sun cream every day in temperatures of around 33 degrees for 2 weeks. Only a small amount of lotion is required and a single application should last all day. It claims to be waterproof, but I believe that it is necessary to re-apply this if you've been swimming. I didn't do too much swimming on my holiday so the bottle easily lasted me for the full duration of the holiday.
The lotion is very easy to apply. You just flip up the lip, turn the bottle upside down and squeeze a small amount either into the palm of your hand or directly onto the skin. The lotion should be rubbed into the skin until it is no longer visible and I found this product was very easy to rub in and quickly disappeared into the skin. It's name suggests it will be light and silky, marketing blurb maybe, but it certainly didn't have a greasy or sticky texture and the overall application was very easy and satisfactory. It also has quite a nice smell, reminiscent of many similar products, but not too strong. It's the sort of smell that always reminds me of the hot sun and being on the beach on holiday. The colour of the liquid is a milk white colour and it has a runny texture, it is also quite cool as it touches the skin, but I think this is more of a result of the difference in temperature between the liquid in the bottle and your hot skin.
I bought this sun cream on offer and paid around £6 for a 200ml, using about three quarters of the product during my holiday so I feel this is good value for money. It does have a good shelf life so the remaining amount will be fine for my next holiday in December.
I have just used this sun cream this weekend after our lovely weather and it has worked very well on my skin.
I have quite fair skin and burn easily. I usually use high factors but my husband bought this one which is factor 20 and classed as medium. I was concerned that I may burn but actually I haven't done so and I am very pleased with it.
=== Bottle ===
It comes in a white bottle that is quite tall and has an orange rim around the lid. It has the factor number very clearly displayed on it so you can know exactly what you are getting. We have a factor 50 too so being able to tell which one is which is really easy for me as it's a white number against an orange background. The lid is a flip cap which is very, very easy to open and easy to close too even once you have the lotion on your hands.
=== Applying it ===
Because this is factor 20 I apply it regularly, I tend to put it on first thing in the morning when it's a hot day so that it saves me having to do it in a rush just before going out and then I make sure I reapply it when I am sitting in the sun at the heat of the day and if I'm in the sun for several hours at a time I will reapply it about every 90 minutes just to make sure i don't burn. If it was a higher factor I wouldn't apply it quite so often. The cream is quite runny and white. It is easy to get out of the bottle. The consistency of it makes it easy to spread around the skin and rub it in. It does take quite a bit of rubbing in but this means that you are more likely to apply it all over and not leave gaps as you have to spend a bit of time doing so. It has a slight smell of sun lotion but nothing too strong. It doesn't taste nice if you accidently manage to get some in your mouth!
=== Effects ===
Once I have applied this I feel reassured that I am being protected from UVA and UVB rays so it will help to prevent me from burning and also help to protect my skin against cancers and ageing. My skin feels ever so slightly tacky to touch but not in a very obvious way. When I used it this weekend I was in the sun a lot and I haven't burnt once which I am so pleased with as I was concerned that a factor 20 wouldn't be enough but it was.
I will be using this again that is for sure but I will make sure that the grandchildren always have a higher factor on. I am pleased with this product and recommend it.
~ Flaming June ain't no oil painting ~
After such a dreary spring I was almost convinced summer would be another washout. Thankfully there have already been a handful of occasions when I've been proved wrong and found myself seeking sun protection before going out.
Usually I choose moisturisers for my face which have a SPF included, so it's only when I'm in short sleeves or wearing sandals that other sun protection creams get brought out. June is the month when the sun is at its hottest in the northern hemisphere so decent sun protection is necessary, even if it feels daft applying it in cloudy weather.
This Ambre Solaire Light & Silky was one of the items I had bought for a foreign holiday last year. As it wasn't high season I thought this sunscreen with an SPF of 20 would be appropriate. I have the lotion although it can be bought in a spray.
~ Promises, promises ~
The bottle has a flip top lid which is easy enough to open but firm enough to stay shut when not needed. More importantly though is the blurb. Having a SPF of 20 means it will take twenty times longer for the UVB rays to start their damage than it would without this on. The star rating is just as crucial as that gives an indication of the protection the lotion should provide against UVA rays and the dreaded wrinkles and premature ageing. This has a star rating of 4 which is good. The best rating is 5 stars which indicates that the lotion provided equal protection against UVA rays as it does UVB.
When I use enough, it works well. Having spending nearly a fortnight on holiday in temperatures up to 30 degrees any tanning was barely perceptible. The slight change I did notice was probably due more to my sloppy application of the lotion rather than the product's fault. This might be disappointing for anyone wanting to show off a post holiday tan, but for me it was ideal.
Aside from the differences in the star rating, the effectiveness of every sunscreen should really be the same. The only differences (or means of measuring the quality) in any sunscreen are cosmetic aside from the price: how it makes your skin feel and how easy it is to apply. So...
~ The Application ~
Calling it light & silky is a good start. Ambre Solaire claim this is light and therefore easy to apply and I have to agree. It's neither so runny that it dribbles everywhere, or thick and greasy. That makes any new sun screen tedious to rub in, and (if you're like me) with any older ones that you've squirrelled away for a sunny day, clumps can be a sign that the lotion has gone off and should be discarded.
The claim that it leaves skin feeling silky rather than greasy when it's applied is appealing too. I tend to stick with Ambre Solaire or Piz Buin for sun lotions, and from experience this does rub in better rather than leaving a sticky film on my skin.
This lotion has that unmistakable scent they all seem to have, although it is far lighter and less cloying than most others I've used, making it less troublesome to apply too.
.. this certainly has been for me. Not only did I manage to buy this 200 ml bottle when it was on offer at £6.49 being half price, but I stored it away with about half the contents remaining after my holiday. Unlike some beauty or cosmetic products which have a short shelf life once they've been opened, this is still perfectly useable now, some 9 months later.
I wasn't on a beach holiday though, and mostly used this on my arms and lower legs. For those intent on swimming and sunbathing more - and no doubt needing to apply sun cream more frequently - this is still inexpensive and very good value.
As sunscreens go, this is good protection combined with a sun hat and sunglasses. As sun lotions go, I can't fault this. Those with children may want a product with a higher SPF, but for adults who don't intend to fry on a beach in warmer climes this is a good value lotion to use. I'll wager that the weather on 21st June wont be anything special, but I'll be prepared with this Light & Silky for when the sun will be at its most intense.
The full 5 Dooyoo stars from me.
Body Milk / A revolution in Garnier Ambre Solaire suncare / A moisturising protection milk with an ultra-light touch / The ultra-light texture is absorbed quickly by the skin and leaves it feeling soft and silky, not sticky or greasy / With a patented photostable filtration system that includes Mexoryl SX, it protects against UVA and UVB rays / Protects against sun-induced skin damage and the premature ageing effects of the sun's harmful rays / Enriched with a hydrasilk complex, it provides 24hr skin hydration and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with a light, summery fragrance /