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The NIVEA Moisturising Sun Spray SPF 20 is available for GBP 9.00.
The spray is described as follows. "NIVEA SUN Moisturising Sun Sprays combine NIVEA SUN´s advanced protection expertise with all the care of NIVEA for soft, protected skin."
The ingredients are Aqua, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octocrylene, Alcohol Denat., Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Ceteareth-20, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Benzyl Alcohol and Parfum.
Actually, I'm not a sensitive skin type, but after such a long winter it is already pretty pale around the nose and the first rays of sunshine are usually the worst. As you sit there at 20 degrees and thinks nothing evil and evening stretched skin. Why do I protect my skin with Nivea Sun Spray. The SPF 20 is absolutely sufficient because I'm not very bright skin type for me. The products of Nivea I always tolerate very well, so I have the handle on the shelf even when sunscreen to Nivea tends because you know what you have there. The Nivea Spray is also well distributed as it spray through the somewhat scattered. It looks a good and the skin just feels smooth and supple after applying cream. It is also vitamin E in the spray containing the additional skin cares. I would recommend, however, I find the price expensive only. Therefore, a star less.
I have been using this sun cream this summer, as I have already been on holiday, and I am happy to report I managed to leave untouched by sunburn. The cream is water resistant, so even when splashing around in the sea, I could come away knowing I was still protected from the sun. It's great because it is also long lasting, however on some of the difficult spots you may have to reapply more frequently, just to be on the safe side. For example - the face and shoulders. My only real issue is that the application is not the easiest. On some occasions I have found that the spray top has become jammed, meaning you have to press the spray button numerous times before any of the sun cream actually comes out. Also, although it 'sprays' out, it really just gives you a glob on your skin, which you could do just as easily with a squeeze bottle. If a sun cream has a spray applicator, I much prefer it if the sun cream, really comes out as a spray that means you barely have to rub it into your skin, as I find this much easier and quicker.
Although it does not really spray very easily, the cream itself smells nice, and is soft and smooth, so the application is a nice process, also great as it gives your skin a moisturized feel. However, the price I find is quite expensive, especially as the bottle itself is quite small, and if buying for more than one person it can run out really quickly. I only got it because it was on offer in a supermarket, at 3 for the price of 2, which I feel was more worth the price.
I have used this product a number of times however most recently on holiday to the canary islands. This sun tan lotion gave great coverage and was long lasting which is extremely good when somewhere so hot. It also helped as although not water resistant a lot of the coverage did stay on after swimming and did not leave skin feeling greasy.
I really like this product as it did not leave grease marks on any clothing which has happened to me in the past and means that clothes are stained as the grease marks will not come out afterwards (It can be really frustrating).
This sun cream kept me really well protected and although not 100% reliable (as told on the back of the bottle), I happily sat in the sun for the majority of the day constantly reapplying but not suffering with severe burns! only in places i had missed!!
I would recommend this product and any other SPF's in this same product - higher especially for children!! Nivea products are known to be one of the top brands and they work great for me with sensitive skin! Nivea is great for sensitive skin therefore this sun protection really helped me!
I luckily purchased this from Morrisons whilst on offer however after having a look around this does seem like one of the cheaper sun protection lotions compared to other brands out there! I would 100% recommend this product as i felt like it protected me to the extent it says on the bottle and was easy to apply and not greasy!
We were very lucky in Northern Ireland, and all over the UK, to get some smashing weather over the summer holidays. I was even luckier as I had planned my holidays at exactly the same time the heatwave hit us.
This year instead of taking holidays abroad, me and my fiance took a trip down to Dublin and did a few touristy things around there like visiting the zoo and the Guiness Factory, it was a brilliant few days, especially with the fantastic weather.
With any good weather, or sun exposure, it is very important to stay protected, I am the kind of person who was never lucky enough to tan, I just burn, peel and then go back to sheet white again, so I always keep a really high factor of sunscreen on just in case. I decided to pick up the Nivea Spray lotion in factor 20 for my holidays and to get me through the good weather without taking a terrible burning.
The application of this sun screen is really handy, it is a spray bottle, so you can either spray it onto your hands and rub it into the desired areas, or spray it directly onto the desired areas and then give it a quick rub to ensure it is evened out and the area is protected.
I really like the spray bottle idea for sun screen as I find that when there is a bottle of it with no spray pump, I always take far too big of a blob out at a time and waste loads, the spray pump helped me to ration the amount I was taking out at a time and I didn't waste hardly any product.
What I Thought
I really liked this sun screen, it was easy to apply and provided me with enough protection. I wasn't outside in any water, so I can't really comment on whether it is waterproof, but for my every day walking about in the Zoo and Dublin city and even at home, I was protected well and didn't burn, despite being out in the sun for a long time.
I liked that this sun screen didn't take too long to absorb into my skin, it didn't really feel greasy or make my skin look shiny, which is a great plus for me as usually sun screens make me look really shiny which is annoying when they are applied on my face. My skin did feel quite soft after a few days of using this however, which is a big plus in my opinion.
I really like the smell of sun screen, this one had the same scent to it as any other one I have used in the past, which was ok by me, but may have annoyed people who don't really like it.
Price and Availability
I bought this sun screen in Boots for around £6 on sale from memory, it is worth £6 in my opinion, but I don't think I would fork out the usual price of £12 for it as I feel you could find sun creams for cheaper that are just as good. However if it goes on sale again next year, I will probably re purchase.
I think that this is a great sun spray. I really like that it is a spray and found it much easier to use. I was protected from the sun perfectly with this and on sale it didn't cost too much. Overall I would give this sun spray 4 out of 5 stars.
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I have quite pale skin and blonde hair so unfortunately in the sun I can really burn if I don't cover up with suntan lotion. If I do however, I can end up with quite a nice sun kissed glow so I find its always better to protect myself. The suntan lotion that I really like is Nivea Sun Spray. I have it in the SPF 20 as I feel this is enough protection but still helps me to achieve a nice glow.
According to Nivea, "Nivea Sun Spray gives immediate and advanced protection from UV rays, with long-lasting moisturisation in a water resistant formula."
The lotion is really easy to use. What I love about it is that it comes in the form of a spray so its really easy to reach hard to reach places such as my back and neck. I can just angle the bottle and spray it on and then rub it in quite easily afterwards. I also love the fact that this sun lotion is also a moisturising lotion so after I have applied it to my skin and after I've spent the day in the sun my skin actually feels really nice and soft and moisturised.
The spray is quite think when you spray it on and then it rubs in well I find. I find you can feel it on your skin for a little bit as obviously it's meant to provide you with sun protection so its not going to fade away but its not sticky or greasy like some sun tan lotions can be. The lotion actually contains vitamin E to combat free radicals and premature skin ageing so that is why it makes my skin so soft.
The lotion smells just like all other Nivea products so it doesn't really have that nice tropical holiday smell like some sun tan lotions do but I don't really mind.
According to some information I read on the spray, "Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Spray SPF 20 offers effective protection from the sun as soon as it is applied. With an enhanced UVA/UVB filter system it allows you to enjoy your time out in the sun without badly damaging your skin and, as it is water resistant, it also gives you the freedom to enjoy swimming or playing around in water without having to worry about losing your protection."
The bottle is blue with a yellow spray action at the top and a yellow lid. It actually shows you on the front that you have SPF 20 and is a Medium protection lotion. At the moment these bottles are on half price sale in Boots so only cost in the £6 region which is a good price as normally these products can be very expensive.
=Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray SPF 20=
This was one of my sets of suntan lotions, as I had this left from last year, (unopened and kept in a cool place).
The bottle is a dark blue plastic bottle, and has an orange top which you just pull off, this reveals a yellow nozzle spray. What I find a unique selling point is the grips on the side of the bottle, these are deep enough for the fingers of the hand, to give you a secure grip on the bottle.
On the front of the bottle, it gives you the information about the product, that it contains UVA and UVB protection, that the product is water resistant, long lasting, fast acting and water resistant.
On the reverse of the bottle are the instructions for the use of the spray, and the ingredients used.
=Using the Spray=
The first thing that I did was give the bottle a good shake, the spray is a milky liquid, and is a thin consistency. Once you press the nozzle, it sends out a find spray of liquid, I find a little goes a long way, if I am spraying my arms, legs, and front, then I will spray a few different areas and rub the lotion in, if I am spraying my face then I spray a small amount in my hand and then apply to my face, as with all lotions you need to avoid getting any liquid into your eyes.
I usually get my daughter to do my back and shoulders for me.
I find that this is a quick drying liquid, and soaks very quickly into the skin, I personally just do one section of my body at a time to ensure that I get covered.
With any suntan lotion, it does recommend reapplying frequently, I find it gives a good level of protection on my skin, and I also noticed that the spray has a moisturising feel to it.
I do like this Nivea factor 20, I was really impressed with the spray as I found it easy to handle, felt good to apply and it certainly helped with the spray nozzle, as you get a direct spray, but the downside is, be careful where you spray as the spray could leave a sticky patch if you sprayed in the bathroom. For reapplying around the pool this was easy, as you can just spray the parts that need doing.
The price of the spray retails at about £13, but it is always worth looking around as there are offers available throughout the year.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend the Nivea range, it is slightly more expensive, but for me it is a product that I would use again.
Nivea is a popular and trusted brand which produce a large range of skin and body care products amongst which is the Nivea Sun range, the version I am reviewing is Nivea Sun moisturising sun spray SPF 20 . Firstly I should tell you that I live in the south of Spain so sun screen is important to me all year round particularly as I have pale, easily burnt skin which, due to advancing years and wrinkles I try my best to protect.
SPF 20 is my choice for Spring and Winter as it gives me good protection and is less expensive than the higher SPF products. Something to keep in mind if you use it all year. I am currently using Nivea Sun on my face and hands and have chosen this brand as it is also water resistant which is important to me as I work on boats and often get wet!
The thin, milky liquid is housed in a mid blue, plastic bottle topped with an orange pull off top which protects the yellow spray nozzle. On the top it informs us that this spray offers immediate protection. I have not as yet lost this top but there is time!. The sides of the bottle have deep indents so that your fingers can get a very good grip especially useful for wet hands. On the front along with the product name it tells you that it contain UVA and UVB protection system which is compliant with the EU and provides immediate protection. Also that it is long lasting and water resistant.
What is protecting us?
On the reverse are the directions for use and the ingredients. I have listed these ingredients for a purpose. As I learn more I become more wary of ingredients and am trying to discover what we are putting on our skins. Sun protection products fall into two categories, those that offer a physical barrier and contain a product that reflects the suns rays eg zinc oxide. Others contain chemical compounds, absorbers as they are called that protects your skin. Nivea fall into the second category as it contains Octocrylene and a lot of other stuff which I do not understand, but I will as I am on a bit of a mission! So listed below are the ingredients.
Aqua, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octocrylene, Alcohol Denat., Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine,
C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Ceteareth-20, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Benzyl Alcohol
The UVA rating of three stars is also given, this is classified as "good". The Garnier Ambre Solaire equivalent has a four star rating. Both contain 200ml of product in a recyclable bottle. Both are dermatalogically tested.
How to use.
Give the bottle a good shake, then depress the nozzle and out will come a stream of milky, lightly scented liquid about 10 pence worth in your hand. Spray the area you wish to protect, get a friend to help for hard to get to bits! If using on your face spray the liquid into the palm of your hand then onto your face. Don't get it in your eyes. NOW let it dry and reapply .Apply enough so that you can see it before it soaks in, which it does quickly so don't mess about. Apply often and be sensible in the sun as Nivea advises, particularly with children and babies and keep out of the sun in the hottest part of the day. Nivea also informs us not to get this on textiles and hard surfaces.
I use a lot of sunscreen and I do not particularly like this one. It feels plasticky and looks shiny on the skin and applying it twice is a bother. It does give good protection but there are others that I prefer. The moisturising aspect is also not very noticeable. The scent is pleasant as it light and a bit powdery so suitable for all the family. The bottle is well designed and the spray functions well but overall it is not a winner for me. At a price of around 12.59pounds in Boots it is less expensive than the Ambre Solaire equivalent by about a pound and can be bought at a better price but there are others that, in my opinion, are better value. If you are in Spain check out the Mussvital range which is good value. I wear the SPF 40 for children in the summer as advised by my chemist who knows I have had hospital treatment for sun damaged skin. It's good but not great, I would only use it in winter and spring and in more northern climates.
For these factors I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading my sun protection review, I'm the one wearing the wide brimmed hat! I also post on Ciao as splishsplash
During the few day heatwave (I guess summer is over now...), I am now an expert on four different sun tan lotions (why I have so many I have no idea!), and Nivea sun spray has come out on top.
It retails for about £7 for 200ml, which is pretty average nowadays for a decent sun tan cream.
The best thing about this sun spray is the texture - it isn't sticky or gloopy, just spray onto skin, rub in and your good to go - it's so light I don't even feel like I'm wearing any, and I didn't end up with greasy marks on my sunglasses from a suncream-clad nose!
It does the job nicely - I have quite sensitive skin, but even at factor 20 I was lobster pink free, but I did re-apply hourly just to be on the safe side.
It has that traditional 'British summer holiday' smell, and although it smells a little like antiseptic, it is not an overpowering or particularly offensive smell.
Application wise it could do with improving - although I like the spray application (so much easier than trying to squeeze it out of a tube), but if your like me, and end up with both hands covered in lotion it can get a bit tricky trying to press the nozzle down without slipping and spraying it everywhere (but it does have hand shaped grips down the side of the bottle, so maybe I'm just clumsy!). The lid is nice and secure though - so no spilled lotion in the bottom of my beach bag (which has happened one too many times).
It's supposed to be waterproof - not so sure on this due to its texture, with it being so light it feels as though one wipe and it will come off, but unfortunately the sea at Blackpool did not seem that inviting, so I haven't had chance to try this aspect out.
I'm not a big fan of laying about in the sun, not for any reason other than I get really bored, really quickly. On the occasions though that I do, this lotion is excellent for looking after the skin yet allowing that all important tan to come through.
A little biased - I love the smell but that's because it reminds me of great times at the beach and on holiday. I don't find it too greasy, it's quickly absorbed and I don't find that I need to use too much.
The nozzle sprays it fairly evenly over the skin and it is easy to rub in. Personally I like the spray nozzle, I find that I don't use too much - only what I need and the bottle ends up lasting a summer - sometimes even longer depending on the summer... I think it generally costs around £10 but as I say, for me it'll last a summer and it does the job so in my opinion - great value for money.
I have quite sensitive skin but this lotion has never irritated it. I find that my skin is so soft after using it and I never peel. I often use it in the evening after being in the sun to give my skin some extra moisturiser.
I hardly ever need to use sunspray, because I am half-Indonesian and my skin can take quite a lot of sunshine before it burns. But the past few years I did notice my Dutch roots was coming through a bit more as I had some sunburns on my shoulders. Light ones, but still painfull. So when going on a "sunspray search"I bought myself this Nivea SPF 20 spray. More than enough protection for my skin.
**About Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray**
I do have a dry skin which means I always like product dat moisture my skin. This product does moisture the skin (and of course, protects it agains sunburns) and after using it your skin does feel soft and smooth.
The sunspray is a recognizable Nivea product, it comes in a dark blue bottle with yellow cap. All sun product from Nivea have this color combination.
The spraybutton is easy in use (you don't have to force it to get some sunspray out of the bottle).
This Niveau product is available in different protection levels; 6, 10, 15, 20,30, 50+ . I didn't know this so next time I guess a protection level of 10 is enough for my skin.
The bottle is priced 12,50 Pounds for 200 ml. Not cheap, I know.
Once the spray is on your skin, it doesn't leave any "white spots"which I think is nice.
You do need to repeat spraying when you are in the sunshine for a long amount of time.
Again, a nice and well working sun spray that is easy to use, but expensive. I do like to spent money on such an important product because I don't want to have a very wrinkled skin when I turn 30, because I never took care of my skin when it was sunny. The spray works for me, I don't get any sunburns and the spray also moistures my skin which I like a lot. Besides that, the bottle is easy in use and the spray has a nice scent to it (not too perfumy, just fresh). The spray can be washed of easily.
Nivea has its own range of sun protection and this is its spray variety with SPF 20. Don't take SPF that seriously though or mither about getting the highest one, it doesn't provide more protection really, just longer.
These days sun cream is very expensive, even in supermarkets like Asda or Tesco. I got this for around £6 I think which is a great deal in comparison to a lot of other brands and even the price available at Amazon. But if you shop around enough you'll find great 2 for 1 deals to save yourself even more money.
With a spray nossle its ease of use is really increased and the mess it leaves is really decreased. The spray nossle allows you to directly apply it to your skin without having to get mess on your hands. And the nossle and the design of the bottle also helps to get hard to reach areas like the back of your legs too. Sadly it's not quite perfect for reaching your own back so you still have to have someone else do that for you.
When you spray it onto your skin you end up with a general spritze of sun cream on your skin, just the right amount. It isn't greasy or sticky and seems to be the perfect texture on your skin which is easily absorbed into my skin without leaving white patches or a horrid greasy streak or anything.
As you can see from the picture the bottle is full off ridges on either side which is perfect for my grip. This is a slightly helpful factor with the bottle but not really necessary. It would be more helpful if it was a normal squeeze bottle and getting sun cream on it meant that you required more grip. But really isn't an unnecessary extra on this bottle.
When it comes to saving money you tend to buy it bulk, but this may not be something you want to do with sun cream. As it does have a use by date of about a year in order to actually save yourself money you shouldn't buy too much at one. For a summer (and the minor sunny days surrounding) I find that this size bottle is the perfect purchase for one. It may not be great as a family, but for any adult I'd definitely recommend this spray.
So, after what was the Great British Summer, it does appear to have been put on hiatus for the time being. No great surprise there, but for an almost nostalgia-esque moment, here's my sun scream of choice...just for when the better weather returns...
Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray SPF 20 usually sets you back approximately £9 to £12 from most outlets, which isn't cheap all things considered, but in places such as Superdrug they do continue offers throughout the summer, just as 2 for 1 or buy one get one half price, which can be a godsend for many watching the purse strings but obviously in need of protecting themselves from the sun's rays.
But sun cream doesn't just block out the sun, nowadays it does all sorts of stuff, apparently...the advertising jargon given from the manufacturers website states that it "helps protect your skin against sunburn and premature skin ageing. The non-sticky, easily absorbed formula works as soon as it is applied to the skin to provide immediate protection." Premature skin ageing?! That may sound impressive, but that's the products job - the sun obviously damages the skin and 'ages' it so you'd expect nothing less, would you?
The text from the manufacturer goes on..."The fast acting formula provides long-lasting moisturisation for smooth, supple skin. Offers immediate protection against UVA and UVB rays, deep and long lasting moisturisation with skin's own Hydramine, non-sticky, easily absorbed and water resistant." Nothing untoward there, at least it's water-proof which is always good for water babies like myself...but I've never quite understood how it works as surely it would naturally wash off? Scientists, please send your answers on a postcard...
The product comes in a glossy-blue 200ml container, with finger grips on either side of the bottle. It's a spray bottle, some the yellow nozzle is protected by a yellow cap, which I imagine could be lost quite easily under a thin scattering on sand on the beach.
There are a few hazards and cautions, which come with the product, but nothing out of the ordinary...
* Avoid contact with eyes and fabrics
* Apply 15 minutes before going into the sun, reapply when in the sun and then every 1-2 hours and always after swimming or towelling
* Apply generously over the entire body
* Shake well before use and do not spray directly into the face
Funny how is says to reapply after swimming, despite it being apparently 'water-resistant'...
The ingredients are listed on the back of the packaging, but I'd be here all day typing them up. It's dermatologically approved and pH neutrally, so it's safe for all.
Some may prefer a strong protective cream, which is understandable, especially if on holiday abroad where the sun can be stronger, so the SPF-30 or even SPF-40 versions are available...there's even SPF-50, which I'm guessing may be wise for holidaying around the Mediterrean with young children.
It's predominantly odourless, as you'd expect, with just a slightly smell that you find with all sun creams. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's the kind of smell you associate with moisturisers so it's a pleasant one, thankfully.
Would I recommend the product? Well, seeing as sun creams are never cheap, this is certainly a decent price for a product that does exactly what it says on the tin. Here's to the return of the Great British Summer then...
So it seems the sun is finally here in Britain and I hope you are all wearing your sun screen! There are alot of brands out there to choose from, a quick glance in Boots and you can be left confused by how many brands there are and the different prices. Oh and they don't come cheap! You expect to pay around £10 for a bottle of sun screen, whatever brand, and the shops make you feel like you're getting a bargain by using Buy One Get One Free offers on these, which is annoying because most of the time you only need the one bottle (unless you're also buying for other people who requires different SPF's!)
My sun screen of choice each year is the Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray. I've been using this brand for the past few years and it's the one for me. You will notice the Nivea suncare range in any shop with it's bold blue and orange colour scheme which certainly stands out. Most shops do this range on Buy One Get One Free, Boots for instance have this offer on at the moment. It costs £11.99 for a 200ml bottle, but with this offer you get 2 bottles for that price. When looking in Boots and comparing the Nivea range to the Garnier range this is a few quid cheaper, and the Boots own brand range is only £2 pound cheaper so it's quite reasonably priced!
They have SPF6, SPF10, SPF15, SPF20, SPF30 AND SPF50, so there is a range for everyone here. Pesonally, I'm one of those fair skinned people who don't tan but turn a horrible shade of red before going white again. I always opt for a bottle of the factor 20 and 30, using 30 on the more rarer hot days we might get here. I'm also going to Prague this month and I'm unsure how the weather might be here so it's best to be prepared.
The Nivea suncae range also do a huge range of After Sun and Children's poducts so there will be something for all the family here.
I should point out the Nivea spray is EU Compliant and has a 4 star UVA rating, making this a 'Superior' product.
So, why do I like the Nivea Sun Spray so much? Well firstly, it's very simple to apply. No squeezing out a runny liquid here, you simply just spray onto the various parts of your skin and rub it in. It's not sticky at all and rub's in nicely and feels very moisturising! It contains vitamin E which is great for the skin, you'll usually find this in moisturising creams anyway. It doesn't stink too badly, but I do like the smell of sun screen so it's nice enough. The cream absorbs into your skin easily and has a water resistant formula.
It's recommend to apply 15 minutes before going into the sun, and then re-apply every 1-2 hours. I usually find I need to re-apply every couple of hours, but this is just in the North East of England and you probably need to re-apply more often if you're in a hot country!
Using this sun spray I don't burn, which is the main point here. I do go ever so slightly brown as well, which is a huge bonus for me as it's so hard for me to tan!
I highly recommend using the Nivea Sun Spray, much easier than the runny squeezy liquid types and it's easily absorbed into the skin without leaving your skin feeling sticky or clammy. I'm off to enjoy the sun using this now :)
It was so nice to be able to take my daughter to the beach with the arrival of the first of the summer sun. As my daughter is still only just a toddler and has very fair skin I am a somewhat paranoid mum and could not stand the thought of my daughter having burnt skin. Last year I chose a Nivea sunblock for her and basically kept her out of the direct sun. She started walking some six months ago, and loves to run out in the garden. It?s going to be impossible to keep her out of the sun all the time, and rather mean too! I want her to enjoy the sun, but safely. I?ve been doing a little research on the internet, and one of the more surprising things I?ve learned is that getting severe sunburn once in your child hood doubles your chances of skin cancer in later life. I wanted a sun spray this year as I thought it would be easier to apply to a struggling, unwilling little angel. I needed one that is water resistant as my daughter likes splashing in water and I don?t want to have to run around reapplying it to her every five minutes. It is recommended that you choose a sun cream with a SPF ( sun protection factor) of 15 or above for all children. I wanted to choose a sun lotion that is effective against both UVA and UVB rays (both can cause cancer) - not all sun protection lotions protect against both! Lastly in my considerations my daughter has very sensitive skin so I always choose sun creams designed for children and by a brand name I trust. So with all these things in mind I went out to buy my daughters sun cream. There are so many different brands on the Market and I felt quite overwhelmed. There were quite a few sun sprays to choose from in Boots. I ended up choosing Nivea coloured children?s sun spray at £9.99 for 200ml. This was because I found it reasonably priced, it is a trusted brand, water resistant, a coloured spray so you can see where you have put it and it had a very handy shape to the bottle. The bottle is a fantastic
shape. The bottle is contoured to fit your fingers. I found this very useful as once you get sun cream on your hands they become slippery and it can be difficult to hold the bottle. We don?t have this problem here so I was impressed. It has the Nivea Sun logo on the front and a picture of a boy snorkelling. Being a 200ml bottle it is not very large and can easily fit into your beach bag or under the buggy. As with all sun lotions you need to apply these 30 minutes before going out in the sun. As it was not a very hot day I had two legs, two arms and a face to cover. The spray comes out fairly thin and is a little runny. I sprayed about 6 inches away from the skin and it sprayed in quite a concentrated space, and I just spread it around. I was quite surprised but I guess this is necessary so that it comes out of the pump. As it is runny it rubs into skin fairly quickly. It smells like baby lotion, which to me is an attractive baby smell. Last year?s sun block smelt a little like pine bath cleaner so I was very happy with the smell of this. It is bright green in colour and I found this very useful as you could easily tell where you had put it. The colour fades after a few minutes which is a good thing as I don?t really want a green baby, well not in public anyway! With my daughter only being 18 months she was intrigued by the colour but not that interested but I can see it being great fun for older children. Anything that makes the process of protecting your child more fun for them gets my vote. You have to be very careful to avoid getting the sun cream on to clothes is it may stain, and in the least will take a bit of scrubbing to remove. I was not very happy to discover it could stain clothes but this is only if you don?t wipe it immediately. I found my daughter?s wet wipes were great at removing any accidents from clothes. All sun creams can damage clothes if you are not careful. I find it useful to put suncream on my daughter when she
is in her vest, not only to avoid any accidents getting the lotion on her clothes but also so I know she is completely protected. The lotion was very easy to rub in, though you need a lot less then you think. I just needed two sprays to cover each of her arms and legs. You have to cover your child?s body in sections as the lotion can drip from the body. My daughter was very interested in what I was doing, mostly due to the strange colour I was putting on to her. There was minimal fuss, much to my surprise. Even with her sensitive skin, there was no irritation. As with all sun lotions you need to reapply regularly, at least every two hours. The lotion is water resistant not water proof so need to reapply it if your child goes for a swim or in the water. Make sure you dry your child properly before reapplying it though. If your child is being very active and running around a lot then remember to reapply it more often as they may sweat the lotion off. The lotion was not very sticky on her skin so sand didn?t stick to her any more than usual. I am very pleased with the sun lotion. It is very easy to apply, smells nice and definitely does the job I bought it for. For something we need the entire summer, we could maybe do with it being a little cheaper, but other than that, no complaints. I will certainly buy it again when we have finished our bottle. As we had to use so little though, I can see it lasting most of the summer. My daughter was very well protected by this suncream ? so much so in fact that we had a fight on our hands just getting her back indoors! I felt very safe with it and was confident over her level of protection. Remember of course that sun protection is not your only consideration when keeping your child safe in the sun. Also make sure they have lots to drink, keep them in a sun hat to keep them cool, keep them out of the sun between 12-3 when it is at its? hottest and remember to keep reapplying the lotion. You sti
ll need sun protection on a cloudy day and you can get burnt through glass so always make sure you have sun lotion with you. Highly recommended, just don?t get it on your clothes. Who ever said sun protection had to be boring?! Thanks for reading, Em XX