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I have just got back from an amazing trip (we went on a Mediterranean cruise for our honeymoon) so will be working my way through reviewing some of the things I used whilst abroad and some of the places I visited. This review is for one of the most important things that came with us in our suitcases - our sun protection!
It is often communicated (and rightly so) that we do need to protect our skin from the strong rays from the sun. Both my partner and I have really fair skin, and (me especially) can burn really easily even in the British sunshine, let alone in other parts of the world where the strength of the sun is even stronger. Not wanting sunburn to ruin our honeymoon we wanted to ensure we had a high factor of sun cream with us. I opted for this Nivea spray.
=== Why Nivea? ===
I opted for this particular product for a number of reasons. Firstly, Nivea is a brand I often use and trust when it comes to my skin. The bottle also gives reassuring advice stating that it is water resistant and gives protection against both the harmful UVA and UVB rays. The product is also a spray, something that I personally prefer over a lotion when it comes to sun cream. This allows me to spray the product over my skin before actually getting it on my hands. Linked to this, the bottle shape means it is easy to hold even when you do have the cream on your hands meaning that you are less likely to drop the bottle - a problem I have had with other brands of sun lotion in the past. Finally, we all know that sun creams can be expensive to purchase, but I picked this particular bottle up for half price - about £6, which I don't feel is a bad price for the needed protection that it gives. Nivea is a well known brand and is widely available in supermarkets, chemists, Boots, Superdrugs, etc. My particular bottle actually came from Wilkinsons. There are other versions of the spray available including versions specifically for kids delicate skin.
=== Using the Spray ===
As already stated the bottle shape of this spray does help when it comes to using the cream. Meaning it is easy to hold and continue to apply even if you have slippery fingers from having the cream on your hands. The fact it is a spray however does mean you can spray yourself all over before putting the bottle down and commencing operation 'cream rub in'. I normally hate applying sun cream because it always seems to take forever to get an adequate amount of cream rubbed into the skin. With this spray you can spray yourself all over (without the product running before you've rubbed it in). Depending on how close you hold the spray to your skin depends on the effects. Hold it closer and you get a larger blob of cream in one smaller area which you can then spread out and rub all over (my partners preferred method of application) or hold the bottle a little further away and get a large number of smaller blobs of cream over a larger area which again you would then rub in (my preferred method). Once sprayed you can see the spray of white cream on your skin, which also helps to make sure you don't miss anywhere. Then you simply need to rub this in until your skin has been completely covered, the cream absorbed, and there are no longer any 'white bits'. I do find this process a lot easier with the spray rather than a lotion, and with this particular product it is very easy to ensure that you haven't left white streaks over your skin.
When it comes to the face, I couldn't bring myself to spray my face so instead opted to spray some of the cream into my hand and rub it in to my face that way, being extra careful to ensure that I had protection over my whole face.
=== Longevity ===
We used this cream over the period of a week. We both used the same bottle and after a week we still have some cream left that we brought back with us. When applying the cream we were able to ensure that we only sprayed the amount that we actually needed rather than accidentally pouring out too much from a lotion bottle (again, something I may have done a few times with other bottles!). This helped the bottle to last.
Once actually on our skin the product appeared to last a decent length of time even when we were out and about in the heat, walking, exploring the various places we were getting to see. Even with getting hot and sweaty this cream lasted well. Good to know if you're somewhere with a lot of sun - which, let's face it, is when you would need this product.
=== Negatives ===
The cream did give me a little bit of a sticky feeling when applied which I didn't really like. But once I was used to this it was a small price to pay for the protection this cream gave.
It doesn't spray as well when upside down. It did still work, but was better to keep the bottle upright which made spraying some parts a little more difficult.
I bought my bottle for just over £6. Not too bad. But this was on a half price offer. Never buy sun cream full price if you can help it as there are normally offers on pretty much all brands.
=== Good Old Health and Safety ===
A couple of boring, yet very important points to note:
Although this cream states it is water resistant remember this doesn't mean it is water proof - please make sure you reapply after swimming, lots of sweating, any generally getting wet...
Ensure to reapply regularly throughout the day - I often put this cream on in the morning and once again during the day which seemed to be enough. Ensure you do whatever is needed for you and your skin - also remember whatever skin type/colour you have the sun is still dangerous so protect yourselves.
Remember no sun cream protects 100% against the powerful rays of the sun. If you can spend the time when the suns rays are strongest (i.e. the middle of the day) in the shade.
=== Summary ===
This cream worked very well for us on our holiday. Neither of us got burnt (Nivea: 1, Sun: 0) and we were able to enjoy the sunshine for the entirety of our trip. The bottle lasted both of us the whole week (Nivea: 2) and was easy to apply (Nivea: 3). The only real down point was that it did leave my skin feeling a little sticky, but I feel this is a small price to pay for what I felt was such good protection.
I have quite fair skin and blond hair and ten minutes in the sun without suntan lotion and I am as red as a beetroot. Its a bit of a pain that I have to always apply suntan lotion before I go out in the sun but I also do it to protect my skin too and the future of my skin as I am not too keen on getting wrinkles or skin cancer in the future I ahve to say.
I have used various suntan lotions over the years but Nivea sun is one of the ones I really like and go back to a lot of the time. I bought this sun spray at the start of the summer and so far its lasted me all summer (that's probably because we haven't really had any sun this year!). I missed out on the deal but often you can get these on buy one get one free deals in Boots. I think that is a really good deal as a 200ml bottle costs £12 which is expensive but then every brand of suntan lotion is expensive, they are all pretty much the same so I don't mind paying for it. Also its a summer essential for me and something I would never be without in the garden or on the beach.
I really like the fact that this lotion comes in a spray. Its a manual spray and I find the lotion comes out quite easily. Its quite a thin sun tan lotion compared to some others I have tried but I think this is because it has to come out as a spray. When you spray it you get quite a nice coverage over the area you spray it on and you can then rub it in to your skin. The spray is really helpful as you don't have to get it all over your hands in the first place to rub it in and you can reach places like on your back that you can't always reach with your hands.
I bought this sun spray in factor 30 as I find that is the best protection for my skin although it does come in lower factors. According to the packaging this SPF30 advanced formula combines Nivea's expertise in protecting your skin from sun damage and premature ageing. An enhanced UVA/UVB filter system provides immediate protection from UV rays while added vitamin E nourishes skin to combats free radicals and premature ageing. I have never burnt after using this spray so I think it works really well on my skin.
After I have used this lotion on my skin I always find I have really soft skin so I think that is another benefit of using this lotion. Its water resistant too which I like because when you do use it abroad or somewhere with a swimming pool/beach you can feel safe that you still have sun protection, even in water.
All in all a great sun lotion that I recommend.
Having just returned home from a lovely holiday abroad in Tenerife, I am ready to write up on numerous items I took along with me. When it comes to sun protection I am extremely concious and try to be as safe as I can. Whilst Tenerife does not boast heat like countries further afield, it was a big change from the usual England rain. My skin is quite sensitive when it comes to sun, and as I have moles on my body, I like to take extra care when it comes to SPF in beauty products which I use. To avoid the risks of dreaded things such as skin cancer, I take a high SPF with me to begin the week on. Nivea is a brand that you can trust will deliver high quality as well as being kind to skin, so I opted to pick up their moisturising sun spray, in an SPF 30 of course.
The price of sun tan lotion I think is ridiculous, but it has to be paid for to receive the protection! Firstly, I would have to recommend that nobody buys this at its supposed "full price" of around the £13.00 mark. This is extortionate and it is always on offer for around half price in various drugstores, pharmacies and supermarkets. I picked mine up from Superdrug for around the £6.00 which is fairly reasonable, and I ended up picking up two of these - one for me and my partner, so for £12.00 all in that is quite a good price I feel for such a great brand.
There is no point dilly dallying on the packaging etc as you can see in the image exactly what it looks like. A bog standard sun spray. I tend to prefer sprays than lotions just for the simplicity and convenience of it. To use this simply give it a quick shake, then direct on to the skin and squirt out as necessary. The smell of this is nice, it is not strong or overpowering which is good. It comes out white in colour but when you rub it into the skin, it absorbs in almost immediately meaning you don't have those awful white streaks all over you like you get with lotions. As far as ease of use went, I was really happy with this. That was until we started getting towards the end of the bottle. Once you are past about half way, it is difficult to sun tan yourself, as you have to angle the bottle so that it is held straight up, which can be a nuisance if you are applying it to your legs or awkward areas to reach. This did become quite annoying after a while. Another thing which I noticed with this sun tan lotion is that it did seem to run out quite quickly. You get 200ml in each bottle which is fairly generous, but for some reason sprays seem to run down a lot quicker than using a lotion. This was fine though, as we were prepared and had two.
One thing that made me go for this one was that it had moisturising properties. You want your skin to look its best in the summer months, especially if it is on show in your swimwear. I thought this was a lovely added extra, and you do notice upon application how it sinks straight into the skin which I thought was wonderful. One slight problem which I faced with this sun tan spray in particular is that it was quite sticky. Perhaps I am being slightly picky, but unless I was in the sea or in the pool, I just couldn't stand the feel of it on my skin after a while as it stuck on to things much more than your usual sun protection would. As I am super paranoid being in the sun, I do top up my sun tan spray regularly, so I tried to keep it as moisturising as possible, but after too long the texture of it on your skin is just yucky.
I went for the SPF30 which is classified as a higher sun protection, and I would always recommend people to use to prevent burning. It is great for families as it is a high sun protection for all ages, although factor 50 is probably best for young children. It protects from UVA and UVB rays, and I have to say that despite a few hiccups with this product, it did do the job it intended. I came back with no burns, and I was kept fully protected in the hands of Nivea. I did tan a little, but if you are after a brown beach bod, I would recommend trying one of the lower SPF's as this is available in a range of them.
Overall, this is a good sun protection spray which I would definitely recommend if you can pick it up for half price like I did. Despite a few little issues such as trying to get out the spray near the end of the bottle, and the fact it is a little sticky, it really did protect us well in the heat which I am proud to inform. Thanks for reading and enjoy the summer sun (if we ever get any in the UK)!
I'm currently working in a country where the midday temperature reaches 50 degrees, the sun is strong enough to kill most plant life and people from northern England / Scotland and I can feel the strength of the sun's rays burning my skin through clothing.
Even being careful by wearing a floppy hat big enough to land a helicopter on and seeking out shadow like a burglar in an alleyway, I've acquired a skin colour which makes me look like the offspring of David Dickinson and a flamingo.
The factor five soon got binned as it didn't seem to be giving any protection at all. What I needed was a sun protective cream strong enough to act as a much needed barrier from the sun and that would blend onto my skin robustly enough to resist being sweated off. I walk five metres in this country and end up looking like Lee Evans in a three piece suit at a live performance (drenched through!)
Enter Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Spray Factor 30. The 200 ml spray, when applied to the skin is of a consistency that facilitates easy rubbing in, and isn't too thick nor is it greasy. The spray comes out of the bottle with a small target area, meaning that when I spray it onto my forearm it doesn't go onto the floor either side of my arm but lands on the skin. The spray absorbs into the skin with minimal rubbing, so doesn't leave a crusty ivory coloured residue. The smell is what you would expect from most sun sprays, except in this case minus the coconut.
I've found the spray to work well in what are very testing conditions, a bottle lasts for ages even with regular application and I feel the £9.86 price tag on Amazon is justified. Also, it's longevity once applied and resistance to being sweated off make this product the owner of five stars from me.
Helps protect your skin against sunburn and premature skin ageing /