Product Type: Nivea Sun Care
Newest Review: ... or even half price as I found at Morrisons. As I was picking up a bottle of Nivea sun spray I noticed this Nivea 'Invisible Protection'... more
Fine if the spray works all the time!
Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Spray
Member Name: jeffjen
Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Spray
Advantages: Easy to apply as transparent. Protects your skin.
Disadvantages: Spray stopped working, Slightly greasy feel.
Now that we are actually having a summer for once, people are spending more money than usual on sun protection. I always make sure I have some in my cupboard which is something I have always done since my children were young and I would apply it before they went to school on a morning in summer months. Apart from renewing a bottle every now and then, the only time I really buy mulitple bottles is when going on a summer holiday abroad, where I find I need two or three bottles for a fortnight away with my partner.
There are so many different sun lotions and sprays to choose from, but for the last few years my first choice has been Nivea sun care products. I particularly like the spray products as I personally find these easier to apply and not as messy as some lotions and oils can be and so I have been purchasing Nivea sun spray in various factors for the last few years now.
When I was looking to stock up on sun protection for a recent holiday abroad to Spain I was pleased to see there was an offer at my local Morrisons store where Nivea sun care products were half the usual price. Most products were available for around £5 which was good value given that the usual price is around £10 for a 200ml spray. I don't think I would pay full price however, as there always seems to be an offer on somewhere and supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons are good places to check prices before buying, as Nivea sun care is often part of 3 for 2 deals etc or even half price as I found at Morrisons.
As I was picking up a bottle of Nivea sun spray I noticed this Nivea 'Invisible Protection' spray available in SPF's of 10, 20, 30 and 50 and after reading the label I decided to purchase one to try and bought a SPF 30 bottle.
I have used an invisible spray before by another brand and thought it was ok but still preferred Nivea overall and so didn't buy it again. I was looking forward to trying an invisible spray by my preferred brand.
Nivea state their Invisible Protection spray has a non-greasy and transparent texture which offers immediate & effective protection. It is quickly absorbed, non-sticky and is water resistant.
Directions for use are to apply generously before sun exposure and reapply frequently, especially after swimming and towelling to maintain the original protection. You must not spray on your face.
The usual warnings about avoiding the midday sun and extensive sun exposure are also given. I would say however that if going abroad it can actually be the hottest part of the day late afternoon, so it is always best to be careful and reapply sun spray often at all times and be careful in late afternoon sun also. For babies and young children it is of course safer to keep them covered up as much as possible whilst ensuring any exposed skin is very well protected.
When I came to use my invisible protection spray, I found it very easy to apply as always when using a spray and what I particularly liked here was the fact that it is invisible and therefore minimum massaging into my skin was required. I set about spraying all over my exposed skin, rubbing just a little here and there to blend it in. It was very easy to use and being invisible of course there were no white creamy marks or excessive massaging needed.
What I did find however, is that despite its non-greasy texture claims, I did find it to be a little greasy. My skin had a slightly greasy feel after application and my hands felt quite greasy too when I had finished applying the spray. My partner said as much to me when he came to use it too.
Another problem I encountered was when trying to spray the backs of my legs the spray would not work at the angle I was holding it at, so I had to get my partner to spray it for me. After a few uses, we both found the bottle was becoming difficult to spray despite there being plenty of product left inside. I tried to clean the spray top incase it was clogged and whilst it made a little difference, we still found it quite difficult to spray and then it stopped working altogether, so for the last few uses we actually removed the top and poured it out on to our hands to apply instead of wasting it.
Now I have encountered sprays not working before at certain angles which isn't a problem really if you have someone with you to help you apply it, but this could be problematic if you were alone as the spray does not work at all angles. This isn't really a problem for me personally, but I wasn't happy that the spray stopped working altogether when there was product left inside. Despite being a regular user of other Nivea sun care sprays, this is the first time this has happened and I wondered if it was down to the texture of this transparent product or did we just have a faulty bottle.
Advantages were that despite being slightly greasy, the spray didn't feel sticky and this product does a good job protecting your skin. Also it is easier to apply than the traditional 'white' spray as less rubbing or massaging into your skin is required, you can literally just spray it all over. We did find we used more product however doing this and subsequently our 200ml bottle did not last as long as our 200ml bottle of non-transparent sun spray.
I think I would purchase this again and see if we have the same problem again with the spray not working, as I did quite like the product despite its slight greasy feel. We both enjoyed how easy it was to use until the spray no longer worked. However at this moment in time I think the original non-transparent sun spray is still my preferred product from Nivea.
Summary: A decent product but spray function not working properly was a let down.
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