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I'm a big fan of Nivea products and will almost always go for their suncare range as I have not had any bad experiences with them over the years. I used to use their normal suncare lotions but since they brought out the Light Feeling range a few years ago I have stuck with that.
It comes in a 200ml bottle which I find is enough for 2 people on a 1 week beach holiday. If at full price it costs around £12 which is similar to most other suncare brands. Make sure you shop around for this as it can often be found for half price or BOGOF. Or stock up at the end of the summer when they are in the sale. I have also come across this in Savers for around £5. So do check the bargain shops and you might be lucky!
The creamy white liquid is thinner than other sun lotions but very easy to apply and my skin absorbs it very quickly. It smells very nice and always reminds me of a summer holiday when using it. It leaves my skin moisturised and not greasy like other lotions.
I generally apply it in the morning whilst on holiday, an hour before hitting the beach. When spending the whole day on the beach I will reapply it to sensitive parts like my face and also after going for a swim. I have never had an issue burning when sticking to that routine. I also apply an aftersun product in the evening which is great for keeping skin moisturised and to keep your tan longer. An ideal combination of products I find.
Depending on your skin type and where you may be holidaying or whether you just enjoying the sunshine in the garden you will have to pick an SPF accordingly. I use a 20-30 for holidays in Spain. Starting off with a higher SPF beginning of the holidays then something lower when your skin gets used to the sun.
Overall I can nothing but recommend the Light Feeling range by Nivea. Much lighter and less greasy than other products and it smells of holiday!
~ Why I Bought This Suncream ~
I usually buy a different brand of sun cream which is a little cheaper than this, but I couldn't see it in tesco so I bought this instead. I would usually have looked elsewhere for the sun cream that I usually buy but as I was in a rush this wasn't really an option. I guess the main reason I chose this specific sun cream though is because Nivea is a brand I'm familiar with - I've used a few of the products from this brand and I have never had any bad experiences with them.
~ Price ~
I paid £12.59 for my 200ml bottle of sun cream so this isn't the cheapest around, but I think the price reflects the quality and I would rather pay that bit more and know that my skin is fully protected than buy a cheap sun cream and feel unsure if it is actually working! I bought my bottle of it from Tesco but it can also be purchased in other supermarkets, as well as places like Boots and Superdrug.
~ About The Product ~
'The innovative extra light formula is easy to spread and absorbed very quickly, leaving a light non-sticky feeling on your skin. It contains a highly effective UVA/UVB filter system that helps protects your skin immediately.' (taken from the Nivea website).
The sun cream is factor 30 and it is waterproof, which is always something that I look for in a sun cream as I enjoy going for a swim or paddle when it is warm, as do my son and my fiancé.
~ My Opinion ~
I bought this sun cream because the bottle of sun cream that I had before had completely run out thanks to the beautiful weather we've been having recently. I would have bought the brand that I usually buy but we were in such a rush that I just picked this up. Me and my fiancé used it last weekend as we went away to attend a big festival up north, and I have since used it on my son - the sun cream is factor thirty so strong enough to protect his delicate skin.
The sun cream comes in a simple plastic bottle which is very simple looking, but it is still quite eye-catching because of the colour. There is information about the product on the bottle which I found handy when I was in the shop and looking at it as it told me everything I needed to know to make a buying decision. The bottle isn't huge but it's not small either, and although it didn't bulk my bag out too much it was still a little on the big side for my bag so I will definitely be looking into whether there are smaller travel size bottles available so that I don't have to cart the full size 200ml bottle around every time I and my family want to go out and about when it is sunny!
The sun cream itself is quite runny, a bit like body lotion. I found the consistency just right as although it was runny it wasn't so runny that it ran off of my hands and I was able to spread it over my skin very easily, and because it is a light texture I didn't need to spend too much time working it into my skin. I found that a little went a long way and after covering all of the exposed areas on my body such as arms, legs and chest there was still plenty left in the bottle. I've always been unsure whether sun cream should be applied to the face so I just used some sun protection for my face.
The sun cream did leave my skin with a shine to it, but it wasn't so shiny that it looked greasy. My fiancé, who used this on his legs, was pleasantly surprised that it didn't become tacky or sticky when he applied it to his legs, as the sun cream that we had previously did so. The sun cream didn't leave any white residue or anything at all. As for staining clothes I didn't notice any marks on my clothing, however I did apply it carefully and I had shorts (yes, I actually dared to get my tree-trunks out!) and a vest on so no clothing covered any areas where the lotion had been applied.
I noticed that after applying the sun cream my skin felt slightly smoother, though I wouldn't say that it left it feeling hydrated or more moisturised. Nivea don't claim that it does moisturise the skin, but I still thought this was worth mentioning. The smell of the sun cream is very subtle and inoffensive, which is of course an advantage.
~ So, does the sun cream work? ~
Yes, it definitely does. On the first day of the festival I applied the sun cream before leaving to go out, and after around five hours in the sun and thirty-degree heat with very limited shelter I hadn't burnt at all and my skin wasn't irritated at all either, and a couple of days later I have a lovely, light golden brown tan which is a bonus! On the second day I decided to stick the bottle in my handbag as we were planning on staying out much later and it wasn't too bulky or heavy to use it.
I applied it a couple of times throughout the day and again I suffered no burning. My fiancé on the other hand only applied a tiny amount of it to his legs -lazy! I think he just wanted to keep me happy by applying it whilst I was looming over him, but he definitely didn't apply it properly and he ended up getting sunburnt all over his back, chest and arms, yet his legs weren't burnt at all. The second day of the festival he wore the sun cream and although it of course did not help with the sun burn he already had it prevented further burning and damage.
As I mentioned briefly I have also used this on my son's skin - I do usually use the kids versions of sun cream but the small bottle we had had been used up so I thought I'd give this a go in the mean time, and it didn't irritate his skin or make him itchy or anything like that, and it gave me peace of mind that his skin was fully protected. It was a little messier when it came to applying it to a little monster who never sits still, and ot did mark his t-shirt very slightly on the upper sleeves but it didn't stain.
Obviously this sun cream is not the best thing to use on a child's skin, I don't think any sun cream is really as none are natural as far as I know - this does contain a lot of ingredients that aren't the most natural or nice sounding and they are very chemical sounding but it is better than not using any sun cream on him. The sun cream is factor 30, which blocks out 98% of the sun's rays and I found that I didn't need to keep re-applying it which was brilliant.
As for the sun cream being water resistant, I can't 100% vouch for that as it is hard to tell. We did go paddling in the sea me and my fiancé - we're kids at heart, and this was pretty early in the day on day one and I didn't get burnt. The water only came to knee height on me and I didn't burnt below the knee area so I am going to say that the water resistant claim is true.
~ All in All ~
Although this sun cream is a little more expensive than the brand that I used to buy, I definitely think that it is worth it as I am 100% certain that it protects against sun damage and sun burn as in my experience it has prevented my skin from burning or becoming irritated, even after several hours of standing in the sun. It has not irritated mine, my sons or my fiancés skin, and I and my little one have got very sensitive skin. I would highly recommend this sun cream and please don't let the price put you off, a little goes a long way so it isn't bad value and it is worth every penny to have peace of mind that mine and my family's skin is protected!
Five out of five stars.
The weather is great, we're all happy, we're all having to apply lots of sun cream to keep us safe... this is the latest one which we have bought and I'm not happy with it.
We have bought Nivea sun cream before and never had any problems with it but this one has several negatives to it. When we bought this it was on offer, we always buy sun cream when it's on offer because it is just so expensive otherwise, this bottle cost us £6.
The bottle is quite summery, it reminds me of blue skies and sunshine with it being a nice rich blue and has an orange lid with a few little orange bits on the front too. It's tall and a little square in shape. The lid is a flip cap and easy to get up and down whether or not you have greasy fingers from using the cream.
The lotion is quite runny so it's easy to get out with a little squirt, we always give it a shake first before applying it. It has a faint smell to it, rather nondescript like the majority of sun tan lotions. It does feel light like the product suggests but we find it is not easy to rub in. It seems to sit on the top of skin for ages which I suppose is it protecting us from the sun's rays but it stays white unless you rub it in really hard and then it tends to crumble, we notice that parts of this cream is left behind on the skin and by evening you need a good shower because there are tiny little crumbs of lotion left on your skin. It's not very nice really!
It does protect from the sun, we don't get burnt when we apply this and with it being factor 30 it is very good at protecting although we tend to use a higher factor for the children.
I don't think this is a product we'll be buying again and will be looking for a different brand, we will still use this because it does do it's job it's just not great because the feel on my skin isn't great and I don't like how it won't rub in properly and leaves a little residue behind which just makes me feel really dirty.
I am a big fan of the nivea brand, and this product is no exception. The whole range of nivea sun protection products is very reasonably priced, especially compared to some of the more 'trendy' brands, often being on offer at stores like Boots and Superdrug, and has that wonderful sun cream smell that makes you feel like summer's really here at last. You can buy an individual bottle for around £12, but they are regularly buy one get one free, and the product combines well with either a different factor cream, or the aftersun, which I can thoroughly recommend. This particular sun cream, the 'light feeling sun lotion SPF30' has the advanatge of being a high factor, therefore protecting you well against the Sun, even if you venture away from England's shores and holiday somewhere more exotic (I used the product this year when I was on holiday in Southern France, and I didn't burn once). The other advantage of the light feeling variety of sun cream is that it really does do what is says on the tin - rather than being claggy like some sun creams can be, this product is really easy to apply, rubbing in easily and quickly. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.
I always like to buy a frsh bottle of sun cream every year and discard the old bottles, as I believe that they lose their effectiveness over time. Nivea is a trusted brand of sun cream that is pleasant to use.
You can get Nivea sun cream from most retailers and supermarkets, with a 200ml bottle costing around the £10 mark, although you can often take advantage of special offers during the summer. Nivea Sun light feeling lotion comes in a pale blue botle with a transparent blue flip lid. The lid is easy to open, which is a bonus when you are on the beach, although the lid is a bit flimsy, and liable to break very easily, as the hinges of the lid are very thin and weak, a major design flaw. Another flaw is that the lotion tends to pool and clod just under the lid.
The lotion has a pleasant smell, which is not too overpowering. Although the smell is slightly floral, it will appeal to men and women, as it is not overly feminine. The lotion is a pale buttermilk colour. It is non greasy, and does live up to the titile of "light feeling", as it spreads over the skin easily and a very small amount can cover a wide area of skin. The smell of the product on the skin is actually stronger than that in the bottle, but it is a nice fragrance. Affter applying, your fingers don't feel too sticky, as can be the case with many sun creams, and the product sinks into the skin very quickly, rather than sitting on the surface.
The bottle states that the cream is Light, easily absorbed and non greasy, as well as being water resistant. Again, this makes it an ideal product for taking to the beach.Sand is not likely to stick to you with this product! The bottle is a perfect size to slip into your bag.
The 30+ protection is classed as "very high". The UVA/UVB system is compliant with new EU guidelines, and protect against skin ageing and sunburn. With many creams you have to wait a few minutes for the product to work, but this product begins to work as soon as it is applied to the skin.
It is important to apply enough to give a visible layer before rubbing in, as it is important to apply enough product. It is dermatologically improved, and even suits my skin, which is prone to sensitivity and eczema. The product will last 12 months from being opened, and provides five star UVA protection.
I would recommend this sun lotion, but I am afraid it loses a star for the weak lid. If Nivea redesign the bottle, I will give it five stars, as the product itself is great, but if the lid breaks off, what the heck are you supposed to do with it? A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, in this case, the lid!
Applying sun lotion is my least favourite task, I hate the way it sits on your skin as a big greasy mess, making your skin horrible to the touch as you can literally scrape it back off where it refuses to absorb in. So having seen a couple of ads for the Nivea light feeling sun lotion and the Garnier equivalent, I thought they were worth investigating, I went to boots and put a bit off each on my arm, not expecting a lot to be honest, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Nivea one, it had sunk in really well, leaving a silky patch of skin that smelt lovely.
It came with me on my holiday to Peru and worked really well, I didn't get sunburnt at all so I assume it works equally as well as the traditional greasy sun lotions. It was a pleasure to use, it has the usual sun lotion smell but a little lighter and fresher, and absorbs in really well leaving only a slight sheen to the skin and a silky smooth feel. It also has a thinner texture making it easy to put on.
I will definitely be using this again, and am so glad I decided to try it rather than just picking up my usual brand without giving it any thought.
Are you sick of spending half your days applying sun protection? Well this is good news for you! Nivea Sun Light Feeling Lotion really is simple and easy to apply. This is a lotion rather than a cream which is good for those of you that suffer with greasier skin as it wont you bring you out in spots like many of the creams do plus it is easily absorbed into the skin.
Its ultra light texture really is wonderful as its easy to spread over your skin and absorbs without too much effort. It leaves your sking feeling silky smooth like a moisturiser but doesn't leave a film on your skin that causes sand etc to stick to you.
It is waterproof which means you can have a dip in the pool without having to worry about re-applying when you get out and lets face it that gives you more time to relax and sunbathe rather than rubbing cream in every time you get out of the water!
It smells just like holidays and is great for men and youngsters too as they dont tend to like spending time protecting their skin. It is slightly more expensive than other brands but you are paying for the convenience, which in my mind is always worth a few extra pennies.
So if you are off on your summer holidays or you're just basking in the sun at the weekend try this lotion and make topping up your tan a pleasure rather than a task.
So who would of ever thought that people would be suffering from heatstroke during Wimbledon? It's great that we are experiencing so much lovely hot weather, but it is a bit unsettling as it's so unusual! Don't worry, I hear it's going to rain during Glastonbury, otherwise it just wouldn't be the same!
It's very easy to get carried away with trying to get a natural tan in Britain when we see so little of the sun. I for one am not an advocate of sun beds as they can do so much damage to your skin and girls who wear fake tan just look totally ridiculous as they could give the Tango man a run for his money in an orangeness contest.
But I do like to get a bit of a natural tan, but I'm sensible about it and I do slap on the sun cream, even when I'm in the UK. My cream of choice is the Nivea Sun Light Feeling, as it lives up to its claims of having a light texture, is instantly absorbed and it is non-greasy. This product is actually called a Sun Lotion and this means the consistency of it is different to a cream. It is runnier and that is a good thing, as it is much easier to spread over your skin and it absorbs really quickly. I don't feel all sticky after I've put it on and my skin feels lovely and soft.
No one likes to feel smothered in sun cream, particularly my fiancé. He's now 30 (gasp!) and I think he should take better care of his skin and put moisturiser on to prevent wrinkles (I see no shame in men looking after themselves!), but he hates the greasy feeling and refuses. However, he does burn easily, but he is so reluctant to wear any protection from the sun that I have to force it upon him! I do worry about him (like his Mother!) because he shaves his head, so he has a lot more skin exposed to the sun than the rest of us. So I'm relieved that he is a lot more receptive to using the Light Feeling lotion as it doesn't feel greasy like other sun creams.
It smells just like any other sun cream, which immediately reminds you of great summer holidays abroad! It is water resistant, so you should reapply after swimming and drying yourself off. The UVA and UVB protection system is compliant with EU Guidelines, as you would expect from a brand like Nivea. Another good thing is it provides immediate protection, as usually you have to apply sun cream about 20 minutes prior to sun exposure.
The factor 30 bottle I bought actually says on the back that it is 30-50 high protection, for skin that is non-acclimatised to the sun. I'm lucky that I don't burn so easily, but I bought this high factor with my fiancé in mind. It is one of the more expensive sun creams on the market with prices between £10.99 to £13.49, but I think it is worth the money to protect your health!
A 200ml bottle currently costs:
- Boots £13.49
- Superdrug £11.97 Buy One Get One Free
- Sainsburys £10.99 Any 2 For 1
- Amazon.co.uk £10.17
This is definitely a product that's worth the extra money and it even won a Grazia Beauty Award in 2008, if that kind of thing sways you as a consumer!
This is the last review in my trilogy of sun creams! Just to recap, and for those who haven't read the others, I have an allergy to the sun that brings me out in patches of itchy, painful blisters and through the months where the sun is shining I have to wear sun lotion in place of moisturiser and on any areas that are exposed. Although annoying and inconvenient it's something I've got used to over the years and it does put me in an excellent position to test if a lotion actually works or not.
This Nivea Sun Light Feeling Sun Lotion is SPF 30. You can buy it in lower factors but factor 30 is what I consider to be as low as I can go at this time of year. The bottle is light blue and tells us the lotion is instantly absorbed, non-greasy and water resistant.
When I first saw a bottle of this I read these claims and thought they can't possibly be true. Sun cream doesn't usually get absorbed and is always greasy isn't it? I bought some for £12, it's a 200ml bottle so there's plenty in there for your money.
I have to say the claims are absolutely true. Amazingly this lotion does absorb much like a normal moisturiser and leaves only the barest hint of a sheen on your skin that lets you know it's on there. The sheen however isn't greasy to the touch and when you feel your skin after applying this lotion it just feels soft, silky and supple. Amazing!
As for the water resistant claim, it is but not as good as the factor 50 I reviewed yesterday. You need to reapply more often with this cream and the fact it absorbs so well makes it hard to tell if you've still got any on so for people like me this means regular applications if I intend to swim using this. To be honest I've only ever put this to the trial for water resistance once and that was because the sun was pretty weak at the time and I didn't get any blisters but did apply very regularly. I'm more likely to use the factor 50 for swimming outdoors as it needs to be pretty hot for me to want to swim outdoors in the first place!
The scent of this lotion is slightly different to other sun creams too and there's a fresh scent to it which is unusual. It also seems slightly thinner in consistency to many other lotions which does help with the application and no doubt assists the absorption.
It protects against UVA and UVB rays and needs reapplying about every half hour when you're out and about. The protection is instant so this is great for me as I seem to spend the summer constantly applying sun lotions!
Factor 30 is considered very high protection so for the majority of people this would be enough to stop the harmful rays of the sun all summer, even on the hottest days. For me however it is my preferred choice for late spring to early summer and late summer to early autumn. This is the lotion I use the most as we don't have many scorching days here in the U.K but if we get a day that's over 20 degrees I tend to step up my protection to factor 50 instead.
I can honestly say my skin loves this lotion. It's very important to me to find a product that doesn't clog the pores on my face or leave my skin looking dull as I have to use it so much of the year and this lotion really lives up to all its claims. As I have dry skin I also have to find one that moisturises enough or I end up with flaky skin on my face too and this lotion even stops that from happening too.
It's an excellent product that I can't recommend highly enough. On ebay there are bottles for just under £5 but usually it sells for about £12.