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So of course over the last week or so the lovely shiny thing in the sky has been beaming down and giving us absolutely fabulous weather! Luckily I had stocked up on some nivea sun lotion as we are going to Barbados in August so I had some on hand ready and raring to go! Having a little one, and being very skin sensitive I generally opt for the highest SPF possible and where I can get a bargain I will! I think I picked up this 200ml bottle for half price in Wilkinsons a while ago costing only £4!
The lotion comes in a standard deep blue bottle, with the Nivea logo and is easy to get out through a flip top lid. It's not the most elegant, or snazzy looking bottles but when on my dresser it is easy to spot! It contains nourishing ingredients with a combination of with Vitamin E, Panthenol and natural Almond Oil, which are ideal as it smells nice, leaves skin feeling well nourished, whilst also completely protected and I feel it does a great 2 in 1 job.
The lotion itself is a slightly white-creamish liquid with a hint of a silver glimmer in it. It is not slimy or greasy, but is easy to apply. The only slightly annoying thing is it is quite thick and if you squirt too much it is a nightmare to rub in! I learnt the hard way when too much came out and when I tried to overload and rub it all in I was left with a blue-ish, grey-ish shimmer all on my arms and legs! Sure it absorbed in eventually out in the sunshine but at first it is not the most attractive look! A little really goes a long way, so only squeeze out a small blob at a time as it is more than sufficient and means this bottle will last us ages!
Instructions on the bottle are easy to follow: apply before sun exposure, enough to give a visible layer before rubbing in, (so it sits on the skin in a white-ish blue-ish coloured layer) and then let it dry. Next, reapply the cream all over the body to ensure adequate coverage and no missed areas.
Whenever we go on holiday and also whilst in the UK with the lovely sunshine we have been having we follow these instructions, and always apply a more liberal amount when at peak times of heat such as between 11am - 3pm. Using this nivea cream honestly has protected our whole family brilliantly as none of us have got any sunburn or peeling skin and I am amazed at how my daughter has tanned already! God help us when we get to the Caribbean!
Of course sun tan lotions are not cheap, and the better the brand and the more SPF factor the more the price, but I am really loyal to Nivea so I am wary of venturing to any cheap brands! It is a cream I would definitely recommend as it does the job and so it gets a gleaming 5 stars :)
I have been using this product ever since I was a child, or rather old enough to use it. As a child I never really noticed anything special about it, but as I got older I found it did not work. I started using it again last year when my mother bought another of this product and I found it did not work. I used it last year when the UK had 24 degrees and I found that it did not work. I went out and when I came back found myself with sun stroke. I was out in 24 degrees when this is factor 50 and it could not even cover that. Recently, I used this product again whilst sitting reading in the garden and found myself once again burnt, but not as bad as sun stroke. I would say this product is in effective unless used on children and this is disgusting as it is an adult product.
The product comes in a dark blue bottle that has a blue lid but and orange cap. This product holds 200ml of the lotion inside. The front of the bottle has the branding logo of Nivea with the additional lexis sun underneath to help the consumer to acknowledge this is a sun lotion. In large letters it states 'Moisturizing Sun Lotion.' This element of the product is true. Though it does not work on my skin, I find that it moisturizes well. Under that it states the factor and how deemably high the factor is. For example for me it states 'very high.' The bottom of the bottle in orange writing states what the product is useful for, such as non-sticky, easily absorbed and water resistant. The back of the product would most likely have the bar code on and other details. There is a diagram on how useful the factor is and important usage instructions. It tells you to apply very generously and keep doing so every 20 minutes. Which I find a little extreme.
I would not recommend this product to anyone unless you have children under the age of fifteen. However, you may have different skin to me. Mine is very pale and sensitive, whereas yours might not be. The product states to keep re-applying frequently, but in my opinion I think this is what makes you burn. Wet and moisturized surfaces is what helps your skin to burn in direct sun. If you would like this product you can buy it at Superdrug for £5.29 or you can buy it from Wilkinson and Body Care for a couple of pound cheaper, but I personally would not recommend this product. The only upside for me is its scent and that it may work at 14 degrees, but if that's the case you don't need lotion.
I have very sensitive skin and when the weather gets really nice like it has lately I need to make sure that I have the best protection due to burning very badly. I also have 3 children who I like to make sure are well protected against the rays of the sun due to their skin being very sensitive.
I have always used nivea because I think that it a trusted brand that is well known to many people and is always recommended. Latley I have been told that sun protection is not the factor that it states on the bottle from news reports and tests that have been carried out and I know that the factor 50+ is the highest that is available so I cannot go wrong with it.
It is a 200ml bottle which will last around a month when using twice a day on the whole family. This is good but can be very expensive depending on where you shop. This size bottle has cost me upto £8 once but I now tend to search for the shops that are selling it on a special price.
This is a moisturising sun lotion which protects you from the sun and keeps your skin soft and supple which is good due to the sun can dry out your skin and when you are exposed to sun rays on a daily basis it can make your skin age quicker than it should. It has immediate protection when you first apply it and helps to reduce the risk of sun allergies. The formula along with the skins own hyramaine provides long lasting moisturisation for smooth and supple skin. This formula is specially designed for sensitive skin like mine.
On the back of the bottle it states the different grades of protection with the 50+ highlighted to state the bottle that you have. Grades 2 -4 - 6 are in the low category, 8 - 10 - 12 are the medium category, 15 -20 -25 are in the high category, 30 - 40 - 50 are the very high category and 50 + is the ultra. I always advise to go a grade higher than what is advised for your skin type due to there is alot of skin cancer in this day and age due to sun contact and not taking care. I will also advise to use the highest grade on children because their skin is more sensitive than an adults.
The application instructions are easy to understand and are very accurate to what should be done to ensure good care in the sun. You should apply this before going in the sun and re-apply after 30 minutes in the sun. This is then to be re-applied on a regular basis I would advise every 2 hours at the least. It also advises not to spend prolonged periods in the sun between 11am and 3pm this is due to the sun being at the highest and strongest point which can cause sun burn and skin damage. This is very useful information that people should really take notice of for their own safety. It also states that you should re-apply this lotion when you have been in water or used a towel. There is also important information about not letting your children be exposed to direct sunlight to long periods which is very good warning information and to ensure that they get regular breaks from the sun and lotion is applied alot more often than an adult would. This lotion does not protect skin that is already sunburnt and in that case should keep the burnt areas covered to reduce and more damage to be caused to the skin.
This lotion is water resistant although this should still be applied again after swimming due to any chance that it does sink into the skin or wash off the protection that is needed. It also has a 12 month use by date on the bottle which I think is brilliant due to on many occasions in England you never know how long the nice weather will last or when it will be back so you can be prepared if you buy it in advance.
I think this is a very good sun lotion that has kept my whole family protected. I have not suffered from sun burn or have my children when using this which is very good. I also notice that if I was sitting in the sun I could not feel my skin heating up too much either or tingling like it has with other lotions. I have tanned slightly which is a first for me but I have not pealed and my skin has remained smooth and supple. My childrens skin has also not dried out and my daughter suffers from very dry skin on her back and her skin has remained very smooth and moisturised.
I will advise that if you do have skin allergies to try this but if it does not suit there are other lotions available from your doctor on prescription which they will be able to do skin tests to determine which ingredient it is that does not suit your skin. I think that this is a good sun lotion and would recommend it but do look for it on a special deal because it can be very expensive.
I bought Nivea Sun Cream earlier this year, as I have very pale skin I had to buy sun cream at the very first sight of sunshine but in April there was a very small selction of high protection sun cream. I went for the Nivea sun cream as it offered immediate protection, although as with all suncream I waited for a while before going out into the sun and avoided going out at the hottest point of the day. It did protect me well from the sun, not only did I prevent me from getting sun burn but I barely even got freckles! It continues to work in the hotter summer months. However I felt that it made my skin feel slimey & sticky. I felt that the claim of "long-lasting moisturisation" was a cop out as my skin wasn't moisturised it was just slimey and greasey looking. It is for this reason that I probably won't be buying Nivea sun cream again in the future.
I bought Nivea Sun 50+ really to cover up my tattoo on my wrist, which during the summer is very exposed to sunlight, this was the lowest high one left so I just bought it. You can expect to pay about £8-10 for this product.
What attracted me to this product was that it claims to offer immediate protection, ehanced UVA and UVB protection and water resistant.
However on the back it then suggests that you wait 20-30mins before going in to the sun as you would with a normal sun lotion and it doesn't provide protection for already burnt skin.
The UVA star rating is 5 stars (the highest you can get) so this sun cream offers great protection. It is important to have protection from both UVA (star rating) and UVB (SPF factor) rays though no sunscreen will completely block out the suns rays. There is increasing evidence to suggest that UVA rays can lead to premature aging and skin cancers. This is why I like to ensure the sunscreen I am using has both a a higher SPF and star rating count, especially as my skin is so pale.
The cream itself has quite a nice smell, not quite the sun cream smell I remember but it has a soft almost hand cream smell to it. I think you could wear this suncream without it smelling too much.
The cream is of good consistency and spreads across the skin very well. My skin absorbs this cream very well also and doesn't require too much rubbing. It leaves a soft shine where you have applied it but it isn't too noticeable. It leaves the skin feeling nice but you can feel the suncream.
I regularly reapply my suncream anyway, as it should be done to continue receiving the protection benefits.
I can't really find a fault with this item. It hasn't any qualities that I can find to complain about.
I love to go swimming in the summer so I bought this product on buy 1 get 1 free (£10.99 for 2) at Boots with the hope that the sun wouldn't damage my skin. My little brother didn't wear any suncream and his whole body turned dark after a few days swimming, my skin turned dark as well, but not as much. I think it's because of the chemicals in the water in the swimming pool.
It's now around less than £6 at Boots as well.
Immediate protection from UV rays
Enhanced UVA/UVB filter system
Deep and long lasting moisturisation
Easily applied & quickly absorbed
Vitamin E to help combat free radicals & premature skin ageing
Scent: Light and nice scent. Doesn't smell like chemicals or anything.
It is quite a thick lotion and so it does take some effort to rub it in nicely (so your not left with odd white marks). It feels a little bit greasy but it obsorbs well into ur skin and it doesn't come off much while I swim, which is good.
It does not stay all oily (just a bit greasy as I said - but that's waterproof factor I think) or moist unlike some other sun screen moisturisers. It is brilliantly waterproof!! I couldn't imagine how my skin would be without this. I can still feel it after coming out of the pool.
However, after swimming, you will need a good wash and good moisturizer. You know how the chemical water can damage ur skin. I am not Westerners so my skin wouldn't turn red if it is burnt but it turns darker gradually. For s.o who goes swimming everyday in the summer, comparing to my friends' skin I could tell that this works really well. A must-have item for the summer, esp for swimming and going to the beach.
There are other SPF factors available as well, as for everyday wear, you just need sth around 30. And as always, you need to re-apply it every 2 hours to protect ur skin. You don't want pre-aging or skin cancer, do you?
Overall, wearing suncream is essential and I would recommend this for anyone.
I have a sensitivity to the sun. Summer is of course the main time I have to cover up however spring and autumn have at late made me uncomfortable. For years I was give a total block (factor 50+) by my GP and I thought I was doomed for a life with white streaks down my face, hair sticking to my face and being totally unable to just nip down to the shops or the pub before I would have to reapply. I decided to take a gamble and move away from the traditional factor 50 and try a branded version. I see on offer, reasonably priced and promised me the same protection as any other factor 50 (including the doctors NHS version) but without the problems of the sticky un-wearable cream I had in my bag. I brought Niva 50 + and haven't looked back. It delivered on all that it promised, which I thought made a change. It smells great and makes my skin feel super soft. Best still I can mix this with a foundation and I am protected while covering up those little imperfections. I doubt Niva say you can do that but I found it works for me.
I recently had a penchant for calling my pale, ginger friends with freckles "daywalkers" in homage to South Park and due to their difficulty in dealing with the suns UV rays. It would almost always turn them red. It caused me hilarity. This was quite obviously mean and so karma decided to get me back by giving yours truly excruciating sunburn.
I was wearing a mere Factor 15 sun lotion at the time, due to my view that I didn't want to burn but that i also wanted a slight tan. How niave. The lotion acted like oil, baking me in the sun. It was from then on that I decided to take no chances.
Quite obviously personal vanity isnt the only reason to use a high factor lotion. Skin cancer is a very serious threat to all skin types, and in the short term sunburn plain hurts.
So I purchased Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion Factor 50. It was smooth to put on and I have never had an inkling of sunburn since due to its very high factor. It does have a mild discomfort if put on under clothes, but all lotions do. It was also good for my skin, which is usually very sensitive to new creams and the like.
So for an excellent lotion that does its job whilst keeping discomfort to a low, use this.
Yesterday I reviewed the factor 50 children's sun lotion by Nivea which I bought by mistake when I was trying to buy this one. Someone pointed out you should be able to see sun screen when it's on and that's true but there's a world of difference between this cream and the children's, this cream leaves a shiny sheen on the skin but no colour and the children's leaves a ghostly cream glow that makes you look like victorian ectoplasm! That's why I didn't use the children's one after one attempt.
Is it just me or do all sun creams smell pretty much the same? I can't describe the smell, it's some sort of chemical I think. This is a fairly thick white lotion that goes on easily and leaves behind no colour, just a slightly oily looking sheen to the skin that can be reduced on the face with a dab of face powder if necessary.
Having a sun allergy means I usually have a couple of strengths in of sun cream, a lower protection one for this kind of time of year when the temperature struggles to reach 20 degrees and it's not scorching hot and the factor 50 for days over 20 degrees when it's very sunny. I have to abandon moisturiser through the summer as none of them offer enough protection to my sun-hating skin so finding one that suits both my body and my face is vital.
I've been abroad to a few places that were 30 degrees every day and I tend to wear fake tan to look less conspicuous and then cover myself in sun block to prevent the sun actually touching my skin but be warned if you do this that you need to take exfoliator and fake tan with you because sun cream takes it off very quickly and in a very patchy way!
So this SPF 50 cream from Nivea is easy to apply and leaves only a shiny layer behind but does it work? I can wholeheartedly say yes, if I don't wear a high enough protection cream or don't wear any at all I immediately get collections of small itchy but painful blisters where my skin has been in the sun so I can really tell if a cream works or not.
On even the hottest days of the year when the sun is blazing, or during my infrequent trips abroad when there's no escape from the sun, I've used this factor 50 cream and not had any blisters at all. I once forgot to put some on the tips of my ears then wore a cap on a boat trip for a few hours and lived to regret it but the rest of me that had the cream on was fine.
I keep my arms and legs covered in the sun so I only have to apply cream to my face, neck and any areas of my chest that are on display, my hands are a must and my feet if I wear sandals. I don't use much just doing these areas so the 200ml bottle lasts me ages.
It is also water resistant and I did once go swimming after applying it everywhere and had no problems even though I was in the water for the best part of an hour although I did reapply to my shoulders and face once to make sure. This cream protects against both UVA and UVB rays and you are protected as soon as you apply it.
If you are out in the sun all day you must reapply cream regularly to ensure you stay protected.
I really like Nivea Sun sun creams, apart from the children's one which deliberately has this feature the rest leave minimal signs you are wearing them. I bought this last year for £12 from Boots and I've had a quick look online to check the price this year and it's now a couple of pounds more in most places but as it's a necessity for me throughout the summer I have to buy it anyway and this particular brand seems to suit my skin best and not clog my pores which is important as I have to wear it daily in place of moisturiser.
I can thoroughly recommend this cream, high protection with minimal signs you are wearing it.
Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50+ Very High; with its enhanced balance of UVA/UVB filters 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 / It also helps to reduce the risk of sun allergies / The fast acting formula with skin's own Hydramine provides long-lasting moisturasition for smooth, supple skin.