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Nivea sun oil spray SPF4
I do like oil when sun bathing because sometimes cream just feels as though its clogging me up. Nivea being a make I tend to trust, when I was last lying in the sun (seems a very very long time ago!!) I bought this assuming that it would offer protection and cause no nasty adverse skin reactions. Never entirely sure exactly what they mean, I was naturally enticed by the UVA 3 stars, although I have seen sun products with higher stars.
~~Product and Packaging~~
The oil is in a dark brown plastic bottle- obviously to give a clear idea of the walnut colour you will go when you use it. The large orange lid is pull off/ push back on with a spray mechanism to get the oil out.
The oil itself when sprayed comes out as a fine mist and settles lightly on the skin. I say settles because thats exactly what it does-it doesnt actually go anywhere but lies there glistening in the sunlight. Even when rubbed in, it isnt completely absorbed by the skin but rather sits there leaving a permanent fine layer of oil.
The oil is completely clear although I did think it might be orange and of the sort which stains your skin. It has a very slight scent which is difficult to describe but it does remind me of holidays, without smelling of coconut; this in itself is unusual because I find that lots of sun tan products smell of coconut.
~~What it does~~
The blurb on the bottle tells me that the oil is a UVA/UVB protection system and that it will help to keep my skin protected and moisturised in the sun; this, I think being due to the fact that it contains jojoba oil. It has a water resistant formula, contains Vitamin E, and is also dermatologically approved. So, apparently, all good stuff for skin about to be fried!
If skin has been burnt already, it does not provide protection best thing is not to burn!
~~How do I use it?~~
Lift of the lid, spray liberally onto skin, and massage into the skin.
As with all sun protection lotions and potions, the oil should be applied liberally before exposure to the sun. This application process should then be repeated every 20- 30 minutes, and after swimming.
~~Who is it for?~~
Because it is only Factor 4, it is considered to be low protection and is therefore for skin which is already tanned and acclimatised to the sun. Definitely not for children or anyone with skin which burns.
~~The warnings ~~
The usual kind of warnings about sun worshipping apply here: stay out of the sun at midday and dont expose babies and young children to direct sunlight.
~~Price and Availability~~
RRP is £8.50 for 150ml, but there are always offers on tanning products. It is widely available from chemists and supermarkets.
~~Other available products~~
Nivea Sun Light Feeling Sun Lotion SPF 6
Nivea Sun Light Moisturising Lotion SPF 4
The bottle suggests that this oil will give me a golden longlasting tan, which is a tad confusing, because its meant for people who already have a tan, and therefore the tan has nothing to do with the oil. Or am I nit picking?
For anyone who likes to use an oil and who has skin which is fairly dark, then this is a good one. Although it does tend to sit on the skin, it is, when eventually rubbed in, quite moisturising, and does make skin feel soft and supple. I believe any oil if applied at 30 minute intervals would have that effect.
Being oil I think its quite water resistant because the water doesnt seem to wash it away. It is still advisable to re apply after swimming though because any effectiveness must be reduced; thisis especially true after towelling yourself dry- it comes right off!
The smell is pleasant and very holiday-like. The oil is easy to use and I think anyone with a base tan should be ok with this one, and not suffer any nasty reactions.
Thanks for reading.
Nivea Sun Oil Spray offers convenient protection for pre-tanned skin / It's caring formula with jojoba oil helps to support the skin's natural moisture level, leaving it feeling smooth and supple /