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One of my earliest childhood memories is of a bottle of Piz Buin sun lotion we had in a bathroom cabinet which seemed to have been there since before time began. In the lid of this bottle was sand from a beach in Majorca from a holiday I had apparently attended but had no memory of due to being so young when we went. I was convinced as a small child that if I kept opening the lid and sniffing the sun lotion I'd be able to remember that holiday (I don't). For that reason I've always chosen Piz Buin sun lotion just for that little childhood memories sake.
I'm an extremely pale girl and subsequently I burn annoyingly easily. I never tan, I don't recall ever having a tan in my entire life, I just burn. I'm either pasty white or bright red. When a sunburn fades it just gradually goes a paler shade of red until I'm pasty white again - lovely!
With this in mind, unless we're in the middle of winter I just about always have sun lotion on. If the sun is shining, even if not particularly warm I'll apply sun lotion and this Piz Buin factor 20 is what I apply on such days where the sun is out but it's not particularly hot. Recently, however, I ran out of my trusty factor 50 which I normally apply for such glorious days like the ones we've been having recently and had to make do with this one instead until I went shopping to pick up some more.
This particular lotion can be picked up from larger supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug usually costing around £6.99 for a 200ml bottle. This lotion is also available in SPF 10, 15, 30 and 50.
The lotion comes in a dark brown bottle with the orange Piz Buin logo across the top making it instantly recognisable. On the front of the bottle we're told this is the 'In Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion' and has a SFP of 20 considered to provide medium protection. The back gives us relevant information about the bottle and tells us this lotion has 'advanced UVA/UVB filters [which] helps to protect the skin from the sun'. It is also 'enriched with a strong anti-oxidant to help prevent sun induced premature skin ageing' and is a 'non greasy, non-sticky formula [that] intensely moisturises your skin, leave it smooth and silky soft.' On top of all of this we're also this told lotion is 'sweat and water resistant'.
The lotion itself is quite a runny white cream which should be applied generously before sun exposure. It has a light, slightly fruity typical Piz Buin sun lotion scent to it which is quite pleasant on the skin. I tend to apply two grape sized blobs onto each limb I wish to protect and I do find it takes a fair bit of rubbing in to get this amount absorbed into the skin although I do get there eventually.
Whilst I would still say this is slightly sticky it's not as sticky as many sun lotions. I find the stickiness of this lotion to be fine for just every day wear but if you were applying this on the beach, for example, you'd definitely get a load of sand stuck to you. Whilst I wouldn't describe this as greasy it does leave a noticeable shimmer of the skin making it rather obvious that sun lotion has indeed been applied. It is very moisturising though and does leave my skin feeling really nice and soft.
In terms of protection I find this to be fine for my usual purposes. I've used this on many occasions when it hasn't been too warm but the sun has still be shining enough to burn me and it's protected my skin perfectly well and has only really needed to be reapplied every four hours or so (unless sweating, swimming etc) which I feel is decent. Some similar products have left me feeling I'm burning and lotion needs reapplying much quicker than that.
The day I used this when I'd ran out of my usual factor 50, however, it reached twenty-eight degrees where I was, the sun was beating down on us strong and I was at an outdoor event for the majority of the day. Despite staying in the shade and avoiding the midday sun as much as possible I still burnt to a crisp. I applied this lotion once every two hours or so and, unfortunately for me, I came out bright red in many places. My back has been burnt so bad it's actually blistered and I'm having to use actual burns cream to treat it!
Having said this, however, I do think different people require different levels of protection in different weathers and I think most adults have learnt what they need to use and when they need to use it. This lotion has proved perfectly suited to me on the many occasions I personally feel a factor 20 sun lotion offers enough protection for me. On the day I got rather badly burnt despite using this lotion I knew factor 20 would be no good for me but decided to risk it anyway until I got chance to go shopping. Basically, I think I'm more to blame for the bad protection I got that day than this lotion is and I won't knock any stars off it for that reason.
It is a decent sun lotion for medium protection and as long as medium protection is all you require then this is a five star product for you. It smells lovely, is extremely moisturising and isn't particularly greasy or sticky. Just make sure this is the right protection for you. I'm currently suffering with second degree sunburn because it wasn't the right protection for me and it isn't very pleasant to say the least!