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It is important to protect our skin from the damage so that we are not subjected to premature skin damage or increasing our changes of skin cancer. I am not loyal to any particular brand of sun protection and I will generally buy whichever one is on offer, providing that it is a well know name. And that is how I came across the Piz Buin Allergy Sun Protection Spray.
What does the product do?
The Piz Buin Allergy Sun Protection Spray is a bit more special than your ordinary sun protection cream. The spray has been specifically designed for those who have sun sensitive skin and contains ingredients which give extra protection when you're out in the sunshine. It protects the skin from sun damage and provides many hours of moisturisation. It also claims to soothe the skin and to prevent it from peeling with the sun has gone down. The product is water resistant and dermatologically tested.
How does it work?
The product contains UVA and UVB filters which stops the harmful sun rays from damaging the skin. It also contains Calmanelle which helps to strengthen the skin's resilience when it is exposed to the sun. It is an anti-oxidant which increases the skins tolerance of the sun.
How do you use the product?
The product to be applied generously all over the body before your skin is exposed to the sun. It should be reapplied frequently or whenever you feel the need and it needs to be reapplied if you are sweating or if you have been swimming.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a dark brown bottle and it has some golden and white writing on the front. The back gives you a little bit more information about the product and how to use it correctly. The product doesn't have a lid but it has a dial on the top of the bottle. You twist it one way to put it in the open position and the other way to close it again. You then push down on the top of the bottle to dispense the sun protection which comes out in the form of a spray.
The product costs around £8 for 200ml of the spray but this will vary greatly, especially if the product is on offer. It is available from many department stores such as Boots, large supermarkets and a range of online websites.
Also available in the allergy range is a sun lotion and a sun cream specifically for the face. I have SPF 15 and the product is also available in SPF30 and SPF 50+. I like this range of factors because you are advised not to use anything less than 15 in order to get proper protection so as the range doesn't include anything lower, it makes me feel like they care about protecting my skin.
The product is simple to apply because of the spray mechanism and this mechanism actually makes it quite fun to use. I have found myself applying more of this product than I would apply a normal sun lotion because it easy and quick so my skin is receiving better protection in that respect. It releases the product in a way that is slightly thicker than a mist but still allows an even dispensation of the product. It coats the skin quite well but for the areas where I feel like I need more protection, I find it just as easy to spray the product into my hand and then to apply it like a normal lotion. Because it is a spray, you will find it easy to do your own back too but you may need someone else to rub it in for you.
It doesn't make me look paler than I already am despite the product having a very white colour. As you rub in the product, it disappears completely, only to leave a slight sheen behind on the skin. The product doesn't have much a fragrance at all and it is largely odourless. I quite like my sun products to have a tropical fragrance but it's still not really a negative for me. It doesn't irritate my skin or make it feel uncomfortable and it doesn't give you that horrible greasy feeling that some sun lotions do.
Well, first of all and most importantly, I didn't burn. That is the main point that I bought the product. I spent quite a few hours out in the sun over the period of a few days and with regular reapplications, just as directed, I didn't burn at all. My skin still managed to tan despite this and I managed to achieve a lovely golden colour. I didn't develop prickly heat and any other heat associated conditions that can result from being in the sunshine. My skin felt soft and smooth at the end of each day instead of feeling tight and dry as it has done with some sun protection products.
All in all, this is a really good sun protection product which is fun and easy to use. It stops the skin from burning while still allowing you to tan and it leaves the skin feel moisturised and soft. It didn't irritate my skin and also seemed to stop me from developing prickly heat. The price of the product is on par with most of the well known competitors too so this product is getting full marks from me.
As part of the preparation for my recent family holiday I needed to buy sun protection creams for the whole family. We all needed strong protection but two of my children suffer with quite bad eczema and I get really bad prickly heat, even when at home. I needed to buy sun protection that would suit all of our skin types and that would also provide the required level of sun protection. I did a lot of internet research and finally decided I would try the Piz Buin Allergy Range. The range is advertised as being effective for those who are prone to skin allergies and with sensitive skin.
I bought a number of the Piz Buin Allergy products ranging from SPF50 to SPF 15. I bought the lotion as I thought it would be easily applied and also because it seemed to be the most reasonably priced. The products range from around £11 to £15 for a 200ml bottle, when I bought ours it was on buy one, get one free in Boots. The Piz Buin products are quite distinctive they come in brown plastic containers with very distinctive orange lettering.
I don't know anything about the science behind sun screens so I assume the levels of protection are as described on the bottles, my main concern was that they would do their job without any of us having a reaction to the product or coming out in the dreaded prickly heat. I also wanted something that wouldn't have an overpowering smell, I always find sun care products have a very strong smell and it always makes me feel quite nauseous. I can confirm that whilst there is a fragrance in Piz Buin it is quite pleasant and not at all overpowering, once applied I found the smell faded and I didn't notice it after a little while.
The Piz Buin Allergy Lotion is a creamy coloured lotion, it is not too thick and neither is it runny, even when we were on holiday and had the lotion at the pool with us I found that it retained its texture quite well and didn't become too runny or gloupy. There are directions for applying the product and basically I ensured everyone was covered top to toe when first going out in the sun and then applied throughout the day especially when the children came out of the pool. My two children with the eczema had no problems with this product and their skin looked very well at the end of the holiday. The product did its primary function and none of us suffered with sun burn whilst on holiday. I would advise anyone to test the product prior to going on their holiday to ensure they have no reaction to it. We were on holiday for a week and during that time I had no prickly heat, this was a major achievement for me as I find it does make me very miserable when I have it and I do find it quite painful.
I will definitely be buying Piz Buin again and would recommend it to others with sun sensitive skin.
Piz Buin is made by Johnson & Johnson and more information on the product range can be found at www.pizbuin.com
Well seeing as we are edging towards that time of the year when we can start appreciating the nice outdoor weather, I thought I would write a review on a suntan lotion which I am very impressed with.
Firstly the image that has been used for this review is incorrect. This is how the suntan lotion packaging looked a couple of years ago. Now it has changed to what I consider to be an improved design. The new design is much narrower and feels nice to hold. An advantage also with this new design is that it has an indent above and below the Piz Buin logo. This is very effective as when you are applying the lotion and your hands feel a bit greasy you dont have to worry the bottle is going to slip from your hands as the indents help stop this.
Piz Buin comes in a variety of different factors 8, 15, 20, 30 although I have heard that soon there will be no such thing as an SPF 8 due to new research into warnings of skin cancer. There is the standard Piz Buin Suntan Lotion and the Piz Buin ALLERGY Suntan Lotion. This review is based on the Allergy version.
I have always suffered terribly with my skin when exposed to the sun. Not only would I burn easily due to me having a very fair skin, but I also developed a very bad allergy to the sun. This allergy is apparently very common and as soon as my skin went into the sun I would come out in this terrible itchy rash. My skin would go all red and blotchy as well. Once this allergy flared up my skin only had to be exposed to the slightest bit of heat and I would be itching like mad. It ruined many a holiday in the past. That was until about 7yrs ago when I discovered the Piz Buin Allergy Suntan Lotion. I was apprehensive at first as to whether it would work as I had tried so many different suntan lotions in the past, but none of the other lotions stated that they were good at preventing sun allergies, so I thought I would give it a go.
The first thing I noticed about the product that I wasnt to happy about was the price as it was the most expensive suntan lotion on the shelf. From Boots today you can buy it for £15. As soon as I got it home I opened the lid and smelt it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually smelt really nice. Most suntan lotions in the past that I had tried I never really liked the smell of so that was a great start. I read the details on the back where it says: Photostable UVA-UVB protection suitable for sensitive skin. Formula based on an innovative filter technology to protect from sunburn and skin ageing. Superior moisturisation. Dermatologically tested. Extra water resistant. It also states on the front of the container that it is Sahara tested.
On the day I brought this it happened to be a very warm and sunny day so I tried it out. It is a white lotion and when I rubbed it into my skin I found it absorbed very easily. I was very surprised and pleased to find it didnt leave my skin feeling horrible and sticky as all other suntan lotions I had tried in the past did. A little seemed to go quite a long way and after I had applied this I wouldnt of known I had any on which was great. I lay there in the sun with this lovely aroma which I found quite relaxing floating around me in the air. Normally I would dread the whole experience of applying suntan lotion but because I liked this one so much I couldnt wait to apply some more so after a couple of hours I was quite keen to re-apply.
Now I spent 3 hours in all in the sun and normally after just that short time my allergy would start to appear. But I was pleased to say it didnt appear at all. I went on many holidays after this and had very little trouble with my skin. The only time the allergy re-appeared was if I didnt re-apply the lotion soon enough and my skin was exposed to sun without the allergy protection. Another good thing about this suntan lotion is that I found my skin doesnt peel hardly after being out in the sun. The lotion really keeps the skin very moisturised which in turn helps your tan to last longer. It is also water resistant which is a great plus point. This lotion has made a real difference to my skin and has meant I can go on holidays and actually enjoy them. For me it has been well worth the extra expensive and I would certainly recommend this to anyone else who suffers from sun allergies or even to people who dont.
this is not so much a review, but a question... where can I find this fantastic product??? I live in the states, and no one here knows what I'm talking about, and.. no one over seas will ship it to me please help! I leave for vacation in 2 weeks! thanks firstname.lastname@example.org and no I can't write a 75 word review because I like to make it short and sweet! I could start reciting some poetry.... anyone out there who can ship me a bottle, please help! my skin is breaking out into a nasty rash and benadryl doesn't work! thanks again! (is that 75 words?)
If you suffer from sun induced allergies, you will know how awful they can be. You desperately want to sit out in the sun and get a lovely, healthy looking tan, but afterwards what could be worse than developing a red, itchy rash that drives you mad. I have had prickly heat before - a red, blotchy rash that itches and stings and like the name suggests, feels like your skin is prickling all over. It happened for the first time when I was in Turkey and I’m afraid it rather spoiled my holiday since Hubbie is a real sun worshipper and I had to sit in the shade covered in red blotches - not a pretty sight! Before the next holiday I scoured Boots in the hope of seeing something that would offer me more protection and spied Piz Buin Sun Allergy Lotion, which claims to protect against sun allergies. I bought 2 bottles on the spot and what a godsend they were. No prickly heat, no itchy rashes, not even any sunburn, but then I suppose, I was fanatical about slapping it on! It has a factor of 8 so obviously it needs to be reapplied more often than most. It is also water resistant and I can vouch for this since after you have been swimming, you can actually see a very thin film of the lotion sitting on the top of your skin. It smells divine and is easy to apply since it soaks in fairly easily. I suppose the only downside is the price but then, I would gladly pay anything in order to prevent prickly heat!
SPF 15 allergy lotion with extra UVA protection for skin prone to UVA induced allergies / Free of colourants, for very delicate skin