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I don't have a garden of my own which is a bit frustrating with this beautiful weather. I have to travel to my parents home (an hour away!) to enjoy the sunshine. While there, I tend to use my mothers sun products and the one I've been using this week is the Piz Buin In Sun Protection Lotion SPF 10.
What does the product do?
The product promises to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays that would otherwise burn the skin and cause premature aging. It claims that it will soothe the skin and to hydrate it for hours, preventing skin from peeling. It is also water resistant and comes in a couple of different SPFs. I used SPF 10.
How do you use the product?
You are directed to apply the product to clean skin before you go out into the sun. You are supposed to use three tablespoons of the cream and massage it into the body until it has been fully absorbed, although I probably use much more. If you use less, it affects the protection that the lotion can offer you. Despite it being water resistant, you are told to reapply the product after swimming, sweating or drying yourself with a towel.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a brown plastic bottle which doesn't look very summery. It does have any decoration on it other than some orange and white writing which provides some more information about the product. It has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close easy when your hands are slippery. The product will cost you around £12 for 200ml of the lotion and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites. My mum got hers from Ocado.
Application and Performance
The product has a delicious scent which is tropical and summery. It doesn't smell of anything in particular but it does have a lovely holiday aroma and I really like it. It is quite an evident smell but it isn't strong or overpowering and it is what you would expect from a sun lotion. The cream has a pure white colour to it and it has a rich consistency. The product is thick yet runny and a lot comes out of the bottle when you squeeze it.
The sun lotion is glides over the skin easily without pulling or dragging the skin. It is very white but it doesn't make my skin look paler as some creams can. It is also quite easily absorbed by the skin despite its thickness so you won't need to spend a long time rubbing it in. It feels really hydrating on the skin and it does a really good job at moisturising the skin. It feels completely comfortable on the skin and it hasn't irritated my skin or caused me to experience any discomfort. It doesn't leave me feeling greasy or unclean, and I can dress quite quickly after application. It does leave a slight sheen on the skin.
This does protect my skin well. On one occasion, I missed a tiny bit on my arm and I could see what my skin would have looked like without it so it does stop my skin from burning. Yesterday, I applied the cream once in the morning and that was it. I was in and out of my niece's paddling pool with her and I was fine so it is waterproof too. I was still able to tan through the lotion too and I got a nice bit of colour. My skin felt really soft after use so it is really moisturising too.
All in all, this is a really good sun lotion which protects the skin well and allows me to tan as well. It stops me burning and it keeps my skin really soft and hydrated too. It smells completely delicious and it doesn't leave me feeling sticky or unclean. I would happily purchase my own bottle of this at a later date.
When it comes to the sun I am a little bit of a sun worshipper, although I always apply some sun protection to protect my skin as much as possible. When it comes to sun lotion when I look in the shops I look to see what is on special offer first, if all are on some kind of deal which they usually are I opt for Piz Buin it is a brand I use regularly and trust.
Piz Buin is a brand that has been around for a number of years and I love that they come in a wide range of sun protection factors to suit you. I also love the fragrance they have it instantly makes me think of my holidays.
In extreme heat abroad with the heat and the sand I suffer from prickly heat on my legs and I use the higher allergy lotion. But when I am in the UK I use the SPF 10 in sun lotion, which comes in a 200ml bottle and I recently purchased a new bottle in Boots on half rice for just under £7.
It comes in the standard brown bottle and the cap is easy to open, especially when you have greasy hands.
The great thing about this lotion is that as it is a cream it is not sticky and does not leave you greasy which you can find with a lot of lotions that I have used in the past. The grease leaves marks on your clothes after use, which can ruin the clothes too.
I find that this lotion moisturises your skin at the same time, leaving your skin feeling soft. The lotion is sweat and water resistant so you do not have to worry about it wearing off after a short while. As with most lotions you should reapply every few hours to make sure that you get the best protection possible for your skin.
The In Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 10 is a Low Protection and it has a strong anti oxidant to help prevent the sun induced premature skin aging.
Overall a great lotion that is easy to apply and also rubs in well so you do not have white patches everywhere. It has a great fragrance and is a lotion that I will be using for many years to come.
Going on holiday abroad the one thing you cannot afford to try and get on the cheap is sun tan lotion. If you buy cheap ineffective sun tan lotion you could very well end up ruining your whole holiday. I must admit this is an area where my wife takes control and buys the sun tan lotion for the holidays. I just use it and comment on it!
This year we had Piz Buin sun tan lotion to use. I am fair skinned so I have to be very careful in the sun and when abroad I have to make sure all my exposed skin is covered. I can safely say that it did the trick. I didn't burn at all and I even ended up having a slight tan. Saying only a slight tan is not saying the sun tan lotion didn't do its job it's just that I don't tan easy. I go red in the first day and then it might turn into a slight tan later on in the holiday.
The main ingredient I look for in sun tan lotion is that it does the job of protecting me from the sun and I don't spoil my holiday by getting sun burn. So from that point of view I can safely give Piz Buin the thumbs up for an effective sun tan lotion.
My first encounter with Piz Buin, was when a cousin came round on a sunny day and I asked her what beautiful perfume she was wearing. It turned out it was in fact her suntan lotion that had such a fabulous smell. On that alone I prepared to try it.
The packaging is very recognisable and shall we say, the designer suncream of the market. The bottle actually holds quite a lot of the product and I only need one bottle for 7 day holiday (this coming from a pale English girl who has to smother herself in the stuff everyday).
The dispenser is a medium sized hole, not a spray, which i prefer. I only find they get clogged up with sand and stop working. I also like knowing where I'm putting on the cream; with spray cream I often miss spots.
The cream also sinks in nicely to the skin, but is not colourless on application. Again, I prefer this, for with invisible creams you just cannot tell where or not you've put it.
It is not sticky, glides on nicely and sinks in quickly, which is crucial on sandy beaches.
The smell, have I mentioned, is divine. It is something you have to experience for yourself. It isn't overly powerful, but a musky summery scent, which is what sets it apart from its rivals.
Lastly and most importantly, I've had great success with the cream as a protectant. I often start with a 30SPF and move down to the 15SPF, which works well on most holidays, and has prevented me from burning. I tan slowly but safely as a result (while smelling fabulous along the way).
The one problem with Piz Buin, unfortunately, is the price. It is more expensive than shop own brands (such as Boots or supermarkets), which give you the coverage you want for half the price. In my humble opinion, however, its worth the price tag. Shop around for deals! Currently its on offer at £6.48 in Superdrug, but I also recommend looking in lesser known beauty stores, or even TK Maxx, which can have it at even less.
I cannot rate it lower based on the price, for if your clever and buy it when the deals are on, it need not be a problem. Where I'm from you don't need it so often, so a little splurge on the good stuff, in this case Piz Buin, is worth every penny.
Now, if you have read any more of my reviews, you will know that i am very pale, and I don't tan very easily! In fact I hardly tan at all ( Generally i stick to good old st Tropez fake stuff!) But as i was going abroad i thought i would give this a go.....
I only used this on my legs as it is a low factor sun cream SPF10, and i generally wouldn't buy one this expensive but it was on offer in the factory shop so i thought i would buy it (RRP in the factory shop was £11.00 but was on offer at £6)
The first thing you notice is the gorgeous smell.... doesn't smell like suncream, or sit heavily on your skin it was just gorgeous to use! The smell is so good you would almost be tempted to use it as a body lotion alone!
As for the sun protection.... wasn't overlly brilliant, but then i was partly to blame for that for buying such a low factor, think it might be better if you have darker skin than me, as i ended up applying it every hour or so, and after i came into contact with water ( Which was all the time on hols with Sea and pool etc!)
BUT, i found it is brilliant for england! as our summer here was very mild this year i used it throughout the summer and it worked so well! Many people commented on the smell,and asked what perfume i was wearing!
Overall, if you don't mind splashing out a bit its a really good sun cream!
I have quite sensitive skin so i usually just stick to the one kind of sun tan lotion but this was on offer in a shop for about £2 so i thought I would give it a try.
I used the spf 10 on my legs (even though i have fair skin my legs don't seem to need as much spf as other areas) and it glided on easily. The smell of it was lovely and it rubbed in well. My mum also commented on the smell and decided that she would put some on too.
It didn't sit heavily on my skin and it felt like I had just moisturised it. I probably won't get it for as good a price as £2 again but i would definitely buy it at full price, even though it is a little more expensive. A great must have for any holiday or even if the weather is just nice out in the back garden!
Piz Buin In sun lotion SPF 10
"GET THE MOST OUT OF LIFE IN THE SUN SAFELY".
This is one of the products I have used before when in the sun, and Piz Buin being one of my preferred makes, I know I will probably like this.
WHAT IT DOES...
This offers SPF 10 which is considered low but which I find is fine for my first week or so in the sun.
It is UVA/UVB with helioplex which apparently provides photostable broad spectrum protection, whatever that is! It also contains Vitamin E which the information on the back of the bottle tells me will neutralise free radicals which cause premature skin ageing.
The lotion is also water and sweat resistant, whcih is a claim most of these kind of products make but one which I am not entirely sure of.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The 200ml plastic bottle is the usual Piz Buin brown with a flip up/down lid to open and close the bottle, and all of the information and instructions for use on the back.
When i apply the white lotion, it is nice and creamy and is absorbed easily into my skin without leaving any sticky residue.
It has a pleasant not overly strong fruit/floral smell which definitely reminds me of holidays and sunshine.
HOW TO USE IT...
As with most sun lotions and potions, it is easy to apply:
* Apply generously before going into the sun
* Reapply frequently after swimming and towelling dry
Apparently full body application is 3 tablespoons per person and less than this will lower the level of protection, but i suppose this amount all depends on body size.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Available from supermarkets and chemists, this costs around £12 for 200ml
The product is made by Johnson and johnson, maidenhead
The website, www.pizbuin.com has lots of information about this and other sun protection products.
WHAT I THINK...
This offered good protection and kept my skin nicely moisturised. The lotion rubbed in easily and was quickly absorbed by my skin and left no sticky residue and didn't make my pores feel all clogged up.
Piz Buin does tend to be one of the makes I trust when on holiday and this didn't disappoint. It is gentle enough for children to use as we found on the second last day when little Miss got a heat rash with the higher factor, and this offered her enough protection when she was under the dappled shade and caused no nasty reactions.
A good family product and one which I would recommend.
Thanks for reading.