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I generally have at least 1 summer beach holiday a year, to Spain or Malta in the summer months when it's the hottest. So I do go prepared and take my sun lotion with me, always stocking up when there's a good offer on at Boots or Superdrug. My sun care range of choice is Nivea but on a holiday earlier this year to Valencia in Spain I wanted something to boost my tan as I was only going for a few days and it was only May. So I wanted to make sure I get a proper tan whilst there.
At the airport I browsed the sun care options in Boots and was tempted by an oil or this "tan intensifying" lotion. The promise of tanning more whilst still staying protected sold this product to me. According to the packaging it combines UVA/UVB HELIOPLEX sun filters with Melitan, which helps enhance your skin's own natural tan.
And it was on offer which was also a plus. Normally this 150ml tube can be purchased for around £17, which I find very expensive compared to other brands. I bought it for half price, which was acceptable.
The sun lotion is a creamy white liquid with a pleasant smell. It's a very chemical smell I find and not as fresh and nice as the Nivea range, but it smelled ok. It dispenses very easily from the tube and feels nice once applied to my skin. I find it a bit smeary but a lot of sun lotions are like that I find. I applied it before heading to the beach or out sightseeing and my skin felt protected and moisturised. I did not have to reapply it during the day. I did not burn but tan nicely and I used an after sun product at the end of each day to keep my skin moisturised after all that sun exposure.
I returned from holiday with a nice tan but I can't say I tanned more or quicker than when using a normal sun lotion so not sure the whole tan intensifying thing is just a marketing thing or whether it actually works.
I find you can get cheaper, much nicer smelling, less smeary sun lotions that will protect you just as well. I will not be buying this one again, but glad I tried it. It's not a bad product by all means, it just isn't for me.
When it comes to being in the sunshine I want to be there, the moment the sun comes out I want to be enjoying it. I think it's part of being British we're so used to being in rain the moment the sun comes out we want to be out there enjoying it - so then out comes the sun cream so I can enjoy it without getting burnt. It was a similar story when we went to Italy last year, there was no way I was going to be able to endure it without covering myself in cream before hitting the Italian sun - I didn't have time to research which sun cream to use so me and my other half decided to go for a Piz Buin tube and have done the same this year!
~*~ Piz Buin ~*~
Piz Buin is a bit of a leader when it comes to sun cream if you know the history of the company, which until about two minutes ago I didn't. I did know that it's a Swiss company and that the sun cream was named after a mountain range but I wasn't aware that they were the first company, to introduce the SPF to the world - so that in itself makes me quite a big fan of the company since they seem to know what they're up to. It's a company that's been around for a good amount of time now, so they seem to be somewhat of a leader when it comes to sun protection and after sun protection - which is why although sometimes they might seem a little overly priced they are more than worth their money, you just have to try them to see why. I didn't really have any expectations when I bought this sun cream I just needed some to go away with, but I certainly won't be changing brands now!
~*~ What it claims ~*~
Combining UVA/UVB HELIOPLEXTM sun filters with Melitan, which helps enhance your skin's own natural tan. So now you can build a gorgeous, natural tan without compromising on your level of protection. The lotion provides hours of moisturisation, which prevents peeling and contributes to a longer lasting tan.
~*~ Application ~*~
Applying is ridiculously easy, as always really with sun cream it's not a difficult thing to apply - squeeze out of the tube after flipping the lid open and apply. Rates of absorbency will depend how absorbent your skin is to start with - for me personally applying is really quick and really easy, I just apply a decent sized amount around 50 pence size on my upper and lower arm, and for each section I'm going to cover in cream and rub it in, for me it is absorbed really quickly so it's a simple apply and go for me. However for my other half, it just doesn't absorb quite as fast on his body, so he feels quite sticky for a while after applying - unless it's on his face, that seems to drink it. However if you've got dry/dehydrated skin it will drink this sun cream I've noticed, so it is highly moisturising. Just make sure after application that you give around the hole it comes out of in the lid a good clean, because if you don't and you leave it for a couple of weeks before using it again it can get quite hard and crusty - although at the minute you'll be using it frequently that might not always be the case. After all we live in the UK our sunshine is normally sporadic, however I seem to be going through this quite nicely this summer, not that I'm complaining at all!
~*~ Smell and Feel on skin ~*~
I find this sun cream has a beautiful smell; I can't quite put my finger on what it smells like - but it's somewhat floral but with a hint of chemicals obviously, because it wouldn't be a sun cream without. However it's a scent that isn't offensive in any way, I am really quite partial to the scent and it's one of the reasons I keep buying this sun cream actually. Mainly because it's the smell I associate with my first holiday abroad with my current boyfriend, and it's a time I like to remember. It's a scent that sticks around for as long as the cream is potent on your skin as well, which I find is a good indicator to when I need to reapply the cream, so when the smell is gone it's time to top up! For me the feel of this sun cream once it's been well rubbed in is a nice one it feels nicely moisturised and you can only tell it's there for a small amount of time, once it's absorbed into the skin - I feel like my skin has gone back to how it naturally feels without being overly sticky and uncomfortable. However my other half who finds it difficult to absorb feels all day like he's sticky but has a similar problem with all sun creams so we continue to use this one purely because it provides the best coverage for us both. At the end of the day when I come in from the sun I can tell it's there, and by later on in the day I know I need a shower because it starts to feel a bit stickier, but it's simple to just jump in the shower and towel off, then your skin feels as good as new really. How your skin reacts to moisturiser is very indicative of how this will absorb into your skin, so if you find you really have to rub it in - you might find this sun cream is a little bit too thick for you and going for the spray version might make your life a little bit easier, but if your skin absorbs easily then this one will be just as good as any of the others.
~*~ Sun Protection ~*~
This sun cream is a SPF 15, but it does come in varying SPF's across the range you just need to have a look out for the right SPF for your skin. Admittedly I am very fair, got a fair few freckles going on across my body - but I do only use SPF 15, and to great effect really. I recently used another sun cream, a Nivea one and that was around SPF 30, and in one day out in the sunshine I managed to get incredibly burnt to a point that my entire body (well the burnt places anyway) swelled up and I became very self-conscious. I know how my skin is and I know that with the Piz Buin, I can happily use SPF 15, top up regularly when I find the scent is disappearing, or when I feel a bit sweaty and know that I will be protected, admittedly I have occasionally gone a bit pink on sensitive areas - but in the few days following looking a bit pink it's turned brown and the slight hint of burn has gone. This in comparison to the Nivea product I used is a miracle, because I was bright red for days which didn't really turn into much other than peeling skin, which is not an attractive sight for anyone, or a pleasant feeling. This Piz Buin sun cream claims to help prevent peeling, which I can happily say it does for the most part, my skin peels if I burn even the tiniest bit with SPF 50 on - so I'm going to say that's just how my skin naturally is, my other half only ever peels on very sensitive parts like his face if he gets burnt using this, the rest of his body is fine. In conjunction with the Piz Buin after sun, you'll get a good base to ensure you peel a minimal amount. Tanning however, it does help a lot, I have tan lines on my legs to prove this, and this was only from Sunday (4th August) I wore a skirt for the day out in the sun, creamed up to make sure I didn't get burnt and where my skirt sat I have tan lines similarly around where my converse stopped up my ankles. No burn lines, just tan lines - which to me is proof it does help tanning!
~*~ Longevity ~*~
They suggest not to keep a sun cream for more than a season, which in the lovely weather we're having at the moment will be fine because since I bought my most recent tube - I've been using it regularly and by the time I get to the end I think the sun will have had enough of us anyway so it'll work out nicely. It all depends how frequently you reapply and how sensitive your skin is, on a day out which for me and my boyfriend is around 9/10 hours I tend to reapply at least three times to make sure I'm not getting burnt, or if I am stop it getting any worse - and this bottle has been in use since June and is only now getting to half full. So I think you'd get a good three or four months out of a tube of this sun cream in reality, but since a little goes a long way you don't really need to use loads all the time because it covers a lot more than you'd imagine. Which considering how much you will pay for this sun cream you'll want to get the most out of it because it's not cheap, but it definitely does its job with a lovely smell to boot! I haven't tested this out in any water, but as far as I'm aware it's not waterproof, so don't jump in the sea expecting it to protect you, but it will protect you against sweat to a degree but not to the fullest extent!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
This sun cream is available all over at the minute, you'll not struggle to find a brown tube of goodness:
The RRP is around £18 a tube but it's on offer in varying places, Boots have a buy one get one free at the moment, when I bought it, it was only £8.50 a tube, however even at £18 a tube it's worth it to save you from getting burnt!
I'm reviewing PIZ BUIN sun protection cream.
It cost me £8.99 in Semichem and is SPF 30 (high).
***WHY I BOUGHT THIS ONE***
This summer we've all been using the Nivea Sun lotion because it was recommended for our toddlers, but they've gone off on holiday and it felt wrong using 'their' sun lotion while they are gone . Upon checking my sun creams in my bathroom cupboard though, I found they were out of date, a bit grubby looking from floundering at the back of the cupboard since last year, and nearly empty anyway ,so I binned those two and bought a tube of PIZ BUIN in Semichem for myself and hubby to use. I needed a dependable brand and was happy to pay a bit extra for it.
***USING AND MY OPINION***
The tube is quite standard brown plastic with a flip-top lid and contains 150ml of lotion.
There is a list of contents, but the basics are quite simple. It boasts providing up to 6 hours of protection and claims to be sweat AND water resistant. But it DOES advise you re-apply after having been in water or sweating, which is logical really.
It boasts "combines an exclusive UVA/UVB sun filter technology and Melitan, a peptide shown to naturally enhance the production of your skin's tanning pigments and builds up natural tan without compromising on your level of protection."
The lotion itself is white and unlike the thicker sun creams it is easier to apply because it needs less stroking in and sinks into the skin quite quickly.
It isn't greasy, but after using it you can feel that there is something on your skin, like a moisturising effect, making the skin feel softer.
There is a slightly perfumed fragrance from it that starts off OK but then settles to a vaguely medicinal smell once it sinks in. Not unpleasant, but not pleasant either and not as nice as other lotions I've used in the past. To illustrate what I mean, I felt the need to wash this off thoroughly before going shopping because I didn't fancy walking round the crowded shopping centre smelling obviously of this.
The good thing about lotions as opposed to thicker creams is that a little goes a long way, and this is proving true with this one. The more normally exposed areas (arms and legs) just needed a light application and the more delicate areas that are usually covered all winter got a more thorough application to be on the safe side.
Protection wise it has been working well and has been tested thoroughly, because we've been painting the front of our south facing house since last week, and shorts only has been hubby's uniform . He is blonde and very fair skinned, so working up a ladder with his back to the sun for hours on end has been a good test of the PIZ BUIN. And it has passed. No sunburn whatsoever,just a nicely building tan.
I've also used it while I've been gardening (and ladder holding) and again I've not had any burning on my usually delicate neck and shoulder areas. So I'm quite happy with this and glad I didn't opt for the cheaper brand hubby suggested to save pennies.
Neither of us using this has had any adverse skin reaction at all ,so that's a relief too.
It can be stored on it's cap to ensure the lotion is right there when you flip the lid open to use. No chasing the lotion along the tube .
All in all this has been a good buy and this 150ml tube will serve us right through next year easily I should think. Not bad for £9 in my opinion.
Would I recommend this ? Yes. It isn't the cheapest one available, nor the nicest fragranced, but you can't take chances with sun protection, so best pay a bit extra for something reliable like this.
I'm not even taking a star off for the high price which I've designated a negative, because it is actually worth it.
Thank you for reading.~~~myloh.
Purchased some Piz Buin before my trip to Thailand, I had been recommended the sun cream by a friend of mine, I rushed out last minute to buy some from Boots as sun cream had slipped my mind!
Piz Buin isn't the cheapest sun cream out there, fortunately it is usually 2 for 1 in Boots or Superdrug, so it ended up cost around £9 a bottle. Still not cheap, but I took the plunge and purchased a few different levels.
I started with the 30 cream but quickly moved down to 15, I didn't get burnt at all to be fair! However it did give me terrible rashes, from head to toe. It was a real shame and I've never had it from any other sun cream. It disappeared very quickly after I stopped using it and went and purchased a different brand and received no such rash. The cream was in date and I looked through the ingredients of both my sun creams and there was little difference so i'm not sure what caused it! Especially as it didn't happen straight away.
Decent sun cream but be careful it isn't going to give you a rash!
Piz Buin/The Product
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Piz Buin has been making sun care products for over 65yrs to help sun lovers achieve the perfect balance between getting a beautiful tan and the protection they need. Piz Buin was on the first brands to make tanning safer by implementing the SPF system in the 1960's. Piz Buin helps people to enjoy the sun safely whether it's at the beach, on the mountain on in the city. Although I have heard of this brand before I'm not really familiar with their products and have never used their products before. I normally always use Nivea or Garnier sun care but I decided to look for something difference for one and this caught my eye due to the dark bottles that their products are in. I also noticed that it said 'Tan & Protect' on the packaging as well which made me pick up the item to look at it before buying it.
Although this product is available to purchase in a spray and a lotion I am reviewing the lotion version of the product. This lotion claims to be non-greasy and non-sticky and helps to protect you from the sun's rays as well as moisturising your skin to help prevent peeling. The products in the tan & protect range combines effective UVA/UVB protection with Melitane. By increasing the production of the skin's tanning pigment by up to 70%, Melitane is proven to accelerate the speed of the natural tanning process, for a faster, more beautiful tan. This lotion claims to be water and sweat resistant so is suitable for wherever you are or where-ever you are going. I purchased a factor 15 lotion which is rated medium protection from the sun.
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The product can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug and some supermarkets and pharmacies. I purchased this from my local boots store for £7.84 which was for a 150ml tube of the lotion. The product was on offer at 1/2 price when I purchased the item. At full price the item is normally £17.49 so I saved myself a fair bit of money. The lotion is available in factors 6 (low), 15 (medium) and 30 (high).
Using the Product
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Apply generously and evenly before sun exposure. A reduced quantity lowers the protection level significantly. Re-apply the lotion frequently, especially after sweating, swimming or towelling. Avoid midday sun and staying too long in the sun even while using sunscreen.
I am quite pale so have to be careful in the sun as I tend to burn quite easily. The first day I applied this product it was quite warm outside and there wasn't really many clouds in the sky. I was planning on hoovering my boyfriend's car whilst he worked on the engine and then we were going over to his mum's house to put a new filter pump in the pond. I was hoping then I would be able to enjoy the time in the sun a little. The only part of me that would be on show would be my arms so I decided to apply some of the sun lotion. I flipped open the cap of the sun lotion and gave the bottle a slight squeeze to dispense some of the lotion. The bottle was easy to hold and due to the flexible plastic that the tube is made from it was easy to squeeze the right amount of lotion out. The lotion was white in colour and looked rather thick; how-ever I was hoping it wouldn't be too thick once applied. I rubbed a generous amount over my arms, shoulders, neck and chest area where my skin would be exposed to the sun.
The lotion felt cool and silky as I rubbed it into my skin. As I rubbed the lotion in I could smell the lovely scent of the lotion. It's hard to explain the scent but it was pleasant and wasn't too overpowering. After rubbing the lotion in my arms looked nice and moisturised. The lotion wasn't sticky and didn't feel heavy on my skin which was good. I also liked that the lotion wasn't greasy either and soaked into my skin quickly. I spent a good 2-3hrs in the sun doing various things (not just sitting down) and although the sun felt hot on my skin I felt confident that the sun lotion was giving me good protection from burning. The scent of the product didn't really last long after applying it which was a shame as it smells really nice. When I got home that evening before getting in the shower I noticed that I hadn't burnt whilst spending some time in the garden in the sun which was really good. I did how-ever notice that I had a light colour to my skin where my skin had been exposed to the sun. The colour was a very light brown/golden colour. I had to admit that I was a little surprised at this as I hadn't really been sitting directly in the sun for more than 10mins. The rest of the time I had spent in the sun I was moving about. As previously stated I normally burn very easily in the sun so I was really impressed to see that I hadn't burnt but instead had a light colour to my skin after being out in the sun.
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I have to admit that I did have high hopes of this product as I know Piz Buin is a brilliant brand and a brand I have seen many times in shops such as Boots and Superdrug. This product sounded really good and I thought it was great value at half price, which is why I purchased it when I did. I did actually purchase the spray and the lotion but have only got round to using the lotion at the moment. I love the feel of the lotion against my skin as it's smooth and silky and applies easily without it feeling greasy or sticky. I also found that the lotion sinks into my skin easily to leave it feeling and looking moisturised. The lotion is really easy to dispense and helps me feel protected against the sun. I was pleased that the lotion protected me and stopped me from burning whilst I was in the sun and I was even more impressed when looking at my skin later that evening and seeing that it had a nice, light brown colour to it. This is one of the best sun care products I have purchased and I much prefer it to the previous brand I was using. This lotion not only protects me from the sun but also helps to tan my skin lightly. I would definitely recommend this product to others. It is expensive at full price how-ever Boots and Superdrug normally have sun care products on offer during certain periods.
(review may also appear on dooyoo)