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This product makes being super lazy on the beach even easier! It is more expensive by far than many other suntan lotions available but as it needs only one application a day it is well worth it. Of course beware though as you only need one application if you get it wrong it''s a long time to have a missed patch to burn in the sun! I only managed to find the SPF 20 available in the spray format and this is much easier to apply than SPF 10 and SPF 15 which seem to only be available in pour out bottles. Because this is product is an oil it can be hard to know where you have covered. I have very sensitive skin and I did find that this product caused some irritation around my eyes but this was only very mild compared to what most standard suntan lotions cause.
The sun has finally made an appearance again and the warmer weather has resulted in the necessity to flash some flesh! I have very fair skin. To give you an idea of just how pale I am, a friend once pointed at my bare legs and teasingly enquired if I had taken on the Daz doorstep challenge, then proceeded to ask if I was aware that I'm supposed to wash my laundry with it, not bathe in it myself! Very cheeky indeed! I was not at all offended as I am not particularly bothered about having a tan anyway, but I do have to be careful as I burn very easily in the sun. As everyone is aware, exposure to sunlight can also cause damage that is not always visible to the naked eye so it is important to use good sun protection. Over the years I have tried a vast array of different sun creams and had not found a product I was completely satisfied with. That was until I tried Riemann P20 and I was so impressed that I wouldn't even consider any other product for sun protection now.
P20 is available in 100ml and 200ml bottles. The bottles have a chunky screw top lid that is easy to twist open/close. The lid is very secure as I have often thrown a bottle in my bag to take on weekends away and have never had a problem with the product leaking out. The bottle is not transparent and therefore you are unable to view how much product is remaining, but a quick shake of the bottle allows me to estimate roughly how much remains.
The consistency of the product is a little strange. It is a liquid, thicker than water, more like oil I suppose. Yet it does not feel greasy or sticky. There is a slight fragrance when I first use the product which is difficult to describe. I'm not entirely sure if I like it, but it does not really matter as the fragrance does not seem to linger. The product is quite yellow in colour when tipped from the bottle, but it does appear clear once applied. I apply it generously and evenly on to clean dry skin and it makes my skin appear shimmery to begin with which is helpful in allowing me to make sure I have not missed any areas. It is quick drying and once it is absorbed it does not make my skin feel horrid like other sun care products I have used in the past. My skin simply feels quite moisturised. Once the P20 has dried I can even wear eye makeup on top of it and it still works effectively without my makeup sliding off my face!
The label informs me that the product is active 15 minutes after applying, and that the UVA and UVB sunfilter provides up to 10 hours of sun protection that has been proven on human volunteers. Because it is very water resistant you can even have a swim in the sea and they claim that the sun protection is still 90% effective afterwards. I was a bit skeptical about this. It sounded too good to be true. But after using the product on many a sunny day I have proof that it actually does work.
One of the first occasions I used P20 was when we went to a VW show for the day. It was a little breezy and my hair was flapping in my face so I tied it back. We walked around for hours in the scorching sunshine. I did duck in and out of the shade wherever possible. Later that evening I was impressed to discover that my arms, legs and face had not suffered at all from sunburn. I had even caught a hint of a tan and looked quite healthy. Unfortunately I had forgotten to apply the P20 to my ears. Consequently, I was sporting incredibly red ears that were very sore indeed. I was so pleased I had smothered lotion over the rest of my exposed skin, and I never forget to apply it to my ears anymore!!
I have also splashed about in the water while wearing this sun protection and have not suffered from sunburn after so I truly believe it is still effective after swimming too. Though I usually allow my skin to dry naturally, or else I gently pat my skin dry with a towel. I would guess that rubbing your skin dry too harshly could possibly result in the product being rubbed off. Of course if in doubt it is always best to reapply.
Because it offers up to 10 hours of sun protection I tend to apply it in the morning and allow a few minutes for the product to absorb into the skin before getting dressed. This means when I go out I don't have to carry the bottle around with me as I don't have to worry about constantly reapplying it throughout the day. I have never had a problem with the product staining my clothes when used in this way. Though my partner once accidentally dripped some straight from the bottle directly on to his white T-shirt and it did cause a yellow mark to appear.
I usually use P20 SPF 20 Medium sun protection. But other SPF's are also available. You can purchase Riemann P20 from various places including Amazon, Boots and Tesco. The price of 100ml bottle is about £12 or a 200ml bottle is around £20. It is more expensive than some other sun protection products but I believe it is worth paying extra for one that works as well as this does. I easily empty a bottle before the year is over, but there is a period after opening symbol on the label that identifies the useful timeline of this product as 12 months after opening.
EDIT: Yesterday I purchased a new bottle. They no longer have a screw top lid! Though I think I prefer the new design. The new flip top means that the product can be dispensed a little easier, and on top of the flip top is a lid that is simply pushed on/pulled off. If anyone is interested Superdrug are currently selling 100ml bottles for £10.25
Riemann P20 Once-A-Day Sun Protection SPF 20 Medium is non-greasy, non-oily and fragrance free to provide the ultimate coverage, both in and out of the water, for up to 10 hours a day / Once-a-day application: P20 is designed to ensure one application a day is sufficient, keeping the time spent reapplying sun protection to a minimum / Once-a-day application means a little goes a long way, making P20 more economical than other sun preparations that need to be re-applied regularly during the day / Superior water resistance: Riemann P20 Once-A-Day Sun Protection SPF 20 Medium is proven to remain effective even after frequent swimming / In fact, P20 has been categorised as 'Very Water Resistant', the highest classification available from Colipa Guidelines for Evaluating Sun Product Water Resistance / UVA and UVB Protection: Offering UVA and UVB protection through highly photostable filters, P20 retains its effectiveness even on extended exposure to the sun / Easy to use: The unique, easy-to-use formulation has a thin consistency, ensuring an even and economic coverage that absorbs rapidly / Stay safe in the sun: Riemann P20 Once-A-Day Sun Filter SPF 20 Medium with a SPF of 20, absorbs 95% of the sun's UVB (burning) rays, and offers 10 hours of protection with a single application to allow you a slow, gradual tan / An independent laboratory test using human volunteers proved that P20 provides 10 hours of sun protection / Learn more about the water resistance testing standards on www / colipa / eu SPF indicates how much longer a person can be in the sun without being burnt if he/she wears sun protection, as compared to unprotected skin / Directions for use: As Riemann P20 Once-A-Day Sun Protection SPF 20 Medium is non-oily, non-greasy and fragrance free (once dry), there is no grease or 'shine' as with normal sun preparations so both can be used under make-up and moisturising cream / It is ideal for men and women with fine or thinning hair as it protects the scalp / Just apply 15 minutes before going out into the sun or swimming, to allow a protective film to form on the skin / Apply generously in an even layer, paying particular attention to the vulnerable parts of the body such as nose, ears, scalp, shoulders, chest and feet / For first time users, or for those with fair and sensitive skin, Riemann recommend repeating the application 10 minutes after the first application to ensure that the product is applied adequately and evenly to the skin / This will provide the best possible protection / Full directions must be read carefully before use /