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      18.08.2013 22:35
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      £4 to protect yourself from the sun and possible cancer

      Being freckled and fair skinned, I have always used sun cream on days when the sun is out in full force during summer. I cannot understand people who look like walking leather, clearly burned with ruined and terrible looking skin - why would you want to look like that?!

      I went to Sainsburys to buy some sun cream because we had run out and were due to go down to Cornwall for a week. This was also during the exceptional heatwave we experienced in July so it was much needed!
      All of the sun creams were on an end unit in my local Sainsburys and most were over £10 a bottle, but there on the bottom left corner were some cheaper alternatives labelled as Sainsburys own brand. I picked up the SPF 50 cream which boasts high protection. Not only that, it is also rated 5 star UVA Ultra and is water resistant. Pay £10+ for a named brand or £3.50 for an own brand that does exactly the same thing? I went with the Sainsburys cream of course! I was also very lucky to get this as there were only one or two left but plenty of the expensive ones left - I guess these days £10-£15 is a lot to pay for a bottle of cream where you can say that same money could feed one person for a week pretty much.

      Not all available creams are 5 star UVA - this relates to how much UVA radiation from the sun the cream absorbs so it isn't exposed to the skin. 5 star is a must and I am glad to see that a cheap own brand still has it despite the significantly cheaper price.

      I applied this before I left, especially to my exposed right arm which was going to spend most of the 6-hour journey sticking out of the window and exposed to the sun!
      When applying it is noticeably thick and is very difficult to rub in completely without leaving a small amount of residue visible in your pores or on your hairs - this is fine as it means it is clearly going to do its job.

      I reapplied this to every part of me that was exposed about 3 times in a day and it did its job. There was a small area on either side of my temples that I missed that got slightly burnt but that was my fault for missing it and just emphasised to me how much the cream did work on the areas that I had applied it to.

      A third of the bottle still remains so we used 2 thirds of this over 7 days for two people during the biggest heat wave in 6 years.

      I came back from my holiday tanned and with more freckles than when I left, but I didn't burn and thats what is important. It is a total myth that you can't get a tan if you use suncream and people who want a tan and choose not to use it are idiots - over 100,000 a people a year in the UK are diagnosed with skin cancer of some sort and 2-3000 of those will die. A bottle of £4 cream can help stop that.

      I recommend this to anyone wanting to protect themselves from the sun, don't be put off by the price - it works just like the expensive brands!

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      28.04.2010 19:33
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      Does the job, but you may as well stick with suncream

      Being fair skinned to the point of vampirism, I've learnt the hard way that it's really important for me to slap on the suncream at the first sign of summer. After a few miraculously sunny days this last month, I found myself hunting through the suncare products at my local Sainsburys. In the past, I've tended to go for the big-name brands, but looking at the prices on them this year made me feel physically sick, so I opted for an own-brand bottle for a slightly less nausea inducing £4.07.

      The product I went for was a 200ml, bright orange bottle of Sainsbury's Sunprotect Spray, which boasted an impressive 5 star UVA rating (not sure what that means, but it sounds good), and was 'high' factor 30. The spray is also apparently water resistant, and provides 12 hour moisturisation.

      Factor 30 is a must for me- any lower and I'd be in danger of burning. I opted for the spray because I figured it'd be a convenient way of providing all-over protection, particularly on my back, when there's no one around to do the honours. The instructions for use are simple- shake the bottle, and spray 'liberally' onto your skin 15 minutes before heading out in the sunshine. The blurb recommends reapplying every 1-2 hours, and 'always after swimming' (what's the point of it being waterproof then?).

      A gloriously sunny weekend provided me with ample opportunity to try this out. Pushing down the spray top for the first time, I was quite surprised by the results. Firstly, very little came out with each spray, and it took maybe four or five sprays to cover just one arm. Secondly, the suncream itself was white, and looked exactly like the cream you'd get in a standard bottle, just slightly thinner. Other sprays I've tried in the past have been clear, and more watery. The creamy consistency had both good and bad points; on the positive side, it was easy to see where I'd sprayed, and which areas needed an extra squirt. The spray also lived up to its promise and left my skin feeling smooth and moisturised. The downsides were that I needed quite a lot to cover my skin, and I had to rub it in, which rather defeated the object of choosing a spray in the first place.

      The smell of the product also surprised me. Other sprays I've used have smelt quite fake and alcoholic, whereas this one had a subtle, natural smell that I actually really liked. It wasn't that standard suncream smell either- more like slightly fragranced moisturiser. This is a big plus for the product, in my opinion.

      I'm glad to say that the spray kept me well protected from burning during the couple of hours that I was out in the sun, and also left my skin soft and hydrated. It's mildness also meant that I could use it on my face without fear of aggravating my skin, which was another bonus.

      I'm still in two minds about this product- on the one hand, it does the job, with the advantages of smelling nice and being kind to skin. On the other hand, it's not really convenient to have to rub in the spray, and I found myself thinking I may as well have saved my money and gone for a standard bottle of suncream. The fact that the manufacters reckon that the bottle contains only 6 applications to a normal body size means that this isn't a cheap way to protect your skin. I do think that you could eke the bottle out more than this, however- let's face it, we Brits don't often indulge in naked sunbathing, so you probably won't be needing to spray your ENTIRE body. And, despite my fair skin, I found just a thin covering did the trick.

      I'd rate this 2.5 stars if I could, purely because it's not the convenient product you'd expect for the price, despite its effectiveness. I've been generous and rounded it up, but I'd say it's an OK sun spray at best.

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        12.02.2009 16:57
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        Would definitely keep on using this for future holidays.

        Sainsbury's After Sun Lotion!

        The Blurb:

        - With vitamin E and Panthenol
        - 12 Hour moisturisation
        - Easily Absorbed

        This cream is meant to prevent peeling, to prolong your tan and be both cooling and soothing.

        Now I must first state that I have not been using this lotion on holiday yet, but I have been using it after using the sunbed recently on the run up to my birthday (on the 21st Feb) as that's the only time I really use sunbeds these days, if at all. I wanted to use after sun to try and prolong my tan so that I didn't have to keep on using the sunbeds for any longer than at all possible and also to make sure I kept my skin hydrated and moisturised with something that is designed for use on tanned skin.

        I found that the lotion was very easy to apply, it was so easy to rub in and there was no dragging of the skin which was great anyway but even more so if you have sunburn as the last thing you want to be doing is pulling your skin about as you try to apply cream to help make it better.

        After application, I found the lotion absorbed in super quick time which is fantastic as when in hot climates you really don't want to be stood around waiting for your after sun to dry - not least because you want to get out and to wherever you're planning on going that evening; but also because it's really not a nice feeling to have to wait for moisturiser to absorb whilst in a hotter part of the world as you just end up feeling clammy and uncomfortable. For after the sunbed experience I found that this also helped as I didn't really want to spend an hour sat semi-naked in a room waiting to 'dry' off as such.

        I really liked the smell of this product. It's hard to describe really, it did smell like one of the nicer scented after suns - in that the smell did remind me of holidays/summer. The only other way I can really describe it is that it kind of reminded me of a cross between a baby powder and a perfume. It was quite sweet but not overly feminine and actually the smell seemed to be more masculine after I tried it on my fiancé so I found it adapted quite well when used on male skin. It wasn't dreadfully overpowering like some after sun ranges can be though, so it would be fine to wear perfume with and still be able to smell your perfume as you'd expect to. I think that even if it was overpowering, I wouldn't mind it as much as normal as it really did have a lovely smell.

        The texture of the product was quite strange in that it held its shape when you squeezed some onto your hand, but then was quite runny when it slid about on the skin. The cream was smooth and didn't feel at all heavy on the skin, perfect for applying whilst on holiday.

        The cream was also very easy to squeeze out - hardly any effort was required at all, which although doesn't seem very important to most people it would be a great help to people who suffer with arthritis and other conditions affecting the use of their hands. The fact that you could easily get the cream out is great but obviously you need to make sure it's not flooding out and causing messy waste, luckily this one is fine... very easy to get the required amount out with no waste and no mess.

        When I applied the lotion to my skin it was very cold/cooling, I hadn't even had it in the fridge as I would normally on holiday. This is just the thing you need when you've been out in the sun all day or have sunburn. Obviously if you're in a very warm part of the world the lotion may not be quite so cold on application but that would be easily remedied by storing it in the fridge for the duration of your stay - something I think most of us do anyway as this also helps the cream stay fresh.

        After rubbing in, I also noticed that my skin was instantly softer and with repeated use I noticed that my skin did feel better than it would usually so I was rather pleased with this aspect of the lotion. I haven't noticed if it's prolonged my tan but I can say I have had no peeling whilst using this product.

        I applied this product twice per day - once in the early evening after a shower or after I'd been on the sunbed, and once just before bed as it was so easy to apply that it didn't feel like a chore to do so.

        The lotion was just as good as most of the other after sun ranges I have tried and was even better than some of them, so the after sun lotion would provide great value compared to some of the more expensive ranges. With this being the case, I believe the fact that you can buy a supermarket own label cream that is at least on par with more expensive ranges shows that you're probably just paying for a brand name for a lot of those other after sun products.

        The bottle it was in was quite big but not bulky and because it was fairly slim, it could be slipped into a smaller area of your luggage easily enough. I didn't particularly like the design of the bottle in terms of style. It didn't look that great and that could put some people off even looking at it, let alone buying it as it's not exactly something that will grab your attention on a supermarket shelf - especially those who buy the more expensive ranges. It's not a big problem though for me as it's what is inside and if it works that counts most, and for me it worked well.

        I would certainly buy this product now and would have no hesitation in recommending it to any of my friends/family.

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          29.08.2000 18:21
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          I bought 2 bottles of this sun tan lotion, one for my daughter to take to nursery and one for at home use. It was very reasonably priced for the higher factors - I bought factor 35 bottles. It was even better as they had then reduced a third off the prices! I'd have quite happily paid the full price as it was very reasonable. The lotion is very easily absorbed into the skin, it does not leave you feeling all sticky like some lotions do. It smells ok - nothing special but as long as it protects your skin who care what it smells like? Both my daughter and I have got very pale skin, this is an excellent lotion if you need high protection. It really works well, no red skin here!! with it being easily absorbed its great for wiggly kids who wont stay still for long. It's also waterproof so it does give protection in the sea. I did not buy the kids one as the adults one seemed to have all the same uses eg water proof and was hypo allergenic. I would recommend this product as it is very reasonably priced ( even without the reductions!) for higher factors and it does work well.

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          28.08.2000 04:56
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          As I’m pretty pale, don’t really like sitting in the sun but want a healthy look (rather than colourless & pasty), self-tan seemed the way to go. A report in Which? recommended this one so I thought it would be a good one to start with. It’s enriched with vitamin E & wheatgerm oil so that it moisturisers quite well. You can use it on both the face and body and it’s easily absorbed. There is a warning about staining on the label but I didn’t find this a problem. The smell was light & pleasant and it was easy to apply. The tan was pretty light in colour though quite even which was a bit disappointing at first, but I found it simple to gradually build-up to the colour I wanted and actually came to prefer this as it enabled me to adjust the level of colour & avoid catastrophes such as a deeply tanned face. I’ve had the tan for a few days now and it hasn’t faded significantly yet. Its also a relatively cheap product. All in all, I’m very pleased with it and will definitely use it again.

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          15.08.2000 15:44
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          I was a bit wary about using Sainsbury's suncare at first just because it is so cheap compared to a lot of the other brands. My mum bought it for herself to use and it was on special offer at £3.50 instead of £4.50, compared to the Boots one I usually use which is around £8. I decided to give it a go because it looked like it would go on easily, whereas I had been using a Boots mousse one which was a little messy. The main problem I had with the Sainsbury's one is that it is just like sun protection lotion and dosn't have a tint in it so you can't really see if you have missed a bit. Nevertheless it went on ok and it didn't smell nearly as bad as some of the others I have used in the past. It developed into a sort of slightly yellow tan colour but at least that is better than orange, and I have yet to find a self tan that looks totally natural anyway. So I think for the price especially it is well worth giving it a go.

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          02.08.2000 03:20
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          I have tried a few fake tanning lotions, but always found that I ended up with streaky legs etc. Someone who I work with at Sainsbury's said that Sainsbury's own brand had been given top marks in a women's magazine and was compared to one of the leading brands costing £16.99. The Sainsbury's own was only £3.99, so I decided to try it. It is called Sainsbury's Suncare and is in a brown bottle. Unfortunately everyone must have had the same idea as it was sold out a many stores for months. I finally got my hands on a bottle about 2 weeks ago. It is one of those that you put on and leave for a few hours to work. I was very pleased with the results, no streaks and it has lasted longer than the Nivea Sun one that I use. I am not saying that it is good because I work there, but I found it worked better than some of the expensive brands that I have tried. It is reasonably priced so it worth a try.

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