So if you are like me and no matter how much sunscreen you wear you still turn out like Krusty Krab from Spongebob then you may want to look at these new kids on the block. Introducing sunscreens with the ability to help your natural tanning process...sounds too good to be true right? Well let's take a look.
I have two different brands here one from the drugstore and one highend, both are quite low in SPF , but I have put these to the test over the last 3 weeks, and I have gathered some thoughts on them. First off they are an oily consistency so no more white smudges being left over your back or at the back of your shoulder where you can't reach. To be honest I thought the consistency would be greasy but it literally glides over the skin and sinks right down. It's a nice feeling actually and throughout the day as the sun hits off your skin it still doesn't feel greasy. I also noticed that after a week of applying the oils my skin felt super smooth and hydrated. So as far as consistency goes it gets a thumbs up.
Now for the whole tanning situation, please note these are not self-tanners they are basically sunscreen that contain a little special something that helps your natural tanning abilities to get a natural even tan. As it turns out one is better than the other in this case and that could be purely because of its slight higher SPF but the winner is the Nivea Protect & Bronze * I know it has its advantage with its 5 spf more over the Lancome Soleil Bronzer Smoothing Protective Oil* but I burned badly with the Lancome one so for me it's a massive thumbs down. However the Nivea one is amazing, even though its only a 20 it protects well and I have yet to turn red with it. Now the good news is the Nivea one comes in higher SPFs so there is something for all climates and to be on the safe side I will be picking it up in at least a 30. On the other hand, the Lancome one only comes in the 15 spf so it's not very practical if you think about it.
Overall I would highly recommend the Nivea Protect and Bronze, its protected me throughout the day, I didn't actually tan over the last 3 weeks, but I haven't burned either so to be honest that is a result in itself. Maybe over time and if we actually get some proper summer weather and I sit out in it for long periods of time catching some rays as they say I will tan but for now I am happy with the results. Also the best thing its waterproof so perfect for when you go on holidays and are pool side bound.
Do these interest you? Do you burn no matter how much sunscreen you wear?
Nivea Protect & Bronze Retails for €20 but is always on offer.
Lancome Soleil Bronzer Smoothing Protective Oil retails for €30.00
*PR Gifted Items