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~*~ Garnier Ambre Solaire Suntan Moisturising Protection Spray Medium SPF 20 ~*~
What with us actually having a Summer this year I have had to buy extra sun protection. I picked this up from amazon because it was on special offer for £3.49 at the time , it's currently £5.99 which is still a great saving on the R.R.P of £16 .
~*~ The Spray ~*~
The product comes in a spray bottle and contains 200 ml. The product is a milk and is white in colour.
The sun protection factor is 20 which is advised as medium protection.
The bottle is full of details,
Garnier Ambre Solaire moisturising protection spray medium SPF 20 helps protect against sunburn and long-term UV-induced skin damage.
Helps protect your skin from sun induced skin damage with advanced UVA & UVB filter, leaves skin feeling moisturised while it protects.
Light feeling milky and non-sticky texture, is easy to apply and quickly absorbed by the skin, leaves skin feeling moisturised while it protects.
Garnier Ambre Solaire has got it covered with photostable UV sun protection to answer your and your family's suncare needs.
There are also directions for use and tips to stay safe in the sun.
~*~ In Use ~*~
The spray itself is excellent , 1 pump on the top gives a 10 pence size squirt on the skin , this is the ideal amount to spray on smaller areas of skin , while it releases enough to spread over a reasonable area . I find 3 squirts will cover my children's arms , while 4 will cover mine.
The milk absorbs very quickly into the skin and there are no strong odours , and it leaves a slight sheen to the skin once absorbed.
I don't find it sticky on the skin except on my hands , but I put this down to applying it to 3 people and would naturally wash my hands afterwards anyway so it is not a problem.
The actual protection I have had with the product is excellent. I have fair skin and whilst I do tan I also burn if I am not careful so never go out in the sun without protection. One of the first lovely days this Summer was also my children's sports day at school , 3 glorious hours of midday sun , stood in a open field with no shade , I think the temperature was 28 that day , and despite applying the spray myself ( always tricky to get the back bits ) I ended the day with not one pink bit . I was actually impressed as I was sure I would of missed a spot.
My children have naturally darker skin thanks to my husband , and I have been using it on both of them . Neither have had any burning or redness to the skin and it hasn't caused any rashes or irritation on my sons skin which is prone to eczema.
The lid snaps shut over the spray and is a great tight fit, so far it has not come off and it been taken to and from school and the beach in the bottom of bags .
~*~ Thoughts ~*~
I was really impressed with the spray application and the protection the product offered . It has become my first choice out of the cupboard over the last few weeks as it's so quick and easy to use and I am confident it will keep us pink bit free.
The Ronseal of the sun cream world it does what it says on the tin .
After a scorching few days last week in sunny Staffordshire, I decided it was high time I applied some sun cream as my skin was starting to show signs of going red, even though I had not sat in it for very long at all. After realizing I had none in my cupboard, and heading off on a small walk to my local chemist I quickly spotted that they had 200 ml bottle's of Garnier Ambre Solaire Moisturising Protection Spray SPF20 on offer at half price - just £6:75 instead of a whopping £13:50 so I decided to go with it. I had initially been looking for a SPF of 10 or 15 but as this was on offer I decided it would be fine, especially as my skin was already a bit red.
The Sun cream comes in an attractive white and orange plastic bottle which is designed well to help fit into the shape of the hand. This design works well, especially when the hands are contaminated with the spray as it helps the hands maintain a good enough grip on the bottle to continue to easily press the spray mechanism at the top of the bottle. The sprayer is covered with a clear plastic press-on lid, which again is a good feature as it reduces the opportunity for spray to leak out of the bottle in transport, and also it will (I assume) keep the sprayer clear from sand a beach in windy conditions.
Once the sprayer is pressed, the SPF20 spray comes out nice and evenly. It is recommended that if using it on the face that you spray a small amount into your hands, and then rub this into your face to reduce the risk of getting the spray into your eyes. It is recommended that this is applied to the skin 15 minutes before going into the sun, and it should be re-applied every 1-2 hours, and always after swimming or toweling (which is what I never get round to doing when I'm on my hols).
This protection spray from Garnier has advanced UVA and UVB photostable filters which help to protect the skin from harmful rays that cause skin damage and premature skin aging.
The smell of this stuff is pretty standard, in that it pretty much smells like any other sun cream, and it is pleasant and fresh.
Since applying this to my skin over the last week or so, I have not experienced any burning to my skin, even though I have sat in the sun for some quite long periods of time, especially over the weekend. Even though I have not burned, I have still developed one of the best tans that I have experience so far, from this country, along with no signs at all of any areas peeling, which is very often what happens to my skin after a bit of sun.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Moisturising Protection Spray SPF20 is generally available from most chemists and supermarkets, but the price will vary quite a lot. I always find that these sort of things are marked up really high on the occasional time that I'm abroad and run out or lose my sun creams, so I would recommend pricing around for a good deal before heading off on holiday. A quick check on Boots website shows that this same sun cream is available on exactly the same deal as I paid at my independent local chemist, and so maybe this deal is quite common at the moment.
Overall I am pleased with this sun protection spray from Garnier. I doubt that I would pay the full price for it, but I would happily pay around £6 - £8 for another bottle of the same stuff as it seems to suit my skin quite well. It is not greasy or sticky in any way, and smells just fine for males and females to use.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
I find it quite ironic that I'm writing this review tonight as I'm watching the snow fall outside my window. It is so cold so just the thought of my upcoming holiday and some sunshine makes me smile! One of my essential items when I go out in the sum be it in this country or abroad is sunscreen lotion. I am blond haired and fair skin and so I burn quite easily and so I do need quite a lot of protection when I go out in the sun. However, I recommend even if you are quite dark that you also think about sunscreen too as this helps to protect you from cancer and not just getting burnt by the sun.
My favourite sunscreen lotion is Ambre Solaire and I have used it for quite a few years now. I have tried various ones over the years and this definitely works well on my skin for a number of reason.
According to the information, "Ambre Solaire Moisturising Protection Spray SPF 20 is the perfect balance of moisturising care and protection with advanced UVA and UVB photostable filters. This non sticky, non greasy formula is quick and easy-to-use, and instantly absorbed by the skin and leaves no white marks. Ambre Solaire Moisturising Protection Milk contains Mexoryl to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays that cause sun induced skin damage and premature ageing. It also contain a hydrating complex, cactus nutriflavones and pure vitamin E, to defend the skin by hydrating it and maintaining the moisture levels during sun exposure."
What I like about this lotion is that it actually comes in a manual spray form. All you need to do to apply it is just spray it on and then rub in. I find this really easy to apply, especially in parts that are hard to reach such as my back. If I don't have a nice hunk next to me on the sunlounger to rub it on, he he, I can just spray it on my back and leave it there.
The lotion is quite thin which I like as it's not as thick as some other sunscreen lotions. I think its definitely a true statement when they say that this is a non sticky, non greasy formula. The cream just smoothes on and soaks in well and after I have applied it I feel really protected from the sun. The directions for use are given on the back of the bottle which is handy if you have never used it before. They say to "Apply 15 minutes before going into the sun, reapply when in the sun and then every 1-2 hours and always after swimming or towelling."
I love the smell of this spray too. It has that lovely holiday smell, the one that makes you think you are on the beach when you apply it even if you've gone to the local park on a sunny day. It's not off putting or anything like that, I actually like the smell and it washes off once you have a shower and decide to take the lotion off. Of course, sunscreen is quite expensive, a 200ml bottle costs £13.49 but that usually gets me through half a summer and holidays and it's one sun item I cannot do without.
Sick of spending 20 mins rubbing in thick, nasty smelling cream in to your skin and then not being able to pick anything up because your hands are so coated in grease? Then check this little number out, it made my holiday season much more relaxing and saved precious time that was then spend out enjoying the sun.
Who does this product suit?
Well, if you are really fair skinned you will know yourself that you need to be getting at east SPF (sun factor protection) 50 to be safely protected from the sun. I am relatively fair but not REALLY white, I go a nice golden brown as opposed to lobster red, so this SPF20 suits me just fine. It goes without saying that if you go abroad for, say, 2 weeks you need to use a higher protection until your skin gets used to it, then you can quite easily drop down to 20.
Watch the Floor!
Although you avoid the greasy hands and the slippery body in general (you know what I mean...when you sit on your sun lounger and very nearly slide back off again! Once again reiterating the jovial side of being thoroughly British!), you do however risk life and limb on the bathroom floor. Depends where you apply - for me, I apply in the bathroom before I go out in the sun so that I am protected. But you can get a bit carried away spraying those hard to reach back areas and accidentally spray the floor. Do watch out for this because it makes it VERY slippery - I would recommend putting a towel down if you don't think you can keep it on your body 
As with all sun lotions not as cheap as you would expect them to be. Circa the £10 mark. But you cannot really put a price on safety can you? Well worth the investment as it will allow you to develop a natural, golden glow that screams of holiday once you are back in the UK, but no burnt noses or shoulders. You do not need to reapply once you have been in the sea as it does tend to stay on, but, being British, I reapplied anyway!
Spray liberally close to the skin, douse yourself one section at a time, arms, then middle, then legs etc, and rub in after each section has been sprayed. It goes it very quickly and leaves enough of a subtle sheen that you will be able to tell if you have missed any bits out.
Very pleasant actually. Its subtle and light, not heavy and choking. I bought a variety of sun creams of different factors to see me through the holiday season and this was my fave' - worked well, smelt "gentle" and washed off my hands easily.
When it's sunny I always wear sun tan lotion even if it's just when I'm taking a walk or going shopping. I like to protect my skin as much as possible.
I have used several brands over the years, I tend to go for well known brands but that are on offer so the actual product I go for does vary.
Garnier Ambre Solaire is the brand I've used a lot. I bought SPF 20 which is considered to be high although I think it is all relative really, if it is for my grandchildren then I don't consider it to be high enough or if it's a roasting hot day I don't think it's high enough for me but on a 'normal' summer's day I think SPF 20 is sufficient for my skin.
It comes with a squirty nozzle that you just press down and the cream squirts out. It doesn't squirt brilliantly, sometimes it is more of a dribble which does get a bit messy so applying it isn't all that straight forward as you would expect from a spray cream but it does at least provide something of interest for children to laugh at when you're applying it!
I make sure I apply this about ten minutes before going outside. It does take a while to soak into the skin and if you do get it in your mouth it tastes very bitter so don't put it too close to your lips!
It does help to protect against the sun, it is water resistant too although I still apply some more after having a swim. The smell doesn't linger that long really and it's very gentle on skin. It definitely helps protect against burn, when I have missed areas I can tell!
Having recently reviewed Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF 50 for sun intolerant skin, it is now the turn of it's little sister Medium 20 SPF. As I live mostly in Spain and work outside on boats I have always taken care of my pale skin. Probably more than others who, like my lucky husband, tend never burn to and have olive type Mediterranean skins. The Ambre Solaire range is a tried and trusted brand, possibly more expensive than others but one that I will spend more on to get the protection that I need particularly on my face which has already sustained some sun damage.
Medium 20 is a milky spray designed for fair skins that already have a bit of a tan. it provides UVA and UVB protection, is non/greasy and water resistant and as an added bonus it also gives you 12hour moisturisation from naturally derived products including vitamin E. One of these ingredients is surprisingly cactus nutriflavones!. I suppose it makes sense to use a desert plant to help protect your skin from the Sun. It is dermatologically tested and conforms 100% to the European recommendations against the harmful rays of the sun. What we are talking about really is a high quality product.
My bottle contains 200ml and is housed in a white, flat, plastic bottle with a bright orange push down nozzle which you use to access the liquid. As ever I have lost the protective top which came with the bottle but this is my fault, it probable blew off the deck and went for a swim but the container has never leaked whilst being transported around.. Medium 20 is picked out on the front of the bottle in white on a background of yellow merging into orange to distinguish it from others in the range The bottle has curved shaped edges with indents to make it easy to hold even with wet hands. On the reverse are instructions on how to use it and the normal warnings about how to stay safe in the sun with particular emphasis on keeping children safe in the sun.
There is also a UVA protection rating of 4 stars shown on the reverse of the bottle. This rating is a bit confusing, as after some research I discovered that it must be used in conjunction with the SPF rating. So a SPF of 20 with a 5 star rating is better than a SPF of 20 with a 4 star rating BUT, a SPF of 8 with 5 stars is better than a SPF of 15 with 3 stars. Confused, yes so am I, but I shall continue studying it.
How I use it.
This is a sun protection that I would use in Winter and Spring when the sun is not too burning hot. Just before you go into the sun, give the bottle a good shake and select which bit of your body you wish to protect and then depress the top and out will come a steady stream of nicely scented creamy liquid, about a 2 pence size per push of the pump if you spray it into you hand. Then, spread it around and it will almost instantly be absorbed. If you want to put some on your face, spray it into your hands first and then spread it over you face , do not aim the nozzle at your face. That's it, your protected and also moisturised as well. The feel on my skin is slightly plastic but only for a few seconds unlike the factor 50 which takes longer to absorb.
This product has many of the qualities that I like in a sun screen. It has a pleasant, light fresh scent, I dislike smelling like a Tropical cocktail! Factor 20 is good protection for cooler months or northern climates and is less expensive than higher SPF factors. It absorbs easily and does not leave your hands slippery which can be dangerous when working. I feel that my skin is protected and moisturised whilst using this sun protection. I also prefer this to a colourless spray as I like to see where I have covered if only for a few minutes to make sure I have not missed anywhere The only drawbacks that I have found is all creams of this nature it tends to stain the collar and sleeves of my work T shirts so that these always need an extra scrub. I also find it expensive to use so tend to save this for my face and neck and use a cheaper lotion for legs and arms. I am at the end of my bottle now and will use it up before it's 12month shelf life ends. The bottle is also recyclable. I paid around 8 or 9 pounds for my 200ml bottle so it is worth looking out for special offers. It is readily available in supermarkets and chemists. Stay safe in the sun and don't forget to put some on your toes!.
4 stars from me for good sun protection.
Thanks for reading my review, I also post on Ciao under splishsplash.
With further reading it appears rhat sun screens fall into basicall y two categories, those that provide physical protection by deflecting the rays and those that provide chemical protection. Lots more to investigate!
I was lucky this year going on holiday as I didn't need to fork out for any sun tan lotion lotion (I know that sun-tan lotion isn't the 'correct' term, but it's what I call it) - I already had three on the go. There seemed little point in taking the factor 15 as there wasn't much left, but packed the two factor 20s - one of which was this Garnier Ambre Solaire spray on sun-tan, and the other which was a traditional cream lotion.
Having only had a very brief period of summer in Cumbria back in May I had only had one chance to catch any sun, so needed a medium protection which is what this SPF 20 provides. I am pretty lucky that although my skin is quite fair, it tans fairly well (once it gets going), which is exactly the sort of skin that this protection is for.
The Ambre Solaire protection spray (which is what it is actually called) is in a white plastic bottle (I find most seem to be in blue bottles) containing 200ml of the product. This is the perfect size to put in your bag of bits to take to the pool/beach. The writing and top of the bottle are a yellowy orange colour.
There is a clear plastic lid which goes over the top. I did actually lose this for a day, and my bf found the next day by where our sunloungers were. I wasn't particularly bothered, however it does minimise the risk of ending up with lotion in your suitcase on the way home!
---Other product info---
This lotion claims to be a "naturally-derived hydrating complex", with advanced UVA UVB protection. It is non-greasy and water resistant, dermatologically tested, and conforms 100% to European recommendations. It contains lots of ingredients which you should read if you have any allergies.
But most importantly, does it work?
---Applying the lotion---
Shake the bottle well before use, and then take the lid off. Press down the spray and out comes the cream. I tend to spray it 2 or 3 times on each area (e.g. lower leg) and then rub in fully with my fingers.
The smell is pleasant, and not too strong or distinctive (really it just smells of sun tan lotion!) As I have put some on my hand whilst writing this review I can confirm that it smells of HOLIDAY!
When applying be sure to pay special attention to those areas which burn easily, but also those bits that might be missed such as the tops of ears, and feet. It says on the bottle to not apply directly to the face - personally I do (although close my eyes), but you should do it with your fingers I believe!
Make sure that you reapply frequently, especially after swimming (even though it's water resistant). All of these instructions and more can be found on the bottle.
I love these spray on lotions, they are so much easier than normal cream lotions which have the potential to be very messy. I don't mind the normal ones when applying the lotion before heading out for the day, but for use when actually on the sun lounger, this is so much better and more convenient!
I have been very impressed with my tan developed whilst using this sun tan lotion. I only burnt once and very slightly just above my armpits which I must've missed on the second day's sunbathing. I didn't make this mistake again, and luckily it was only a very slight burn which was solved with a bit of After Sun cream which I generally used at the end of the day anyway.
It's nearly 4 weeks now since holiday, and I think that this is the first time in my life that I have got a tan and not peeled (aside from just one day where my legs peeled a little bit). Although no one ever comments on my tan (I think they forget how pale I was before?) for me my Tunisian tan was a good one, and I think that this sun tan spray was a big contributing factor.
I have no idea how much I spent on this, although a search on Google informs me that the rrp is £14.49. Obviously this is an awful lot of money to spend, and hopefully you would be able to get a good deal in some sort of special offer. I do think it is worth paying slightly more for a spray on lotion, but not THAT much! For further information visit www.garnier.co.uk
I would highly recommend.
Effective sun protection with the moisturising power of a milk with the lightness of a spray / Easy-to-apply, these ultra-moisturising sprays feel fresh on the skin, are instantly absorbed and leave no white marks / Containing Mexoryl XL, an advanced patented filter for UVA and UVB rays, they protect against sun induced skin damage and premature ageing of the skin caused by sun exposure / They also contain a hydrating complex, Cactus Nutriflavones and Pure Vitamin E, to defend the skin by hydrating it and maintaining the moisture levels during sun exposure / Hydrated and protected, your skin is better defended against the sun's harmful effects /