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I have been using P20 for years as it revolutionised my holidays meaning that I didn't need to apply sunscreen every half hour or so. I could just apply it in the morning and know that I was protected from the sun for 10 hours so I wouldn't burn but I would still be able to get a tan.
P20 is different to most sunscreens in that it is a liquid instead of a cream or lotion. This makes it so much easier to apply as it doesn't have to be rubbed in for ages and it absorbs really quickly too. It is easy to spread over skin and has a silky feel but will soak in to skin in less than a minute. Once it has absorbed it doesn't leave any white marks or leave your skin ashy.
I absolutely love this as it makes life so much easier. I can apply this in the apartment before hitting the pool or the beach and be protected almost straight away. I also like the fact it absorbs so quickly as it then means I don't need to spend ages applying it and can spend the time getting the kids ready instead.
It works fantastically and is very water resistant so I can be in the pool or the sea and then not worry about having to reapply so long as I don't vigorously towel dry myself. Because it isn't a cream you also don't get that horrible greasy look when you sweat a little and you don't have to worry about cream going in your eye with sweat from your hair.
The only problem that I have with this is that I do wish it came in a higher spf. It only comes in spf10 and 20 and I would like something that is at least 30. Because of that reason I use this more as a protective base rather than my only sun protection. I add this in the morning and then top up throughout the day with a lotion or spray. I don't mind though because with having this on as a base it means that I don't need to be quite as strict about applying the other sunscreen as I know that I already have a layer of protection on my skin which stops me burning. This is one of the more expensive sunscreens but I think it is worth every penny. It costs 25 for a 200ml bottle but that one bottle is enough for a whole holiday.
Riemann P20 once a day sunblock is my first line of defense again the effects of the sun. I do not use it on its own as I always top it off throughout the day with a factor 50+ sun cream as well. The best way to think of this product is that it acts as a base layer forming a protective layer on your skin at the start of the day that will not sweat out or wash off while you are in the water. Don't be fooled by the relatively low (by today's standards) SPF of 20 this product does provide a great deal of protection, I certainly know that when doing a scuba diving course in Egypt a couple of the dive instructors used it and I have ever since.
Back in the day this product used to be a pain to use as it was only available in the airports, you had to apply it at least an hour before you came into contact with the sun so I would have to put it on before I was ready to get up, then while it dried it had a habit of staining any bedding or clothing it came into contact with and given the stain was a bit yellow in colour it looked a bit embarrassing on sheets , like you had wet yourself in the night. Also it smelt a bit strong and was oily on your skin. I'm pleased to report that now you can buy it on the high street, you only have to apply it 15 minutes before going into sunlight and the staining is no more however it still has a rather unpleasant smell and still feels a little greasy on the skin.
P20 is a sort of yellowish off white liquid that you apply once a day, a bottle will last a long time because of this once a day application. It has a greasy feel to it and you have to pay attention when applying it to avoid any cuts otherwise it can sting a bit. It does have a distinctive smell and you know you are wearing it but the smell does settle down. I rub it into all the areas that will be exposed to the sun which on some days pretty much means everywhere that my bikini does not cover. It does feel oily on the skin but in my opinion given the protection that it provides it is certainly worth the negatives of feel and smell.
It is highly water resistant and I certainly appreciate the protection it provides. As I said I still top it off with a high factor sun cream but on days when I have not used anything it does provide good protection. It is just that I'm very cautious over the effects of the sun having lost a close friend to skin cancer and I have also seen the effect that too much sun has on the look of your skin, bronzed goddess now for a parchment like complexion later? No thank you.
Cost wise I paid £19.99 for a 200ml bottle that will last a decent amount of time and this product for me is a travel essential.
I went to Spain last week and this was my sun screen of choice. Temperatures hit 40 degrees at one point and I found I didn't burn once! Needless to say, I am very impressed with this product.
I bought mine from boots - it was £12 for 100ml which is expensive, but I've found the bottle has lasted really well so far. And it's definitely worth not having to constantly worry about reapplying. In Spain I would put this on in the morning on any areas exposed to the sun, applying a generous amount (although I found a little does go a long way). I have very fair skin and burn easily, but with this on I didn't have to worry at all, even though it's only factor 20. It lasted the whole day, and the only instance when I burned was a tiny patch on my back which I couldn't reach when applying. I also noticed that I did develop a bit of a tan while using it, which is a bonus. As long as my skin is protected I don't really mind if I tan or not, just as long as I don't end up with a horrible burn!
One thing I wasn't too keen on was the smell - it smells very strongly of alcohol, but not in a good way! However, it's not too noticeable unless you're actually smelling the bottle, and on the skin it doesn't smell anywhere near as strong. The consistency is like a thick, yellow liquid, and although I agree that it's not greasy, it does leave a sheen on the skin, which I quite like. However, for that reason I don't use it on my face, especially since a friend of mine did and told me it caused her to break out.
Because it is so runny, applying can be a bit of a pain. It would be easier if the bottle had a spray top, although to be honest it's not a huge issue. It does make dripping it quite easy, and you have to be careful not to get it on your clothes as it can stain.
It's worth pointing out that other factors are available if you're skeptical about factor 20 - I think it goes up to factor 50. However, I had no problems whatsoever, and while my friend was reapplying her suncream every two hours in Spain, I felt safe in the knowledge my skin was protected. I will definitely use this from now on. I took a star off because of the bottle, but the actual product is hugely effective.
I have quite fair skin which burns easily until I have applied plenty of sun cream. I have a bit of a fear of getting burnt and I have been known to go through almost a whole bottle of sun cream in one day as I constantly reapply the stuff. Either to be helpful or perhaps because he was fed of up creaming my back, my other half bought me some P20 to go on our recent holiday to Egypt.
What does the product do?
P20 is described as being a sun cream with a difference. It been designed to only be applied once during the day and then to keep you protected for up to 10 hours, or in other words, all day. It promises to remain effective even after frequent swimming being very water resistant. It offers both UVA and UVB protection. It apparently works to well due to its very stable formula.
You can choose between factor 15, 20, 30 and 50+.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied generously to the body and face, and massaged into the skin, paying particular attention to areas like the nose, ears and feet that often get forgotten. You then need to wait about 20 minutes before going in the sun. You only need one application. The product can be rubbed off so you need to pat yourself dry after swimming instead of rubbing yourself dry.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a small plastic bottle which a sunny coloured rainbow going across the front. Some more information is given about the product on the bottle. The product is protected by the lid and when you remove the lid, you push down on the top and then pour out the liquid. This product is expensive costing around £13 for only 100ml. The price will vary so shop around. It can be bought from Boots, Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
The product doesn't have a very nice smell and it certainly doesn't have the summery aromas of most sun creams. It has a chemical and medicinal smell which isn't very nice at all but it doesn't linger for long on the skin so you only have to tolerate it for a very short time. The product doesn't have the usual consistency of a normal sun cream either. It is really more like an oil and I was worried I was going to fry and look very greasy all day. It has a slight yellow tinge to it although it goes clear on the skin. It certainly doesn't make you look any paler as some product of this type do.
You don't get much of the product at all for your money but then you are only supposed to use it once a day. Despite the product being oily, it doesn't actually make you look or feel greasy and once it is absorbed by the skin, you only have a sheen which is a relief. You don't feel sticky or unclean after application which is another plus. It dries quite quickly so you can put your clothes back on soon after application. It didn't cause my skin any irritations or cause me to experience any discomfort.
I chose factor 20 and went to Egypt in May where the temperatures were in the early 40s and late 30s. Even though you are only supposed to use this once a day, I felt uneasy about doing so and I did reapply the product at midday too! I have to say that while this did protect my skin, I still got burnt in parts. Not massively so and it was gone by the next day without causing me pain but it didn't protect me as well as I hoped. According to the website, I should have been wearing factor 30 so maybe this was the problem. My partner, whose parents are from Southern Italy got on well with this product. He didn't burn and only used one application. He still tanned nicely through the product while I sat looking like a tomato in the shade. :(
All in all, this worked well for my partner who only applied it once in temperatures of early 40s. It stopped him from burning and he also tanned nicely. It didn't work so well on my fair skin however and I burnt even after applying it twice. This may have been my fault for wearing a low factor but I think I'll be buying my usual cream for my next holiday, even if it means going through a bottle a day!
P20 is my sun screen of choice for the summer months in the UK and when I am going abroad and not spending the whole time on the beach.
It is a once a day sunscreen and works fantastically well as protecting my skin while still allowing me to tan gradually without burning.
I absolutely love just how easy and convenient that this is to use as I can apply it in the morning and then not need to worry about applying sunscreen every hour when out in the sun as it offers 10 hours of protection from the sun.
I love using this when on city breaks and in the UK in summer as it means that I can go about my business and not have to carry sunscreen with me. I know lots of people who use this at the beach and in theory it should be fine to use as it is water resistant (not water proof though) and lasts for ages on the skin but I think I would be too nervous about using it as I like to swim a lot and wouldn't feel confident that I was protected enough after swimming in case it had come off.
On dry land though I use this loads and have never once been burnt whilst wearing it. It is quite a thick lotion which is yellowish in colour. It feels a little strange to apply when compared to normal sun screens because it is thinner than a cream but it is so easy to apply and spreads so nicely over my skin. It does have a strong smell when first applied but it soon becomes scentless after a minute or two.
I apply this by rubbing it all over my body and then waiting a few minutes until it is completely dry and then I am protected for the whole day. It leaves a layer of sunscreen on the top of skin but to be honest it isn't very noticeable when on other than a slight sheen to my skin. It doesn't feel greasy or heavy on my skin.
The sunscreen does say that it is water resistant so it is ok to use this and then have a dip in the pool but it is important to not towel dry yourself afterwards as rubbing will cause the sunscreen to come off, instead you are just supposed to pat yourself dry.
The only thing which I can really complain about with this sunscreen is the fact that it is so expensive. A 200ml bottle retails at £24.99. It is sometimes reduced but even then it is still expensive but then again you are paying for a quality product. Also even though the bottle isn't very big it does last for quite a long time as you really don't need a lot of it to cover your entire body.
I've heard people talking about Riemans P20 - and I've even been with friends when they've used it - but it was only on a very recent trip to Marrakesh that I used it myself. I was a little bit dubious about the claim that you only need to apply it once and that it lasts for 10 hours, considering most other brands seem to recommend reapplication every 1-2 hours - but it was on offer in my local chemist and so I thought it was worth trying. I only bought the smallest bottle (100mls) because, like I said, I was pretty sure it was going to flop and I was going to have to revert to buying my normal brand. The bottle I bought was reduced from £9.45 to £7.45 and so other than the chemists own brand, it was actually less expensive than the other branded products - although it did have less in the bottle. I thought it was handy as well that it came in a 100ml bottle because it meant that I could take it through security in my hand luggage and as I was only planning on taking hand lugging then this was really convenient.
I don't find the packaging particularly striking or attractive and, if I'm being honest, it looks a little clinical and a little unsexy. The name also doesn't strike me as particularly catchy or imaginative - but I guess this is relevant because it seems that this sun tan lotion has become popular on merit rather than advertising soundbites or gizmos. It comes in a white bottle which has P20 on the front and the red and yell wave going through it. This is enclosed within a box which contains a comprehensive user information leaflet which is worth reading before commencing use.
The thing that initially struck me about this sun tan lotion is that it is not really lotion - and it is not really oil. It is like a watery solution that smells very strongly of something resembling alcohol. It's a strong, not particularly pleasant smell, but the good news is that once it's been applied, the smell dissipates and doesn't really smell of anything. It is very easy to apply because it's just like thick water that you squirt when you want it and then quickly apply it to the areas you want covered. The amazing thing is that as you're rubbing it in, it literally evaporates and so there is no sticky, oily or greasy residue left behind. In all honestly, it's like you've not applied anything. While I applied it liberally, I have to say that because it's so thin and easily rubbed in, a little goes a long way and so a 100ml bottle lasted me personally a week.
The best thing about this product is that it works. As I said, I was initially very dubious, but after my first day of quite heavy sun exposure, it was clear that my doubts were unfounded. I had applied the "lotion" to all of my body, but as I had my Crocs on at the time of applying it, I forgot to do the front part of my feet. At the end of the day, when I went inside, the only part of me that was burnt were the front parts of my feet - and the rest of me had slightly changed colour, but there was no sunburn. I was a convert. I continued to use if for the rest of the week and I remained a convert. It is a truly magical product. I even didn't need to reapply it after swimming - and so the one application is really all you need. In future, I won't be using anything else.
~Just to make you jealous, I'm somewhere warm
At the moment I'm on holiday in India and grappling with the question that tugs at my mind on every holiday in a hot place; do I love or hate Riemann P20 sun block? This simple answer to that question is "Yes, I do" - I love it and I hate it in pretty much equal measure.
I love it because it works and I've never got burned when using it BUT I hate it because it stinks, it sometimes stings and I can't help but feeling like I'm basting myself with creosote every time I use it. P20 is one of the most unpleasant smelling products I've ever used - certainly ever continued to use - but there's no denying that the darned stuff delivers on its promises. I'd love to give my P20 its P45 but sadly, it's just too effective.
~I resisted for a long time~
I spend a lot of time in airports and I had been seeing P20 in duty free stores for many years and just dismissed it as expensive stuff that probably didn't work. Then about eight or nine years ago on a walking holiday in Morocco an ultra-pale skinned woman sang its praises to me, paying particular attention to the fact that you only have to put it on once a day and then you can forget it. It sounded good but I still couldn't get over the price, especially when Boots was offering Soltan products that also allegedly only needed to be applied once a day and seemed to be perpetually on special offer. The trouble was with those products was that I ran the risk of looking like I'd been playing with the white paint in a geisha's make up box. I know and completely appreciate the need to protect my skin but most products are either unpleasantly sticky or slimy or seem to sweat or rub off in not time at all. Three options were left to me - take my holidays in places where it's never hot, wear a burkha or give P20 a try. I gave in and bought a bottle two and a half years ago and I'm still using it now.
~As the Aussies say, 'slip, slap, slop'~
My first experience was not an unqualified success. I took my P20 to Australia to use it on a dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef. It's a tough test to subject any sun block to up to 4 hours a day submerged in sea water with quick showers and rubbing dry in between. P20 is classified as 'very water resistant' and it worked pretty well - I didn't burn but when we returned to dry land and I was mixing P20 during the day time with DEET-based insect repellent in the evening, I soon developed a livid red rash across my neck and chest which was seriously itchy and really ugly. I learned my lesson - ideally to shower and scrub off the P20 before applying the DEET or to switch to less aggressive mozzie repellent (I now use a couple of Indian products that are less harsh on the skin).
~Keep it covered~
I still have half a bottle - partly because a little goes a long way and partly because you use a lot less when you're only doing one application per day but mostly because it's rare that much of me is exposed to the sun. Think Mother Theresa and you're on the right track for how much I'm flashing the flesh - though I'm not wrinkly like her, honest. Here in India I'm putting P20 on my face, ears and neck, my feet and ankles and my forearms. Those are the only bits that are seeing the sun. Today - for the first time in 15 years of visiting India - I wore shorts and exposed India to my knees and vice versa. Four hours of walking up and down a scorching beach, paddling most of the way and there's no sign of any sunburn or pinking at all. On the rare occasions it's warn enough to need it in the UK, I may expose a bit more - but still nothing like the amount on display from a rather large white lady we spotted on a beach yesterday who had pretty much all her 'wares' out for inspection in an unfortunate orange halter-neck dress that clashed nicely with her pink sun burn.
~If you have a chemistry lab fume cupboard handy, please climb inside~
Unlike most lotions or creams, P20 is a watery, brown liquid. I usually shake a little into my hand and then use the fingers of the other hand to dab it around. It's best not to pour too much at any time because a little goes quite a long way and you don't want to waste it when it's typically around £15-25 for a 200ml bottle. The first thing you'll notice once you're over the shock that it's not white and creamy is the smell - this stuff absolutely stinks. It makes my eyes water and if you ever make the mistake of applying it on skin that's got cuts, grazes or bites on it is that it stings so bad you'll want to leap in the shower and get it off again. I strongly suggest applying this outdoors (in the shade) or in a very well ventilated room. When I'm in the UK, I generally apply it in the garden a good 15 minutes before getting into my car, mostly to stop the car from stinking but partially from an irrational fear that if it's not fully dry it might eat its way through my leather upholstery.
P20 feels quite oily on the skin when it's first applied and if - like me - you're brave enough to put it on your face, you'll run the risk of looking like you dipped your face in a chip pan. If that's the case, try to use a bit less and make sure you give it lots of time to 'dry' before you go out and get sweaty. Fortunately I have quite dry skin but I suspect those with oily skin or skin that's prone to spots might suffer. However, once it's on and dry, I know that no matter how sweaty the temperature gets (and this week it's been seriously sauna like) the product won't rub or sweat off. I must have spent a fortune over the years on facial sunblocks that claim to protect me from every radiation known to human kind but then have a little disclaimer on the back telling me to reapply every hour or two. Who has the time or the inclination to be dabbing stuff on their face several times a day?
~What the manufacturers say~
Riemann claim that P20 is "non-greasy, non-oily and fragrance free" and that it works "both in and out of the water, for up to 10 hours a day". Whilst I agree that it works, I don't agree that it's non-oily and I think most people might imagine that 'fragrance free' implies the product doesn't smell. I suspect the only reason that they don't add fragrance is that no fragrance has ever been developed that's capable of covering up how bad the ingredients in this product smell.
On to the technical stuff and it offers both UVA and UVB protection and has particularly photostable filters that keep working far longer than those used in most sun products. The active ingredient is PABA (para amino benzoic acid) which not everyone loves and no doubt if you hunt around there's probably a few websites claiming it causes rats to grow three heads or frogs to change sex. I'm just joking - I've not checked (the websites or the frogs) but I've rarely come across an active ingredient that some or other pressure group doesn't object to. PABA has been around a long time so I don't think that's what makes the product special - I imagine (though it really is just supposition) that the clever technology lies in making this stuff stick to the skin much better than any other recipes.
The product is available in SPF 10 and SPF 20 which sounds a bit feeble compared to some of the products on the market but the level of protection is so good that they really do protect much better than most higher rated products that tend to fail due to people not following the reapplication instructions stringently enough. With the SPF10, most people should be able to build up a bit of a tan - with the SPF20 that I use, you could probably ring in sick at work, go off to the beach for a week and still go back to work looking pale and sick.
~Burn Baby Burn~
I've not seen any recommendations on whether this stuff works on kids but then I don't have any so it's not my problem. Let's just say I wouldn't rub this on my cats' noses or ears on a hot day though I know some vets do recommend using sun block on light coloured kitties (luckily mine are not pinky cats). If you have children, please seek more advice before trying this stuff as I can't help thinking it could cause some allergies. Whatever you do and whoever you apply it to, take care to keep it away from eyes.
My first recommendation would be to find a friend who has a bottle of this and try it out before you buy. It's a lot of money if you find you get an allergic reaction or you really can't stand the smell. Alternatively start with a 100 ml bottle - it's not such good value for money, but neither is throwing away a product because you don't like it. If the smell is too much, try just using it on the bits that are furthest away from your nose, like your legs. I know that sounds daft but I used it on my legs for a while because at least I couldn't smell it so much. It's taken me nearly 2 years to get up the courage to put it on my face.
Apply in a well aired place, give plenty of time to dry and don't stand too close to naked flames. And if you really can't get used to the stuff, I strongly suspect you can use it to paint your fencing - nothing that smells that much like creosote could possibly fail to protect wood as well as your skin.
Busy mum's know that when kids want to play out, they don't want to waste time standing in front of you while you make sure their delicate skin is protected from the strong sun. They want to be off now.
I do prefer to use a higher rated sun protection product on long family day out where we will have high sun exposure for, and I have a SPF 50+ that I use on such occasions, but I have taken to using Riemann's as it is a long lasting product that is said to give ten hours of protection.
I originally picked it up because my boys were at a private day nursery, and they asked me to provide a sunscreen to be applied to the kids before they went out to play. I spotted this and thought it was a great idea as it is fully active only 15 minutes after applying, and it is also highly resistant to coming off in water, so I could be confident they could play at the water table, or in the paddling pool at home and still be protected. It was a great solution for the staff, as my kids only needed this applying once a day, so they had 2 less to 'cream up' before afternoon play time.
Nowadays, they are out at school and nursery, and I find the teachers allow the kids to play out without any concern about wearing hats and sunscreen. Probably just like when we were kids. However, I know that if I put some of this on them at 8:00am just before we set off for school, then they can play out safely and I won't be worried about it as they are protected for up to 10 hours, so they are safe till 6pm. The alternative is they could take some cream in their bag and put it on themselves, but then I would worry if they had done it properly.
This is perfect for me to apply quickly because it is a very runny alcohol based formula. It is a thin yellowish tinged liquid, not much thicker than water. A dribble spreads very quickly over their skin. It's a bit wet looking at first which is good as you can see where you have done, but within seconds it dries. My husband finds it covers his hairier skin easily too, not getting his arms and legs clogged up like creams.
There are only 2 downsides in application. If your skin is a bit open, like a small cut on your hand or open pores, then it can sting a little until it evaporates. This affects me mostly, especially paper cuts on my hands. The second is it does have quite a strong alcohol scent which is not exactly pleasant, and my 3 year old hates having it put on for that reason.
Riemann protects from both UVA and UVB rays, with factor 20 protection. I find that I can use this without my facial skin clogging and becoming spotty like it does with thicker cream based sunscreens, and I have tanned nicely this year with no burning at all, even though I have been out when it has been very hot. I only ever apply it once as recommended too, so I feel this is a great time saver for me.
I have noticed that quite often I get chance to put it on my eldest only in a morning, because I've only had time to apply it to one child and he is the one who is going to be out in it. In the short 15 minute walk to school and back every day, my youngest has actually gained a darker tan this year. It's amazing that a few weeks of 15 minutes a day has produced a colour difference in the pair of them when the eldest is actually out in the sun more often at school, but it has, and it is this that convinces me that this sunscreen is effective.
Up until recently, I have only purchased this from Costco as I had never seen it anywhere else for sale, but we saw it in Boots while we were on holiday, and then I have now noticed that it is for sale on amazon too. For 200ml I have paid about £15, and this is a good value I feel for it lasts all summer as a little goes a long way. It is said to last 12 months after opening. We were using up the remnants of a 2 year old bottle with the same effectiveness as the new bottle this summer.
I am so glad we did discover this, as I am not a big fan of suncream. It gets on everything and makes it greasy, and you need to spend a good 5-10 minutes wrestling with a small child to make them put it on. Then, I hate the feeling of it on my own skin, so I have to thoroughly wash my hands afterwards. This just evaporates so I can't feel it.
Alcohol based things can dry out some people's skin, but I find that this has not affected any of our skin too badly by applying it. My youngest has had slightly dry skin, but mine has not reacted at all.
Before this, I admit to skipping putting suncream on myself. I dread to think of the damage I was doing to myself, as although I thought I was staying out of the sun a lot, I have noticed early signs of age spots on my hands. This summer I have had it on all the time, and I am sure my skin will thank me for that long term.
I always hate having to constantly reapply sunscreen and above all I hate the greasy feeling that a lot of sunscreen products leave on your skin after application, so P20 is a god send for me. One liberal application (an adult is recommended to use 30-40ml per application) is designed to last for 10 hours. However, as with all sunscreen products it is still recommended that you do not stay in the sun for longer than your skin type will allow and to seek shade during the hottest parts of the day. P20 provides SPF 20 and 4 star 'good' UAV protection, so allows very gradual tanning without burning.
It is an oil as opposed to a cream so is absored almost instantly and it doesn't feel like you with horrible sticky and shiny skin. The fact that it's an oil also makes it perfect to use on the scalp to stop burning but as it is an alcohol based formula it doesn't leave any residue in your hair. I don't have any problems with my skin as a result of the alcohol base, but I do have friends with sensitive skin who say it can leave their skin feeling very dry. I have fair skin, so have to be careful in the sun, especially at the beginning of the summer or a holiday and I usually use P20 once my skin has gotten used to the sun. If you have fair skin that isn't usually exposed to the sun I wouldn't recommend using this product straight away, as you could still burn given the lower SPF/UVA rating. You might be better to start off with a product with a higher SPF/UVA star rating first and gradually build up to this one.
The product is very waterproof and the one application should withstand frequent trips into the pool or the sea more than other sunscreens out there. In fact, P20 is advertised as a product used by lifeguards and sports people who spend a lot of time outdoors.
I find that a 100 ml bottle will last me about a week and half, when used everyday all over the body and usually retails for about £15. It's not the cheapest sunscreen product out there, but it is definately worth the money as you only need one application a day. I also feel that sunscreens are always worth spending a little extra on.
Just the best sunscreen that I have come across. Designed for lifeguards and sportsmen, this highly waterproof sunscreen is perfect for the whole family. I have tried many sunscreens over the years while taking my family- including young children on holiday abroad. Anyone in that situation will know only too well the bother of trying to keep sunscreen - even water resistant ones applied to the wriggly little suckers!
The main advantage of P20 is that once a day really means once a day. It really does give 9 hours protection even if all 9 hours are spent in the pool. I was dubious at first, but it has kept our youngest member of the family sunburn free for 2 weeks in baking heat in Turkey. Don't be put off by the fact that that it is only factor 20, it outperforms all the many factor 50 creams I have tried. Also because you need to apply once a day, a bottle lasts a long time.
The formulation is not like that of other sunscreens- it if not creamy, it is a watery, translucent yellow colour, which dries quickly on the skin. I have to say the smell is not particularly nice, quite overwhelming smell of alcohol/solvent with some sweet vanilla & almond tones. It has to be applied for a good 15 minutes before you go into the sun, to allow absorbtion. I found this easiest to do in the morning as before we left the room for the day. However once this part is over, you are free to enjoy the rest of the day without having to worry about constant reapplication of creamy lotions which seem to just sit on damp skin.
In all I would not buy any other type of sun cream now. Just sit back and enjoy the sun!
used p20 on our week long holiday in majorca n i have to say it's the most fantastic stuff we have ever used!! i bought 3 bottles of it for 5 of us n i have to admit i was very dubious that it would work in the high temperatures in majorca!! well amazingly it did work, my husband n 1 of my sons are very fair skin and even after spending most of the 1st day in the pool none of us burned at all!! it was very easy to apply, sunk into the skin straight away and wasn't greasy or sticky which is the problem with other creams!! even my 22 month old son used it and he has come back home a gorgeous golden brown, in fact we all have, even my husband n my fair skinned son, whih they don't normally do!!!! i can't tell you how great this stuff is n we didn't have to faff about reapplying creams every time we swam!! i will never use traditional suncreams again n would highly recommend this product to everyone!!!!!!!!
P20 what it does.....
A waterproof sunscreen designed to last up to 10 hours. With a spf factor of 20 its absorbs 95% of the sun rays allowing you to build a gradual tan.
How to use it...
Simply apply to your skin 15 minutes before sun exposure to allow it time to form a film on your skin, which you can't feel don't worry. If you have extra sensitive skin it is advised you reapply 10 minutes after first application to ensure you haven't 'missed a bit'. This is recommended because the liquid is clear so you can't see it when rubbing it in like other sun creams,
Why I choose it....
Someone I used to work with always used to come back from Tenerife every year with a golden tan I assumed she used carrot oil she was that brown and it turned out she used this.
I have now used this on several holidays to Fuerteventura and Majorca during the summer period. Now before the recommendation I would have considered using 15spf as high factor and used it only for few days on my quest for the perfect tan, silly me always finding what actually happens s sunburn, tan, peel quickly. Using this has changed that. Its easy to apply and I love they way I do not have to continually reapply every time I get out of the pool as that really annoys me when on holiday. You do however have to make sure you just pat yourself dry a vigorous rubbing can cause it to come off this isn't a problem for me I just like to get in pool then straight on lounger to dry off.
And most importantly the tan.........
Yes this does give you a tan and a tan that lasts because I have not spent hours burning.
The only downside is the cost £19.99 for 200ml and if there's 2 of you on a 2 week holiday you will probably need more but holidays are a treat right.
A great all day sun screen takes the stress out of tanning 5 stars.
best stuff in the world!!!! i work with horses and have been outside all day and not burnt once!!!my 2 kids are both fair skinned and even my 2 year old has been in and out of his paddling pool and has gone brown rather than pink. it really is fantastic and i have got all my friends using it. my parents went to portugal and i told them to get it ( especially for my dads bald head!!!) it's not greasy it doesn't leave a white cream on you. they used it they loved it and have bought 6 bottles back with them!!! 2 of which i knicked!!!am off to wimbledon for the finals and will be wearing it coz last year i went as pink as a lobster. this year i will come back with a nice golden tan and no pain. THROW AWAY the after sun lotion I DON'T NEED IT ANYMORE I HAVE p20!!!xx
I have always used this product and now it only takes 15 minutes to activate. It definitely works out cheaper than conventional sunscreens as it is only applied ONCE. However the only concerns I`ve had are that if you lie down on your back or front on a sunbed or beach towel it may rub off. I can say that once applied if you go for brekkie etc. and wear a light shirtor baggy t-shirt, it wont really remove it. I was concerned that it would rub off from my shoulders and they would then burn. This never happened. I made sure that I never lay down on my back or front, slightly annoying for an entire holiday but a small price to pay if you want to keep the product at its optimum. Mind you, if you are one of these people who love walking about in the sun, along the beach or plonk yourself on a barstool in the sun and have a cold one, then this is for you. It is def. hypoallergenic and very good for hyper-sensitive skins like myself. Does not rash. Remember that you can have breakfast first etc. then apply it after. Or you can leave the premises entirely and apply it in the shade, wait for 15 then its good to go. I thought I was burning a few times as I looked at my shoulders in the sun but it never happened luckily. It was just the heat hitting them! If you are fair skinned remember that you might look a bit red as you adjust to the heat or the sun hits you at the start of the day.You are not burning, as after 30 mins or so your skin evens out.
This is a really useful sunscreen in my opinion. I have used it for a number of years and it has meant that neither myself nor my daughter has experienced sunburn.
This is an unusual type of sunscreen because you actually still tan a little when you use it without burning.
It is really easy and convenient to use. You pour the colourless liquid out of the container first thing in the morning and apply it all over the body. You then have to leave it a few minutes to dry before it is okay to get dressed. It takes about 20 minutes to become active and safe to go outside in.
I find it brilliant because you only need to apply it once and it lasts the whole day without any need to reapply. It is also water resistant so unless you are planning on going swimming all day you don't need to reapply after you come out of the pool.
I used it last year when I did a marathon in the blistering heat. The sweat didn't wash it away and I wasn't burned at all despite having quite a fair complexion. My friends who were using ordinary sunscreen did get burned once the sweat had washed their cream away.
It can be quite expensive to buy (£23.95 for a 200ml bottle - Feb 2010), but because you only need one application a day, it does last quite a while.
Riemann's Sunfilter is a non-greasy and water resistant sun block once a day sunscreen, with SPF 20 /