Do those all day sunscreens like P20 work?

(132 Posts)
Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-May-12 09:41:59

DH is burnt but is being all blokey about not wearing sunscreen.

I have literally had to chase him with factor 50.


hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 27-May-12 09:45:40

I use an all day sun lotion and find it's brilliant but I have a naturally olive skin, last year I introduced DH to it as well (blonde hair, fair skin) and he didn't burn either. Up until last summer DH had always used a regular suntan lotion which needed topping up every hour or so but the all day stuff did it's job well.

NiceViper Sun 27-May-12 09:55:51

I like the idea of an all day sun screen. But have been totally unable to find any studies which show that the protection will really last all day on a real, moving, sweating person (especially on bits like back of neck or upper arms where edges of clothes will be rubbing).

I suppose with a DH, something is better than nothing, but with a DC I would always reapply.

We uSe ultrasun here. Liked it so much when I lived in Australia I used to have the factor 50 for ds sent over.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-May-12 10:03:28

He doesnt sweat, ever! bit weird really.

He's just washed it all off. <bangs head on wall>

JoannaFight Sun 27-May-12 10:09:01

We've been using Piz Buin 1 Day Long (spf30). We used it in South of France last year and no-one was burned. (I'm gingery and fair).

I think it's advisable to reapply after swimming to be safe (well we did, mostly but maybe not always remembered).

I got it because dc and dh are enormous moaners about re-applying suncream and I got sick of the sound of myself reminding everyone all the time the year beforehmm

Lovetats Sun 27-May-12 10:11:43

P20 is brilliant. I won't use anything else now.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-May-12 10:21:27

Going to let him burn. Feck it.

<he got it on the car and is moaning it wont come off>

TheProvincialLady Sun 27-May-12 10:22:52

Don't chase your adult husband round trying to apply suncream that he will then wash offhmm Just let him be a big boy and look after his own skin/cancer risk.

TheProvincialLady Sun 27-May-12 10:23:50

Ah good to see you have come to your senses. If he moans any more, pour a bit on the car yourself for good measure.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-May-12 10:25:20

I know, but he had cancer when he was younger and I dont want him getting it again cos it would mean more radio and he had a shedload last time.

JoannaFight Sun 27-May-12 10:26:21

Dh is better at putting on suncream since I insisted nagged incessantly about getting a mole on his head checked.

It was removed and he complained like mad that it was a really painful procedure hmm. Then moaned even more when it turned out to be nothing anyway grin

ellangirl Sun 27-May-12 10:28:23

I spray a garner clear one on my DH, the normal cream doesn't really rub into to hairy arms etc well! Seems to do the job, and he doesn't mind because it's not greasy.

ellangirl Sun 27-May-12 10:28:35

Garnier sorry

RandomNumbers Sun 27-May-12 10:34:25

p20 is the dog's

bishboschone Sun 27-May-12 10:36:34

I have used p20/ p10 for years . I am very fair and have never had a suntan . I never burn now and even get a tan . They are expensive but I had many years of sunburn before I discovered it and it bloody hurts!! I know it let's something in therefore you ran but I used to burn with normal factor 50 on so it's got to be better!

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-May-12 12:16:35

OMFG now he wants sunscreen on because he went to the tip and his arms are stinging.

He wants me to put it on for him.

<runs screaming from house and drives off>

boredandrestless Sun 27-May-12 12:23:38

I've just bought some P20 for DS as his exzema always flares up with sun cream (banana boat baby is my usual one I use on him). Seems to be working and not aggravating his skin. Smells a bit odd though. Like those strange caramel puddings.

Does anyone know if P20 do a higher factor version? Going to Tunisia in August and would rather use say factor 50 on DS but it needs to be suitable for his sensitive, eczema ridden skin. hmm

Fluffycloud he sounds impossible. If his arms are stinging then he has already burnt and serves him right for washing it off. Is he usually such a child about things or is it just the sunscreen issue that he gets lie this over?

GodisaDj Sun 27-May-12 12:34:39

We found P20 two years ago and not brought anything else since. I'm fair and burn easily but I plaster it on in the morning and then wait 10 min before putting clothes on (it does sometimes stain white clothes).

When abroad I might apply a bit more in the afternoon but not in this country

bishboschone Sun 27-May-12 14:13:52

Bored and restless ... It isn't like a normal factor 20. I have sat in 40 degrees in Egypt and have not burnt . I don't know how it works but it does. It smells horrid and does stain though .

PuppyMonkey Sun 27-May-12 14:17:05

Been using P20 for more than ten years with my kids (and me) and never been burnt yet.

Have had lots of White tops go orange if you get it on those, but that's another story.grin

That's not blokey, it's just daft. Plenty of men wear sunscreen and aren't such fannies about applying it. If he's had cancer before you'd think he'd be a bit more sensible.

ComradeJing Sun 27-May-12 16:18:49

I used P20 once, which was bought from Matalan about 8 years ago. It took FOREVER to dry (as in I was still sticky two hours later).

Did I just buy a dud bottle? I've never bought it since because it was such an bad experience but I'd love something all day that works!

bishboschone Sun 27-May-12 17:13:49

You may have put too much on.. It's changed since then as it used to be 90 minutes before going in the sun , now it's 10 .. Give it another go .

TheFallenMadonna Sun 27-May-12 17:16:49

We use soltan once.
Works v well.

boredandrestless Sun 27-May-12 17:22:33

I've put the P20 on DS today and yesterday and it dried/soaked in really quickly CmradeJing, give it another go!

That's interesting bishboschone - don't know if I dare risk it abroad on my fair skinned DS but very tempting as practically all other sunscreens really bother his skin.

smokinaces Sun 27-May-12 17:27:28

We use Piz buin once a day factor 30. Bloody fantastic. It works. No red bits, one application. Great stuff.

turkeyboots Sun 27-May-12 17:34:09

Pale red head here. My mother used to plaster me in P20 and it worked everywhere from N.E Ireland to Turkey in August.

I use ultrasun or Boots Soltan Once on me and DCs. Can't abide the smell and stickiness of P20 now!

Fuchzia Sun 27-May-12 17:36:28

I used p20 once never again. All my clothes went orang and I missed doing my cleavage which got horribly burnt. As I understand it P20 only stops the UVB rays not the UVA so doesn't protect you at all from the ageing etc risks of being in the sun. It does give a nice tan but I think it gives you a false sense of safety in the sun.

MistyRocks Sun 27-May-12 17:36:34

i use piz buin once factor 30

takes about 10 mins to dry and feels greasy while its drying but once its dried its great

I'm not keen on P20. It really smells & it stains as mentioned before.
We use Ultrasun as a family. Its a much thicker consistency which, for some reason I find more reassuring!
DS and I wear factor 50 & DH factor 20. Used in Greece in August last year & none of is got burnt..i didn't even get prickly heat!!

bishboschone Sun 27-May-12 17:53:28

I am blonde and very fair . As a teenager I always burnt even using factor 50. With p20 I have never burnt . Yes it allows in some stuff and you tan ( which is nice after years of burning and peeling , ouch!!) but that is better than burning surely?

CMOTDibbler Sun 27-May-12 18:12:45

I use Soltan once on ds and me. Works great

janmoomoo Mon 28-May-12 22:03:10

They have reformulated the P20 so it doesnt stain clothes now. Its also not so oily as it used to be and goes on nicely and dries quickly. You can go in the sun ten mins after putting it on.

I used to use it and found it brilliant. DH swears by it, but it doesnt seem to be high enough SPF for me now so I think I will try one of the other ones this year. You need to put a bit of effort into the application in the morning to make sure you have covered all your bits and use plenty of it too.

rookiemater Mon 28-May-12 22:34:42

I swear by P20 - swore at it this weekend as managed to get some on my new not yet worn top and am praying that the washing machine has got it off but it was a couple of years old so it may be the new application.

Anyway I put it on in the morning, but will also put on factor 50 during the day on shoulders and bits that are likely to burn. I find the P20 great because you know you have a base cover but of course if you sit out in the sun for the entire day with no other protection you will still burn.

I find these work beautifully on DD but I still tan through them. hmm So much for pale and interesting...

maximum4 Mon 28-May-12 22:47:39

Have used P20 for 10 + years on all 4 of my children. They have never burn't and although it is quite expensive I would say it is good value. My children are not keen on it but know the drill. In the UK, I rarely use suncream (screams of horror I hear!) if we are on the beach all day and it is scorching then I do, but the odd hour here and there - I prefer that they build up a natural tan. My children are all fair and blue eyed, 2 of them tan readily, 2 of them take ages to get any kind of colour! I use UV tops when not using suncream and when I think they have enough sun. When we are abroad, I cover them top to toe in P20, they have to wait until it has dried (10-15mins) and then they put on their swimsuits/trunks. I only ever apply it once before we leave hotel room in the morning! I am allergic to all creams including P20 so I allow my self to tan slowly building up a tan and covering up when I am starting to burn or going in the shade. Unfortunately my DD is going the same way and reacted the first time ever to the P20 on our holiday last month. She had really bad eczema as a baby and was always fine when I used P20. The only thing they ever complain about is that it stings if you have a cut or a sore. Also you need to avoid the eye area as very uncomfortable to the eyes!

maximum4 Mon 28-May-12 22:54:55

Just read all the posts - I didn't realise that they had changed the formulation - perhaps that is why DD reacted to it for the first time ever!

3rdnparty Tue 29-May-12 09:48:23

boots soltan once 8hr is spf30 ok for UK ds slathered this weekend and was fine - didn't irritate his skin either as others often do... highly recommend..

bacon Wed 17-Jul-13 12:05:37

I've been using P20 SPF30 over the last week with the family and its fab what I love is the fact you can spray it on on it glides on the skin easily, dries instantly and no residue. I do this in the morning and feel so confident of coverage. However I would use a SPF50 after 5hrs if in constant sun.

I would still get a t-shirt on the children after long hours in the sun.

Great stuff. Great on my sensitive skin too.

fififolle Wed 17-Jul-13 12:48:16

My 35 year old non sun worshiper husband has just had a malignant melanoma taken off his neck.
Wear high factor sun protection, it's a no brainier.

BadRoly Wed 17-Jul-13 13:02:31

I use the Piz Buin once spf30 instead of moisturiser on my face and cleavagey bit all summer. It seems to work as I haven't burnt since I started using it 3 years ago.

The children are happy to wear it too as it smells ok and rubs in well. I tend to put it on them thickly in the morning/before going out then top up with regular Boots sun cream (currently SPF50 as that's what I have left).

We spent all if Sunday on the beach (11am-6pm) and none of us went even a little pink. They do wear UV rash vests though.

I did have the P20 last year. Dh and I loved it but the dc hated it so I haven't used it so far this year.

bulby Wed 17-Jul-13 13:08:21

Boots/ soltan once is ace. Comes in in loads of factors up to 50+ and is a dam site cheaper than branded. Just be aware that the 'invisible' ones stain white clothes although I suspect that's the same with all lotions.

Quodlibet Wed 17-Jul-13 13:15:09

I used P20 last year on a job where I was working outdoors all day in 35 degree Med heat. Great stuff - didn't burn once and I only used half a bottle in a week so it lasts ages.

DO NOT GET IT IN YOUR EYES though - I did and it stung like fuck for about 6 hrs. Wash hands after applying so you don't rub sweat off your brow with p20ed hands.

Cheddars Wed 17-Jul-13 13:21:26

I've been using this one. It seems to be doing the job on my dc's and is a higher factor than the P20 one.

Furball Wed 17-Jul-13 13:28:24

I usually have Piz Buin all day. But have recent bought and prefer (it goes on sooooo easy,) the one in cheddars link - calypso and will buy/use it from now on

Um not wanting to be a spoilsport, but you know a tan is already damaged skin?
As in the skin is trying to protect itself?
Tans look nice, but aren't too much better for your skin than sunburn.
That said, my DD tans through SPF50 sunscreen and I've no idea why. DS wears the same stuff and doesn't. He's typical pale freckly skin and reddish hair, she's blonde and has a slightly darker skin tone anyway.

Lottapianos Wed 17-Jul-13 13:35:55

I use La Roche Posay Anthelios factor 50+ or Bioderma 50+ on face and neck and both seem to last all day. Have never had a hint of pinkness when I've used them, and I have fair rosy skin which burns easily.

ILikeToClean Wed 17-Jul-13 14:31:49

I have always used P20 for all of us, here and abroad, it's great for hot school days as I just apply to DDs before they go and I know they're protected all day. However, this year I bought the Tesco's equivalent, called Calypso, half the price and nobody has burnt even in this heat wave! I would probably buy this from now on, think it comes in different factors too.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 17-Jul-13 17:16:43

boots soltan once 8hr is spf30 ok for UK ds slathered this weekend and was fine - didn't irritate his skin either as others often do... highly recommend.. I too use this and its great, spray on first thing, forget about it smile worked on hols in Brazil. I have also used piz buin all day that comes in factor 50 too. since I discovered it years ago none of us has ever been burnt except DH who missed a bit sad DS2 uses the Boots one as its not as 'gloopy' <proper scientific word> as the other and he outs it on before college when he is planning to go out in the sun, he is out by the lido today swimming and chilling and it worked last time, I did tell him to spary on some of the ordinary stuff after swimming but don't know if he has. I just love the fact that I don't have to spend the day trying to remember what time I last applied and repeating it all day.

Hulababy Wed 17-Jul-13 17:19:42

DH and myself both use P20 (either factor 20 or 30) and yes, in our experience it definitely works. We have used it in very hot and humid weather in the US in summer and never had a problem at all. We put it on then went 15-20 minutes before dressing - avoids any stains to clothes.

DD isn't keen on the smell of P20 and so I buy UltraSun (factor 30) for her. It is also once a day but a cream format. Again - always works for us, inc in very hot humid weather and when she's been in and out of water.

Hulababy Wed 17-Jul-13 17:23:02

P20 does protect from UVA and UVB and it has a 3 star rating (which is listed as good)

The formula was changed a few years ago.

It stains less now than it used to - but still best to apply, wait 10 min and then dress.

BellaVita Wed 17-Jul-13 17:23:14

Piz Buin 30 All Day here too. Went on a mass spending spree a while back when it was half price and BOGOF for our holiday in a couple of weeks.

badguider Wed 17-Jul-13 17:26:28

piz buin all day does definitely work. it soaks deep into your skin and doesn't sweat off. I use it for all day hiking, trail running and mountain biking and have done at high altitude and in strong sun in peru and the alps.

you need to put loads on and really let it settle in before dressing though. apparently it doesn't even work for the first 20mins so i always put it on after my shower in the morning.

MadCap Wed 17-Jul-13 17:28:33

I just bought P20 spf 50 in Tesco and it was in offer. I hate the smell but it works really well.

theoriginalandbestrookie Wed 17-Jul-13 17:30:02

This is an old thread - but worth resurrecting in this heat!

I saw riemann P20 SPF50+ in Matalan the other day - just checked on Amazon and they have it as well, sounds like a great idea. Although I have never burnt any time I use the factor 20.

Also for DS I use Boots Childrens Once a day SPF50. Never burnt with that on, and it does seem to last all day - will reapply in the afternoon if he has been swimming.

WithASpider Wed 17-Jul-13 17:37:34

I have P20 factors 20, 30, and 50 ready for our holiday in August. DH introduced me to it after it was recommended for his trip to Kenya 11 years ago.

It's fantastic for the DCs!

bishboschone Wed 17-Jul-13 18:03:24

Yes.. P20 changed my life .. Literally I was always getting burnt , peeling , in pain .. Now I just go a lovely brown and haven't burnt for ten years.

mumofthemonsters808 Wed 17-Jul-13 18:30:57

I've used P20 for years but in recent years it's brought out my prickly heat and I have been in a real mess. I've no idea why this should happen after all these years.

bishboschone Wed 17-Jul-13 18:53:47

Try changed the formula a few years ago. It usedto be a 90 minute wait . Now it's just 15 minutes maybe that's why?

RedToothBrush Wed 17-Jul-13 19:15:52

All day sun cream DOES NOT work for me. I'm incredibly fair and burn even using factor 50 at the height of the sun in sunny climates.

But my main problem is that virtually all suncreams irritate my skin. Which gave me a choice of stay indoors or wear massive hats and long sleeve tops.

Until last year I found a german suncream brand called Alverde. It seems to be the only thing that doesn't cause me a problem.

handcream Wed 17-Jul-13 19:48:34

I tired a Roche Poussay (from Boots) SPF 50 non greasy for the face. It isnt shiny and is very good. Just for the face though...

Would highly recommend. Dont like the greasy/white look....

ShoeWhore Wed 17-Jul-13 20:38:01

Another vote for Soltan Once from Boots - I was quite nervous the first time I used it on my pale skinned redheads but it really does protect them all day - brilliant stuff!

marssparklesdownonme Wed 17-Jul-13 20:50:15

Got some P20 factor 50 in Boots yesterday for 19.99, instead of 24.99.

minesapackofminstrels Wed 17-Jul-13 20:56:33

I use Soltan Once, Water Play for the kids. It supposedly gives 3 hr protection in water and 6 hours on land. I have spent a day at the beach with the kids and had to reshower them having discovered they still had patches of sunscreen after a shower and a day in sand and sea. I do put loads on them though. Will turn white things a bit yellow if get dressed too soon after applying but so far the marks have come out in the wash.

notapizzaeater Wed 17-Jul-13 21:04:29

P20 here, ds never burnt and it's so quick to slap on in a morning, it's by the front door and he knows to wait till I've put it on and off he goes

girliefriend Wed 17-Jul-13 21:05:39

P20? Where can you buy it?

My dd is refusing to wear the 'once' 8 hour protection suncream from Boots and tbf I can understand why. Its so thick, like emulsion and really sits on the skin so it feels very tacky.

Going into town to find something different tomos, looking for something that is a high protection, suitable for a 7yo, lasts a good 5-6hours, is light on the skin, not sticky and easy for dd to apply herself - any tips welcome grin

You need UVA and UVB protection. There isn't that much protection difference (1%) between SPF30 and higher one.

Regular application and hat

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parasaurolophus Wed 17-Jul-13 21:14:02

Yes! Paid a fortune for "ultrasun" at Waitrose and it works better than anything else I ahve ever tried.

I didn't even get a little bit browner and spent all day in the sun

Sorry - it is a pretty good clip called 'Dear 16 yo me ...' About melanoma survivors ..

whitewineandchocolate Wed 17-Jul-13 21:19:01

Another big fan of P20 - myself husband & kids & have never burned. Agree it can be a bit messy on pale clothes etc.

valiumredhead Wed 17-Jul-13 21:21:47

P20 is fab for my super fair family.

Angelico Wed 17-Jul-13 21:25:16

P20 brilliant beyond belief but it destroyed my beautiful white crochet cardigan so I have a love hate relationship with the stuff.

Hekkie Wed 17-Jul-13 21:31:40

P20 is fab! I won't use anything else on my english rose complexion. I've converted hubby too. Comrade - they've changed the formula so it only takes 10-15 mins to dry.

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 17-Jul-13 21:32:18

p20 is fab, i put on all the kiddiwinks i look after (nanny) before school/beginning of day in holidays and always protects them smile

katydid02 Wed 17-Jul-13 21:44:57

soltan once works well here as well and no orange tops either.
Works well on olive and gingery skin too.

JsOtherHalf Wed 17-Jul-13 22:01:55

I bought some ultrasun recently, and have been very pleased with it. I got 500ml spf30 for just under £42.
It doesn't stain clothes, and rubs in like a normal suncream.

hermioneweasley Wed 17-Jul-13 22:04:55

Bought ultrasun as well.

Has been fine in the heat we've been having, but summer holiday in Spain will be the true test. I was persuaded by reviewers saying they didn't get prickly heat with it (which I get like a bastard so it's usually cover ups and in the shade for me)

rufusnine Wed 17-Jul-13 22:17:31

Just to say I too recommend p20 - - but I now use a one called Calypso 20 which is the same idea but much cheaper and has performed just as well on both myself hubby and 10 year old. I find these all day ones preferable because once it dries there is no greasiness.

Cheddars Wed 17-Jul-13 22:19:19

Surely this Calypso once a day gives better protection than P20 though.

I'm reluctant to risk a factor 20 on my toddler, especially when there are higher factors available. I've bought the calypso in spf40 and spf30 - the 40 is a cream and the 30 is an oil for some reason.

Galaxymum Wed 17-Jul-13 22:27:20

DD and I have had awful problems reacting to sun creams in the past but using Soltan Once Kids and so far it has been great. I am obsessed with wearing hats and covering up but so far we have both been fine. So far..... but I think it has lasted and worked well to send her off to school.

WithASpider Wed 17-Jul-13 22:40:23

Cheddars P20 is the brand name, not the SPF. you can get it up to factor 50.

WithASpider Wed 17-Jul-13 22:41:00
chickabilla Wed 17-Jul-13 22:48:52

We use the soltan once. Factor 30 or 50+ and none of us have burnt yet.

Cheddars Wed 17-Jul-13 22:49:26

Ah right, I stand corrected. Isn't sun screen brilliant grin

<sidles off>

BeaWheesht Wed 17-Jul-13 23:04:32

I've just bought this. It seems good so far, we have the SPF50.

Anyone know why dd tabs through any kind of suncrem? I always use factor 50 and yet she still has tan lines? She's 2, olive skinned and dark blonde / light brown hair. Ds is blonde and very blue eyes and never gets this.

siblingrevelry Wed 17-Jul-13 23:18:15

Another vote for Ultrasun. We'e been using it for 3 years plus.

Biggest test was Italy in August 3 yrs ago with DS's aged 2 & 3 1/2 - both pale and pasty (probably because of constant sunscreen!). Neither coloured at all, with factor 50. I love that I can put it on before they get dressed for school, and they won't burn all day. In the UK we use factor 30 (still 50 on my baby daughter).

Can't recommend it highly enough

Hulababy Thu 18-Jul-13 07:25:17

I don't tan with ultrasun or P20.
My legs remain a shade of blue/white!!! Without sun cream they'd be red though. My arms and neck tan a little without cream on the odd day I don't apply but can only stay outside for 3o min or so in uk before burning and can't risk it alt all abroad

Cucumberscarecrow Thu 18-Jul-13 07:59:21

I thought P20 wasn't so hot on UVA protection which I think means it doesn't protect as well against the unseen damage the sun does to our skin. So, while you won't burn, your skin will still suffer damage in strong sun.

I use ASDA's own brand which has 5 star UVB rating. It is cheap and super-effective. I think Soltan is supposed to be equally good.

Cucumberscarecrow Thu 18-Jul-13 08:07:33

Oops, I meant to say that ASDA's has 5 star UVA rating.

OneLittleToddleTerror Thu 18-Jul-13 08:49:57

Doesn't it depend on how fair/dark you are? I only put a SPF20 on DD once in the morning. It's a Garnier amber solaire one. She's 2, and never burnt once with this 'all day' cream. Obviously if she goes in the water or sweated a lot, then I need to reapply. I used the same lotion in Mallorca for DD, and only put it on twice a day too. (With lots of swimming in between).

So yes, I'd say it will work, but depending on your skin!

ShoeWhore Thu 18-Jul-13 10:23:24

girliefriend your dd might prefer the Soltan Once invisible spray - much easier to apply and still lasts 6 hours.

BeeWheesht I treat my 3 all the same even though two are very pale redheads and the third is more olive skinned. The pale two stay very pale and the olive skinned one does get a light tan despite my best efforts! I do put uv tops on them which at least means his torso/shoulders/upper arms don't change colour!

limitedperiodonly Thu 18-Jul-13 10:44:04

£42? What's it made of? Unicorn tears?

BeCool Thu 18-Jul-13 10:49:30

I've used P20 before and love it. It is light and not gloopy. The smell doesn't last long. I don't like the cream ones -too thick and sweaty.

Aldi do one very similar to P20 for under £5. I used it last Saturday - seems to be just as good.

piprabbit Thu 18-Jul-13 10:54:50

We use Ultrasun SPF30 - DH has is own bottle of Ultrasun Sports SPF20 which is a clear liquid gel (he refuses the ordinary stuff).

I've been sending my very pale and freckley DS into school with the SPF30 on every day (he's YR so a lot of time is spent outside) and he is fine, not a hint of redness at all.

JsOtherHalf Thu 18-Jul-13 11:23:51

Sniggers @ unicorn tears.

That is for 500ml, P20 spf 30 works out at £7.50 per 100ml according to amazon prices, but can be £12.25 if rrp is used.

DS has eczema and reacts to lots of skin products, including the Calypso once a day. *e is Year 1, and has ginger hair and pale skin. From my point of view being able to put on cream once before he goes to school, and for it to work all day, it is definitely worth it.

limitedperiodonly Thu 18-Jul-13 11:37:12

I suppose at the Amazon price it's not too expensive.

still think it is grin

Not aimed at you, btw. It sounds like the only thing that works.

I was shock at the price of even ordinary lotion in Boots yesterday. How can it cost that much to produce?

<off to buy shares in Ambre Solaire>

marciaoverstrand Thu 18-Jul-13 11:48:03

Another vote for P20, I'm fair skinned, never tan always burn.
Just back from Majorca with a tan!
Was still sensible, stayed in shade and covered up but people have actually noticed I've changed colour for oncesmile
Yes its a weird smell if you have never used it but nothing offensive!

valiumredhead Thu 18-Jul-13 12:19:46

Just ordered tesco item make version of P20-much cheaper and better protection, thanks for the tip offsmile

valiumredhead Thu 18-Jul-13 12:20:18

Own not item-fecking auto correctangry

Suzieismyname Thu 18-Jul-13 13:26:30

We've used Ultrasun in Greece and back here in the UK. Dd1 is a right screamer, hates suncream so to get it down to one application a day is great. We did reapply after a long session in the pools though.
We used factor 50 on the girls in Greece but have switched to 30 for everyone back here in the UK. No complaints except when we ran out of the normal cream and used DH's spray on the girls. Might have been the spray that gave them a bit of a rash or possibly just because it was the first day of the heatwave

macreturnofthe Thu 18-Jul-13 13:45:43

i use piz buin all day 15 and don't burn - just reapply after 6 hours. worked last sunday when i was out all day working.

just for god sake don't let it get in your eyes --- ouchy

laterplease Thu 18-Jul-13 14:10:15

Use P20 on all the kids and us in the morning and that's it for the day. Saves lots of fuss and works really well even when out in the sun/sea all day. Use additional F50 on noses and tops of ears and top that up at lunchtime. Agree not good on white tops though, end up with yellow/orange stain all around the neck!

BlueSkySunnyDay Thu 18-Jul-13 14:26:45

The boots soltan once is brilliant - they go up to a factor 50 and my pale gingery children have been away for a fortnight and come home as ghostly white as they went. They do sensitive and waterplay - we do reapply with a spray during the day but it cuts us some slack on having to obsessively cover every inch. DC2 has quite sensitive skin and eyes and we have never had a problem with the soltan.

H being a bit of a baldy and outdoors all day really likes their head spray too - it stops his scalp getting burnt as he gets too hot in a hat.

We also successfully used the Puiz Buin 1 day cream last year.

BlackeyedSusan Thu 18-Jul-13 14:53:29

tescos own factor 50 sensitive. stops the children burning at school.

canutesauntie Thu 18-Jul-13 15:16:53

Ultrasun, tried & tested for years on red haired, pale & sensitive skinned DS2. Their factor 50 works really well even for skiing and doesnt give him prickly heat/ rashes like some of the mineral screens. He's happy to put it on every morning before getting dressed, just routine nowthat he's 15.
DS1 uses their factor 20 sportgel as he thinks it rubs in better.
It does look pricey but lasts well and QVC often have very good offers on it.

Did you know that suncreams have a "use by" date. It's called a POA which stands for period after opening and is usually 12 or 18 months.
The period after opening (PAO) number should also be included on the bottle. This will be displayed as an "open jar" symbol with a number inside indicating how many months the product will be safe for after opening, providing it is stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

notasausage Thu 18-Jul-13 16:00:25

A word of caution (though this is several years ago) for P20 - my DB put some on his GF's back after applying his own non P20 cream and that bit of her back burnt.

faithfulandtruthful Thu 18-Jul-13 16:17:22

I use Boot's Soltan Once on me and the kids I care for. I have kids 8hr play SPF 30 and kids 6hr water play (3hr in water, reapply after) SPF 50, I also have SPF 30 cream and my DH uses SPF15 invisible. All the creams have UVA 5 star ratings.

I have fair skin but the kids I look after and my husband are darker skinned than me.

I have only 'turned slightly red' once but I think that was because I wasn't expecting to be out in the sun all day, after a reapplied (which I don't normally do) on the area that had gone red it was fine, i didn't burn. If I had realised I was going to be out all day I would have used a higher SPF cream.

We have used the spf 50 water play when we went canoeing for 3 hours in the sun when it was at its hottest, completely in the sun the whole time on the water and neither of us burnt.

I have been using them for about 4 years and I will happily keep doing so.


faithfulandtruthful Thu 18-Jul-13 16:30:02

I did get Vit D deficiency when I obsessively used SPF50 over a number of years, I have since cut back to SPF 30 and taken vit D supplements I feel so much better.

Just tossing the other side of the coin to the 'cancer' aspect.


Lottapianos Thu 18-Jul-13 16:35:08

faithfulandtruthful, I also use SPF50 on my face and neck every day, year round. I do take Vitamin D as part of a daily multivitamin, and it's 100%RDA. Can I ask which supplement you use?

nappyaddict Thu 18-Jul-13 17:23:45

I use Piz Buin 1 day long. £4.99 in Home Bargains for 100ml.

Or Boots Soltan Once - from £7.99 for 200ml but usually on BOGOF.

nappyaddict Thu 18-Jul-13 17:27:25

Cucumberscarecrow Is the ASDA one you use a normal sun cream or a once a day one?

What's the Tesco's own version of P20 called?

nappyaddict Thu 18-Jul-13 17:29:31

OneLittleToddleTerror What's the Garnier once a day sun cream called? I can't find it on their website.

Reastie Thu 18-Jul-13 18:46:38

Another vote for ultrasun here too. Just started using it and it's the only one which doesn't make me sweat under a layer and lasts all day. DH uses p20 too which sucks straight in when I use it. Ultimate thumbs up for ultra sun though.

mrsbaffled Thu 18-Jul-13 18:50:35

For those who are having trouble with eczema, reactions and sensitive skin, I have heard excellent things about the Avon sun creams not causing reactions. I don't think they do an all day cream, though.

IcedTeaOneSugar Thu 18-Jul-13 19:18:01

I've used Soltan Once on DD her whole life and she's never been red, and has certainly never burned.

ipswichwitch Thu 18-Jul-13 19:21:34

I use p20 - its the only sunscreen I don't get heat rash with, but I do tend to apply more than one a day (burn easily)

chicaguapa Thu 18-Jul-13 21:32:03

Another vote for P20. I've never burnt with it and only apply it once a day. But I do follow the instructions and wait 15 minutes before I get dressed/ go outside. By then you forget you've got anything on as your skin feels completely normal! It's worth the money IMO.

lizandlulu Thu 18-Jul-13 21:45:24

I used to use p20, now use ultrasun. Ultrasun used to be better for protecting against UVA rays,( or UVB, Im not sure which) p20 wasn't as good. Although now p20 might have changed their formula to make it better, but now have been using ultrasun and am ok with that. 20 sports formula for me and either 30 or. 50for kids. Expensive but worth every penny.
I work outside and am now in the habit of putting it on in a morning and know I'm protected all day

Helpforthehopeless Thu 18-Jul-13 22:42:27

I agree, Boots Soltan Once worked brilliantly on very fair skinned me and youngest son in Crete in August. I've used it ever since.

faithfulandtruthful Fri 19-Jul-13 09:41:49

Lotta I use the holland and barrett liquid vit D I was really suprised at how well it worked.


finallyasilverlining Fri 19-Jul-13 11:24:33

We use Ultrasun family formula here, only got it the other day...DC put some on in the morning and were fine all far no signs of any rashes!

WhiteHairReally Wed 31-Jul-13 22:43:04

P20 now comes in spray form 30spf and 50 spy as well as the 'old'20 (haven't seen 10spf this year) It was halfprice in a well known high street chemist Ll*** that isn't B****. Don't know whether it still is or not. The 30 and 50 suggest that they act as a block, whereas the 20 'allows gradual tanning' We've stuck with the 20 as that's what Freckles Features (me) and the Drama Queen (teenage daughter) have used successfully in the past. I gave the bottle of 50 to my SIL for her red head DD. Not sure this week in the West Country will have given it a proper testing however.

TheYamiOfYawn Thu 01-Aug-13 07:34:15

I use the Aldi one and it is cheap, easy to apply and effective. It is alcohol-based, though, so really stings on cuts, eczema etc.

Trumpton Thu 01-Aug-13 07:56:37

I used P20 factor 50 in full sun all day last week in Menorca ( very high temperatures and 97% humidity )
Didn't burn at all.

WhiteHairReally Thu 01-Aug-13 16:26:29

P20 now comes in spray form 30spf and 50 spy as well as the 'old'20 (haven't seen 10spf this year) It was halfprice in a well known high street chemist Ll*** that isn't B****. Don't know whether it still is or not. The 30 and 50 suggest that they act as a block, whereas the 20 'allows gradual tanning' We've stuck with the 20 as that's what Freckles Features (me) and the Drama Queen (teenage daughter) have used successfully in the past. I gave the bottle of 50 to my SIL for her red head DD. Not sure this week in the West Country will have given it a proper testing however.

lizandlulu Thu 01-Aug-13 18:32:00

Llyods pharmacy have p20 on offer at half price. I got the 50 and 30, both sprays for £13 odd for both.

lizandlulu Thu 01-Aug-13 18:32:45

Oh am I not allowed to say the name blush

nappyaddict Thu 01-Aug-13 20:54:49

Don't see why not?

nappyaddict Thu 01-Aug-13 21:05:18

It's £6.64 for 100ml and £12.24 for 200ml.

Katetonner Mon 18-Aug-14 22:58:01

P20 is great however it's ruined 3 bikinis and twels etc this holiday! I usually use calypso all day and that in my opinion is better and goes on nicer and is less greasy! Never ever burnt!

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