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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.
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!!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.