I hope you’re not tired of sunscreen reviews because I’ve got another one for you today.
Well, what can I say? It’s summer. It’s the best time to test sunscreens and see if they live up to their hype, no?
Up for scrutiny today are Piz Buin 1 Day Long Long Lasting Sun Lotion SPF 15 and After Sun Tan Intensifying Moisturizing Lotion. Here’s how they fared:
1 Day Long Long Lasting Sun Lotion SPF 15
I usually recommend a higher SPF than 15 in summer, but then not all of us live or holiday in the tropics.
Take my mum. She HATES the heat. Her idea of a good holiday is locking herself up with a good book in a Siberian igloo.
A bit extreme, I know. But point is: sometimes, a SPF 15 will do just fine.
If you’re cool with that, Piz Buin 1 Day Long Long Lasting Sun Lotion SPF 15 provides broad spectrum protection:
- Ethylhexyl Salicylate: aka Octyl Salicylate, a UVB filter with a slightly oily consistency and a mild floral scent.
- Octocrylene: a UVB filter that boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen by helping it coating your skin better. It’s absorbed by the body, so avoid it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. It can irritate sensitive skin, too.
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: aka avobenzone, one of the few UVA filters approved by the FDA. It’s very unstable (ie stops working quickly when exposed to light) and is absorbed by the body. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid.
- Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (Nano): aka Tinosorb M, an hybrid filter that absorbs, reflects and scatters both UVA and UVB rays. It’s stable and helps protects other UV filters from degradation, too.
The best part? This sunscreen has a very lightweight texture: it is easy to build it up (you need 1/3 teaspoon for your face alone, remember?) without ending up with a greasy, white mask on your face.
Bonus points: it doubles up as a good base for makeup.
But don’t let the name fool you: it may be called “1 Day Long,” but it doesn’t last you that long. You still need to top it up every couple of hours to avoid sunburns and wrinkles.
After Sun Tan Intensifying Moisturising Lotion
How the heck am I supposed to test if this thing intensifies my tan if I don’t have a tan? (Thank you, London).
Oh well, I’ll just turn to science, then. The miracle worker here is supposed to be Ononis Spinosa Root Extract, a.k.a. restharrow.
Restharrow has astringent and antiseptic properties but can it amp up your tan, too? I’ve found a few websites that claim it can stimulate the production of melanin, which would indeed prolong your tan. But, no studies have been done on it yet.
Bottom line: I wouldn’t buy Piz Buin After Sun Tan Intensifying Moisturizing Lotion for its tan-enhancing properties. I’d buy it for its moisturizing and soothing properties.
The lotion features paraffinum liquid (mineral oil) and shea butter, two moisturizing superheroes. They work in a similar way: they create a protective barrier on the skin that locks in moisture, keeping even skin that’s been sizzling under the hot summer rays for hours soft and smooth.
They’re also soothing: the barrier they create protects damaged and irritated skin from all the germs, pollutants and other crap in the environment that would wreak even more havoc on it.
And yeah, I know, mineral oil ain’t natural, but that doesn’t make it bad. Cosmetic grade mineral oil – the only type allowed in cosmetics – undergoes a strict purification process that removes all toxins and irritants from it.
If someone tells you that using mineral oil is like slathering petroleum all over your skin, rest assured, they have no clue what they’re talking about.
You know what’s really surprising? How lightweight this lotion is. Mineral oil and shea butter are thick ingredients but you’d never guess it from this.
Yet, it packs a moisturizing punch. My skin is super dry and the lotion keeps it soft and moisturized for around 8 hours. Not bad. If your skin isn’t as dry, it’ll last a long longer on you!
Have you tried anything from Piz Buin yet? Share your experience in the comments below.