Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion 30: A Good Sunscreen I Can’t Get To Love

by Gio

nivea moisturizing sun lotion 30

Name: Sun protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion 30
Brand: Nivea
Size: 200ml
Price: £10.49

From Nivea’s website:
NIVEA SUN Moisturising Sun Lotion combine NIVEA SUN’s advanced protection expertise with all the care of NIVEA for soft, protected skin.

What I liked:
– provides broad spectrum protection
– lightweight texture, sinks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind
– doesn’t leave a white cast behind
– suitable for oily skin

What I didn’t like:
– if you prefer physical sunscreens, this is not for you
– not very moisturizing
– contains alcohol, which can be drying
– not suitable for sensitive skin

Doesn’t matter how carefully I plan my trips, how many packing lists I make, and how many times I check and recheck my suitcases, I always forget something important at home. *sighs*

Usually it’s makeup brushes, which is not so bad. I just use my fingers. It’s harder to blend with them, but, in a pinch, they’ll do. But when I moved to London, I forgot something much more important: my sunscreen.

Yes, the ghostly pale blogger who is made fun of by all her Italian friends for being obsessed with sunscreen and wearing it every day even in winter (we’ll see who has the last laugh in a few years 😉 ) forgot her trusted bottle at home. And, before I had the chance to buy another, I got a sunburn! Who even knew you could get a sunburn in London?!

This was before I had found a place to stay, so I had no address where my mom could send me my sunscreen. I was busy walking all over London looking for a room and a job, and dealing with bureaucratic stuff. I was always knackered.

So, when I headed to the nearest Superdrug to buy a bottle, I didn’t check out the label as carefully as I often do. I just wanted something cheap with both UVB and UVA protection. That’s why I brought Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 30.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s a good sunscreen. It just doesn’t check all my boxes. As you know, I try to avoid alcohol denat. This one has it. In my rush, I hadn’t noticed it. 😳

Although I’ve recently discovered a study that claims it is not as irritating as previously thought, it can still dry out skin if used too often.

But, as I use a moisturizer with antioxidants afterwards, I’m sure it’ll counteract its drying effects. Still, it’s something I wish weren’t there. So, why is it? To thin out the texture, so that it easier to spread and more pleasant to use.

And Moisturizing Sun Lotion 30 has a very lightweight texture that applies easily and sinks in quickly, even on my oily t-zone. Afterwards, my skin doesn’t feel greasy and doesn’t look shiny. That’s always a risk with sunscreen, isn’t it? This one has passed this test, at least.

The other thing I don’t like? Well, I prefer zinc-oxide based sunscreens because they are gentler, more effective, and work straight away (no need to wai 20 minutes before heading out the door). This one doesn’t contain it.

Instead, it uses homosalate, octocrylene, ethylhexyl salicylate, and micronized titanium dioxide to provide UVB protection. Titanium dioxide, together with avobenzone (butyl methoxydibenzoylmathane), also protects your skin from UVA rays.

As it provides broad spectrum protection, Nivea Moisturising Sun Lotion 30, is a good sunscreen. If I’m not too pleased with it, it’s simply because I miss zinc oxide. But you may hate the white cast zinc oxide leaves on your skin and be happier with this, which applies clear. It’s just personal preference. Unless your skin is super sensitive. Avobenzone and octocrylene can cause allergies.

Nivea Moisturising Sun Lotion 30 is also water resistant. But don’t let that fool you. That doesn’t mean that you can avoid reapplying it  after swimming or sweating. Even Nivea says so on the label. Read those instructions carefully! You can still get a sunburn if you don’t apply sunscreen properly.

Just like that claim, the name of this sunscreen can be misleading. It’s called Moisturising Sun Lotion, but I don’t find it very moisturising at all on my dry cheeks. They feel a bit tight after application. It works better on my oily t-zone, but I apply my moisturizer there afterwards too.

Aqua, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmathane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Alcohol Denat, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Myristyl Myristate, Glycerin Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trimethoxycaprylsilane, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Eugenol, Coumarin, Parfum

Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturizing Sun Lotion provides broad-spectrum protection against the sun. Its thin texture sinks in quickly, making it a great option for those with oily skin. They’re also the only ones who’ll find it moisturizing enough.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Janessa July 25, 2015 - 1:19 am

Ahh, Superdrug. It was of the clouds and chocolate. The most exotic trinkets and gems I’ve only glanced at from thousands of leagues away on an Apple. I used to stop by every Superdrug in sight and admired the perhaps not so majestic displays of mostly foreign beauty products.
I’ve done that countless times, not thoroughly reading the ingredients when I’m in a hurry and ending up with unwanted ingredients.
Just because you retail in pounds doesn’t mean you’re any more special, Nivea MSL30! I’ve yet to find a drugstore sunscreen I want to repurchase. In fact, I’ve ceased my search for sunscreens at drugstores.

Gio July 25, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Janessa, I used to do that too, stopping by every Superdrug. Now I try to avoid the one near my place or I’d spend a fortune in there every time! But it’s so easy to forget about ingredients when you’re in there, isn’t it?


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