(This product review, which was co-written with Ana Santos, was published in the Tester section of Herword.com last July 20, 2010)
Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Spray
Php510 for a 150mL bottle
Nikka Sarthou with Ana Santos
Just because it’s overcast outside it doesn’t mean that you can leave the house without any sun protection. Although the sun may not be shining in its full force, some of its UV rays can still pass through and cause harm to your skin. Even during cloudy days, it is still possible to be exposed to the sun’s UV rays since the clouds can only filter so much.
The sunburn that it could cause may not be as apparent as the one during summertime, but constant exposure to the sun may eventually lead to skin cancer, which is why it is important to apply sunscreen all the time.
I’m a big fan of sunscreen but what gets to me is that it leaves that greasy feeling and that mild scent of coconut, which I don’t mind at all when I’m at the beach. But here in the metro, I prefer something light and unnoticeable. Then I discovered Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Spray.
This sunscreen in a bottle is different from the usual sunblock products that I’ve tried. First of all, it comes in a spray bottle, which makes its application easier. I don’t have to depend on someone else to spread some sunblock on those hard to reach places like my back area. I can simply spray it on myself as I please. The bottle doesn’t even have to be on an upright position when I use it. I can turn it upside down and spray it at any angle I want and it can still do its job.
The other thing that I really like about it is that it is “invisible.” It doesn’t leave white residue like other sunblock products do, but it is not entirely invisible. You can see the spray product on your skin as you use it, but it gets absorbed easily, which is what makes it “invisible.” Its clear formula makes it very convenient for everyday use. I can apply some before I leave the house and nobody will notice that I’m wearing sunblock. No embarrassing white marks or noticeable sunblock scent.
Since its texture is clear and ultra-light, it doesn’t leave that sticky and greasy feeling on my skin. This is one of the things that I love about it because it doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable, especially during those very humid days when I would sweat like a pig. I mean, it’s one thing when you’re at the beach and you can simply head to the water to cool off, but it’s different when you’re in the city.
This new formula from Nivea makes the sunscreen quick to absorb, which can immediately protect your skin upon application. No need to wait for a few minutes before heading out. Other sunscreen products require around twenty minutes or so before it can take effect. But this particular brand of sunscreen gives you immediate protection so you can head out as soon as you want to and let you enjoy your day right away.
Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Spray is definitely a cut above the rest among other sunscreen products. My only reservation about it is that it comes in a big bottle, which doesn’t make it handy to bring along with you wherever you go. It would be nice if it came in a smaller bottle that can easily fit in any bag, and make it possible for you to reapply it as often as needed.