Summer Skin – It’s Time to Reevaluate your sunscreen

Summer Skin – It’s Time to Reevaluate your sunscreen

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Despite the rain, wind and volatile temps here in New Zealand – it IS actually Spring.  The kids are back in the routine of compulsory hat-wearing at kindy and school, which serves as a great visual reminder for me that it’s also sunscreen season.

My childhood, teen years and early adulthood were spent in a blissfully bronzed (read: naive) state of perma-tan.  For a Gen Xer like myself, nothing signalled the onset of Summer in New Zealand like a crispy nose, cracked lips and a good peel to get you set for the rest of the season – a new Fido Dido t-shirt also worked just as well!

But then, my father lost his very short battle with melanoma at age 57 and sun protection for my family took on a whole new meaning – one of life or death.  Dad never wore a hat or sunscreen, got viciously sunburnt many, many times and was moley as hell – as am I.  As a mum to 2 young boys, one of which has pale, virgin, ‘unburnt’ skin (thus far), I never imagined I would be so, um, ‘maniacal’ about sunscreen but it’s happened and it’s a good, good thing.

As consumers we’re pretty used to products improving year after year and sunscreen is no different.  We’ve seen SPF creep up and up, all manner of new application methods from spray trigger to roll-on to aerosol but this year’s new sunscreen release from NIVEA is actually so simple I guarantee you’ll be mystified as to why no-one thought of it before.

Press play to check out my review of the New NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture Sunscreen Lotions.


So, I imagine as parents we all expect similar things from the sunscreens we use upon ourselves and our kids;

  1. It needs to be easily absorbable.  Nixon is 3 years old.  I do not have all the time in the world to delicately apply sunscreen before he rubs it in his eyes/nose/mouth.  I actually have 7 seconds.  Literally!
  2. It needs to be non-greasy – sticky sunscreen and kids/summer/sand/ice cream drips is not cool.
  3. It needs to be water resistant.  I have no time for attempting to get kids to sit still on their towels, abstaining from sand and surf whilst they dry so I can reapply sunscreen.  This is a mummy-pipedream that will never happen.  There is also nothing worse than slipping and sliding while paddling out because your sunscreen is washing off!
  4. It needs to WORK! And by work I mean provide highly effective UVA and UVB filters so I never have to see my kids with a raging red sunburn.
  5. NEW – I’m adding this requirement in for 2016 and I highly recommend you do too; sunscreen needs to be moisturising.  If we are applying a product at least once, possibly multiple times per day, why shouldn’t it do double duty?  It is 2016 after-all!  Sun exposure is an incredibly dehydrating experience for our skin, and dry skin is much more prone to sun damage.  If a sunscreen can provide 24 hour hydration as well as high SPF, water resistant protection that’s light and non-greasy, then that’s the one I’m going to use every time.

NIVEA’s 100 years of skincare experience comes to the fore with the Protect & Moisture range.  The adaptation of fantastic broad spectrum sunscreen to include moisturising care has resulted in a family friendly sunscreen that’s absorbed in a flash with no greasy residue.  Make sure you always read the label and use only as directed.

I can’t imagine a better addition to Summer to be honest!

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NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture is available nationwide from supermarkets, department stores and pharmacies now.

  • NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+, 400 ml NZ RRP: $23.49
  • NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+, 200 ml NZ RRP: $19.39
  • NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+, 100 ml NZ RRP: $11.99
  • NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, 200 ml NZ RRP: $16.29

For more information please head to:

www.nivea.co.nz / https://www.facebook.com/NiveaNZ

Thank you so much to NIVEA for sponsoring this post – and making such amaze sunscreen!

NOTE: Always read the label. Use only as directed.