Sun cream vs sun oil?

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Found 10th Aug 2014
Hello, I've always bought sun cream but am a bit unsure about the sun oils. Are the sun oils any good? Because a cream is harder to rubber in, I just think that the protection would be better than an oil, especially in Spain. Any suggestions on this please? Thank you.
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Some Sun Safety Tips

Sun Protection Options

There are so many different types of sunscreen available to buy. From creams and oils, to roll-ons and sprays. It really is a matter of personal preference as to which type you choose as all sunscreen should provide the level of protection stated on the product (see below). Some people prefer the feeling of oil on their skin and how shiny it makes their skin appear. However, other people may not like how greasy their skin feels and opt for a cream, spray or roll-on, which they can rub in more easily.

Sun Protection Labels
With so many options on offer it is important to check the labels of the products before buying. Always look for creams with UVA and UVB protection (usually called ‘broad spectrum’). The SPF number is the protection from UVB and SPF 15 is recommended as the minimum by the NHS. An SPF of 30+ gives better protection. The NHS also states to use at least four-star UVA protection.

Understanding UVA and UVB
The sun damages our skin through two types of rays, UVA and UVB, which make up two of the three types of ultra-violet light. UVA and UVB both burn our skin. However, UVB is the culprit in causing sunburn and most skin cancers. UVA penetrates the skin more deeply which causes aging and it also produces free radical in the body, which are chemicals that have been linked to cancer.

How Much to Use

We often don’t know how much sunscreen to apply. NHS guidelines suggest adults should apply TWO TEASPOONS of sunscreen if you're just covering your head, arms and neck. And TWO TABLESPOONS if you're covering your entire body whilst wearing swimwear.

How Often to Apply
Rules of application for all different types of sunscreen are the same, including applying 20-30 minutes before exposure to the sun and topping up after two hours. Some sun protection offers longer periods of protection, check the label to see what the recommendations are. Sunscreen labelled ‘water-resistant’ will always have to be reapplied after swimming and towel drying.

Stay Safe in Peak Sunlight
The peak hours of sunlight are between 11am to 4pm. If you are exposed to direct sunlight during this time it is probably best to use a high factor sunscreen (of 30 SPF or more) to give yourself maximum protection. Spending time in the shade is also recommended during these times.

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We use oil and have never had any issues. I just buy a Calypso one from Homebargains for £2.79 and you can get anything from factor 2 to factor 30 (possibly more but never looked for it!). They couldn't mark them as UV rated unless they were.
I wouldn't use them on my 2YO but fine for me and the hubby. I would recommend a dry oil though otherwise you can be left greasy.
Last used in Cyprus in 40degree+ heat and neither of us burned, just reapply frequently as you would cream. I think the oil just helps you tan quicker than cream but don't quote me on that!
BR85

We use oil and have never had any issues. I just buy a Calypso one from … We use oil and have never had any issues. I just buy a Calypso one from Homebargains for £2.79 and you can get anything from factor 2 to factor 30 (possibly more but never looked for it!). They couldn't mark them as UV rated unless they were. I wouldn't use them on my 2YO but fine for me and the hubby. I would recommend a dry oil though otherwise you can be left greasy. Last used in Cyprus in 40degree+ heat and neither of us burned, just reapply frequently as you would cream. I think the oil just helps you tan quicker than cream but don't quote me on that!



Thank you for the advice - my teenage daughter uses the Calypso one but have never been too sure about it, reason why I am asking people on here. What factor did you need to use in Cyprus by the way - we are going to Spain which won't be so hot? Thank you.
Creams and oils have to work for the spf on the bottle. Which? recently did a test and some pricy creams failed, where some cheap ones did well. Calypso (which I've always bought) did well in the tests, at sometimes one sixth or less of the price of some that failed. I would imagine that oil would come off more easily in water than sticky cream, so depends if you're going to be swimming. For sunbathing I would think oil would be fine. Or one of the lotion sprays.

From Which? - "Two sun creams, Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 200ml and Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid SPF30 150ml, twice failed our SPF test. A third sun cream, Malibu Protective Lotion SPF30 200ml, twice failed both our SPF and UVA tests."

They just have creams and lotions in the test unfortunately, no oils, but here are the best buys.

[bSun creams
Brand and model Price Price per 100ml Size (ml) Application rating SPF UVA Overall pass? Best Buy / Don't Buy
Avon Sun Clear Spray SPF30 £16.00 £10.67 150 Yes Yes Yes
Boots Soltan Dry Touch Suncare Lotion SPF 30 £11.00 £5.50 200 Yes Yes Yes
Calypso Sun Lotion SPF30 £2.99 £1.20 250 Yes Yes Yes
Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist SPF30 £15.99 £8.00 200 Yes Yes Yes
M&S Formula Sun Care Lotion £9.50 £4.75 200 Yes Yes Yes
Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30 £10.49 £5.25 200 Yes Yes Yes
Superdrug Solait Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30 £7.99 £4.00 200 Yes Yes Yes ][/b]


Neither cream or oil.....For us it's P20 every time. It's a bit like an oil in it's texture but you only apply it once in the morning and you don't need to reapply. It's a sun filter so it let's you tan but filters out the harmful rays which burn you. We have used it for years and have never burned either in the UK or on the continent and have been in up to 40 degree sun. We have also used it on our children since they were 6 months old and they have never burned either. And you only have to go through the trauma of putting it in them once a day!
nhoops

Neither cream or oil.....For us it's P20 every time. It's a bit like an … Neither cream or oil.....For us it's P20 every time. It's a bit like an oil in it's texture but you only apply it once in the morning and you don't need to reapply. It's a sun filter so it let's you tan but filters out the harmful rays which burn you. We have used it for years and have never burned either in the UK or on the continent and have been in up to 40 degree sun. We have also used it on our children since they were 6 months old and they have never burned either. And you only have to go through the trauma of putting it in them once a day!



I looked at this once before, and I'm sure that it is not really suitable if you spend a lot of time in the sea/pool. We usually end up swimming in the sea about 4 times in the afternoon, so not too sure if it would still be suitable. I'm sure it said on the box that it was only suitable for a short period of time in the water? Thank you.
No problem, we do plenty of swimming with it on and have never had a problem but I understand that you need to trust what you are using. Hope you find the right product for you. And have a great holiday.
nhoops

No problem, we do plenty of swimming with it on and have never had a … No problem, we do plenty of swimming with it on and have never had a problem but I understand that you need to trust what you are using. Hope you find the right product for you. And have a great holiday.



When you have been swimming, have you actually had to reapply the sun lotion or has it been ok for the rest of the day? Thank you.
We have never had to reapply it and have never burned. Obviously everyone's skin is different and I can't guarantee it to you but one of my daughters is very fair and even she hasn't burned with it. In all honesty I will never go back to any other sun protection than this.
We both weather well, so were using factor 15 in Cyprus. Will probably use factor 10/15 in Ibiza next month. But exactly as nhoops said, it depends on your skin.
I have used piz buin apply once before and burned as it only provides up to 8 hours protection, but in my innocence assumed it would last all day!

For £2.79, get some and try it but have sun cream as a back up if you're unsure.
Oil also seems to have a longer shelf life. Once cream is open it apparently only has 12month on it. Whether you believe that or not it obv your choice!
Enjoy your holiday
I agree about the Calypso dry oils from Home Bargains - I use their factors 30 and 15.

It's a decent brand, protects well (I'm quite fair and have sensitive skin), smells nice and isn't greasy (esp. the factor 15). Much quicker to apply than creams - although hubby prefers the cream. Plus, it's made in England.. and currently they donate to Marie Curie Cancer Care for every bottle sold.
Edited by: "sjs31" 11th Aug 2014
How water resistant is the Calypso sun oil? If we put it on before getting to the beach and spent around 5 hours there - say, in the sea about 3 times during that period, would the oil still work, or do you need to reapply it after every time you go swimming? Thank you.
Sorry, forgot to ask, which Calypso one are you all recommending - the brown bottle (deep tan one) or the white bottle (dry one I think)? Has anybody used the Calypso one especially made for children - how good is this (using it in Spain)? Thank you.
Looking at the Calypso deep tan SPF30 and SPF15 - Wilkinsons sell the SPF15, but not the 30. We don't have a Home Bargains in Exeter, so does anybody know of any other sellers of it - need some by Wednesday at the latest (flight early hours Thursday morning)? Tried Amazon and they don't have the SPF30 in the deep tan range. Any suggestions please? Thank you.
Hi Sophiasky,
We have only used the Calypso Dry Oils and Lotions (white labelled bottles). They are "water resistant", but if in and out of swimming pools (then towelling off) I'd re-apply to be on the safe side. For other stockists, I'd suggest contacting Calypso in Manchester - 0161 777 9229 - they might be able to offer more advice... Info at: calypsosun.com/pro…on/

Also, Banana Boat do very high factor Kids and/or Baby sunscreen lotions which are "very water resistant" and available in Tesco, Boots etc.. (They do 60ml tubes too which can go in hand luggage)

Enjoy your holiday!!
sjs31

Hi Sophiasky,We have only used the Calypso Dry Oils and Lotions (white … Hi Sophiasky,We have only used the Calypso Dry Oils and Lotions (white labelled bottles). They are "water resistant", but if in and out of swimming pools (then towelling off) I'd re-apply to be on the safe side. For other stockists, I'd suggest contacting Calypso in Manchester - 0161 777 9229 - they might be able to offer more advice... Info at: http://www.calypsosun.com/products/sun-protection/ Also, Banana Boat do very high factor Kids and/or Baby sunscreen lotions which are "very water resistant" and available in Tesco, Boots etc.. (They do 60ml tubes too which can go in hand luggage)Enjoy your holiday!!



Thank you for your advice.
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