Craptastical drought aside, this summer’s been pretty epic and I’ve made the most of it by spending a lot of time outdoors. Even more so than usual, actually, now that I’m running every day. This means I’m going through sunscreen like water ‘cos I slap it on every time I hit the road or take a hike and make a point of trying not to tan. (Yep, even that golden glow you saw me sporting in all my Mexican holiday snaps on Instagram was totally faux. For the record, my two favourite self-tan’s right now are The Tan Lab in Dark and Skinny Tan Mousse.)
So, getting back to sunscreen! I was thrilled when Piz Buin dropped off a bunch of their loveliness the other day. Their products have always been favourites, ever since I was a little girl, as my mom considered the brand to be one of the best. Personally, I like that many of their offerings serve up a nice, high SPF but don’t feel heavy, sticky or leave a white sheen on your skin. They’re so nicely formulated, in fact, that many of their lotions feel just like a body lotion and if it weren’t for their ‘sunscreen smell’ (which I like), you wouldn’t know you were wearing one.
Anyway, Piz Buin now have a new kid on the block and that’s Protect & Cool refreshing sun mousse SPF 15. I’ve been wearing this guy when I run and I’m quite the fan. I like that its texture is truly ‘moussey’, just like a light shaving cream, so it’s super easy to spread. I literally spitz it on my arms, zip it up and down, and BOOM, you’re covered. The ‘cool’ bit comes in as it initially feels icy cool on your skin which is great if you’re sitting on a boiling hot beach and appreciate the sunscreen equivalent of a wipe down with a nice, cold cloth. I’m not sure what Piz Buin is using to get that right, but you’ll be glad to know there isn’t a drop of menthol in sight. (If you didn’t know, menthol, despite being in a zillion products, isn’t something you want on your skin. It’s a drying, irritating bad boy! The fact that so many men’s after shave products rely on it to get that ‘cool’ feeling is a mystery to me and quite maddening to the dermatologists I’ve spoken to in the past.)
Currently, Piz Buin Protect & Cool is available in an SPF 15 which suits me fine for running as I’m only out there for 30 minutes at a time. They do offer it in higher protection factors overseas, however, so maybe we’ll see them make their way here at some point. But until then, if you’re looking for a higher SPF, know that their Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Lotion SPF 50+ (R249,95, Dis-Chem) is locally available and ready to protect and serve.
P.S. Now is a great time to shop Piz Buin at Clicks. They’re currently running a buy 3 get one free special. I can’t see the Protect & Cool mousse on their site but here’s hoping you’ll be able to find it in store.