If you’re following me on social media you’ll know that I’m currently hanging out in Chiang Mai, in the North of Thailand, where I’ve come to eat up and storm then (hopefully) walk it all off with a two-day jungle trek. (I was told that the best type of bug repellent to bring would also include leech protection. Insert silent scream here!)
Prior to Chiang Mai I spent two weeks in Phuket and the little island of Koh Lanta where I spent a lot of time in the sun. My hotels’ pools were epic (here’s how to nab a fab hotel on the cheap), the beach was a few metres away and I spent two of my days on island tours by speed boat.
Packing a good high protection sunscreen was vital but it was also important that it be water resistant. Unlike Cape Town’s freezing ‘look but don’t touch’ Atlantic, the sea in Thailand is as warm as bath water so you’re constantly in and out of it. Then there’s the rain and sweat factor. It’s so darn humid here, with constant ‘flash showers’ and you’re constantly sweating so, again, a water resistant sunscreen is a must.
Anyway, when NIVEA’s Sun Protect & Moisture SPF 50+ water resistant sunscreen arrived I immediately tossed it into my suitcase. I’m a big fan of the trigger spray which has a light, milk-like texture that absorbs fast and doesn’t leave my skin with a white cast. Also, while many water resistant sunscreens have an incredibly tacky, sticky-feeling texture, once Protect & Moisture’s fully absorbed (just give it a few minutes), you might as well be wearing a regular body lotion.
You’ll notice Sun Protect’s sporting a ‘NEW Clothing Protection’ sticker as it’s been reformulated to make it easier to wash out any UV-induced stains. Good news because I always wear a tee when I snorkel so as not to fry my back; slap it on when I cruise markets in the boiling hot sun and even use it like a body lotion on my legs at night. (I’m big on travelling light. Anything product that can multi-task is my friend!) In short, I’m essentially living in sunscreen and have yet to notice a stain but, in all fairness, I’ve never had a NIVEA Sun product stain my clothes in the past and I’ve been a friend of the brand since high school.
Anyway, let’s just jump into the bit I know you’re all waiting for. NIVEA have given me a sun care hamper worth R1000 to give away consisting of NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture moisturising sun lotion with Clothing Protection lotion in SPF 30 as well as SPF 50+ (both 200ml); the sun spray versions in SPF 30 as well as SPF 50+ (both 200ml); the larger 300ml trigger spray SPF 50+ and a pretty printed sarong. (Yep, the same one I’m wearing in my pic.)
Sound good? To stand a chance to win, enter via the comments section below telling me which of NIVEA’s products is your favourite. (It doesn’t have to be a sunscreen and there’s no right or wrong answer. I’m just interested!)
This competition is open to South African residents only and a winner will be drawn at 5pm on 22 September 2017. Good luck girls!
This competition is now closed. A big congrats to winner Emma @vintagevixenCT.