A Safe Tan, Faster?

Piz Buin Tan and Protect

I am deeply impressed with Piz Buin’s Tan and Protect range. I have used loads of Piz Buin products before, including the amazing In Sun Ultra Light Spray which is an absolute cinch to apply. I’ll hold my hands up and admit to the fact that I like having a tan. It’s almost like swearing these days, to say that you like to sunbathe,  but I always take great care when I’m going into the sun. I can’t believe that people still don’t – that in this day and age, when great sun protection is readily (and cheaply) available, there are still people purposefully frying themselves into pink lobsters! It makes me cringe when I see people walking along with blistered shoulders and the sun still beating down on them..

 The thing about getting safe sun exposure is that it’s just a matter of using your common sense – using an appropriate SPF, not sitting out like a pleb when all of the Greek locals have retired to the shade of the Taverna, and not frying yourself day-in day-out all year round. (Obviously if you’re in the UK that last part will seem like wishful thinking!) Not sure whether you’ve applied enough sun tan lotion? Put some more on! Think that your chest might be burning? Get covered up! Now and again we all make mistakes and fall asleep after that lunchtime Rosé (has NEVER happened to me, ever) but as a general rule, none of us should be getting burnt.

Lecture over. As I was saying, I like having a light tan. I like sitting in the sun – it cheers me up, my skin looks healthy and glowing and I can feel that it’s giving me that vital Vitamin D that many of us are so deficient in these days. In a way, I suppose you could say that the tan itself is a by-product of my love for sitting in the sun; I’m not sure that I lie there with the sole purpose of making my skin browner. If somebody said that I could lie out there all day and I would never tan, then I think I’d still lie out! And lying-out I have been – firstly in my friends’ garden on the Isle of Wight where I went for a wedding this weekend, and secondly in my roof garden which has the advantage of not being overlooked. Except by helicopters, which do tend to linger. (Ha ha.)

During these “lying-out” periods I’ve been giving Piz Buin’s Tan Accelerating range a good, thorough testing. The products contain a tan-accelerating ingredient called Melitane which speeds up the natural tanning process so that you need to spend less time in the sun to achieve a beautiful (and safe) golden glow. I have been using the oil sprays in factor 30 and 15. They are so easy to apply – the oil spreads very easily, especially on warm skin, but there’s no greasy residue. They’re more of a dry oil, so there’s no slick finish, but there is quite a glamorous sheen left on the skin. It does feel a little odd to apply an oil, because I associate oils with people who really want to fry themselves and turn themselves into dark prunes, but these protected me well and I really think that they did give me a golden glow more quickly than a standard SPF lotion.

There are three levels of protection (all of them with effective UVA and UVB screens): 30, the standard SPF to go for if you’re unsure of your skin’s needs (better to be safe than sorry!); 15 for those who never burn and tan very easily, and 6 for my Dad. (Seriously, if I could turn back time and take a photo of what my Dad used to look like after our holidays to France.. I’m pretty sure he used olive oil, actually, but please don’t follow his lead, for obvious reasons!)

Piz Buin Tan & Protect sprays are £17.99 each from Boots.com but there’s always an offer on! At the moment I think it’s buy-one-get-one-free…

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  1. CR
    May 28, 2012 / 8:45 am

    This looks neat! But, only skin that is not protected by sunscreen can synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. If you’re wearing SPF all the time, you aren’t actually getting any. My dermatologist told me this when I mentioned I always wear SPF to protect my fair skin, and she suggested that I sit in the sun for 15 minutes uncovered 2 or 3 times a week. That’s all the Vitamin D a human needs from sunlight!

    • Ruth
      May 28, 2012 / 5:33 pm

      @CR yes, very true. It’s good to get a proper exposure, perhaps not in the baking heat but in a less direct time.. xx

      • Ida
        May 28, 2012 / 6:35 pm

        Eat some salmon and your vit D-troubles are forever over, and you can slather yourself in SPF. And not get skin cancer – yay! I just have a hard time believing that SPF prevents the skin from synthesizing anything judging from…pretty much all literature. It doesn’t block UV rays 100%. If you get a tan, you definitely get vit D.

        -Your local med student

    • Joana Richard
      July 21, 2012 / 9:09 pm

      Hello, your true but that exposure may have to be really early or late :)

  2. MissPapadita
    May 28, 2012 / 9:21 am

    I’m Spanish and have been holidaying in the coasts of Spain every year for my whole life… I have seen the “zoo” sometimes the beach is. I think spaniards have more respect towards the sun, probably because we have all year round… But the number of times I’ve seen the british lying at 3 p.m with nothing but Johnson’s baby oil… OMG!! And the worst, the times I’ve seen applying it to their kids, thought about calling social services!!
    PEOPLE! A tan looks great, BUT skin cancer doesn’t! and the AGEING (in case you don;t care about cancer) the ageing, the wrinkles you get… PROTECT PROTECT PROTECT!! I thought your lecture wasn’t terrifying enough! ha!! And now lets all go outside and enjoy the british summer while it lasts!! xx

    • Ruth
      May 28, 2012 / 5:31 pm

      I will do a more terrifying lecture next term! x

  3. Love in a mist
    May 28, 2012 / 9:32 am

    Really pleased to see your common sense approach to sunbathing and SPF’S Ruth, this looks a great product for you lucky folks who tan :-), hubbie would be interested in this one, unfortunately I could be in the Sahara 24/7 and never go brown lol!
    For all you lovelies out there with very fair skin like me I can reccomend and use ultra sun SPF 30 face, on my my face, fabulous stuff, no oil, emulsifiers or fragrance and only one a day application, yes I know, but really it is only once a day and it works, I’ve never got burnt while using this, great under make up too :-).
    I use the ultra sun SPF 50 on my body same once a day application.
    I’ve also recently bought, and am really liking the garnier ambre solaire light and silky SPF 50, really surprised me how nice this was, just like applying a body lotion, it’s not thick at all, sinks into skin quickly without that horrid white film that SPF 50 can leave, not sticky either, will defiantly be keeping this as a back up!
    I’m not really a sunbather but am a keen gardener and can spend all day in the garden pottering about and I had this on all day yesterday reapplied only once and no burning at all :-)

    • Ruth
      May 28, 2012 / 5:30 pm

      Oooh thanks – that’s good to know! x

  4. May 28, 2012 / 9:33 am

    The poor old Sun, without which our little Planet would be one cold, lifeless hunk of rock, has been demonized by everyone from the medical profession to the beauty industry. Helps fake tan sales I’m sure. But the fact is our bodies do need a certain amount of exposure to direct sunlight.

    Sun exposure triggers the production of vitamin D in the body. A lack of it affects the levels of calcium and phosphate in the body. Low levels of both can lead to bone disorders. And it’s medically proven that lack of sun exposure can cause low mood and energy levels in some people.

    However, as you say, there are safe ways to enjoy the sun. Personally, I love it when I’ve had that bit of exposure that gives your skin a nice healthy look.


    • Ruth
      May 28, 2012 / 5:29 pm

      @Ali I think that all sorts of medical conditions are starting to crawl out of the woodwork that are partially caused by Vit D deficiency… Then there’ll be a huge backlash against people using too much SPF, no doubt! x

  5. May 28, 2012 / 11:48 am

    I am adding this onto my shopping list, I love having a slight tan but do worry about sitting out for long periods

  6. May 28, 2012 / 2:30 pm

    I hear you, lady! Having a light tan makes me feel confident and healthy; the few times I have burned, I feel more guilty than anything, like I should know better. Poor skin.

    I like using high-factor oils as I definitely think the slight sheen encourages a tan.

  7. Julie
    May 28, 2012 / 8:23 pm

    I’ve heard from a Brazilian friend that Cola (Coca Cola) is used to speed up the tanning process by her fellow country men/woman. And ouch it does work. I’m off to buy some Piz Buin…

  8. Syd
    May 29, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    Hi. Love your blog. I know its kind of off topic, but when you have the time would you do a post about sunscreens/sunblocks please?
    With so many available, its confusing to decide which would be a good one to go for. Thanks.

  9. Claire
    May 29, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    thank you so much for this review Ruth!! I got the tan and protect in spf 30 and then got the Radiant Face Cream free!!
    I absolutely adore the smell!!! xxxx
    looking forward to your new updated summer skincare video! xxx

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 9:04 pm

      @Claire oh, the radiant face cream is amazing too – I reviewed it somewhere! x

  10. eloise
    May 29, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    hi Ruth, have been using LRP anthelios on my face in this hot weather and I swear it is making my pigmentation worse…could this be happening? anothe blog about facial spfs would be great, specifically moisturisers with spf that I could wear all year round thanks :)

    • Ruth
      May 30, 2012 / 4:56 pm

      @Eloise it SHOULDN’T be! How bizarre! Maybe your entire skin tone is getting browner? xx

  11. Emma Jane
    June 7, 2012 / 8:13 am

    Well, my husband point blank refuses to wear any kind of sun protection & he loves to tan :( However, he does like the idea of a tan accelerating product so I know he will use this product in factor 15 so here’s what I’m going to do. I will buy the factor 30 & decant it into the factor 15 bottle without him knowing. Deceitful? Yes! but having seen half of my family develop skin cancer & having a very stubborn husband who tans until he burns, he leaves me no choice :) x

  12. KasiaLi
    June 7, 2012 / 10:12 am

    Piz Buin products are my absolutely favorite during summer! Great protection, very effective, but no product will work miracles unless we use our common sense while sunbathing! Girls, remember to re-apply your SPF every 2 hours to keep your skin protected and ready to get a nice, safe tan!! Especially, the fair skinned girls should watch out!

  13. Paige
    July 17, 2012 / 1:34 am

    Ruth, do you know where I can get this shipped to the USA? I can’t find a site that offers USA shipping. Thanks.

    • Paige
      July 17, 2012 / 1:37 am

      Nevermind. Found it on FeelUnique, thanks!

      • Ruth
        July 17, 2012 / 8:28 am

        FeelUnique are amazing! xx

  14. Camilla
    August 4, 2012 / 11:05 am

    I’m on vacation in France and I just bought the Piz Buin dry oil spray with no SPF, bu I also use normal sun creame with SPF 30, can I just mix them or what would you recommend?

    • Ruth
      August 9, 2012 / 6:19 pm

      What do you want the no-SPF one to do? I wouldn’t mix them, I’m not sure on the different ingredients! x

  15. Kerry
    March 20, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    Hi Ruth, sorry to comment on an old post but I am researching sun protection for my holiday to Egypt this year (35-40c!) and I’m wondering if it is a good idea to apply this to my face as I have blemishes. If not do you have any recommendations? Also is it ok to still use my LRP eff duo under it? Thanks :)

  16. Theresa
    April 8, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Can one use PizBuin when tanning on a sunbed?

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