Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20 Review

Hello IMBBians,

Protection against sun is something that we need to really consider – not only for preventing tan but also to prevent ourselves from the early signs of aging and skin diseases. Sunscreens always come to the rescue and today’s review is about Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20. So read on to know more.

Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20 Review

Price: €8.69 for 200ml
Claims:
• Protects your skin today and for the future.
• The patented filtration system containing Mexoryl® SX protects against UVB induced skin damage and UVA rays that cause premature skin ageing. Garnier Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion with Vitamin C SPF20 is enriched with anti-oxidant Vitamin C, the formula reinforces the skin’s natural defences.
• Ultra-hydrating protection lotion
• The formula quenches your skin with moisture and helps protect against the drying effects of the sun.
Ingredients: Aqua / Water,Alcohol Denat.,Octocrylene,Propylene Glycol,C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate,Glycerin,Diisopropyl Sebacate,Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane,Isononyl Isononanoate,Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer,Ethylhexyl Triazone,Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate,Tocopherol,Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde,Behenyl Alcohol,Triethanolamine,Limonene,Linalool,Benzyl Salicylate,Benzyl Alcohol,Caprylyl Glycol,Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone,Acrylates Copolymer,Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid,Sorbitol,Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate,Disodium EDTA,Cetyl Alcohol,Butylphenyl Methylpropional,Citral,Citronellol,Opuntia Coccinellifera Extract / Opuntia Coccinellifera Flower Extract,Coumarin,Glyceryl Stearate,Glyceryl Stearate Citrate,Parfum / Fragrance

My Experience with Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20:

During my trip to the Mediterranean cities, I forgot to carry a sunscreen lotion for my body. I had already packed a creamy one for my face, but I completely forgot to buy the lotion and I decided to buy one in Barcelona. I am happy that I forgot to pack one because I found a store that sells imported products at a real cheap price! In Netherlands, the same product costs €15.49 so I literally got it for half the price. Even though it is a Russian product, I am happy that I got for a good deal. A prize for my forgetfulness! Anyway, this is how I got this product.

Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20 Packaging

The sunscreen, like most of the collections from Garnier Ambre Solaire, comes in a white and orange combination. The lotion comes in a white plastic bottle with a flip cap. The cap is tight enough and has a click so you can be assured that it is secured and there will be no leakage and thus it is travel-friendly. The lotion is white in colour and is runny. The smell is fresh and is a bit strong and is kind of floral-citrus. The fragrance is pleasant and I love it. The smell also stays for approx. 2-3 hours. The lotion, considering its runny texture, can be easily smeared on to the skin. The lotion gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any white cast. But, once applied, it leaves a greasy residue and takes around a minute to get absorbed. Once it is absorbed then there is no greasy feeling or any residue and the skin looks moisturized and hydrated. The skin remains moisturized for 5-6 hours.

Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20 Claims

However, as it has a low SPF, you need to reapply the lotion every 1-2 hours. This can be a little bulky to carry in the bag. For moisturization, the product is a good one. Coming to its main job, the product protects mainly against UVA rays that are known to cause tanning, but it has a very little UVB rays protection that cause skin ageing. I did apply a generous amount every 1.5 hours during my days on the beaches. However, the effect was not great. I was tanned and the skin colour had drastic changes. My face with Garnier UV sport was lighter than my body. So the prevention of tan was very little. Luckily, I didn’t have any skin burns. It can protect you from mild rays but not the harsh beach rays. But, overall, a good moisturizing lotion with less protection against the sun.

Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20 Swatch

So summing up:

Pros of Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20:

• Prevents dryness.
• Gets absorbed.
• Doesn’t leave a white cast.
• No leakage and thus travel-friendly.
• Hydrates and moisturizes the skin for more than 6 hours.
• Doesn’t cause any sun burns in the harsh sun rays.
• Doesn’t irritate the skin.

Cons of Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20:

• Provides very little protection from skin tanning.
• Protects only against UVA rays and not against UVB.
• Very low SPF.

IMBB Rating: 2.5/5
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Garnier Vitamin C Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 20?
No. I would want to invest in a good, high SPF product.

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