Here’s one of the body sunscreens I use for sports/swimming:
The Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Transparent Spray offering SPF 30 protection. Water resistant, invisible and non-greasy, so it says.
Comes in a non-pressurised generous 200 ml plastic spray bottle that’s contoured at the edges for a good grip, essential when your hand’s wet or oily. This frequently gets discounted at Watson’s, Guardian, Carrefour etc. and is one of the cheaper sunscreens around.
This is an avobenzone-based sunscreen along with homosalate and octocrylene. Note that the first ingredient used is denatured alcohol, which accounts for the non-greasiness and quick drying effect. Which is why I love this for sports, but not for everyday wear. The alcohol is way too drying if left on my skin for normal wear and for extended hours.
Because it’s a simple plastic spray nozzle in a non-pressurised plastic container, this won’t work if you invert it upside down to spray on your back. It sprays ok in an upright or slightly slanted position but not for other more advanced yoga poses. So someone still has to spray this on your back for you.
That’s 1 light spritz on the skin, which has the consistency of slightly oily water that’s not unpleasant to the touch. It is lightly scented with some nondescript fragrance that quickly dissipates. The alcohol scent is pretty strong too, before it evaporates.
Because of the alcohol and texture, a couple of swipes will see this disappearing into your skin, a joy to apply and reapply, especially at the pool, since it’s water resistant.
While the finish isn’t matte, it’s not oily too. I don’t use this on my face, just my body, so this works fine for me.
I’ve tested this out at the pool and for dive trips and it works fine and does protect against burning. I do get slightly tanned while using this (and even after reapplying), which I like 🙂 But if you’re after less tanning, you’ll need to find something that offers better protection. SPF 30 works fine for me otherwise for just a few hours frolicking in the sun & pool.
Overall score: 8.5