When I headed to a sunny island holiday, I realized that I’d be out and about frolicking in the sun so I packed my sunblock arsenal, and in there, I tossed this mist spray sunblock. I’d never used a spray sunblock before so this would be interesting. I figured it would make it easier (and more fun) to re-apply my sunblock, instead of rubbing the usual creamy white lotion all over – something I tend to get lazy with.
The Mentholatum Sunplay UV Body Mist Sunblock has been around a while, and it proclaims an impossibly high SPF80. If you look at the Sunplay series of sunscreen, they all boast very impossibly high SPF numbers. I’m never quite sure if it can really go that high to be honest. I’m not good at these things. I usually stick to SPF50 and anything over that is a bonus.
Application is easy peasy. It is an aerosol can, so just spray the fine mist all over your body, ensuring you cover every inch. The directions say you can also spray it on your face, but if you plan to, please make sure you close your eyes 😛 The spray mist is clear and cooling on the skin which is really nice in the heat of the sun. But really, do I like this?
No I don’t 🙁
The product sprays out a fine cooling mist as I’ve noted, but on contact with the skin, it takes on an oily texture I absolutely dislike. It feels oily and even after you spread it, it still feels oily. I tested it on my arms and legs, and when I felt that oily texture, there was no way I was putting it near my face.
I went round spraying this mist on most of my travel party to gauge their reaction, and they all disliked the oily feel. After you spread it on your skin, the oily feel remains and gives your skin an oily sheen. We all agreed the cooling mist was nice on a hot day, but that we did not like how it felt after that.
Mentholatum Sunplay UV Body Mist sunblock ingredient list
From a practical point of view, a spray mist is perfect for topping up on your sunscreen application. Heaven knows, its easy enough to forget or to ignore reapplication once you are lounging on a sundeck or on the beach. A mist makes it fun and easy to apply. So, if the texture agrees with you, you will like this. If you dislike the texture, you won’t. I didn’t, and I don’t 🙁
Pros: Cooling fine mist, Colourless and no white cast on the skin, Easy and fun to use
Cons: Oily feel on the skin
This isn’t the first mist spray sunblock there is out there and if there’s one thing I learnt from using this product is that a spray on sunblock is great when you travel! Its quick and easy to use and you don’t get your hands sticky from applying creams and lotions. Also, a spray covers a larger area and possibly gets into corners you might otherwise miss. So I will be keeping an eye out for other spray on sunblocks for reapplication purposes 🙂
Have you tried this product and do you like it? How about spray on sunscreens or sunblocks? Have you tried one you like?
The Mentholatum Sunplay UV Body Mist Sunblock SPF80 PA++ retails at RM45.90/150ml at most leading pharmacies