The next generation of sunscreen

Last updated 05:00 07/12/2011
Skinnies sunscreen
VALUE FOR MONEY: Skinnies lasts four times as long as other sunscreen.

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We're fast approaching Christmas and the sun beating down on our backs is growing stronger by the minute.

It's about now that sun protection becomes a necessity, and we begin to buy up sunscreen by the bucketload.

Skinnies sunscreen is the invention of Hawke's Bay couple Olly and Martha Van Arts.

Being outdoors types and having young children, they got sick of having to reapply sunscreen every few hours.

They did some research and found out that most sunblocks are 50 to 70 per cent water.

So they set out to make a product that contains no water (so it lasts longer), uses only a handful of ingredients, no preservatives or parabens, is environmentally friendly, soaks in easily and isn't greasy.

It's a revolutionary sunscreen. As least, that's what they said. I tried it and I'm never going back to normal sunscreen again.

While the plastic scent is a bit disconcerting at first, you soon realise it's because it doesn't have artificial perfumes pumped in to mask it.

Because of the zero water content, you really need only the teeniest amount, which makes up for the $34.95 price tag – it lasts four times longer than any other, cheaper sunscreen.

And it really does soak in to the skin rather than sit on top, like normal sunblocks.

It was even given a four-hour water immersion test in Sydney recently and passed. So yes, it is water resistant for up to four hours.

This new-generation sunscreen looks set to take over the world, or at least our summer holidays.

Skinnies SPF30 sun gel, $34.95 from

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