Light, non-greasy continuous spray sunscreen for sensitive skin prone to prickly heat
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When we can travel again!

When we can travel again!

We may not be able to travel now but there’s nothing stopping us from dreaming about the next adventure or reminiscing about the last one.

We were lucky enough to squeeze in a visit to Vietnam just before the world shut down and, as you would expect from a company that sells sunscreen for a living, we are already planning our post-pandemic adventures.

We discovered Techniblock sunscreen through our love of travel. This superb South African sun protection kept us sunburn-free during the relentless searing heat of an African safari. It was hot and sticky searching for lions and giraffe in the bush but Techniblock prevented us from burning and kept on doing it’s job when we hit the pool for a much needed cool off the minute we returned to our safari lodge. That was many years ago and Techniblock is as good now as it was then. We’ve enjoyed many amazing holidays since and have never had a single incident of sunburn, despite long days on the beach and several dips in the sea to freshen up.

We are in unprecedented times at the moment but it won’t last forever, things will return to some semblance of normality and we hope and pray, for the sake of the travel industry, that it will be sooner rather than later. In the meantime, we’re spending our lock down days compiling a must-visit wish list and counting the days until we can pack our suitcase and jet off to somewhere hot and sunny once again.

Created On  17 Jun 2020 9:30  -  Permalink

New Techniblock Formula, now Marine-Friendly

New Techniblock Formula, now Marine-Friendly

This SPF 50 Active Performance Sunscreen has been designed for outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and is the perfect skin protector when training, enjoying water sports such as windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. Just one application will provide protection for several hours, even in high temperatures.

The main base for many of the more traditional sun lotions and creams available today are oils and emulsifiers; these ingredients are used to encapsulate the UV filters which, when applied to the skin, tend to leave behind a greasy residue, especially with a high factor protection. The higher the SPF, the more UV filters in the formula, and this often makes them sticky and uncomfortable to apply and wear. These filters also stain light clothing but Techniblock’s anti-stain technology helps to minimise the risk of staining*, caring for your clothes as much as your skin.

Also, oils and emulsifiers break down in water and, therefore, the lotion has to be re-applied frequently, particularly after swimming.

Techniblock is different. UV filters are encapsulated in an ethanol-based spray that evaporates on contact to leave a transparent but effective and very water-resistant UV barrier. Even while swimming, Techniblock keeps on working to protect so you can enjoy the water for longer, safe in the knowledge that the powerful, modern formula will keep working.

The new Techniblock SPF 50 range is revolutionary and one of the first of it's kind on the market. Designed to protect in even the harshest environments, it is ideal for water sports because it can be applied directly to wet skin. Recommended by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) the SPF 50 Wet and Dry is a firm favourite with boaters and sailors, as well as perfect for water babies who love to keep cool in the pool.

Non-greasy, fragrance-free and breathable, Techniblock has anti-pore blocking technology, making it very suitable for sensitive skin, particularly if you’re prone to prickly heat. This irritating skin condition is aggravated by high temperatures and rubbing thick and gooey creams into the skin just makes it worse. According to our customers,Techniblock keeps prickly heat at bay so you can enjoy the sun without worrying about nasty and irritating skin rashes.

It also provides instant protection in one quick application, unlike some other sunscreens where you have to wait for up to 45 minutes before going out in the sun in order for the protection to take effect, so it’s easy and convenient to use. The ideal solution for people who hate the fuss and bother of applying sunscreen. It can also be applied to the head, thus reducing the threat of sunstroke.

Developed in South Africa, where they certainly know a thing or two about the sun, Techniblock is a tried and trusted brand that has been protecting skin for over 20 years. Packaged in a sealed, airtight container, the formula is not compromised after opening so there’s no need to discard half-used product, making it great value for money, and the twist-top locking lid ensures no risk of spillage in the bottom of a bag.

Techniblock has broad spectrum protection.This means that it protects against both UVA and UVB protection. UVA is associated with skin ageing because it affects the elastin in our skin which leads to wrinkles and brown pigmentation. UVB is more associated with sunburn and has strong links to skin cancer.

A large can of SPF 50+ will provide an adult with all over sun protection for an average of 10-12 days. Apply in a sheltered area to ensure even coverage and enjoy a sunburn-free summer.


*To minimise yellow staining on light clothing, apply sunscreen and allow to dry thoroughly before dressing.Do not spray directly onto fabric.If staining occurs, this can be removed by pre-wash soaking in Vanish Gold or similar.


Created On  8 Jun 2020 13:17  -  Permalink

The Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic
The future, certainly in terms of travel, is looking very uncertain at the moment.  We are 100% behind the #stayhomestaysafe mantra that is echoing around the world because the sooner we kick this virus to the kerb, the sooner we can reconnect with our loved ones and our love of visiting different countries.
As a small, family-run business, we have been hit particularly hard by the Coronavirus and the impact it is having on the world.  As people come to grips with holidays being cancelled and the prospect of getting away from it all is nothing but wishful thinking right now, buying sunscreen is without a doubt (and unsurprisingly) the last thing on anyone's mind.
However, sun protection isn't just for a trip to Spain or South Africa, Asia or America.  As I write this, it is only mid-March, the first day of the UK's lockdown, and the sun is shining brightly in the sky.  I, for one, am grateful for that because blue skies and sunshine always cheers me up.  Hundreds of people will be taking advantage of the good weather to tidy up the garden, take the dog for a walk, enjoy a run or a bike ride  (while we still can) and this means that there's lots of UV bouncing around.
As we move fully into spring, as the weather (hopefully) continues to get warmer, everyone should be applying a bit of sunscreen while sitting in the garden.
We are still open, we are online and we are staying at home to run our business.  You can buy from us without having to "come into the shop", pay us without having to handle money, and take delivery without having to see the courier.  Parcels can be left in a safe place.
We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure that our parcels are packed cleanly and safely; we are a family-run business, so we don't need to have contact with anyone outside of our family to service orders.  We wash our hands regularly and use hand sanitiser gel (yes, we managed to get some!)
What's more, we NEED you as much as you NEED sunscreen when it's hot!  Please don't forget us and don't forget your sunscreen.  Techniblock has NO EXPIRY DATE so you can buy now and use it at any time.  You won't be housebound and grounded forever.  We will be able to get out and about again before too long, to visit family and friends, both here in the UK and abroad, so be prepared for summer, be prepared for the lockdown to end, get ready to jump on a plane/boat/cruise and start travelling again and buy some sun protection now!  Protecting your skin with Techniblock will help us to protect the little business that we have been growing and nurturing over the years and we want to survive this unprecedented situation as much as we want everyone to survive this dreadful virus.

Created On  24 Mar 2020 17:10  -  Permalink

Melting in Miami, but Techniblock Wet & Dry helped us keep our cool!

Melting in Miami, but Techniblock Wet & Dry helped us keep our cool!
We received some negative feedback from one of our customers a few weeks ago about Techniblock's SPF 50 Wet & Dry sun protection.  The customer claimed that this sunscreen, purchased for a family holiday, did not protect his 4-year old daughter from sunburn.  Naturally, we were very concerned to hear this, and also somewhat surprised because we have had many 5-star reviews for this product over the years, as we have for all our Techniblock sunscreens.   The Wet & Dry is a firm favourite with many of our Royal Yachting Association customers, who spend several hours both in and on the water and love the fact that it can be applied to wet skin to top-up protection.

We were heading for a 5-day part business/part leisure break in Miami, Florida so took the opportunity to use Techniblock SPF 50 Wet & Dry while we were there. If we had a faulty batch, we needed to find out because top-quality products and happy customers are our top priority!

Miami in August is scorching hot!  From the moment the sun rises at about 7am, high concentrations of UV rays are everywhere.  The temperature peaks at between 33 and 35 degrees throughout the day, and only cools down to the high 20s in the evening, which makes the humidity pretty intense too.  Tough conditions for any sunscreen to contend with, especially when perspiring profusely and taking frequent dips in the pool and ocean to cool down. 
We were pleased, therefore, that Techniblock's Wet & Dry lived up to it's stellar reputation and gave us great protection. 

One of the best things about the SPF 50 Wet & Dry is that it can be applied to wet skin too, so it's easy to top up, especially if it's very hot and the UV rays are very intense, after prolonged time spent in the water, excessive sweating and towel drying.  There's no such thing as a total block so it's important to use an aerosol sun protection in a ventilated but sheltered area to ensure even and complete coverage of all areas that are going to be exposed to the sun.  Techniblock absorbs super quickly but it can be lightly rubbed in to avoid missing any bits and for some people, just one application per day is enough.  However, when it comes to very young children and those with very fair skin prone to burning, we always recommend a top-up of sun protection at least once or twice a day.  Following these simple tips will guarantee that, like us, you will stay sunburn-free, even in blisteringly hot temperatures.

And as for our thoughts on Miami, well it's a pretty amazing city.  Warm all year round, it's no wonder that the first sunscreen was invented here (yes, really, by a Miami pharmacist who invented Coppertone).  It's a vibrant, energetic melting pot of Latin culture, Cuban cuisine and Spanish influences.  The beaches are incredible, the restaurants plentiful and the music loud.  Great for people watching, you could spend many hours sipping on a Mojito watching the world go by!  But, be warned, you'll need plenty of dollars for a visit to this city, drinks are up to 4 times the price than in the UK and everything has tax and up to 20% gratuity added as standard.

Created On  20 Aug 2019 15:10  -  Permalink


We’ve not long returned from a trip to Thailand, one of our favourite destinations.  We always go away in the early part of the year to escape the cold and miserable weather and you’re pretty much guaranteed wall-to-wall sunshine in Asia.
This year was no exception and we enjoyed 3 weeks of bright blue skies and sizzling temperatures that didn’t drop below 30 degrees Celsius for the entire trip.  When everything’s been kept under wraps since the summer, it’s important to use a good quality sun protection that you can trust so, of course, we packed our Techniblock.  We had planned a couple of boat trips as well as some kayaking in the Khao Sok National Park and the SPF 50+ and SPF 50 Wet & Dry is perfect for this type of activity.
However, we also took the opportunity to test a brand new product from the States.  We are always on the look out for great sun protection and there’s no doubt that Techniblock is one of the absolute best, but we like to give our loyal customers plenty of choice and have discovered an excellent American brand called NO-AD.  It came highly recommended by one of our American friends and so we put it through it’s paces in the searing heat of the Thai sun.
The verdict?  It performed brilliantly.  It’s very similar to Techniblock in that it’s a continuous spray that distributes sunscreen on to the body in a quick and efficient way.  We found that it was best to spread it lightly with your hands to help it absorb quickly and once it settled on to the skin, it was clean and non-greasy.  We didn't burn at all, despite the high temperatures.  NO-AD is free from parabens, Retinyl Palmitate, oils and perfume, and the can holds 295ml so it’s a great size offering great value for money.

NO-AD stands for "No Advertising”, with the manufacturer’s declaring that rather than spending money on expensive adverts, they invest in creating a great sun protection range at an affordable price.

How is it different to Techniblock?  Well, in our view, it is not quite as ultra-dry as Techniblock and so it’s best to lightly rub it in as you apply it, and it’s not quite as water resistant so the recommendation is to top up after about 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.  Other than those two minor observations, we gave it a resounding thumbs up.  NO-AD is available in a lotion and a spray and we intend to introduce the CFC-free spray option to the Techniblock website in the next few weeks.

Due to range changes in South Africa, we have very limited stock of  Techniblock's SPF 30 in the 340ml size and will be unable to get further supplies for the foreseeable future. Although we are still able to offer our customers Techniblock SPF 30 in 150ml and 75ml sizes, we are aware that the 340ml size is very popular so the NO-AD SPF 30 Sport is a great substitute if you’re looking for a larger can.  If customer feedback is positive, and we think it will be, we will eventually expand the range to include NO-AD SPF 45 Continuous Spray and the SPF 50 Kids Continuous Spray, as well as a natural, clear mineral formula in lotion format for babies.
It's coming soon so give it a try this summer, you won’t be disappointed.
Created On  28 Mar 2019 17:47  -  Permalink

Small but deadly, Malaria is one travel bug to be avoided

Small but deadly, Malaria is one travel bug to be avoided
Malaria is found in more than 100 countries, mainly in tropical regions of the world, including:
large areas of Africa and Asia
Central and South America
Haiti and the Dominican Republic
parts of the Middle East
some Pacific islands

Bite Prevention
Avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes is essential; reducing the number of bites you receive reduces the chance of infection developing so it’s important to take practical measures to avoid mosquito bites if you’re visiting an area where malaria may be present.
Mosquitoes that transmit malaria typically bite after sunset, although day biting mosquitoes transmit other diseases so bite avoidance should be practiced at all times.

Our Top Tips
  • Wearing loose long-sleeved clothing and long trousers can help prevent bites.
  • Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spray an insecticide or repellent on them. Insect repellents should also be used on exposed skin.
  • Spraying insecticides in the room, burning pyrethroid coils and heating insecticide impregnated tablets all help to control mosquitoes.
  • If sleeping in an unscreened room, or out of doors, a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide is a sensible precaution. Portable, lightweight nets are available to buy.
  • Garlic, Vitamin B and ultrasound devices do not prevent bites.
For some countries with a high risk of malaria, tablets to prevent malaria (antimalarials) are recommended.
  • Find out if malaria prevention tablets are advisable for the country you intend to visit.
  • It is important to practice Bite Avoidance as well as taking antimalarial tablets; no antimalarial tablets are 100% effective, but taking antimalarial tablets as advised reduces the chance of acquiring infection.
  • Antimalarial tablets do not prevent malaria parasites entering the body, but they do help to stop the infection establishing and symptoms developing.
We recommend Peaceful Sleep Insect Repellent as a deterrent against bites from mosquitoes, midges, flies, fleas and ticks.  Developed in South Africa, Peaceful Sleep is the number one choice for Safari Rangers and has proven to be reliable and effective at preventing painful, irritating and potentially deadly bites.  It can be purchased in spray or stick format.  The aerosol offers clean, clear, non-greasy and non-sticky spray protection that is breathable and very suitable for sensitive skin.  One light application to the skin lasts for up to 8 hours.  Clothing can also be sprayed, including the turn-up on trousers.  The stick targets specific areas such as the face, ears, wrists and ankles and is also available in a non-DEET child friendly option for babies 6+ months and children up to 12 years of age.

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Created On  21 Jan 2019 17:35  -  Permalink

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