“ Brand: Boots / Health Aid: Suncare „
We were lucky enough to be able to get away on our first family holiday abroad with our daughter a couple of months ago and obviously my main priority was making sure that she was safe in the Sun. The only baby sun cream that I came across on my search for sun protection was Boots Soltan baby cream, which has an SPF of 50+. The other creams available by the well known brands seemed to be designed for children in general, rather than specially for babies. It is also a UVA 5 star rated product which is something I always look out for.
The cream comes in a bottle of 200ml and costs £8.99 in Boots. There was an offer at the time of purchase of buying one, getting another half price. I have since bought another bottle to use over Summer (and has amazingly had some use over the last few weeks in the UK!)
I bought her plenty of accessories to help - a few hats, a parasol and always kept her in the shade at peak heat times but obviously there were times when she was in the Sun - it was inevitable as the Sun was beating down all day, every day. With it not being the hottest time of year on our trip (the average temperature was around 24 degrees) it wasn't scorching hot all of the time but it was hot enough to cause burning to the skin, especially as we spent a lot of the day outside.
The bottle is just a normal squeezy bottle and I'd have rather had a spray bottle but not to spray on directly - just to spray to my hand to then apply afterwards. I think the reason why it's not in a spray bottle is due to it's thickness - as with other high factor suncreams, it has quite a thick consistency although not as thick as I expected it to be. I was surprised at how easily it rubbed into her skin on first application.
It should be applied 15 minutes before going into the Sun which we managed to stick to, although it was harder to in the middle of the day. It also should be applied every 1-2 hours, I would say with us it was more the 2 hour mark than every 1 hour. It is white in colour but the colour disappears quickly as it soaks in. I didn't find that we needed a lot of cream per application - 3 big squirts of the cream covered all of her body that was on show (legs, arms and face). I did catch the seams of her clothing with the cream a couple of times but they went in on a normal wash and it came out no problem.
The cream claims to be water resistant (and is paediatrician approved) but I've never tried this 'benefit' - none of the suncreams I've ever used for myself (including some from the Soltan range) have ever lived up to the water resistant claim - I've always found the water has magnified the sun rays even with the cream on - so it's something I would never risk in trying with my daughter. It also states that babies shouldn't be exposed to direct sunlight when under 6 months old so even though the product is 'Soltan Baby' please bear this in mind.
My daughter has never received sunburn on summer days and on holiday as this suncream has worked very well. Her delicate skin has always been protected by this product with no signs of redness on her skin, although I would bare in mind that she never spends a very long time in the Sun as we do try to shade her as much as we can. Because of our great experience, I've since purchased more of the cream to use in the future and would recommend it to others. I rate it 4 stars, knocking off 1 star for it not being available in a spray version, although this might not matter to others.
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When the weather started to warm up I started to keep an eye out for baby suncream products for my daughter. Recently when doing an online shop with Boots I noticed their own brand Baby Soltan lotion was half price rather than the normal price of £4 so I stocked up on 3 of the 50ml tubes.
This sun cream is SPF 50 +. The tube is a really handy sze- I tend to keep one in my handbag and one in our baby bag and have a spare. Its the perfect size for carrying when out and about.
The cream itself is quite thick and you only need a very small amount. I found that it absorbs into my daughter's skin very quickly and unlike some sun creams it does not feel at all greasy. It is unfragranced.
I found the protection offered by the cream to be very effective, as a precaution I always tend to top up every couple of hours, however my daughter is ALWAYS in the shade. Although my daughter does not have particular sensitive skin I always worry when using new products but have found this to be very gently on her skin, I would even go so far as to say her skin feels moisturised when we use this.
As you only need a small amount with each use I've found that the tubes last very well and I would have no hesitation in buying again.
I recently bought quite a few different bottles of sun tan lotions so I could try out a few different brands and see which one works the best, I needed to stock up for the summer (if it ever arrives in the UK) if not we are going to Cyprus so im sure it will be put to good use there!
I chose the Boots brand as it is a reputable brand and I wanted to see what some of the shops own brands were like as im tired of paying over the odds for products just because of the name. My daughter is now 6 months old and I wanted to let her sit out in the garden with us without having to worry about her burning. We had some nice weather here over the last few weeks so I thought we would give it a try.
I bought this from my local Boots it came in a 75ml tube and cost me £8 so not really cheap but definitely cheaper than the branded makes.
I always worry about the skin on young children as in my experience it always seems to be really sensitive. I liked this lotion as it has no additives so no alcohol, color or perfume. It says on the packaging that it has been specially made for baby's skin.
The thing that was best about it was that it was a really high factor 50+ so just about as strong as you can get it has protection against uva and uvb rays so pretty much covers everything.
When I used the cream I was surprised by how thick it was. I didn't really need much for my little girl and I was impressed by how quickly it absorbed into the skin. I applied it by pouring it into my hand first and then just rubbed it onto her skin.
I used the cream for a full day when we were out. We had gone for a day out to the woods and for a picnic. I applied the cream throughout the day I put it on her skin about every 2 hours and that seemed to be enough. The cream protected my daughter really well it was really good.
I think that this cream is great and I would definitely recommend using it if you have a young baby it provides good protection and it is very easy to apply so there is nothing more you can ask for really.
A month or so ago I realised that I had absolutely no sun cream that would be suitable for my little girl and so went in search of an effective one that wouldn't cost the earth, given how little good weather we get. I am a big fan of the Boots Soltan sun lotion for my own use in good weather, and since Boots tend to do good offers on their own soltan sunlotion I thought this would be a good place to start. In fact, they currently have their baby soltan sun cream on offer at half price for £4.49 for a 200ml tube, which I thought was very good value.
This soltan baby suncream is now in a slightly more updated tube than that shown at the top of the screen, but still looks fairly similar. This sun cream has a 50 SPF rating, and like all other Soltan products has been awarded a 5 star UVA rating. This is also a paediatrician approved water resistant lotion.
On the reverse of the tube, it states how this sun lotion has been designed especially for babies vulnerable skin, as well as being dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic. There is no colour or alcohol in this product either, and includes 'patented antioxidant complex to help protect against long term skin damage'.
When I had my little girl and this good weather arrived, I was so aware of her delicate skin. She is already struggling in this heat and so protecting her skin is vital. Although the protect states to reapply this lotion every 1-2 hours, I have probably done it more frequently just to make sure I haven't missed any areas of her arms or legs that would be exposed to the sun. This lotion is easily spread over the skin, as long as baby cooperates (!) and I like the fact that it is meant to be gentle and moisturising at the same time. The lotion sinks into the skin easily when applied and certainly hasn't left her clothes stained. I also like the fact that there isn't any fragrance with this lotion as it would concern me about the perfumes in the product on my little girl's skin.
I have been using this product every day since this good weather arrived, and particularly over the last few days when the weather has been at its hottest, I have lathered her with this sun lotion as we have been out walking and out in the garden, and there isn't even a hint of her skin being red from the sun, and yet my husband and I both feel a little red and sunburned despite us putting on suncream.
I feel very happy with the effectiveness of this product in protecting my little girl's skin in the sun. At factor 50 it really does stop the sun from burning her delicate skin and this good weather when we have been out and about in it, is proof that it does protect her skin. I would happily recommend this product to other parents with babies as I really do believe it does what it claims to.
My daughter spends a lot of her time outside with me at the yard which has meant this summer she has been out in all sorts of weather. In order to protect her delicate skin I wanted to find a sun cream or lotion that would actually work as with adult lotions I am sometimes a little sceptical if they actually work!
After doing a little research I decided on the Boots Soltan Baby Lotion SPF 50+. I chose this partly because it offered everything I wanted and partly because it had been highly recommended to me by friends and a few family members so I thought it was worth trying it. The baby version comes in either a tube or a bottle and I bought the bottle.
Soltan Baby Lotion is made from a hypoallergenic formula which helps protect a baby's delicate skin. All of Soltan's sun lotions have been awarded the five star rating against skin damage caused by UVA rays and the baby version is no different which instills you with confidence that this will protect your baby's skin. Plus it is also water resistant which for me was a must as I did take this away with me on holiday and knew my daughter would be in the pool.
As mentioned above I bought the bottle as it made sense considering how often I would use it. The bottle is exactly the same shape as the adult versions, tall and slim but instead of being in a golden yellow coloured bottle the baby version comes in a white bottle with a pale blue top. On the front there is the 'Soltan' logo together with an image of a crawling baby together with the SPF. On the back of the bottle there are the usage directions, ingredients and anything else you'd expect.
On opening the bottle top and pouring a little onto my hand I noticed that the cream is pure white in colour and has a very mild and delicate fragrance which can only really be noticed when you have pressed your nose against the top of the bottle! Once rubbed onto my daughter the soft fragrance does become a bit more noticeable but after a few minutes the aroma soon disappears.
The one thing about Soltan Baby Lotion which differs from some adult lotions is the thickness. Some are incredibly thin and watery yet when you squeeze the bottle and pour a little of the cream onto your hand it does have a thick consistency which almost reminds me a little bit of Sudocrem! Despite its thickness it does come out of the bottle quite easily and without a lot of shaking!
My daughter is only a little dot for her age so I don't have to use a lot of the lotion on her at any one time which does make my bottle last longer but when rubbing it onto her skin I do find that it takes a while to absorb into her skin. For a while she remains quite a ghostly white until it sinks in but even after 30 minutes her skin does feel a little sticky still as if the lotion has left behind a residue. Now, this doesn't seem to bother her but it does me especially on the warm days and I find little bits of dust (if we are out) seem to stick to her!
However, the one area where this sun cream really does excel itself is in the water. For our holiday back in June my daughter spent quite a lot of time in the swimming pool and I was almost paranoid in getting her sun creamed up especially as UV rays can penetrate water. I was certainly impressed as it almost creates a protective layer on the skin but following the instructions I did re-apply after drying her.
Boots recommend that you apply it liberally around 15 minutes before going out into the sun and then again once you are exposed to the sun. This I did and despite taking a while for it to sink into her skin, she was well protected (as well as sitting in the shade and wearing suitable clothing including a hat). Boots also advise that it should be re-applied every 1-2 hours or when your child has been towelled down.
I really do like this baby sun lotion and it has certainly kept my daughter's skin protected over the last few months whilst in the UK as well as abroad. My only gripe is that it takes a while to absorb and her skin is left a little sticky for quite a while afterwards which seemed to bother me rather than my daughter! Overall, this is a great baby sun lotion and should definitely be considered against other leading brands. I'd recommend it to all and I award it 5 stars!
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Availability: Only at Boots
Price: 200ml bottle costs £8.99
According to an article I read Boots Soltan range is over 70 years old, that is a lot of years perfecting their suncare range. I think this is a good thing as we all need to be safe in the sun and make sure that we have adequate protection.
When it comes to my baby girl I am extra protective when she goes in the sun as their skin is a lot more delicate than ours and most definitely needs protecting. I also think I read in an article somewhere that if a child under 5 suffers from any kind of skin burn due to sun their chances of cancer in later life are much much higher than if they didn't ever get a burn. So with this in mind I always make sure my baby is covered head to toe in suntan lotion.
I was actually given a bottle of Boots Soltan baby from my neighbour as she had bought some for her son but found that he was allergic to it. He has very sensitive skin so I wasn't surprised but hoped this sun lotion wouldn't have the same effect on my little girl.
This sunlotion has a 50 High which is the highest UVA protection rating and offers a gentle protection system with a unique blend of reflecting and absorbing UVA and UVB filters to reduce the sun's burning effect on the skin by up to 50 times. As well as using this lotion on my baby I also use it on myself. I generally use a 30 factor on my body as I have quite fair skin but I like to use 50 on my face as this is always the part of my body that gets burnt first and I don't want premature wrinkles in later life so I really look after my face. Apparently this lotion has a patented antioxidant complex which boosts the skin's natural defences against the sun and helps protect against longer term skin damage. So, not only does this lotion protect now it will help to protect your skin into the future.
I have found this lotion really works for me and my little girl. She never burns (this is also probably due to the fact that she wears a hat and long sleeves and trousers when it's very sunny too) but for her parts that are exposed she has never once been burnt. My face always stays nice and white and not pink and sometimes when I see parts of me that I have missed rubbing in with the lotion you can tell that these parts are a bit red and the rest of me is not so I do think this lotion provides a great barrier to the sun.
It is a thick white lotion but rubs in well and absorbs really well. It has the smell of suntan lotion, quite a nice sweet smell but not overpowering in any way. It also contains added shea butter which counteracts dehydration of the skin and helps maintain baby skin softness. My little girl has lovely soft skin anyway but it's nice to think that her skin is being taken care of and I always find that after a day lathering this on my face it always feels very nice the next day and never dry.
What I like about this bottle of suntan lotion is that there are advice sentences on the back of the bottle. I am generally quite good at knowing how and when to apply but it's good that they give you some advice such as applying 15 minutes before going in the sun and to reapply every 1-2 hours.
This lotion is recommended for babies 6 months and over. A 200ml bottle from Boots costs £9.25 but at the moment Boots are running a buy one get one free promotion so 2 bottles will definitely see me through the summer.
The sun was out for three days last week so immediately I rushed to Boots to get sunscreen for the little guy and I. Boots regularly have offers on their Soltan range generally Buy one Get one Free offers and this sunscreen alone would've set me back £9.25 so I was quite happy to get another one free.
A slim 200ml white plastic bottle with an upright flip cap which is quite well designed as it never flips in your bag.
The cream is white and is quite thick and heavy but spreads easily without the need to rub and thus far hasn't caused any skin problems. The scent is quite light and rather hard to describe - it reminds me of holidays as it kind of smells like a mixture of sand, salt and sea - strange I know but it does.
The sunscreen has a UV factor of 50 and has the highest UVA protection star rating of 5 which is essential for a babies delicate skin. The cream itself is very moisturising (shea butter) and does take a while to absorb but this is what you'd expect from a decent sunscreen as the ones that evapourate quickly use alcohol or other drying agents which are not appropriate for a baby. I have found that once the sunscreen has dried it doesn't appear white and doesn't coat my sons clothing so am quite impressed.
I have used Soltan products for years and really trust them to provide protection for my sons skin. My parents even used Boots sunscreen on me and my brother and still use it themselves. I find that the other brands such as Garnier, L'Oreal and Nivea tend to be more expensive are either equal to or not as good as Soltan. I would recommend to anyone with a little one:) I would even pay full price for this product that how much I like it.
p.s. the packaging states that it is suitable for a baby of 6 months onwards but to be honest I used Soltan on my son last year when he was 2 months old as there are no sunscreens in Boots/Superdrug that claim to be suitable for the under 6 month olds.
We've just been enjoying the first of hopefully many hot weekends this summer. As I dug out the shorts and t-shirts for my toddler, I also found the sun tan lotion that I bought for him last year. Luckily Boots Soltan Baby Sun Cream lasts for 18 months from opening, so my tube is still in date. The 75ml tube cost around £8, so I am quite pleased that I do not have to buy another too quickly.
My skin is extremely sensitive to perfumed sun tan lotion and my son is prone to slight eczema, so I was very careful when buying his first sun tan lotion. Soltan Baby sun cream contains no perfume, colour or alcohol. It is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. Boots claim that this sun cream has been specially formulated for babies' delicate skin, and it is paediatrician approved. I use Soltan sensitive sun cream myself, and I've never had an adverse reaction to it, so I was fairly confident that the baby sun cream would be gentle enough for my son's skin.
I also wanted to buy a cream with a very high level of sun protection. Soltan Baby sun cream has a sun protection factor of 50+ against UVB rays. This means that it provides up to 50 times more protection against the burning rays of the sun. It also has a 5 star rating (the highest level) for UVA protection. I was particularly pleased to see a high UVA rating, as this provides protection against sun induced rashes and allergies. UVA protection is often overlooked in sun care products, with more focus given to UVB sun protection factor.
The cream itself is quite thick and white. Boots claim that it is easily absorbed, but I do not agree with them on this point. The cream does not spread very easily across the skin, and you have to rub quite a lot to remove the whiteness. This is not ideal when you are trying to quickly cover a wriggly toddler in sun cream. I find that the best way to apply this cream to my son is to first rub it between my hands, and then rub it down his limbs. This way I seem to be able to cover his skin more evenly, without him looking too like he has been coated in lard! However, I need to wash my hands with soap and water to fully remove the cream. You also have to be very careful not to get this sun cream on to clothes, because it does not come off easily.
Boots advise that you apply the sun cream 15 minutes before going into the sun, and then again immediately on sun exposure. You should then re-apply it every 1 to 2 hours. I am a bit paranoid about my little boy in the sun, so I do re-apply this sun cream frequently. We also try to keep him in the shade as much as possible. The good news is that he has never had sun burn, nor has he developed any reaction to using this sun cream.
Whilst I would buy another sun cream from Boots Soltan range, I would not buy this one again. I have been pleased by the level of sun protection, and the fact that this cream has been gentle on my son's skin. However, this cream takes too long to absorb and I do not like the white residue that it leaves on the skin.
Last summer my son was coming up to a year old and had developed moderate eczema since being 6 months old which was being kept fairly under control with moisturising creams. As my skin is very susceptible to sunburn I wanted to be very careful with his, but was also concerned that the suncream I used would not adversely affect his eczema.
After doing some research online it appeared that Boots Soltan baby creams were thought highly of for not irritating skin so I duly set off to Boots to buy some. This suncream is paraben-free (I'm not sure what parabens are but it seems that the lack of them is good for sensitive skin), SPF 50+ with good UVA and UVB protection. It comes in either a tube or a bottle but it is not clear what the difference is. As the tube cost more per 100g (although less per container as it is smaller) I decided it must be better so bought that.
The important thing is that I used this cream throughout the summer on my son, it didn't cause his eczema to flare up and it protected him from any hint of sunburn.
On the downside, it is a very thick cream which is very difficult to rub in. After applying he tended to be left with a thin layer of it over his skin and looking very ghostlike. It didn't bother him however and at least I knew he was well and truly covered in it. I didn't try the bottle to know if that is any more easily absorbed, but just based on the size that they sell it in I would suspect it may be less concentrated and therefore easier to apply.
This year we have progressed onto Soltan Kids suncream in the hope that it will be a bit easier to apply, look out for my review if you're interested.
My daughter hates putting creams on and it is always a mission to get mostiuriser and sun cream on her. As she is only fourteen months I ensure she has sun cream on whenever she
goes out in the sun.
I took the time to make a lot of research before I made a choice to buy one suitable. As I am very parionoid about Scarlet getting burnt I choose the Boots Soltan factor 50+ sensitive cream.
After reading the back of the bottle I was convinced I had made the right choice after it boasted a Triple protection blend of reflecting UVA and UVB filters, five star ultra protection and a patented Antioxidant complex
which is suppost to boost the skin to help protect against long term damage. For £8.99 a bottle which is quite expensive I thought it was a justified price by the added benefits as it had no added perfume, moustiurising lotion, paediatrician approved and hypoallergenic I couldn't have asked for anything more as my monkey has bad excema. However, I soon found out I had made a bad choice.
The packaging for the cream is the white bottle with the blue lid and blue writing and is highley recommened by boots themselves. The cream however is a thick white stoggy mess.
The week of her birthday was the hottest week of the year and as we were out all week I thought this was the perfect oppurtunity to try it out. I made sure I read the instructions on the back to ensure I got the
right amount to use and how long I had to leave it sink in before I let her out in the lovely sun. It stated approximaly 15 minutes. It should have stated 15 hours....
I stripped Scarlet off to make the application to ensure I had it all in the right places but as soon as it was on my hand I knew it would be a big job trying to apply it. It just didn't seem to rub in at all. By the time I
had finished I had a rather annoyed white baby who looked like she has been rolled in flour. As we had been out in the sun all day I ensured I had reapplied the cream every one to two hours as stated but this just made her more and more white. By the end of the day not even a good scrub in the bath could removed the caked on mess.
The protection from the sun was fantastic and Scarlet did not end up with even a hint of red or brown but I was really not impressed with the thickness of the cream.
I certainly wouldn't recommend this sun cream unless you wish to have a floury looking baby who will be mightly annoyed at being rubbed this way and that as you try to rub the cream in.