“ Manufacturer: Boots / Type: Suncare „
When it comes to wearing sunscreen I always try and make sure that I put some on but occasionally I will forget but when it comes to the kids I always make sure that they are protected. I really like the Soltan range of sunscreens from Boot's as they are slightly better value than the leading brands and also they are one of the only sunscreen brands that offers 5 star protection from UVA and UVB rays.
The sun spray which has an spf of 30 is really good for beach holidays as it is easy to use on the beach and doesn't get sand in it like with lotion bottles. It is easy to just spray some in to my children's skin and then rub it in.
It is quite nice to apply and it rubs in well without leaving loads of streaks and when I have used it on the kids it has offered really good protection and as long as we apply it regularly it makes sure that they don't get burnt.
I like to use the 8 hours kids version on them as a base but this is the one that I will buy to take abroad with us. If we are in the UK then a lotion will be fine but for sand this is the better one because as long as I put the lid on it after each use then it won't clog up the spray opening.
The sunscreen in the bottle is hypo allergenic and it doesn't irritate my kids skin or cause them to have rash. One of them has eczema and I need to be careful with what I put on it and this one is gentle enough to use on even sensitive skin. It also dries really quickly so I can put this on them and they can get back to playing as sand doesn't stick to their skin once this has absorbed and dried.
It is quite expensive as it costs £11.99 for a 200ml bottle but it should last a week in the sun and it is a small price to pay to ensure that my children's skin doesn't get damaged in the sun.
As anyone who has read my other reviews will have noticed I have very sensitive skin and it is also quite fair, therefore sunscreen even in the UK is a must for me. I have tried lots of different brands but have always ended up going back to Boots Soltan because it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.
When looking for a sunscreen this year I noticed this one with the spray applicator. I didn't really look too closely as I just wanted SPF 30 so went off and bought it. You can imagine my surprise when applying it for the first time I noticed that it was green. After a bit of a face palm I continued with the application, which was very easy to do with the spray top. The product wasn't greasy and was absorbed by my skin very quickly. Thankfully the green colour does disappear over time and thinking about it I actually see it as a really good product feature for those trying to slap sunscreen on their kids, who don't often sit still, at least you will know where you have and haven't applied.
I thought this sunscreen was great and not too expensive, it retails at around £10.49 for 200ml, but I often purchase mine when Boots are running their 3 for 2 promotion and stock up for the summer. This 200ml bottle lasted me for a month of wearing it almost everyday (although not all over my body, just my exposed skin). The packaging is great and functional, with the spray top making application easier and most importantly it protected my skin from the sun without irritating it.
All in all a great sunscreen for little kids and grownups who don't read the packaging properly like me!
At this time of year obviously anyone with any common sense will be buying sun cream, I have two young children so think that this is even more important and last year I bought the Soltan Kids. The Soltan range is available from Boots and is available from factor 15 to factor 50+, these range from around £9 a bottle to £12 a bottle however these are on buy one get one free at present.
I purchased the factor 30 sun cream specifically for children as I had and do not have any intention of going abroad. The cream is also moisturising, water resistant and hypoallergenic, the cream comes in a yellow bottle with a picture of a dolphin playing with a ball on the front, the word kids is in different colours making it very eye catching. Last year this product came with a flip top lid however I have seen this years and it is now in a spray bottle with a cap on the top.
On the back of the bottle it states that it provides triple protection, "unique blend of photostable UVA and UVB filters to reduce the suns burning effect on the skin by up to 30 times" it also claims "providing five star ultra protection from UVA known to cause premature skin ageing" and finally "antioxidant complex boosts the skins natural defence against the sun and helps protect against long term skin damage." Boots claim that this lotion lasts longer in the water by 50% although it doesn't say what it is compared to.
The directions for use are to apply 15 minutes before going into the sun and to reapply every 1-2hours and especially after being in water, it states that it is suitable for children over 18 months and that 2 tablespoons of the lotion should cover a small childs body. There are apparently 13 applications in the 200ml bottle however I used this on one child all last summer and am still using it now. There are a couple of warnings on the bottle such as stay out of the sun between 11-3 and that over exposure is a serious health risk. The lotion lasts for 18 months once open although even though this has only been open around 12 months I have just bought a new sun cream and this will be going in the bin very shortly.
The cream itself is a decent consistency, it rubs in easily however it doesn't drip all over whilst trying to apply it, to me it has a little scent of fruit mixed with a scent like PVA glue which is a strange combination but I think it smells quite nice. The cream is soaked into the skin within a minute of putting it on and I reapply it about every 3-4 hours and always make sure the children have hats on and don't spend too much time in the sun. This must be a decent cream as my daughter has never even had a tint of pink to them after being in the sun but like I say this is in UK sun not abroad.
Boots Soltan Kids SPF30 Sun Spray is something we have used in the so called 'green' variety. By saying its green I don't mean its a green environmental product, or that it comes in a green bottle (although it does have a green lid) rather that its the Boots Soltan Kids SPF30 Green Sun Spray.
We thought at the time of purchase, the fact that the Boots Soltan Kids SPF30 Sun Spray could go onto our childs skin as a very visible pale green coloured suncare product, was something that could be rather helpful to us. As very often when you use a suncare product such as this you don't always manage to cover every part of the skin that is exposed to the suns rays. With this product any guess work is removed.
The Boots Soltan Kids SPF30 Sun Spray was easy to use as it came in a simple trigger type spray bottle. The trigger action applicator is easy to use and you just need to apply it in the same way you would use the spray top on many household cleaning products. This was a little odd at first but we soon got used to that.
We found that we could easily use the product from around 10 to 15 minutes prior to our child being in the sun. This gives the sun spray time to work its magic and turn from green to natural. At first our child wasn't too keen on going green, but after the first couple of sprays, it was easily accepted and we were able to continue using the product.
One thing I will say is that the Soltan Kids Green Coloured Suncare Spray is more expensive than other similar factor 30 sun care products. I feel this is due to the gimmick used in this product of it going on green then fading to normal. We found we got around 15 to 18 applications with the product which was rather good.
The product does work as well as any other similar factor 30 product we have used but the colour change facility was an added bonus which we found helpful. It does take a lot of the guess work out of applying a sun care product to any and all exposed areas, so we found it to be of help. It also had a very light and pleasant slight apple aroma to it, which didn't add anything to the way it worked, but was easy on the nose.
Our bottle of Soltan Kids Green Coloured Suncare Spray was £10.49 for 200mls, but we could have gone for the larger 400ml bottle for almost half again if we wanted. This isn't cheap when you compare it to some other childrens sun care products.
At the time as we had not used the product before we were unsure as to how our child would react to it, so kept with the smaller size. The larger bottle does offer the best value and if we decide to use this again in future the larger sized bottle would be the one we would go for.
To rate the Soltan Kids Green Coloured Suncare Spray, I feel it ought to get 4 stars. Our child seemed to find the pale green colour fading action rather fun, so we didn't have any issues with using it after the first initial try out. It can and does stain clothing so that can be an issue, but as we mainly bought it for beach days or garden play days it wasn't much of an issue for us.
The sun protection factor is average for a childs suncare product and so whilst it does offer some protection, it does need to be re-applied every 2 hours. This may make it something you may not want to use when out and about as your child may look a little like Shrek for a time afterwards and clothing may become stained, if the product is allowed to dry into it.
As a child who suffered from sun/heat stroke I know how important it is to protect little ones from the sun and it's dangerous rays. Also with the news after scientists/medical research that too much sun can cause you to develop cancer...sun protection is more importnat than ever!!
As a big fan of Boots own products, and Boots as my preferred beauty/drug store I use Boots Soltan spray for my 2 children, when the sun is out and they need protection. It almost is always 2 for 1 and usually a bit cheaper than the big brands of sun cream.
Firstly the packaging:
The sun cream comes in a bright yellow bottle with a picture of a dolphin. I think this helps the bottle look a little more attractive to kids, because my son does not really enjoy having cream put on him but when the bottle looks fun he wants to know what's in it, why does he need it, why and why..lol as kids do. The bottle has a push down spray head which when pushed down releases the cream. The bottle gives full information on how to apply and what the cream protects against. As I know there are 2 different types of sun rays that you can get burnt from or increase the chance of developing skin cancer if you don't take the right precautions.
Applying the cream:
The sun cream should be applied all over the body and be applied 15 minutes before going out into the sunshine. This gives the cream time to sink into the skin and for it be effective in protecting against the rays of the sun. The cream goes on green and magically fades. I find this really helps knowing that you have covered the whole body and not missed any parts....plus it makes it more fun for the kids! You should re-apply the cream every 1-2 hours whilst they are still playing or out in the sun and re-apply if they have been swimming, as the product isn't waterproof.
Boots claims about their suncream (as from their website):
Soltan Kids Suncare Spray SPF 30 contains a triple action advanced system. Combining a blend of photostable UVA and UVB filters and a patented antioxidant complex to help neutralise free radicals caused by exposure to the sun whilst providing 5 star protection. Soltan Kids Suncare Spray SPF 30 contains antioxidant Vitamins C & E to supprt skin's natural defences.while protecting your child's skin cells' DNA to reduce the risks of long-term skin damage and premature ageing.
My thoughts/opinions on this product:
When I need to buy sun protection for the kids this is the one I always go out and buy. The bottle has lots of information giving peace of mind how it's going to protect them. It's a great price as you normally get 2 for 1. I find that the kids enjoy having it put on and don't mind the top ups as it goes on one colour and changes...they even like to rub it in themselves and watch the cream fade. Whilst using this the children have never got too sore or red from the sun. The bottle is easy to use by being a spray bottle, as once you have cream on your hands it can become awkward and slippy if trying to squeeze more out, so the spray function is great. Overall I couldn't want anything better!
Something I will continue to use!!
Even though we are out of the summer months and probably will not be thinking about protecting ourselves from the sun, I still want to recommend to you this Boots Kids Sun Spray SPF30. A lot of people might be going away for the winter sun so this might still be useful as Australia and places alike still get rays of sunshine while we await the snowfall. I bought this spray just before my summer holiday but it took me a while to pick one as I find all of the sun sprays very overpriced especially when you are only going away for a week and don't need too big a bottle for just yourself.
So, while in Boots I looked around at the competition, I tan well in the sun and so don't really need a high factor compared to some who burn easily. I usually go for Factor 30 as it does me just fine and this is why I opted for the kids spray as it does exactly the same in protection and was quite a bit cheaper and I wasn't too bothered about the bottle saying kids anyway.
I have usually bought Ambre Solaire or something like Garnier sun sprays which are better known so I wasn't sure exactly how good this was going to be. However, it was only for a week I was going away so I decided I'd have to just take this as I'd spent enough already on clothes and everything else for my holiday.
Now, the sun spray bottles are always very easy to spot as they all come in the typical array of colours from bronze through to orange and yellow. The spray that I picked out is a very bright warm sunshine yellow so it's not like I'd be able to lose it at the poolside.
The bottle is quite tall and narrow at the top and has bright orange text saying kids sun spray on it so that you know exactly what you are buying. The Boots logo is on the front as are all the key facts such as it being 5 star UVA protection and water resistant and being SPF30 HIGH.
On the bottle reverse, they state that it is a 200ml bottle which to be honest is enough for a week holiday as I was most certain I wouldn't even use this anyway as it seemed like too much. All of the ingredients are also listed on the back of the bottle so that you can see everything included in the spray. I have sensitive skin, so I find with scented sprays etc that my skin gets really dry and this didn't seem to irritate me too much.
EASE OF APPLICATION
On applying the spray, I found this relatively easy to do as I bought this for a reason being a spray. I am not the biggest fan of applying suntan lotion as I hate how it all comes out gooey and sticky which makes me hate rubbing it in. Most companies are making sprays now as it seems to be the easiest way to evenly apply sun protection and it also gives a light amount so you are not overly smothered with cream and it just seems the right amount to massage into the skin.
I usually hold the spray a good few inches away from the section I am applying onto and then spray a few times just to get an even amount and then rub in. The spray has the typical suntan spray smell that sort of sweet cream smell which always reminds me of summer but it is quite nice.
It is recommended that the spray be applied about 15 minutes prior to going out in the sun so that it sets into the skin and is fully protecting you. It also recommends you apply it every 1-2 hours, which I also think is a good idea and did anyway. I usually take it down to the pool and apply it though but lie in the sun for a while before going into the pool as I didn't want it coming off. It also states on the bottle to not go out in the sun between 11 and 3 but as this is a kid's spray I think this is why it is saying this as I did go out in the sun from this time, even though it is well known these are the hottest parts of the day.
I find the spray is not too greasy when fully applied which I liked and after the first 5 minutes, it really sets into the skin and seems to make the skin have a healthy shine like it is moisturising at the same time. Also, with it being water resistant I don't know if I fully agree with this as I went into the water quite a lot and found when I came out it had probably come off about 50% so for sun safety I re applied as I don't believe any spray can really be fully water resistant.
In terms of the spray protecting, it says on the bottle that the spray has UVA & UVB filters to reduce the sun's burning effect on the skin by up to 30 times. It also protects from UVA known to cause premature ageing and has added Vitamin E. The spray is also dermatologically tested and is non greasy and hypoallergenic.
I found when going for a full day in the sun and re applying this on a normal 2 hour basis that my skin was definitely protected. I didn't suffer from sun burn which I found brilliant considering temperatures were in the late 30's. I only got a bit red on my shoulder but this is where I missed or where I was most exposed and the spray probably didn't protect the rays of heat. I would be in the sun for at least half an hour and would already notice that I was tanning which I would say is a very effective spray that I was going a golden brown instead of red.
WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?
I think as a sun protection spray for my holiday in the sun, I would definitely buy this again. I still have some left as I didn't fully use the 200ml but for what I paid for it, it was well worth it. I bought it in Boots for the price of £3.29 or something around the £3 mark I am not exact as the website doesn't have it on there at the minute. They probably have changed the packaging slightly since the summer when I last looked but the product will still be there.
I found no difference in the kids spray compared to the usual adult sprays. It protected me, gave me a great tan and was very easy to use. If you don't want to spend up to £10 on a spray and are trying to save then opt for this as it protects just as well but bare in mind I'm basing this on myself who doesn't burn seriously normally.