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My husband is really fair and he will burn if not protected well from the sun. I am the total opposite as I have olive skin and so when on holiday we use totally different suncare lotions.
I use this Ambre solaire kids with a sun protection of 40 on him and it works a treat. I came across this in my local home bargains and it was on offer for around £4 so I decided to give it a try. I have to say, that was a few years ago now and he swears by this lotion as he finds it really meets his needs.
Ambre Solaire is certainly a brand that I trust when it comes to sun protection. It has been manufacturing sun creams since I was a little girl. It is certainly, as far as Im concerned one of the most reputable brands available.
This ambre solaire is very easy to apply. It has a rather thick milky like texture which spreads very easily. A small amount tends to go a long way. Also due to the cream's white colour/ it is easy to see where you have applied the cream so that no bits are missed.
I love the gentle scent on this suncream. It is very gentle and natural as it has been produced with children in mind. However, the smell never fails to capture the smell of holiday! In fact I have often found myself opening this cream in the bathroom and wafting the scent as it transports me straight to sunnier destinations.
My husband does find that he needs to apply this cream quite frequently. He said he feels that this cream does tend to soak into the skin. He also tells me that it provides a lovely feeling to his skin, leaving it very smooth and well moisturised.
Although this cream works well on my husband. I have not been so pleased with it's abilities in protecting my children. I found that it needed to be reapplied alot in order to be effective as it kept soaking into the skin. I also worried about it's ability to protect whilst in the water as it seemed as if it washed away.
However, this cream is ideal for my husband. He thinks it is totally excellent. I do tend to think that it leaves him quite sticky but he doesnt seem to notice or care. Well, I will be going for a bottle of this tomorrow as we are off to Turkey in a fortnight and I can't flipping wait!!
This lotion is packaged in a really great plastic bottle. I like this packaging alot for one simple reason, the screw top lid is really tight and therefore prevents leaks. It is also bright and a great size and shape to store easily for transportation.
My sister is 3 and even though she has got blonde hair she tans easy and doesn't go red in the sun, but since my mums aunt died a few years ago of skin cancer she is very strict about making sure we have all got the best sun cream to suit our ages and skin types. Sun lotion is one of them things that you will probably find a brand that works for you and stick to it forever, with my mum it's always been Garnier Ambre Solaire and even though the rest of us share from the same couple of bottles my sister has got her very own.
This childs version of Ambre Solaire sun lotion is brill. It comes in a bottle and you squeeze the milk out of the hole at the top, it's a bit thicker than the cleansing milk I use on my face but that's good because it means you're not going to have loads dripping out of your hand and wasted. It's easy to spread the milk onto my sisters skin and because it has got quite a bright green colour you can see straight away if you've missed a bit, actually that's such a brill idea that the woman who runs the playgroup I help out at has started buying this one because it makes it a lot more simple when you've got 8 wriggly kids to cover before they go out to play!!
The colour disappears as you rub it in but it doesn't matter if you leave a bit of the green on their skin, it's not perfect and the kids can look a bit like the Incredible Hulk but it's better than spending half an hour getting them covered from head to toe..... and it's deffo better than sending them out with no protection at all. It does take quite a long time to rub in to the point of there not being any colour on the skin and it doesn't absorb very quick but I suppose that's a good thing because it's the layer on TOP of the skin that does the sun-killing business and not the stuff that has been rubbed in.
This milk isn't greasy or anything and seems quite moisturising on my sisters delicate skin. I have used it myself a couple of times and it definately isn't uncomfortable to wear, it's got an SPF of 40 so is higher than I would like for myself but it's important to use a high factor like this on a young childs skin... and even a lot of adults like to use a 40 or higher because of the high level of protection. My sister still tans nice through this milk but has never been burned or even red while she's wearing it. You have to apply it every 2 hours and that can be a bit of a pain if you're out but it's worth it to keep her safe from the sun because she's not very good at keeping her hat (or even her clothes!!!) on so I like to cover her in this milk and make sure she stays covered in it. If your child goes swimming or gets wet you have to reapply it and again that can be a bit of a nuisance but it's better to be safe than sorry.
A 200ml bottle costs about £7.00 and that's not too bad because it lasts for ages. We use it LOADS and will only get through about 3 bottles through the whole summer, most people will use about the same amount but if you think about it £21.00 is nothing if it is going to prevent a child getting a nasty sunburn and will help avoid skin cancer later on in life.
I have always been stringent in the application of sun protection products; living in much hotter climes throughout my childhood and for a large proportion of my adult life has meant adapting my skin care regime to include sun protection for myself, my daughters and my grandchildren. It is quite easy to understand why people in the UK don't use it, just look at the weather throughout most of the summer and the very idea of needing something to stop harmful sun rays is almost laughable. Well, it's laughable to all but the 2000+ people who die of skin cancer every year in the UK - and it certainly isn't laughable to the families they leave behind. I don't want to be left behind, and I'm sure none of you do either, so Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids High Protection Moisturising Milk sits on the window sill in my kitchen for the duration of the summer just waiting to be applied.
This product is a green milk, the colour is added simply for ease of application. When it comes out of the bottle it's a lovely vibrant green, but when you rub it into your child's skin the colour will gradually disappear. The green serves as an indicator as to where you have actually applied the milk, although frankly this seems rather gimmicky to me as the milk dries a little tacky so it's very easy to tell just by touch where you have already rubbed it in. This tackiness is a rather useful thing in actual fact, while many people bemoan sun protection that doesn't sink in to a perfectly dry feel I personally would rather feel a residue on the top of my skin as it really does provide that extra layer of protection.
There is absolutely no greasy feel to this milk, rather it has a creamier texture than you would imagine from the thin consistency of the product. It feels beautifully silky to rub in and although it takes a while to absorb fully it does have very good moisturising properties on top of being an excellent sun cream. I began using this product around six years ago after Garnier discontinued my favourite 'kids' sun cream and honestly have never looked back. My older granddaughters' were both old enough to apply their own sun protection by this point, but I started applying it to my youngest granddaughter almost from birth - she was roughly two months old when she was first slathered with Garnier Milk and had no ill effects from it. In fact this, coupled with a light cotton dress and stroller parasol, ensured the heat didn't overly bother her even on a very hot and humid August outing in 2007.
As an aside, my thirteen year old granddaughter regularly uses this milk and although she has been known to have strange skin reactions to skin care items there has never been a problem after the application of this. I think this is proof that the product is gentle enough for most children, although as this is something you will need to use very regularly I do recommend checking the ingredients list just to make sure there is nothing in there that might not agree with your child's skin.
The bottle advises you to apply before heading out into the sun, and then at regular two hour intervals. I agree absolutely with this advice, although from my unscientific 'tackiness' test I would say that on very hot days you should aim to reapply the milk more often than this - especially if your child has been swimming or if much of their body has been in contact with water. It definitely does wash off; in fact today I applied some milk to my youngest granddaughter but didn't rub it in sufficiently for the colour to disappear, within five minutes of her being in the paddling pool I noticed the colour rubbing off onto her various water play toys so as soon as she came out of the water I reapplied it.
Of course, using any cream or milk sun protection does not come with a cast iron guarantee that your child is not going to be harmed by the effects of the sun. Improperly applied sun protection can be useless, but even when applied properly I would still recommend you put a large hat on your child and try to keep them inside when the sun is at it's most fierce (usually between 11am - 3pm). This isn't always possible, I know, but sun stroke can be deadly in children and while this product will help keep their skin healthy, it cannot protect against children simply getting too hot.
Sun protection is incredibly hard to rate as to whether or not the product actually works. Of course, you will never know if your child would have burned if you hadn't used it. However, in these instances you simply have to believe the experts. With an SPF of 40, this rates as 'High' protection and I believe that is adequate for the skin on all three of my granddaughter's bodies and faces. The same product is available in 50 (Very High) and 30 (Moderate) varieties and it is, of course, down to your personal knowledge of your child as to which you choose.
And while you're at it, buy some sun protection for yourself. You may not think you need it, but that child you are so carefully nurturing with their own sun protection certainly will not want to lose her Mummy or Daddy to skin cancer.
Now go and buy some, even during our dreary UK summers give the sun the respect it deserves. My granddaughters' have 'Nanny Joy to deal with' if they get lax with their sun protection so consider me your sun protection conscience - apply some tomorrow, don't make me come and smack your legs!
I have always used Amber Solaire products myself when in this country and abroad. I have extremely fair skin - redhead - and can get burnt standing under a cloud! I have always used the high products - factor 40 on my face each day before leaving for work and on hot days reapplying regularly. This product has saved me from burning on many occasions. It has a lovely consistency - creamy and not too thick. It absorbs well into the skin and lasts well. The smell always reminds me of the summer and of holidays past. It was a natural progression to use it for my little one from when he was just a few months old and continuing to use now. He likes the feel of the cream and tries hard to apply it himself. The only caution is to be careful when applying it on the face - take care that it does not go into their eyes as it is quite painful - so leave it to absorb into skin for a good 5 minutes or more before jumping in the pool! Also look out for offers on this brand in Tescos and Boots - often buy one get one free/half price - build up those points! It is not one of the cheapest on the market but I personally find it the best and will not change from this brand.
Suncream is always very important for any of us but more so for kids, their skins have not built up a resistance like most of us and are therefore so much more delicate and vunrable in the sun.
For myself I would use boots own brand suncream for the sake of saving a couple of pounds but would not risk a cheaper option for my son, he is quiet fair skined and I have always used Garnier Ambre Solaire on him since he was born. I started on 50+ and that was practically on him everyday the sun so much as peeked round a cloud, here in belfast.
He was very well protected to say the least, we went to spain last August when he was 6 months and we used the factor 50 + , it did exactly what it was meant to in that extreme heat while also being kind to his delicate skin.
I have now bought factor 40+ which I feel now is suitable as I want his skin to build a gradual natural resistance to the sun and it is equally effective.
This suncream not only does a very good job in protecting kids extra sun prone skin but it also is hypoallergenis and fragrance free which makes sure there is no adverse reaction to the skin.
It is also moisturising which is great as the sun dries skin out as well as being water and sand resistant. All factors are covered with this range of kids suncream a 5/5 all round.
It costs approx. £8-9
Now the sun's coming out, our 5 year old needs to have his own sun tan ltion/cream at school with him, so that they can apply it to him if they go outside. Also, we wanted to get something that had a high sun protection factor.
Last summer was a bit of a no go in terms of the big bright sun putting his hat on, but this year looks like it's going to be abit of a belter. No matter how much sun there is or how strong it seems, we're always going to be careful with the sun's rays, and so we went for this factor 40.
It's specifically targeted for kids, and in this respect, its features include being water and sand resistant, meaning that Will can go and play in the sand or get splashed without too much worry. No doubt, we'll reapply anyway, but if he goes off playing at school and gets splashed or in the sand or when we're not there, we'll be more reassured knowing that he's got good protection.
The Ambre Solaire factor 40 is an easy to apply spray, with the push down nozzle making it a lot easier than creams with a flip top that you then need to squeeze the cream out from. The spray effect means that you can sprayit directly onto skin and then rub it in, which makes it a lot easier when you have a wriggly 5 year old who just wants to go out and play.
The bottle contains all the bumph about how it's great for protection and contains Vit E to help keep the skin's natural moisture levels up. It also has advanced protection against UVA and UVB rays from the sun, and is dermatologically tested. There are also recommendations given on the back, which I find are always useful, such as staying out of the sun in midday, wearing a hat and sunglasses, and avoiding taking kids under 3 out in the sun.
Ultimately, this is a good protective cream. It won't necessarily help you get a tan, but then it's designed for you to be able to take your kids out in the sun and let them have fun and play without damaging their skin. It's not about the tan, it's about the protection.
Ambre Solaire is a well known and respected brand name for sun protection. As a result, you do pay for the name, so expect to pay over a fiver fora 200ml bottle of this stuff. Just remember, for the safety factor, it's worth it.
After my first real glimpse of sunshine, so I'm told, my parents noticed that I had this rather large patch of skin which was darker than the rest of my skin. I was then thrown at a dermatologist and my parents were told that I had a rather large café au lait birthmark. Basically, pretty much a quarter of my body is darker than my normally fair skin, and when the sun touches, for want of a better word, that part of my skin the colour darkerns even more. After being prodded and inspected every year for the first 16 years the doctors came to the conclusion my birthmark was harmless but that I needed to keep it covered up or where a high SPF sun screen. I'm still not sure whether if I just let my birth mark darkern naturally in the sun bad things would happen, or whether it's just for cosmetic reasons.
Anyway (I'm getting to the point, I swear), the point is I have to wear a high SPF sun screen when my arm, back, and chest (not that I usually flash that about you understand!) is not covered... which means not just on summer days, but like now when it's warm enough not to need a jacket, but isn't brilliant sunshine. Believe me, I have tried and tested A LOT of sun creams!
I have no children, so I can't really comment on whether children love this sun cream, but I can give you a pretty good idea of what it's like, without smearing you with chocolate at the same time - bonus!
Here is my check list which sun creams must satisfy if I'm to buy it again:
1. Long lasting.
I don't mean they last all day, because they don't, but that it will last a reasonable amount of time. I need a sun cream that won't rub off my back if I sit on the sofa, and things like that. Kids Ambre Solaire sun cream does last a good few hours before needing to reapply it. The only problem you may find is that because the cream isn't sticky (I'll get to this point) there isn't a definite 'yes, it needs reapplying now', it's just a case of guessing, though I have an arm that goes darker if it rubs off so I can check! I would say that if you were to lie around without moving (like children often do) you should just reapply it as often as you would a normal sun cream, so every few hours. I tend to reapply the sun cream every two hours if I'm constantly in the sunshine, or every four hours if I'm wearing a light t.shirt. I'd rather be safe than sorry. Don't forget that sun light does seep through thin clothing, so although you may be wearing a thin t-shirt - YOU STILL NEED SUN CREAM!
2. Doesn't stain.
I remember when I was smaller, and high SPF sun creams (the highest was 30 then, the highest I can find now is 50) were white and creamy and didn't sink into your skin, I had applied sun cream, sat in the car and put my seat belt on. The sun cream then rubbed off my arm and stained the car and the seat belt white. Nice! It's very important to me that the sun cream I use doesn't stain clothing. There have been so many clothes I've had to throw away because I've been in a hurry putting on the cream, or I can't take my top off (without getting arrested!) to apply the cream and so it stains the sleeve of my top and so on. This sun cream doesn't stain clothing. I haven't, obviously, thrown the sun cream all over my clothes as I test, but I have got bits of sun cream on a few tops in the process of application and they don't leave an obvious white mark. There is a slight blue ish tinge on black tops, but nothing noticeable. This is the best sun cream I've used so far in terms of not staining.
3. Not sticky and greasy.
I hate, HATE, feeling like if I touch something my sun cream will rub off. A lot of sun creams, especially high SPF ones, can have a slightly sticky texture. It's not pleasant! I hate hugging The Boy, I hate going into other people's cars/ houses, I hate touching anything with my arm which has the sun cream on because I worry that it'll leave sticky marks. This sun cream, however, is fabulous! I can put the cream on, and it sinks into my skin really well, and it actually seems to moisturise my arm as well! I love this sun cream. I think this will definitely be a bonus on the beach. Normally I have a quarter of my body which has sand stuck to every part like I've covered myself with glue - it's gross and looks, well, weird! But as this sun cream isn't sticky, the sand shouldn't stick! I have no sand available, but I didn't get a bit of dirt on me (don't ask!), and it didn't stick to the part with sun cream on significantly more than the other parts of my body. It says on the bottle it is sand resistant, so I believe them blindly! You can also spray this on your face and it doesn't leave it shiny!
4. Must not smell funny.
As I have to wear this sun cream even on non-summer days I often get funny looks when people can smell I have sun cream on, but it's not boiling hot. I know it sounds silly, and I shouldn't care what other people think - but I dooooo! This sun cream does have a fragrance, but ti just smells a bit like some shower gels. It's not a typical 'sun cream' smell, and it doesn't smell like it has been fragranced, there's just a slight whiff of something (not flowery, not chemical like... just a smell!), but you can only smell it if you actually sniff your arm! It's not like the person sat next to you on the bus would be able to smell it.
5. Must be easy to apply.
I try and use spray bottle sun creams as you can control better how much sun cream is dispensed. This sun cream is easy to use - just press down on the top and out squirts some sun cream. My only problem with the application, is that the spray comes out quite forceful. It doesn't hurt or anything, but if you're trying to squirt some into your hand you will end up with splash back all over your body! I suggest holding your hand further away than you would normally when you spray the cream, and it should be fine! Spraying it directly onto the area also works. You still need to rub it in, but I suppose you could chase after your child spraying this repeatedly and you would end up covering them in it!
6. Must be water proof.
What is it with some sun creams not being water proof!? It sucks, because I can't go into the water without water proof sun cream. Anyway, no fear! This sun cream is water proof - it says so on the bottle, and it doesn't run off in the shower!
7. Must not spill in bag!
I always carry around sun cream with me, just in case! So anything that won't cover everything I own in sun cream is a bonus. This sun cream comes with a press on plastic cap which is pressed on really tightly. You can pick it up by the cap and it won't come off. It does actually take a little bit of effort to get the cap to come off. You don't need to be superman, but it is pressed on tightly enough that little Jim won't be able to open it and start eating the cream!
I love this sun cream. It is by far the best sun cream I have used so far. I have sensitive skin and this cream hasn't irritated it at all, which is good! It ticks every box on my check list, and so I'm going to continue using this. I would definitely recommend you use this sun cream. The bottle does have a picture of a cartoon sailor boy, which is a little disturbing, but other than that there's no real draw backs to this sun cream. BUY IT!
Oh, also, the cream comes out white, but dries clear.
Remember, avoid being in the sun between 11am-3pm, children under 3 should be kept out of the sun, and even if you are wearing a thin top the sun will still penetrate through.
The boring bits
Bought from Sainsury's for £5.99 for 200ml. I have a real problem with sun cream being expensive, but all the sun creams in Sainsburys were about this price, so it's not expensive in the sun cream world!
Protects against UVA and UVB with photostability (whatever that is!)
Contains cactus nutriflavones and Vitamin E. Again, no idea what they are, but the sun cream works, so I don't really care!
Visit www.garnier.co.uk for more information and for "sun-safe advice"!