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After using nearly every suncare product on the market since having our little girl, we found that nearly all of them would flare up her eczema and make her raw and itchy (even the so called sensitive ones) Our friend recommended us to try this sun cream, and as she was a rep was able to sell to us at £11 for 150ml tube. At first I thought this was a ridiculous price to pay, but figured it would be worth it if it worked! You can buy the same size bottle online for between £12-£16
The product comes in a medium sized white tube, with a picture of a little green man and all the organic certified information. The bottle has a flip cap to open (Ours broke after only a few times of using it. The cream itself is very thick and white almost with the consistency of toothpaste.
The skin test -
After squeezing the product out of the tube, I was shocked to find that it almost melts as you rub it in, and goes on white but quickly rubs until you can feel barely any residue at all! A coin sized amount would cover a toddlers arm and leg for example so you are using half the amount of other sun creams. Although this cream is scent free it does have a smell to it, I'd imagine of the actual ingredients, I thought it smelt a little like Vaseline. The residue on my hands felt powdery, and the children didn't complain about feeling sticky either which was ideal!
After using this on both of my children over the hot summer, they never burned at all. I was worried that by only using SPF25 on their skin that they wouldn't be protected but this worked amazingly. However having used the adult version which is a bigger tube for only slightly more expensive I'd definitely go for that option next summer as the ingredients are practically identical.
I have very reactive skin and I am still occasionally spot-prone, so finding a daily moisturizer which is a) mild and light enough for daily use, b) provides a good level of sun protection and c) has been ethically produced, has kept me scouring the shelves of health shops for some time now. At last I have found a lotion which works and is innocuous enough for me to use every day.
The lotion seems a little bit pricey at £13.21 for 150ml, but only a small amount (smaller than pea-sized) is plenty for the face, neck and throat. If I was only using this on my face and neck, I would not be surprised if this smallish tube lasts me the whole year (but I'm sure I will end up using it on my arms and legs in summer.)
It's quite non-greasy and for me it doubles as a day moisturizer; however, I have noticed over time that it does not absorb that deeply into the skin, in the way you would normally expect a moisturizer to "soak in". If your skin tends on the dry side, you will likely need to apply a light cream or lotion first, or try some rosewater and glycerine underneath to help soften the skin.
Having said that, this is the children's scent free version, which I chose because I guessed it would be the most simple formulation and suitable for sensitive skin. Green People also have a "normal" sun lotion with SPF22 plus variations with lavender and/ or tan accelerators added, which I haven't yet tried. From the rave reviews on their website, this might be a better choice for those with more thirsty skin than mine.
A natural sun lotion for children with sensitive skin.