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      23.05.2014 16:36

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      A trusted brand with a high factor of 50+

      Nivea is definitely a brand that I trust and use very often. This sun spray has a very high protection of 50+ which is reassuring when using on children. The spray bottle has grips on the side and is very easy to use/spray. Also the blue/yellow colour makes it very easy to spot on the shelf. It has a moisturising effect also and I must admit that I have used this on myself on occasions. It can be quite expensive unless you are lucky enough to find it on offer. It also has a nice smell, which I know is not that important, but it does make a difference.

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      27.07.2013 19:15
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      A great childrens suncream if you can get it on offer

      This product is specifically designed for children, it provides a very high level of protection against UVA and UVB rays (factor 40), claims to be extra water resistant and suitable for children's delicate skin as well as being coloured so that you can see where it has been applied (to avoid missing bits!).

      All of the above reasons made this sun spray seem like an ideal one to use on my little brother on our holiday.
      Nivea is a brand that I have always used and never had a problem with, so when I saw that Tescos were selling two 200ml spray bottles for just £10, I brought this factor 40 kids product for my brother and a bottle of Nivea sun spray factor 20 for the rest of us.

      As soon as we were at our hotel in Crete my brother wanted to be in the pool so out came the suncream. The bottle is dark blue with a yellow pump action spray top. The bottle is made from plastic and has 5 grooves on each side which helps you grip the bottle with wet hands. The spray was nice and easy to apply, didn't smell of anything other than the 'Nivea scent' that you get with all of their moisturisers etc and was just a case of shaking the bottle, depressing the pump button while aimed at the skin (avoiding eyes of course!).

      When first applied to the skin, the spray is a green colour which disappears once rubbed in. We found that the spray was ideal for doing the body but when it came to his face, we had to spray a bit in the palm of our hand an then apply it with a finger as spraying a child in the face clearly isn't the way forward!

      The spray is quite runny and so on spray covers a significant area of skin. The spray says to reapply frequently, especially after swimming and towel drying. We found ourselves applying it whenever we could drag my brother out of the pool for a minute but ideally we tried to reapply it every hour but this did result in the bottle only lasting 4 days!

      In terms of protection against sunburn, I think this is a quite effective spray. My brother did get slightly burnt on his shoulders on the first day of our holiday but probably because he wasn't giving the sun cream enough time to be absorbed before he leapt back into the pool! However he was fine for the rest of the holiday as we smothered him in the stuff!

      We found that as long as we made him wait a couple of minutes for it to soak in before he went in to the water, the sun cream was very water resistant and worked well.

      Overall we were very impressed with this product, it was easy to apply although perhaps a little bit too runny. The SPF of 40 was nice and high and was pretty effective at protecting his skin. The disappearing coloured emulsion made it nice and easy to ensure full coverage (although it does stain white clothing!). Its claims of being extra water resistant appeared to be true and it was ideal for my brother who wanted to be in the pool all day. The only major disadvantage was that the spray did seem to run out faster than bottles of sun cream do , although at £10 for two 200ml bottles they were definitely a good buy.

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      09.07.2013 15:26
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      A nice smelling easy to use spray from Nivea a name you can trust.

      Nivea Sun Moisturising sun spray Sun protection factor 50+

      At last summer has arrived and boy it has gone from the ridiculously cold and chilly to temperatures touching on the upper 20's within a few weeks. Our British weather certainly is a force to be reckoned with. With the blistering heat and fierce sun at the moment it is vital to protect young children's skin as there is a very high risk of permanent skin damage due to exposure to the sun. Not only this scientists and the medical profession reckon that the foundations for developing malignant melanoma occurs through over exposure to the skin during child hood however this is not conclusive but it is probably prudent not to take risks. We often have our granddaughter staying with us due to her mum being away with her job so she gets to spend quite a bit of time with us.

      With the forecast of hot and sunny weather coming I nipped into Asda last week and hunted out some sun lotion for her and came across this Nivea high factor sun lotion that gives a sun protection factor of 50+. It is all very well buying a high protection factor sun block but for it to work properly enough of the lotion has to be applied for it to become effective. I spun her a web of fairy tales that it was special magic cream that comes from jolly giant dinosaurs that is specially made to give little girls special powers to stop them melting in the sun. She is currently into Dinosaurs at the moment even having to have a dinosaur cake for her recent birthday! The higher sun factor increases the amount of time you can stay out in the sun for example a factor 50+ sun lotion can block out 98% of UV rays however the skin must be covered in the lotion.

      The sun lotion comes in a nice blue colourful bottle with an orange cap that covers the spray button. It has Sun Kids written on the front of the bottle and is waterproof however if your child has been swimming it is prudent to reapply it. After taking the lid off it I sprayed a little on my hand I was surprised to see the lotion come out in a spraying mist which is a green colour. It is quite easy to rub into the skin and although it temporarily turned a white colour eventually after a bit of rubbing it was easily absorbed into the skin.

      OK so I have tried it on myself what about applying it to my granddaughter? I spun her a web of fairy tales that it was special magic cream that comes from jolly giant dinosaurs that is specially made to give special powers to stop people melting in the sun. She is currently into Dinosaurs at the moment even having to have a dinosaur cake for her recent birthday!

      She was quite happy to have it sprayed onto her skin especially when she saw the green liquid that covered her arms. I rubbed the lotion into her skin and after going white it was quickly absorbed. I made sure her neck and shoulders were liberally covered in the lotion and continued to apply it to her back and down her legs. I also applied a couple of sprays onto my hands to apply to her face and in particular over her forehead, ear lobes and her nose avoiding getting too near her eyes.

      I think what helped was the colour of the lotion she thought it a bit of a game to be covered liberally in the lotion. The lotion also contains a moisturiser so that is an added bonus and is from a range specifically for children. It should be rubbed until it has been completely absorbed by the skin.
      Although we have not gone into water it would be a good idea to reapply once she had been in contact with water although it says it is water resistant too.

      It is very important to protect children's skin so not only did she have the sun spray on we also made sure that she had a big floppy sun hat on and she thinks it quite big and grown up to wear her sun glasses like her mum! Blimey to me she looks like a fly with big black eyes! It is recommended to avoid exposure to the sun between 10 and 4pm if possible but that is the times that most people are out for the day enjoying the nice weather. However if you are out during this time hopefully by adding the sun lotion it will provide protection for her delicate skin.

      I paid £5 for the spray which I think is a good price to pay to ensure that she has protection against sun burn. You would do well to make sure you are wearing some too although I drew the line at putting on green lotion myself and opted for a lower sun factor. I remember taking my daughter to the seaside in Mauritius when she was five and despite liberally applying sun lotion and staying out of the sun when the sun was high above us she still got quite dark in the sun. She had the white marks of her mini mouse swimming costume across her back for one year afterwards although she had not actually got burnt but developed a tan over the month or so that we were there. Even then I was quite concerned to make sure she was well covered in suntan lotion.

      So far I am happy with this sun tan lotion and would probably use it all the time on her rather than opting for a lower strength factor just to be on the safe side and for Five pounds I do not think it an unreasonable price to pay for some peace of mind. I fully endorse this product and I think Nivea is a name you can trust.

      Dangers of sun burn!

      Although it is quite nice to have nice tanned skin it gives you the feel good factor and the impression to others that you are healthy and you look good however it should never be done to impress your friends. There have been many incidents of over exposure to tanning sun beds and a lot of young girls have been over exposed to the rays all in the name of looking bronzed and tanned. Some have gone on to develop malignant melanoma which unfortunately in some cases it has been fatal but in reality is avoidable.

      What is malignant melanoma?

      For those who are not aware of what malignant Melanoma is I will explain briefly. Malignant melanoma is a form of skin cancer which is thought to develop because of exposure to the sun. They have an appearance of moles. It usually occurs to exposed skin so you should be very wary particularly of your head, neck and arms. However it can develop anywhere. It can present itself in appearance from a small blackened area to a red spot like discoloration of the skin however there are tell-tale signs that can distinguish it from a normal mole. The melanoma grows in an un-uniformed manner and the cancer cells proliferate quite quickly.

      It is imperative to get it checked out urgently by your GP who will refer you quite quickly to a dermatology department for examination and treatment if necessary. Don't be foolish and leave it you must get it seen as soon as possible. I have spotted it three times in people and asked them to get it checked out quickly and thankfully it has been caught quickly enough for them to receive treatment. For us living in the Northern hemisphere and usually experiencing poor summers our lily white skin is bombarded with UV rays making us more susceptible to developing malignant melanoma so if you spot something that is abnormal get it checked out as soon as possible. Don't delay it as often

      Remember though you do not have to be in direct sunlight to be affected by the sun as the UV rays can come through the clouds even when it is completely overcast. The Australians are far savvier than we are when it comes to skin protection and will always don sun protection prior to going out in the sun. I am pleased to say we are more aware of the dangers of the sun and the possible damage to the skin.
      If you think about it logically a sun tan is actually damage to the skin what is happening melanin is being released into the cells to darken the skin in an attempt to protect us. Although we need a certain amount of sun exposure for Vitamin D too much can be detrimental to us as it can damage the cells and cause changes in the DNA. So if you have become red after exposure to the sun it is because the sun has burnt your skin. I was horrified at the sight of some of the sun burn incidents that come into A&E where people have fallen asleep in the sun or have just not been aware how strong the sun is resulting in second degree burns.


      I think it is a good idea for everyone to be a bit savvier of the potential harmful effects of sun burn and think it is a good idea to slather it on and cover yourself up!

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        04.07.2013 22:44
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        Quick and easy to use kids sun cream with a 50+ factor.

        My bottle has been updated a little from the image above - it now says 'Nivea Sun Kids Moisturizing Sun Spray'. I bought this for my little ones (4 and 8) to use on a regular basis through the summer. Both are fair skinned so I always go for a high factor. This spray states '50+ Very High' which is reassuring. It also states that it blocks UVA and UVB rays.

        **Packaging**

        The bottle is dark blue with finger shaped groves on each side - perfect for gripping while trying to use the lotion. It's a pump spray with a yellow top, it has a little cap that goes over the top. The bottle I'm reviewing is 200ml although I've not seen it in other sizes.


        **The Cream**

        The cream is dispensed through the pump dispenser, you don't need to press very hard to spray a nice sized amount onto the skin. The cream is a light blueish green colour, which makes application easy. The colour disappears once it's rubbed into the skin. It's a light cream, I've found it's easily absorbed into the skin. It does feel slightly sticky after application, it does state that the cream is 'very water resistant' I'd attribute this sticky feeling to that, it feels almost like a barrier on the skin.

        My eldest boy suffers with reasonable severe eczema, this cream doesn't trigger any flare ups thankfully.


        **My Thoughts**

        Aside from the stickiness of the cream, the only other niggle is when on the beach, the sand does get in the nozzle and grooves around the pump which is annoying. Post beach the bottle needs a good scrub! I don't think that is easily solved however and seems a common problem with sun creams for me.

        I love how quick and easy it is to dispense and apply to the skin. Before school/Pre-school on hotter days it takes under a minute to apply to exposed areas.

        It looses a Dooyoo star for the stickiness, otherwise highly recommended.

        **Availability**

        Widely available, I've seen this in Boots, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tesco, also on-line on Chemist Direct, Amazon and Ebay. It retails from around £5.00 - £8.00. I paid £6.29 for my bottle.

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        13.05.2013 23:55
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        Easy to apply and the green colour is handy and kids approve.

        Firstly I hope everyone enjoyed our recent quick summer, I really hope more is to come but I remember last years summer which was ummm rather non existent. I'm doing this review in the hope that everyone will need to go out and get some real soon.

        I used to keep sun creams for years using them until empty but the last few years I've brought new ones as don't trust that old ones will work properly and I'm not taking the risk on my kids.
        This Nivea sun is a kids one coming in a moisturising spray form. It's 50+ giving very high protection levels from the sun rays. It is in a pale green colour which makes it more fun for kids to put on and also allows you to see areas that aren't covered properly. I personally find spray creams easier to use. Shake well before use and simply spray straight into your hands or onto body. This is very water resistant but it is always advisable to reapply after having a swim.
        My son has olive skin so always tans rather then burns but I still use suncream on him, his sister has pale skin so I make sure she is extra protected in the sun. Last week I used some of this on myself as it was a hot bank holiday (yes no rain on a bank holiday is unheard of usually). I managed to burn the back of my neck but think I just didn't cover myself with enough cream as both my kids were fine and neither of them got burnt where as I had.
        It is so important to use suncream as sunburn is painful and unhealthy for your skin. Even use it on days that seem cloudy as if it's warm the rays are still strong enough to burn you through the clouds. Believe me I speak from experience as I got burnt on a foggy day in spain once, lesson well and truly learnt.

        The bottle I have is 200ml and from Boots cost me about £9 the end of last year approximately October time. It is now £12.59 but currently on offer at £6.29 so now is a good time to buy some. It is a shame you have to pay so much to protect yourself but rather that then the other option.

        This is slightly scented but not of anything in particular just an average sun cream smell. I will be sleeping with sun cream on tonight as just squirted some on as couldn't remember the smell lol. It rubs into the skin fast and easily leaving a shiny slightly greasy feel to it.

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          20.04.2013 11:29
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          Great protection for children having fun in the sun.

          I will happily buy own brand products for myself but when it comes to my son I prefer to buy something trusted. Like his parents my son has quite fair skin which I imagine burns quite easily (luckily I have yet to find out!).
          We choose to use the Nivea spray for him which I believe I picked up at Asda as my last Nivea sun lotion (this was a cream) had lost its flip lid!
          The bottle is quite easy to pick out on the shelf- its dark blue with a bright yellow lid. The Nivea logo is on the front along with telling you its a children's sun spray and the SPF.

          I like the fact that this sun lotion is spray on. Tyler was born in the summer and while he was still little applying rub in lotion was easy but the next summer he was very wriggly and didn't enjoy the application. Spray on lotion is so much easier as you can hold your wriggler with one hand and rub in the lotion with the other.
          I don't really like to spray it on his face so with that area ill often spray the lotion on my hand and then apply to the face.

          When sprayed the lotion is a green colour. I don't think it really makes much difference as the colour fades once rubbed in so you cant actually see where you have rubbed it in. I can imagine this summer we may find that the colour affects Tyler- although seeing as he's suddenly got a thing about his hands being clean (he wont even eat soft cheese on crackers anymore because of it!) I'm not sure whether he'll be happy or not about it!
          I found this spray feels very greasy. I needed to wash or wipe down my hands with a baby wipe after applying.
          I've also used it on myself before when I've forgotten to bring my sun lotion with us!

          The spray is water resistant although you should reapply after the child has been in the water.
          Generally you should reapply the cream every two hours.
          I don't use this on my child every single time we go out as I have heard stories of how it stops children from getting vitamin D. If we are to go out for 10 minutes or so in the morning or evening (not afternoon) I won't apply it. We do live near lots of nice parks and also a 15 minute walk from the beach so this spray is great if we're going out for the day. Its handbag sized as well and unlike the flip lid as long as its got its lid on it shouldn't go all over the contents of your bag!

          You can currently pick up a 200 ml bottle in Asda or Tesco (useful for if you're doing your regular shop) for £5 but I believe this is on special offer.
          The spray sometimes is a little on the expensive side but it last so long. We use it most days in the summer and regularly too but our bottle from last year is still feeling very much full so you do get your moneys worth from it.

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          23.03.2013 13:40
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          A first class protection for your child

          We've had a few beach holidays since our little one was born, on the first occasion they spent much of the trip in their pram with a shade a babe accessory protecting them from the son. But as they've got older and more mobile and the lure of the swimming pools, sand, sea and everything else has got greater, having a really good protective sun cream has become essential.

          We have two preferred products this Nivea PF50 sun cream and the Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Stick, we use them in tandem and as both have proven easy to use and successful we've decided not to try our luck and change a winning formula.

          The Nivea PF50 Sun cream costs £6.29 from Boots for 200ml, we've had our bottle for about 9 months and will get one more use out of it, so it is decent value when you consider you'll probably get 3 decent holidays worth out of a bottle.

          The product is available in all decent supermarkets and chemists and there is also a PF30 product, for us this was a no brainer, the most important thing is giving as much protection as possible to our little one, so PF50 is perfect.

          The bottle is blue with a yellow lid, it has nice ridged sides, which are useful when your hands are covered in sun cream and holding a wriggling child as they ensure the bottle doesn't slip as it undoubtedly would with a normal bottle. The picture on the front of the bottle is fun and attractive for children. The bottle fits very easily into a bag and is a perfect size, as I remember when I was younger my parents had bottles of sun cream almost as big as a carton of milk.
          Most importantly though the product is easy to use, safe and provides brilliant protection, it is a spray bottle so rather than having to use both hands and get someone else to hold your child you spray and area and rub the cream in, the spray works well and the cream is green which is always nice for a parent as it distracts your child just long enough to get the job done. The cream spreads easily and isn't particularly greasy which is fantastic. It is easy to use and dissolves quickly into the skin which is very good too.

          One thing I would say is ensure you spray gently round the face, close to the ears, so that you don't aim near eyes as I would imagine this would not do your child's health any good at all. The spray smells fairly neutral, it isn't floral or nice, but it isn't chemical either, so that is fine. It can be used from baby age upwards.

          The Nivea spray has an enhanced UVA/UVB filter system which protects your child's skin to the maximum. It is water resistant and is brilliant if you want to spend a morning in the hotel swimming pool or sea, sadly it doesn't protect toddlers from the innate ability to want to splash their parents continuously!!

          The cream is water resistant for between 80-120 minutes which is more than enough time as you don't want to be out in the sun longer than that with a little one anyway. You should apply the cream around 15 monutes before going out and re-apply it every 2 hours and after a swim or towel down to ensure it isn't rubbed off.

          On all levels I rate this product, it is decent value when you think how long it lasts, looks nice, is easy to carry and very easy to hold even with slippery hands, it sprays easily and evenly, the colour is interesting for kids and most importantly we've found it provides real protection for kids, we've not experienced sunburn or any elements of this with our child and will continue to buy and use this product for this reason.

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          21.09.2012 12:51
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          Trusted brand, good product but could be improved.

          We always purchase nivea sun cream for our daughter because it is such a trusted brand, she is very fair and burns really easily, last year we got the factor 50+ "very water resistant" sun kids moisturising sun spray from Asda, it cost us approximately £10 for the 200ml bottle.

          It is a pump spray bottle so not as messy as the the squeezy bottle ones you can get and is also coloured green so you can see easier where it is being applied, this amused our daughter greatly and she would run around the hotel room after application shouting about being a green monster!

          The application of the cream is easy, if you can get your child to stay still long enough :P, in my opinion the green colour isn't necessary because it wears off once its rubbed in anyway so there's no telling if you have done one bit once its rubbed in! But anyway, it went on my daughters skin fine , though a little greasy...it also left my hands incredibly greasy, this did come off after washing my hands with soap and water.

          Down at the beach was a bit of a nightmare, sand was sticking to my daughter like glue due to the cream, easily rectified by rinsing her off with water and the cream is "very water resistant" so this didn't worry me. however after giving my daughter an ice cream i had to use a baby wipe on her face, chest and part of one of her arms (there was a surprisingly large number of wasps so didn't want to attract them)...within 15 min she had small patches of sun burn in these areas, the cream is NOT baby wipe resistant! It wasn't like i scrubbed her clean, it was just a gentle wipe so i didn't expect this to happen, especially considering i needed to clean my hands with soap and water really thoroughly to remove the cream from them. Thankfully no harm was done as i reapplied as soon as she had finished her ice cream and the patches had gone by the following day.

          All in all it is a good cream, it does prevent kids from burning but it is quite greasy and re application is needed frequently despite it being water resistant.

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            28.07.2012 15:39

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            nice sun lotion for kids

            When summertime arrives, a well protective and moisturising sun spray is a necessary purchase and this one is our favourite. I have always been loyal to Nivea Protection products, as my mum used them on us as kids so as tradition I now always look for it to buy for my 2 year old daughter. I bought the Factor 50+ Kids Sun Spray 200ml bottle for £6 which is about an average pricing for sun block these days!

            The bottle is a simple spray, which can be directly applied to my little one's skin. The bottle has grip dents on the side which make it easy to hold, and are great for easy application of the spray. The spray itself comes out quite generously so don't go spraying everywhere as too much really isn't needed! Strangely, he liquid is actually a green, watery consistency but nevertheless it absorbs into her skin easily, leaving it soft and moisturised. The after feeling is a little bit sticky on my hands after I rub it into her, but nothing too clammy and her skin doesn't feel greasy afterwards just very moisturised.

            I have used it domestically when we get the odd bouts of sunshine and previously and also when we went on holiday to the caribbean and also New York (lucky her, all in first 2 years of her life!) and all round it is excellent at protecting from UV rays as she has never suffered sun burn or had any adverse skin reactions due to sun exposure once this has been applied, even in the varying degrees of heat.

            This sun lotion really does tick all the boxes so I would definitely recommend it!

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            Good sun screen that protects well

            When the summer came round last year I had a 10 month old and I was worried about him being in the sun and so I popped out to Boots to pick up some sunscreen for him. I chose the Nivea one as me and my partner both use there products and really like them and as they did a 50 spf sun screen especially for children I thought it was ideal.

            The sun screen has nice and clear instructions about how to use it. The sun screen has to be applied 15 minutes before going in the sun.

            What is great about this cream is that when you spray it out it comes out green. So it's great as you can clearly see where you have sprayed it on your child's skin and means that you won't miss any bits of your child's body! As you begin to rub it in the colour disappear's so your child won't be green for the rest of the day! The cream is quite thick so it is quite difficult to rub in and my baby was moaning at me while I did it so it defiantly doesn't make it quick to apply! Once the cream has been rubbed in there isn't any greasiness left on the skin which is great!

            The cream states that it is water-resistant and will protect a child while in the water for 2 hours, however I always used to re-apply after an hour to an hour and half as I didn't want to risk my child burning.

            I would recommend this product as long as you keep applying it frequently to your child throughout the day then it protects them. It also made my babies skin even softer which was an added bonus!

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              High SPF - but needs to be applied frequently.

              Nivea Sun Children's Sun Spray is a product that I always use on my children on the rare occasion the sun does shine at home, but more when we go on holiday, which we tend to do a couple of times a year. I was told by my health visitor that children should always where sun cream and that they should wear a high sun protection factor as they are much more susceptible to burning. The Nivea Sun Children's Sun Spray comes in a 200ml plastic bottle and can be bought in most pharmacies and supermarkets. Most recently I bought a bottle direct from my local independent chemist for £12.39, but it was buy one and get one bottle half price and so this did make it a little better price-wise. Obviously this sun spray is fairly expensive, but it seems that all sun spray is pretty expensive at the moment - and I guess you are paying for the higher SPF.

              The Nivea Sun Children's Sun Spray comes in a plastic bottle with a pump action nozzle spray. The one that we have is the spray that has an SPF 50 and so this is sun block and will offer the top protection to my children's skin. The nozzle works well and the spray comes out in an even spray application.

              In order to use the Nivea Sun Children's Sun Spray it's a matter of applying the spray at least 15 minutes prior to going in the sun - and so I would tend to put it on while getting my children ready for the day. One of the bonuses of this spray is that it is initially coloured green and so when you spray it out onto the skin it comes out in a green sheen and so it's easy to see where you've already sprayed - and so no bits get missed. Within a few minutes, as the spray starts to become absorbed, the colour disappears and so it looks just like any other sun screen. It is fairly thick to start with but it spreads easily and within about 10 minutes it feels like it's been absorbed into the skin. Once it's been absorbed, the skin just feels nicely moisturised, but it is not greasy and doesn't run off on clothes.

              The spray will need reapplying throughout the day and so it's not one of those creams that last all day - which is a shame. It does have some water resistant quality and it estimates that it can protect a child within the water for about 2 hours. However, in my experience, I wouldn't say that it lasts quite this long in the water - and I would actually recommend reapplying it within about an hour. I generally find that it needs reapplying (outside of water) about every 2 hours or so - which can be a little bit of a pain to have to keep reapplying it.

              I do think the spray works well and if my children are wearing this then they don't burn. My only beef with the spray is having to reapply it so frequently and I would love it if they bought out a version that needed reapplying less frequently.

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              16.08.2011 01:05

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              Buy parasol instead

              I have used this product for a couple of years now but there is definitely better on the market that do a better job. We have just arrived back from Tenerife where the sun is very strong. We often reapplied this product but burning still occured on occasion. Our biggest problem was its claim to be waterproof which is the case if you're in the water for no longer than 10 minutes and if you never touch the sea. It also does not allow for tanning which is rather dissappointing as to get a tan you have to risk burning. Its fairly easy to apply and is coloured green to make it apparent where its been applied but once dry doesn't show, which is good. In 2 weeks we had to use 3 bottles which meant it cost us close to 40 quid. Peesonally for this money I expect protection. For just a couple of quid more you can buy the parasol brand which is highly waterproof and only needs applying once even if you do go in the water. The protection is also of higher quality and it gives an excellent tan that lasts for a long time so this is what we'll use from now on.

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              19.10.2010 08:36
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              The brand I always choose

              Even from my son being tiny I was very conscious of the need to protect him from the potentially dangerous rays from the sun. Whenever I have bought sun cream for him I have always chosen the Nivea brand. I have always trusted the brand and so it was a natural step to purchase this for my son.

              The cream I chose most recently for son was the Nivea sun children's spray in a factor 30. From memory I think it cost £12.99 but was on a promotion of buy one get one free in Boots. This price is for a 200ml bottle.

              The cream comes in a dark blue plastic container which has ridges all the way down on each side which makes it very easy to hols even if you have some of the slippery cream on your hands! The bottle tells us the product name and shows us a small picture of a cartoon child playing in the water as well as all the ingredients and application instructions.

              The bottle had a yellow spray pump which you need to push down to get the sun spray out. When you spray this the spray comes out and you can spray directly on your child's skin or spray it on to your hand to rub it on to their skin. I usually opt to spray it on to my hand and apply it this way as I find you are less likely to get it on your child's clothes as sun cream can often stain...especially on white clothes.

              The actual spray is a turquoise blue colour which is great as you can see where it is on the skin, though it disappears completely when you rub it in so there is no need to worry that your child will be walking around looking like a smurf! The spray is long lasting and water resistant so very handy for if your child is popping in and out of the sea or the swimming pool. The spray provides both UVA and UVB protection immediately after application which is very reassuring.

              I find that applying this cream to my son's skin is very easy. The cream is not overly greasy and rubs into his skin well. It has always been kind to his skin too and he has never had any adverse reaction to using this brand, even from being very small. I do always make sure that I give him a bath at the end of the day so that I can wash all the remains of the cream off his skin though.

              My son has never been burnt from the sun when we have used this cream and so I can only assume that it is doing the job that it is meant to be doing! Of course even when using sun cream you should still protect your child by ensuring that they wear a hat and are kept in the shade where possible.

              I would not choose any other brand of sun cream now despite the fact that Nivea is one of the more expensive creams as it has always served me so well over the past five years. My only issue with sun creams is that they all seem to have a twelve month usage period and so you have to buy an expensive product to use possibly just a few times with the kind of UK summers we have been having!

              I would give Nivea sun cream a full five stars as it has always done a good job of protecting my son's delicate skin.

              Thank you for reading my review!

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                05.10.2010 10:45
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                Due to the fantastic summer we have just encountered this year (!!!!!) I took it upon myself to purchase a more expensive sun tan lotion for my daughter than I had previously bought. Originally I had some of the Malibu lotion but I hated the coconut smell and the feel of it on my hands after I had rubbed it into my little girls skin. One day at the beach, surprised at the sun (and silly me had forgotten the lotion) my friend offered me some of her sun spray to put on my daughter and I just thought it was brilliant straight away!

                On my next trip to Boots I picked up a bottle of Nivea Sun Kids moisturising sun spray (on offer at half price!) which is factor 50+ so I knew it would be good for my daughters skin. The bottle is blue with a bright yellow lid so it stands out to you when searching through the shelves of all the different lotions and the label shows a cartoon child sitting in a rubber ring in the water and 50+ stands out in orange text. The writing on the label states that it is for childrens delicate skin and that it is very water resistant.

                This sun cream is spray on which I personally much prefer as I really don't like the feel of creams and lotions on my hands, and while I realise it needs to be rubbed in somewhat it isn't like putting on pour on lotion. It sprays out a nice even mist, not too much at all. To my surprise the spray comes out a greeny colour, kind of like a green/blue which is a nice colour and very different to the standard white lotions. I like that it is coloured as you can clearly see where you have covered your child in the spray. My daughter does like to rub it in herself and calls it her special sunshine cream! Thankfully though it does rub in so you don't have to worry about your child running around the beach looking like a little alien!! The lotion has a nice scent and not at all overpowering

                I was pleased that the lotion isn't a sticky cream like the last one we had and we found that she wasn't coming back to me covered in sand that had stuck to the lotion! My little girl does have sensitive skin, especially on her face so I was relieved to see that this didn't aggrevate it at all and again that is something that we have had problems with in the past with other suncreams.

                Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Butylene, Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Alcohol Denat, Butyl Methoxydibenzolymethane, Bis-Ethylhexylaxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Homosalate, Titanium Dioxide, Methylpropanediol, CI8-366 Acid Triglyceride, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Trisodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethyloaraven, Limolene, Linalool, Geraniol, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, CI42090

                I have listed the ingredients just in case somebody is allergic to one of them!

                Once opened, the lotion will only be suitable to be used for 12 months, so you must replace it every year. I can't see that we will have a summer that will require a full use for sun tan lotion but we can all dream!

                The indications for use on the back of the bottle say that you should reapply after swimming, and even when applied you should avoid the intensive midday sun (between 11am and 3pm). Avoid contact with the eyes!! The price of the sun spray is quite expensive however I was able to find it on offer at Tesco for just £5, and for a 200ml bottle that does seem like a bargain.

                I have found that this is the best lotion I have used on my daughter so far, and when she has been protected with it she has had no sun burn at all so I can recommend this fully! I would give the childrens sun spray five out of five Dooyoo stars.

                Thank you for reading my review :)

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                  09.09.2010 11:54
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                  A little expensive, but does the job

                  When we took our cats to the vets' a few weeks ago, I was happy that we were introduced to an excellent vet who was clearly a big cat lover and gave us lots of valuable information and updates on our cats. You may be wondering what this has to do with a review on kids' suncream! Well, one of our cats has a white ear, and apparently cats with white ears are prone to sun burn because of lack of pigment, which massively increases the risk of skin cancer.

                  Apparently, the way to tell is that your cat's ear starts to develop a thick red ridge down the edge - that's basically the sunburn. Even though Halo's ear was fine, our vet recommended putting sun cream on it as a preventative measure, and I have to say I was very surprised! I asked if he needed special cat/animal sun cream, but the vet said no, he'd be fine with a high factor kids' sun cream, and it should be applied all year round.

                  Off we went to the shops, and I picked up this Nivea Sun Children's Sun Spray, which is Factor 50 for high protection. It is quite expensive, with even the Amazon RRP being around £12, but the best thing to do is to wait for supermarket deals where it's often buy one get one free, half price etc. This is especially true at this time of year since they're trying to get rid of old stock, but luckily I picked this up at the end of spring and got it for about £6. Although you only get 200ml, Halo only needs one tiny spray and I would think I'll have some left to use on myself before the recommended 12 months of use are up!

                  The sun cream comes in a dark blue bottle with ridges in the side, which I presume are for making it easier to hold if your hands are covered with sun cream. However, it's easy to use - simply remove the plastic cap and spray on. I tend to spray it on my finger and rub it into Halo's ear that way because he hates having it applied and has to be held. Also, I don't want to risk getting the spray inside his ear. The weird thing about this spray is that it's actually green!! Which is good for kids so the parents don't miss spots, but on Halo it does look quite strange, and the neighbours probably think he's going mouldy or something. The green colour does wear off though.

                  The sun cream claims to have an 'enhanced UVA/UVB filter system' and is 'Extra water-resistant.' I have to say that the cream does stay on Halo's ear well and I can still see the slightly darker/wet look of his ear several hours later, so I'm convinced it's doing its job. I would agree with Nivea's claims that it's easily to apply and quickly absorbed.

                  Halo seems a bit confused by the whole thing, and definitely doesn't like it, but he smells nice afterwards (like the beach), unless he's face-on, in which case he smells like cat food and the beach. I don't know if it's strictly necessary to give him sun cream, but as the vet recommended it I'm not willing to take the risk.

                  I would recommend this sun cream as it lives up to its claims; however, high factor adult sun creams are cheaper and also not green, so I will probably be buying small bottles of those in the future.

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                  Nivea Sun Children's Sun Sprays combine Nivea Sun's advanced protection expertise with all the mild care of Nivea to protect children's delicate skin. And with it's green coloured spray sun protection has never been so much fun! Enhanced UVA/UVB filter system. Extra water-resistant to allow your child to play safely in the water for up to 80 minutes. Easily applied & quickly absorbed. Vitamin E to help combat free radicals & premature skin ageing. Dermatologically approved.