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**What is it?**
Most people have heard of baby lotion as a very gentle, mild moisturiser used on children (though many grown ups use it too!) and this Simple Baby Lotion SPF50 has, as the name suggests, the added advantage of an SPF50 which is a pretty high factor sun protection suited for children.
**The Simple Brand**
Simple is a great brand if you have sensitive skin, and for children, as their products are hypoallergenic, and fragrance free (though they still all smell very nice and fresh and light). I use it often as does my mum.
**The Baby Lotion**
Simple Baby Lotion SPF50 comes in a white bottle with a yellow flip top lid and the Simple Baby logo on the front. Price wise I've seen the baby lotion on it's own as low as £1 on offer but this SPF50 version I've only ever seen in the Chemist where it's priced at £2.99 for the bottle. I think this is quite fair as it's a sun protectant as well, and generally these are priced higher than standard lotions.
The lotion is white in colour and quite creamy, with a very light, clean smell to it. It's very easy to apply to the skin as it's soft and not at all greasy, which means it sinks in well and you can dress straight afterward.
It's reassuring that there is an SPF50 in here, because it can get deceptively sunny in the UK even in the spring (not yet in 2013 admittedly...) and as my daughter spends a lot of time playing outdoors it's good to have that barrier just in case. Now, for going abroad, I'd always stick to a traditional sun tan lotion, this is something I'd only use in the UK and if it was very hot and sunny, again, I'd top up with actual sun tan lotion. But the thing about Simple Baby Lotion SPF50 is that it provides 'simple' every day sun protection and means that my daughter's skin always has that sun barrier there, which is reassuring to me.
Though it doesn't replace your traditional sun tan lotion and for me I would never use this in sunnier climes as my only means of sun protection as I don't personally feel it lasts as long, I do recommend Simple Baby Lotion SPF50 as an every day baby lotion suitable for young children which is not only gentle and kind to the skin it keeps it soft and supple and provides a reassuring amount of sun protection day to day.
Given that you can buy non SPF baby lotion, and you can get the SPF protection for a pound or two more, personally I'd always choose Simple Baby Lotion SPF50 over regular Simple Baby Lotion. Why not? It's important that your children get some sunshine, and this won't last all day, but I feel better knowing that should my daughter be going out in even mild sunshine where nursery wouldn't neccesarily see the need to apply dedicated sun tan lotion that I've done my bit in looking after her delicate skin.
Overall I'l award this 4/5 for being a useful product at a reasonable price.
We've had such lovely sunny weather so far this summer, that I recently had to buy another tube of sun cream for my little boy. I recently wrote a review about Soltan Baby sun cream. This is a good product, but I found it very hard to rub into a wriggly toddler. As a result, I decided to try something different this time.
I am allergic to fragranced sun tan lotion and occasionally suffer from sun induced allergies. As my son has slightly sensitive skin, I have decided that I will only use non perfumed sun cream on him. You are confronted with shelves of sun creams in chemists and supermarkets. However, the range available to you is seriously restricted if you want something that is fragrance free. In my local Boots this left me a choice of Soltan (which I'd already ruled out) or Simple. As a result, I bought a 75ml tube of Simple Baby Suncare Lotion for £9.99. I find that pretty expensive, however, Boots are currently running a "Buy One Get One Free" on many sun cream brands, including Simple. Two tubes for £9.99 is much better value!
I already use Simple Baby bath products on my little man, so I was fairly confident that the sun cream would not upset his skin. Simple market themselves as experts in sensitive skin. None of their products contain any perfumes, colours or any "unnecessary or harsh chemicals". The baby sun cream has been dermatologically tested and it is photostable. It also contains sunflower extract, which Simple advise "enhances the skin's natural defence", and pro vitamin B5 to "actively restore, soften and smooth".
I am neurotic about my son getting sun burn, so I always look for a high sun protection factor. Simple Baby sun cream has a high SPF of 50 and a 3 star UVA rating. I was a little disappointed that the UVA rating was not higher, as the UVA barrier reduces the risk of sun induced allergies (to which I am prone).
Simple advise that you apply the sun cream 20 minutes before sun exposure and then reapply every hour. Simple Baby sun cream is also water resistant for 40 minutes after application. I find the cream relatively easy to apply, as it is just runny enough to allow you to quickly smooth it on to the skin. Like all high protection sun creams that I have come across, this cream needs some rubbing in to stop the skin appearing white. However, it does absorb fairly quickly and does not feel too sticky afterwards. I do try to avoid getting the cream on to clothing, because it is not that easy to remove. However, it does not seem to stain.
I've been using Simple sun cream on my son virtually every day for 10 days now, and I have been pleased with the results. Thankfully he has not had sunburn and nor has he had any reaction to the cream. The sun cream does appear to be water resistant, as we have had several afternoons with him leaping in and out of the paddling pool, without the cream obviously coming off. However, I do make sure that I reapply it after he has been in the water.
I will be buying Simple sun cream again, as it is fairly easy to apply, it provides good sun protection and has not caused any allergic reactions. It's just a shame that it's £9.99 for a small tube.
The advise we are given about babies and sunshine is that you shouldn't allow them to be in the sunshine at all when they are under 1 year old. However this is easier said than done when you are pushing them in the pushchair and the parasol will not cover the whole of your babies body, plus babies being babies they tend to move around a lot, so more often than not you find a little arm or leg sticking out of the parasol and being exposed to the sun. So whilst you would not let your baby sunbathe it is sometimes impossible to keep them out of the sun altogether.
It was when my son reached 12 weeks old and I put him in his forward facing pushchair that I decided I would need to purchase a suntan cream for him, for when the above situation arose.
I took a trip to Boots and looked at all the different suntan lotions available for children. There was quite a large range that said for children but only a couple that said they were suitable for babies. I spoke to the chemist there who advised that if you have a young baby you should always go for the creams that are specifically for babies, as these will be more sensitive to your little one's skin.
Simple suncare baby lotion was the cream I decided to go for. It wasn't cheap and cost me £7.99 for 200ml, but this is pretty much the same for all suntan lotions, they are all very expensive. It comes in a white bottle with a bright yellow lid. It has the Simple logo at the top and at the bottom it tells you that it is a baby lotion for sun sensitive skin and that it is extra gentle, it also advises you that it is SPF50, which is the highest sun protection factor you can get and for a baby I think it is vital that you use the highest protection you can.
Like all the simple products the cream has no perfume or colour, it is thick and white. You don't need to use much for a small baby, although the cream is thick it does rub in very easily and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy like some creams do.
Does it do its job? Yes, is the answer as in the small handful of times my son has been exposed to the sun he has never got burnt or got a suntan!! We are going abroad in 8 weeks so im sure this will be when the cream will be fully tested, as to be honest we haven't really had much sunshine so far!!!
Having searched the shelvs looking for a sun lotion suitable for babies under 6 months I found this.
I must stress that it is not recoommended babies under 6 months be exposed to the sun for any length of time at all.
However, I use this as a 'safety net', I keep muy daughter in the shade as much as possible but slather this on incase she kicks off her sheet when out in the pram or squirms an arm out of her sling when I am not looking.
It goes on easily, but does take a bit of rubbing in. I have noticed that it has marked some of her vests a bit, but no more than normal adult suncream does on white t-shirts.
The factor 50 means that it is an almost total sun block - perfect for babies sensitive skin and the mild formulation also means that it is likely to agree with all but the most sensitive of babies skin.
Increases the skins natural protection against burning and UVB rays by up to 50 times.