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It is really important to protect the skin from sun damage and particularly children's skin. I always protect my own skin and most importantly the skin of my grandchildren. I like to keep stocked of sun lotion for when my grandchildren come to visit me. This is the one I bought recently.
It comes in a yellow plastic bottle and is a spray. The nozzle is very easy to press to release the lotion onto the skin. It sprays a light white coloured lotion onto the skin which is really easy to gently massage into the skin and it doesn't have that greasy feeling. It does spray evenly onto the skin and not a thick, heavy lotion. Has a nice soft texture to it and isn't a runny consistency. So it doesn't tend to drip from the body like some lotions can tend to do. I cannot detect any fragrance to it or any odour.
It dries quite quickly and absorbs well into the skin in no time at all, means the children can carry on playing etc and not having to wait until it is fully absorbed like some brands. So the waiting time is cut down with this one.
Once fully absorbed this spray does leave the skin feeling nice and soft, kind of like a very light body lotion. It doesn't feel tacky or sticky on the skin once dried.
It is recommended to apply the lotion to the child's skin 15 minutes prior to going out in the sunshine. I just apply it as soon as they arrive at my home and that way I know that they are fully protected and can go outdoors almost immediately they come through my front door.
It can be used for children over the age of 18 months, is to be reapplied after a couple of hours or so and after swimming in water or any water contact on the skin or after towel drying the skin, just to keep the skin topped up with the lotion and full protection.
This lotion claims to 13 applications for a bottle size of 200ml for a small child. Claims to be sand resistant and that the sand will simply fall from the skin and not attach onto the skin and so irritate it etc. I haven't tested if it is sand resistant as yet because I have only used the lotion on my grandchildren's skin to just play in my garden, so cannot comment if it is sand resistant or not but I would imagine it would be a good one for beach holidays or a day out to the beach because it has had freshly cut grass cuttings fall off their skin and the grass hasn't attached to their skin, it has just fallen off and so I would say pretty much sand would too in my opinion.
This lotion is a SPF 50 and so is an ideal one for hot summer days. Will give peace of mind the children are fully protected as much as possible from the sun's ray even on a cloudy day etc.
When applied to their little faces, it is advised to spray a small amount directly onto your hands and then applied that way and not directly spraying it onto their faces so that none of the lotion has any contact with their eyes. I always apply lotion this way with any brand.
I really like the way this one protects my little grandchildren from the sun and the way I have not seen any redness on their skin or any irritations of using it recently.
Although it hasn't been as hot as sometimes it can become, it has been around 20 degrees or so where I live the past few days and this lotion has protected their skin really well and given me peace of mine they won't be sunburned or damaged skins.
For a 200ml it cost just £5.99 from Boots. I think it is super value for money for this amount in the bottle, it is very good quality too.
I highly do recommend this lotion, it is one which I don't think you would be disappointed with and a little price for protecting a child's skin from the sun etc. I will buy it again in the future because it absorbs really quickly and gives me peace of mind for protecting my little grandchildren's very delicate skins.
Would be ideal for taking on a beach holiday abroad or in this country, ideal for taking on picnic days and days out because the bottle would take up little space in a bag and convenient to just give the skin a quick spray of the lotion.
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I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
These days, I think we are all much more aware of the importance of protecting our skin from the sun and of all the risks associated with failing to protect it. In my younger, less responsible days a summer holiday tan was so important to me that, although I did use sun-cream, it was usually too low a factor and I didn't apply it frequently enough. This is a mistake that I am determined not to make with my children so, on our recent holiday, our suitcase was well stocked with sun protection products. My children themselves, despite only being six and three, are also well aware of the importance of sun protection and like to play an active role in choosing what they need - to quote my six year old, "Mummy, you need to buy Factor 50 or I will burn".
* The Product *
Soltan is a Boots own brand sun protection range. For our holiday, we bought a couple of different Factor 50 bottles for the children from their Kids range. One of these was a very large bottle of lotion, the other was a spray bottle. The one I am reviewing here is the spray bottle. We purchased this as I always find it easier to apply spray lotion when we are out and about - either by the pool or out on day trips. It comes in a bright yellow bottle with a blue spray nozzle and plastic cap. The SPF is 50+ and it also has the maximum UVB/UVA protection ratings. It is hypoallergenic and marketed as extra water resistant. Inside the bottle is a sun-cream which, in my opinion, is just like any other suncream - it is a white, slightly sticky white lotion which spreads easily to provide good coverage.
* Application *
We used this product on holiday in Turkey where it was extremely hot (the temperature hit the mid-forties on a couple of occasions during our week away) and the children were spending a lot of time outside in the swimming pool. This was essentially my top up sun-cream for the children - our usual tactic was to apply the lotion from the big bottle in the hotel room 15 minutes before going out in the morning, and again after the afternoon siesta, and to use this one for poolside top-ups during the day. The spray nozzle made it relatively quick and easy to apply - you simply press the nozzle and the lotion sprays directly on to the child's skin. It has a lighter, less sticky texture than the large bottle of lotion and, initially, I was concerned that the lighter texture could mean that it would provide less effective coverage. However, it was easy to rub in (particularly when it had been out in the heat for a while which seemed to make it more spreadable) and the less sticky texture meant that I didn't feel the need to rush off and wash the stickiness off my hands like I usually do after applying sun protection to my children. I also liked the fact that the consistency of the product was less runny than the 'traditional' lotion which meant that it didn't drip everywhere when I applied it - I got a bit sick of having sun lotion dripping all over my clothes while drying to apply it to the children! For applying it to their faces, I simply sprayed a small amount on to my fingers and rubbed it in gently - they hate having sun-cream on their faces so this was always a bit of a performance, cue eyes squeezed tightly shut, noses scrunched up and a lot of complaining.
* Performance *
Overall, I felt that this product performed very well over the week that we were away. Obviously I was not using it exclusively, but I'm guessing that the large bottle of lotion we paired it with was essentially the same product. Neither of my children got any significant sunburn. There were a couple of evenings where they looked a bit pinker than I would have liked, but their skin was never hot like 'proper sunburn' and it always faded back to a light tan after the evening application of aftersun and a good night's sleep in our air-conditioned room. On a couple of occasions my little girl's shoulders did look a bit pink but, at that point, I swapped her strappy Peppa Pig swimsuit for a UV protection top with sleeves and re-applied the suncream, and she was fine after that. I think it is very difficult to block out all the sun on the type of holiday that we did - we were very vigilant about applying the suncream but, when the children are constantly in and out of the water, it is difficult to ensure that they are completely protected 100% of the time. Therefore, the fact that neither of them burned and there was just a bit of pinkness suggests to me that the suncream did a good job.
Despite the positive performance of the product, I did have a bit of an issue with the spray bottle after the first few applications. When the bottle was full, it sprayed easily and effectively. However, as the lotion level went down, it became harder to spray and I needed to apply a lot of pressure to the nozzle to make the product come out. It was still usable, but the convenience factor had diminished. I think this is a bit of a design flaw as to use all the product, you need to unscrew the cap and squeeze the product out manually. The other thing to remember is that a 200ml bottle is only designed to provide 13 full applications of suncream - this makes it more suitable for days out and top ups than as your main holiday suncream.
* Cost *
A 200ml bottle of this product currently costs £5.99 at Boots, although the RRP is actually £11.99. In my experience, you never have to pay full price for suncare products in the summer though - they are usually either half price or buy one get one free. At the discounted price, I feel that this represents good value for money.
* Final Thoughts *
Overall, this is a product that I would recommend. The performance of the product is very good - it effectively protected my children's skin during a very hot summer holiday and that, to me, is all that really matters. It was easy to apply, absorbed well into their skin, wasn't overly sticky or smelly and they were happy to have it applied. I am knocking a star off for the issues with the spray nozzle as I do feel that this is a design flaw which could have been avoided, but that was the only real negative for me. It is something that I would definitely buy again in future as it gave me peace of mind with the knowledge that the delicate skin of my little ones was being looked after.
We are currently in Barbados (our last day! Cries!) and of course in the hot sunshine a good suncream is a necessity! Personally I much prefer Nivea but we have brought my niece with us so my daughter has someone to play with and her mum packed her Boots Soltan Kids sun lotion.
The lotion comes in a yellow plastic bottle, with the Boots Soltan logo and it comes out through a speay nozzle at the top. It's not the most elegant, or snazzy looking bottles but it isn't hideous.
The lotion itself is a slightly white-creamish liquid with a hint of a silver glimmer in it. It is not slimy or greasy, but is easy to apply. A little doesn't really go a long way, although the bottle says the 200ml bottle provides 13 applications on a child. Now my niece really isn't small so 13 applications was really an overestimation!
Instructions on the bottle are easy to follow: apply before sun exposure, enough to give a visible layer before rubbing in, (so it sits on the skin in a white-ish blue-ish coloured layer) and then let it dry. Next, reapply the cream all over the body to ensure adequate coverage and no missed areas. The last bit (which we failed to read!) was that this needs re-application every 1-2 hours. Uh oh! With our nivea cream this is not necessary so we didn't pay any attention and the first day after using this we noticed she had DRASTICALLY tanned and her shoulders were a VERY dark shade of brown! Oh dear! Thankfully we had some nivea after sun lotion which we liberally applied and have since been using mainly the nivea lotions to ensure her skin is well protected aa, even the next day when we did apply it every hour, she didn't seem to be protected as my daughter who uses Nivea and she complained her shoulders were hot and sore.
Of course sun tan lotions are not cheap, and this costs £5.99 on the boots website. Personally for a few more pennies (or a fiver in Tesco) I would definitely stick to Nivea kids as we had no problems with it whatsoever. I definitely would not recommend this sun cream ssadly and so it only gets 2 stars!
My twins recently started Pre School and one of the things that they needed to have in their bags was some suntan lotion. They aren't allowed to go outside without their skins being protected and so I made a special trip to get them something suitable. I had previously used Boots own suncare range 'Soltan' on them when they were babies and also use the adult version myself, so I had a look to see what was on offer in their range for children. Boots had a buy one get one free offer on at the time and so I ended up buying one of their Once Kids 3 hour water play sprays and this Kids rapid cover spray for them to use at Pre School.
The spray comes in smart looking packaging as shown in the dooyoo picture. The lid is easily removed to give you access to the spray and this works well with a decent amount of product being dispensed after being pressed just once. I always wipe the nozzle clean after I've used it and have had no problems with it so far.
The bottle clearly provides you with all the information you need. On the front the SPF UVB shows as 50+ and tells you this is very high, it has a 5 star UVA rating also displayed. This product is also available in a 30 SPF.
I was also drawn to the label stating this product is extra water resistant as like most toddlers my girls love water play. The full list of benefits and the ingredients of this spray are on the back.
Using the suncare spray
I prefer sprays as I find them easier to apply and I can quickly spray my girls arms and legs and then rub it in. This spray is very light and so absorbs easily without leaving any stickiness. This 200ml contains 13 applications which suggests that it is very easy to not use as much product as is recommended to give your child the correct level of protection.
You need to apply this spray 15 minutes before your child goes out in the sun and I usually apply it just before the girls leave home, as with most suncare products you need to reapply it after your child has been swimming.
This product is hypoallergenic and neither of my girls have had any adverse reaction to this spray.
Price and availability
This product is available in Boots stores and at Boots.com. It is currently part of a half price offer costing £5.99 for 200ml. I feel that at full price this is very over priced but fortunately there seems to always be some offer on.
Would I recommend?
Yes, although the we haven't had much hot weather yet I managed to catch the sun earlier in the month but both girls were fine. I'm confident that this product will protect my girls skin through the hot summer which is hopefully to come!
My daughter is very much an outdoors type of child whether with me or at nursery she seems to love being outside. Therefore, especially during the warmer months I am conscious that her skin needs adequate protection. I generally buy a reputable brand of sun care products and certainly won't scrimp on her creams/lotions. As it was coming up to our family holiday I decided to stock up not only for her holiday sun cream but also for a bottle to keep in her nursery bag so she can be well covered at all times.
My local Boots is generally where I go to for all my toiletries and sun cream is no different and I took advantage of their 3 for 2 offer. I have used their Soltan range before and have been pleased with the results and the sun cream itself and opted to buy for our holiday the Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare Spray SPF50+ which has been specifically formulated for the very sensitive and gentle skin of children. Soltan is Boots own range of sun care products which is quite an extensive range and its price range is slightly cheaper than the leading brands but I find that their products are just as good. I opted for the hypoallergenic version simply because my daughter's skin is quite fair and also I suffer with sensitive skin and I would hate for her to have any type of reaction in a hot country so thought it was safe opting for a non-perfumed, more gentle cream.
The Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare Spray SPF50+ as I said above has been specifically formulated for children and is designed to have a spray which can be quickly absorbed therefore giving lasting protection a lot quicker. And of course it is also designed to help reduce any dryness and to keep the skin formulated. Just like all other Soltan products it has been awarded a 5 star rating against deep-down skin damage - 5 stars is the maximum which can be awarded. For me, this is incredibly important and I know my daughter's skin is being cared for and protected against UVA rays. With having an SPF of 50 I know my daughter's skin will be protected which of course gives me as a parent a lot of peace of mind!
The cream itself comes in a tall slim yellow spray bottle (it comes in a cream as well) with a bright blue bottle top - all the Soltan creams come in this colour theme and are easily noticeable on the shelf amongst other brands. On the front there is the Boots and Soltan logo together with an image of a child and the product name is in multi-coloured writing in a child style font. The SPF is also clearly visible on the front. On the back of the bottle there are the usual usage instructions, product information together with the ingredients list.
The sun cream itself is white in colour and is odourless and is suitable for children over the age of 18 months old. Boots do advise that the sun cream should be applied 15 minutes before going out into the sun which I duly did. I opted for the spray rather than the cream because I find it easier to apply on a rather eager nearly 2 year old who wants to get up and go. Once sprayed you get a decent amount on the skin and I find within a few seconds of rubbing it into my daughter's skin that is very quickly absorbed and doesn't leave behind a greasy residue although you can feel that it is there. Obviously the amount you use depends on the size of your child but I don't think there is any need to use too much per application as it just won't absorb. Instead, I just apply frequently throughout the day which works better and is a lot more sensible.
The sun cream is 'extra water resistant' which was another plus for me when I was looking for a sun cream simply because my daughter loves being either in the sea or in the pool so I wanted something which would do the job effectively. Throughout the holiday I found that my daughter could quite happily play in the water and once out her skin still felt like it had the cream on it (if you get what I mean) but of course I obviously re-applied once out of the water but it felt nice knowing that whilst she was bouncing around like a mad thing that her skin was protected. Even when just walking around the local area or visiting places of interest my daughter was always wearing the cream and she never showed any signs of redness from the sun which is obviously a good thing.
The sun cream is obviously really easy to apply and it does seem to have decent wearing power even though it was re-applied often. The fact that it keeps her skin protected and doesn't cause any irritation makes it a big winner for me and is a sun cream I would purchase again. She came away from a 2 week holiday with no redness, no marks from her swimming costume and no irritation so I can only go on that the sun cream did actually work very well. The fact that it absorbs very quickly is another plus as all parents know that a 2 year old won't sit still for long and with the spray it comes out as a fine mist so is easily rubbed in and absorbed making my life just a little easier and the job of applying sun cream a little nicer!
Overall, I can't recommend this enough to parents with children over the age of 18 months whether going on holiday or using on a day to day basis in the UK as it will do the same job. An item that I will be purchasing again so on that note I can only award it 5 stars because it did everything I wanted it to.
~ Useful Information ~
Brand: Boots/ Soltan
Misc: Dermatologically tested, Hypoallergenic & Non-pore blocking