“ Manufacturer: Boots / Type: Suncare „
I've tried a number of different suntan lotions over the years for myself and the kids but I have definitely figured out that I like spray based suntan lotions for my kids as it is much easier to apply than a cream is. That's why I really like this suntan lotion from the Boots own brand, Soltan. I purchased a bottle of Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare spray with insect repellant for half price a few months ago which is great because suncare is so expensive but a necessity for me when the sun comes out because I do not want my kids to get burnt and possibly be at greater risk for developing cancer. A bottle cost £5.99 instead of the usual £11.99 which is a really good savings in my opinion. Boots Soltan say that this, "extra water resistant, easily-absorbed sun spray is specially formulated for your child's vulnerable and sensitive skin, with gentle, hypoallergenic odourless insect and wasp protection it provides continuous moisturisation and helps to reduce dryness. Like I've said above, I find this spray really easy to use. I can quickly spray it onto their exposed parts before they wriggle away which is much better than having to squeeze a lotion out of the bottle. The spray does disperse nice and easily over the skin and I find this lotion rubs into their skin quite easily too. It's a little bit sticky like most sun tan lotions are but I really like the fact that it is water resistant. We have tested this out in our paddling pool and I have to say it did a really good job of staying put even when they got soaked. The spray is white and looks quite thin when you first spray it on to their skin but once you start to rub it in it gets a bit thicker and covers their skin well I find. What I like about this cream is that it is SPF 50 which is very high sun protection factor. Yes, our kids do need some sun and some vitamin D but I wouldn't dream of covering them in anything less than factor 50 when they are out in the blaring sun. In fact according to the packaging, Soltan say that, "All Soltan sun products have been awarded a maximum five-star rating against deep-down skin damage caused by UVA rays." The spray has an ok smell, it smells like most sun tan lotions to be honest so it's fine. You cannot smell the insect repellant but I'm sure its there and we are looking forward to testing that portion out this summer when we go to Arizona but I'm glad to know its there as those mozzies can be lethal! A great way to protect your children in the sun.
Before finding Avon's brilliant waterproof suncream for kids, I used to use Soltan Kids Suncare Spray with insect repellent from Boots. At 50+ SPF I was pleased that not only would my daughter be protected from the sun, she would also have some protection for wasps and other nasties ready to sting and bite. It costs £10.75 per bottle but it is currently on buy one get one free. The spray came in a 200ml bright yellow (almost orange) bottle with a big chunky spray nozzle. It reminds me of window cleaner. You cannot see what is in the bottle which is a little bit annoying as I like to be able to see how much product I have left. You have to twist the nozzle to make it spray but once you do that it is always ready. The packaging says that the spray comes out green and is green on the skin so that you know which parts are not covered but this did not spray green when I sprayed it on my daughter (much to her disappointment as she wanted to look like one of the aliens out of Toy Story!). I did find that when you sprayed it, it just came out in a long and steady stream rather than a cloud of spray. The stream made it harder for me to apply and after looking for an option on the nozzle to see if you could change it I was disappointed that you couldn't. I found that it rubbed in quite well when on the skin and absorbed quicker than I thought it would. I didn't find it too greasy either which makes a change with sun sprays such as these. I found my daughter was very well protected when using this spray, so protected that her skin stayed the same colour as it had been before she went out into the sun. This is really strong and protecting stuff. I did notice occassionally that there were some wasps about but nothing went near my daughter. I am not sure if this is just luck or if the repellent in this sunspray was actually working. I would like to think it did work. Overall I was impressed with this product though a little bit disappointed with the lack of green colour as promised on the back of the bottle and that the nozzle just sprayed into a stream rather than a cloud of spray. I am giving this product 3 stars out of 5.
I found it very hard to find a suitable sun block for my daughter when she was little as she had very sensitive skin with eczema on her face and arms. In the end I found that a Marks and Spencer's sun block helped or a Boots brand Soltan that is now discontinued however she did grow out of her eczema and can use nearly any sun block now. This summer I was going through the same dilemma with my two year old son who has more sensitive skin then my daughter and more severe eczema then she ever had. Over the last two summers I have tried at least 5 different brands to see if it suits his skin, as his eczema really flares up in the sun. I tried Marks and Spencer's for kids that worked well for my daughter but he had a skin reaction as soon as I applied it and I had to wash it off and he at times just had to stay out of the sun as I could not find a suitable product. I tried Nivea for babies and three other products and then a mother recommended the Boot's make Soltan for kids so I remembered to look for it next time I visited Boots. I went to Boots and saw they were doing a buy one get one free offer, I chose Soltan Kids 50+ with insect and wasp repellent. I thought it was a good idea they had insect repellent in the product too as when we go on holiday it will help and in London there are many wasps around. It cost me £10.75 but I could get another free Soltan product at the time. The sun block comes in a spray form which I think is a very good idea. It has a safety tag under the spray to prevent kids from experimenting with it. My kids became fascinated as it was in spray form and whenever I apply it want to do it themselves so I think having a safety device on it is worthwhile. Once applied in it invisible but leaves a slight greasy oily affect which does not look bad. I remember my daughters Soltan sun cream 5 years ago which was highly visible, which does have a benefit of not missing spots but hard to fade in. The biggest benefit was that it did not make my son come out in a huge rash, he does have eczema anyway but I don't think this product made it particularly worse then it is therefore will say it suited and agreed with his skin. He was able to enjoy the sun more due to this product and I had a the added reassurance of it having insect repellent as well. The product comes in a 200ml spray form. I do think it will finish quite quickly having two children and it is a bit pricey. Not only does it have a factor 50+ which I am assuming is one of the highest UVB filter but a five star UVA which will block out the other type of sun damage leading to premature aging and sun induced rashes. It also has a patented antioxidant complex to help boost the skin's natural defence against sun damage. Overall looks like a valuable sun block. After purchasing this product for the £10.75 I saw that in places online like eBay you can buy the same product for a bargain price of a couple of pounds. Mostly it is people that have over bought the product for holidays and do not require so cheap deals may not necessarily be around.
Having recently been on holiday to South Africa and knowing that the temperature was likely to be very hot, one of my priorities was to make sure that my daughters' skin would be well protected. I've always been happy with the Boots Soltan range which seems to be as effective as other brands but at half the cost, so I went on the Boots website to see what I could find. Eventually I settled on the Soltan Kids 50+ SPF moisturising sun care spray. This also has an insect and wasp repellent which was also very useful. It comes as a spray with a sort of trigger mechanism at the top. On first use you need to activate the spray but after that you can just use it. I was slightly disappointed with the way the spray came out as it was a very thin stream and I think I was expecting more of a rose effect. I'm not sure whether this was just due to the spray that I had or if there is a knack that I never quite achieved. However, in order to make sure that your child's skin is very well protected you do need to spray liberally. If you do this all over you should apparently get about 13 full applications from the container. The spray is white and quite thick but definitely not as thick as any of the children's sun creams. It actually rubs in quite well and is absorbed into the skin quite soon. I also found that I did not greatly feel the need to wash the residue off my hands afterwards as I always do if we use a cream. I was also extremely impressed by just how effective the spray was as a sun screen. I felt that looking at my daughters' skin that they had been fully protected although I did feel very guilty when I noticed that I had missed a bit on my youngest daughter and you could definitely see the difference. The spray is also designed to prevent long term effects from the sun too which I think is a very good thing. On the website, in the product description it states: 'Soltan Kids Suncare Spray SPF 50 contains a triple action advanced system. Combining a blend of photostable UVA and UVB filters and a patented antioxidant complex to help neutralise free radicals caused by exposure to the sun whilst providing 5 star protection. Soltan Kids Suncare Spray SPF 50 contains antioxidant Vitamins C & E to support skin's natural defences. While protecting your child's skin cells' DNA to reduce the risks of long-term skin damage and premature ageing.' The girls also did not get bitten by any insects but I am not sure whether this was the effectiveness of the spray or just that there weren't really any about! In the product description it also states that this goes on the skin as a green colour but this was definitely not the case with this spray. It would be very useful though because then you would be very unlikely to miss bits. Overall this is a pretty effective spray that I would recommend if you need to protect your child's, or even you own, skin from the sun. I can't give it five stars because of the tricky spraying mechanism but this could have just been a fault with this one. At the moment there is a very good deal at www.boots.com because you can buy the 200ml bottle for £10.99 but as it is part of a selected Soltan BOGOF offer, you can buy another one free!