Each summer when the sun starts to come out I find myself rushing out to buy some sun cream. I have very pale skin so if I forget to wear suncream I usually end up with a burnt nose and the Rudolph look isn''t too attractive! For as long as I can remember I have always chosen the Boots own brand sun cream Soltan Face in SPF 30 and it seems to work fine. The small tube contains 50ml of sun cream which is not much if you are regularly out in the sun but I tend to stay inside most of the time so the few times I do go out it is plenty for me. It is recommended that you use one teaspoons worth for the face and neck, I am not sure that I use that much though so maybe that''s another reason why it lasts me a while. When opening the lid the smell always reminds me of summer and I think it is a really nice smell, I suppose it just smells of regular sun cream though! The cream is a good consistency and is easy to rub in. The one thing I don''t like about sun creams is the greasy look you are often left with but I don''t find this one too greasy at all. I had not noticed before reading the packaging that the cream not only protects you from the sun with factor 30 and a five star UVA but it is also moisturising. I had noticed how my skin was much better in the summer whilst using this as I don''t generally make any effort to moisturise in the winter months. The sun cream protects the skin from long term damage and premature ageing from the sun which sounds good and it seems to do a good job but not really sure you could prove that. As long as I don''t go red in the summer then I am happy with the product. The only issue I have with this product is that it does seem to be a little sticky after the suncream has been rubbed in. The suncream should be applied 15 minutes before going out into the sun and lasts for 1 to 2 hours which is not too long, long enough for me though (just about), and must be reapplied after you have been in water. Overall I think this is a pretty good suncream and a reasonable price, I don''t think you can go wrong with Boots Soltan.
The suntan lotion that I use without fail every single year, and have done for the past 15 years or so now, is Riemann's P20. I use P20 everywhere apart from my face, I find P20 to be slightly too greasy on my face, it just seems to sit on my face and not sink in.
I'm not brand loyal, like I am with P20, to any one particular sunscreen lotion for my face. I tend to swap and change each year, going off recommendations, sunscreens on offer, or ones that come with free gifts! Earlier this year I picked up a Boots Soltan Face Sunscreen in Boots just prior to our holiday. My choice this time was purely based on price.
The Boots Soltan Face range comes in 4 different SPF's; SPF 15, SPF 30, and SPF 50+. I bought the highest factor; SPF 50+. Each SPF was £8.99 at full price, but the Soltan range was on offer at half price when I bought mine so I paid just £4.49. The Soltan Face range comes in 50ml tubes.
I have very pale skin, milk bottle white skin in fact, with tonnes of freckles. And I never tan, at all. I do however burn very very easily, and so a suntan lotion with a very high SPF is an absolute must for me, hence why I chose the SPF 50+.
The Soltan Face SPF 50+ sunscreen states that it's a moisturising suncare cream, with ultra UV-aging defence. It states that its SPF and UVB protection is very high, and that it has a 5 star UVA protection - the highest UVA rating. It states that it's suitable for all skin types, and that it's dermatologically tested.
The tube states that you should use approximately 1 teaspoon (so approx 5ml) to cover your face and neck, so you'd get around 20 applications out of the 50ml tube. It states that you should apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before going out into the sun, and then reapply when in the sun and then every 1-2 hours and always after swimming or towelling. The Soltan Face sunscreen isn't waterproof.
The sunscreen is quite a rich thick cream, and it's yellowy/white in colour. The yellowy/white colour does help slightly with ensuring that you cover your whole face and neck and don't miss any patches, as it does take a little while to ensure that all of the sunscreen is rubbed in. I found that the recommended 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to cover your face and neck was far too much, half of that was more than adequate for me.
The sunscreen had really quite a weird chemically fragrance, in fact it was actually quite a sickly fragrance, luckily though the odd fragrance didn't really linger on my skin.
The thick cream did 'seem' to sink into my skin easily enough, I say 'seem' as it did all massage in and sink it, but it did then leave a sticky and greasy film on top of my skin. It wasn't possible to use any less to try and eliminate the sticky and greasy film as then I wouldn't have then had enough sunscreen on my face to ensure adequate protection from the sun. The sticky and greasy film seemed to stay on my skin all day, and just actually got worse when I topped up the sunscreen.
The sunscreen is suitable to use underneath make-up, but the sticky and greasy film on my skin even started to seep through my make-up.
I suppose on the positive side though it didn't dry my skin out! It also didn't irritate my skin, or cause any breakouts - surprisingly enough considering that sticky and greasy film on my skin. It also did do it's intended job well, and my face didn't burn at all whilst using this.
Another drawback to the sunscreen is that it does stain clothes, I ended up with yellowish stains around the necks of various tops from using this sunscreen.
I actually only ended up using this for the first 4 or 5 days of our holiday, by that point I'd had enough of the sticky and greasy film that it left, and the fact that it was staining all of my clothes. I ditched it at that point, and bought another sunscreen instead - Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense For Face SPF 50, which I absolutely loved, and which I'll review next.
I wouldn't buy the Soltan Face sunscreen again, and I wouldn't recommend it.
I am rather obsessed with the make-up artist Lisa Eldridge and her video tutorials. I really value and trust her opinion and she seems like a really lovely person as well! As well as providing make-up look tutorials she also on occasion gives skincare advice. A while ago I watched a video by her all about sun screen and how important it is to protect your skin year round. I was aware that sun is harmful to the skin but living in Scotland and being young and carefree I never thought that this really applied to me! Lisa's video was a little bit of a skincare wake-up call and I decided that prevention is better than cure and I went out to buy some sunscreen.
As I was really low on funds at this time I wanted something relatively cheap but would still do the job. I decided to go for Boots own brand sun care line Soltan as it was reasonably priced, was marketed specifically as a face sunscreen and was only 50ml so if it didn't work for me I hadn't committed to a massive amount of product.
--What the sunscreen promises to deliver--
I chose the Soltan sunscreen because it promised both UVA and UVB protection whilst some of the other sunscreens offered one or the other. UVB rays have long been known about and they are the rays that make your skin go red and cause DNA damage. UVA rays go deeper and penetrate the base layers of your skin also causing DNA damage, beaking down the collagen in the skin and causing lines, wrinkles and sun spots. It comes in a small travel size tube which is perfect for travelling and it has had a bit of a makeover since the Dooyoo product picture it is now in delightful bright yellow packaging!
The packaging recommends a teaspoon amount to cover the entire face and exposed neck. I apply after cleansing my face every morning and use it instead of moisturiser as I have oily skin and I have found that this works for me. If you have dry skin or want the benefits of your moisturiser as well as your sunscreen then you should apply your sunscreen after your moisturiser. I have found that I have to wait around 5 minutes or so for it to sink in completely and then I am good to go!
I obviously cannot say what the long term preventative effects of this sunscreen are (I'll have to update this review when I'm 35!) but it suits my everyday concerns and needs. Despite having oily skin this sunscreen makes a rather great make-up base! It doesn't leave a white cast and you would not know I was wearing sunscreen. Most importantly, for me, it doesn't break me out which was a real concern for me as I didn't want to prevent one skin problem whilst exacerbating my acne!
I am really impressed with this sun screen, I have also tried the 15spf version and although the consistency is a little different it performs just as well. You can pick this up from Boots for a reasonable 4.49 for 50ml, I have already re-purchased and I intend to do so for a long time!
Reason for buying
I got this last year when it was quite hot and intended to use it under make-up.
Soltan is boots own range of sun products.
It cost me £8.75 and that is the same price shown on site here: http://www.boots.com/en/Soltan-Face-SPF-​50-50ml_35561/
It's actually 50SPF but the scale doesn't go further than 30SPF.
It's a high factor meaning it'll give the most sun protection possible.
Despite it saying 'non-greasy' on the front of the tube i actually think it is quite greasy. It has quite a mucky light brown colour but when you distribute it it looks more white. It smooths into the skin quite well and drys quite fast although you still feel residue (like a lot of sun cream products i've tried).
If you're using it on your body it stays put for quite long but could come off if you were swimming for example. If applying underneath make-up you can definitely feel it's there and does make your face feel more oily/wet, which is not a good thing. It absorbs into the skin quicker if you apply less but longer if you apply more.
The smell is bearable and not too strong. It smells like a typical sun cream.
The tube is small but should last over one summer or for a short holiday if everyone's using it. It is quite costly for a suncream but most seem to be expensive and this is a high factor offering more protection.
I tried to use this product but i can't overlook the fact it irritates me and not a lot of skin products do. It makes my eyes water up just wearing it on the face. On the body if you were to rub your eye it would really sting.
I feel like i'd wasted my money on a suncream i'd never use. In future i'd opt for another range because based on my experience with this one they're not a good product.
I wasn't impressed with the way it left your skin feeling. It might contain a 'triple action formula which helps to neutralise free radicals' but that's of no use to anyone if you can't bare to use the product.
Photos below showing the suncream
(sorry for the poor quality)
Other products from this range
I haven't tried any myself but they sell other products such as after sun, self tan etc here: http://www.boots.com/en/Soltan/
Boots Soltan Face can be purchased in SPF30 and SPF50, 50ml for £8.95 at Boots stores or Boots online www.boots.co.uk. Most of the time you can get a Buy one get one free on Soltan products and this product is included in the offer. Soltan is a Boots created company and is only available in Boots. If you purchase online, it can be reserved and picked up in store or delivered for an extra £2.90.
I have been using Boots Soltan Face Spf 50 for a year now and have repurchased a few times in Boots. I use it on the bridge of my nose and around the eyes all year round and it has really stopped those areas from burning, peeling or turning a darker shade as they used to before I began using this product. It also has a pleasant fragrance that is not too sweet or over-bearing.
The consistency is quite thick and greasy and definitely not 'light' and 'easily absorbed' as claimed on the packaging. It takes a while to sink in to your skin and dissapear, and even after that, it leaves your skin feeling like there is a layer on there. If you do not want such a thick cream on your face, I recommend mixing a little into your moisturiser or foundation as it has a strong spf factor so will still do the job in this way, and you will not have to experience the greasy feeling.
However, I have very dry, dull skin and I have found that using this on my face as a make-up primer leaves it looking and feeling dewy and plump as it really is continuously-moisturising as claimed and due to the feeling it leaves behind on your skin, makes me look and feel like I have healthy smooth skin. I have found it works as a great base for blusher due to its thicker consistency, and I find myself reaching for it for this purpose more often than for sun protection.
One more thing is that be careful not to get this in your eyes as it will sting, make them water and look red, which is not comfortable. If you are going to apply in that area, pat on like you would do an eye cream instead of rubbing and you won't get any in your eyes.
review also posted on ciao under the same name
I am naturally pale and I love it - I shrink away from the prospect of any sort of suntan, and all my mam's attempts to slap a bit of colour on me (for example by buying me 'summer glow' body lotions) are met with stony resistance. One way I maintain my 'pale and interesting' look is by always using factor 50 suncream in the summer, on both my face and body, and applying it religiously!
Boots Soltan is one of the few ranges I have found that actually make factor 50 suncream, and at reasonable prices too - this product cost me around £8 but I got it on a BOGOF offer (Soltan products seem to be permanently on this offer!). This particular product, the Soltan Face Anti-Ageing Sun Defence Cream in factor 50, comes in a white tube with an orange lid. It's 50ml, so it's suitable to be taken in hand luggage on a plane. The product claims to offer 'Advanced Triple Protection Against Long-Term Skin Damage', and claims to be non-greasy and suitable for sensitive skin.
It's hard to assess the validity of the first claim, as I am still only 24 and any 'long term' sun damage won't, hopefully, have happened yet. However, I must say that I have never had any sun tan whatsoever, let alone sunburn, while using this suncream. I normally only apply it once a day, as otherwise it ruins my makeup, though when abroad or in very hot weather I might add a second lot halfway through the day. The results speak for themselves - my skin is pretty good generally, but I definitely can't detect any sun damage (to be fair you probably can't detect it with the naked eye anyway!). I must point out here that I never sunbathe and I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible, however sometimes it's unavoidable (e.g. when you're on holiday and need to travel around) and I certainly can't fault this product on its sun protection score.
The third claim, that it is suitable for sensitive skin, is also true. I have sensitive skin and have never experienced any sort of itchiness or irritation with this product.
Unfortunately, the product completely fails to fulfil its second claim, that of being non-greasy. It is the greasiest thing I have ever applied on my face - it is so shiny you could practically see your reflection in it! I have to apply quite a lot of powder over the top to tone down the shine, which isn't the best thing in the summer when you would prefer to be wearing less makeup. I have definitely come out in a few spots because of this lotion, too.
I am going to give this Soltan lotion four stars - it fulfils its primary purpose - that of sun protection - admirably, and is suitable for sensitive skin to boot. Though I hate the shininess, I would rather have shiny skin and a few spots than a suntan and permanently damaged skin. That said, if I can find a suntan lotion for the face which is factor 50 and isn't greasy, then I will be buying that instead!
Soltan - Face
Soltan is Boots' own brand of suncream. I have used this product for a few years as I think it is good practice to have a suncream which especially caters for the potentially sensitive skin on your face. I tend to use a higher SPF on my face (30+), than on my body anyway, as I have a number of moles and Soltan has the added bonus of having the highest possible protection from UVA rays.
It isn't cheap, just like the rest of the Soltan range, but it is always advisable to buy products from this range quite early in the season while they are still on buy one get one free.
This product in the range has a number of key points which are different from the regular body suncream. It is slightly tinted, which you can see as you squeeze it out - this is meant to give it a tinted moisturiser effect without makeup, which it does. It is meant to be suitable to wear under make-up but I would say that because of the greasy texture which is somewhat inevitable with suncream, if you do wear make-up such as foundation - it is worth giving it an extra dose of face powder, both to seal it and to ensure that you get rid of as much shine as possible.
Another thing which is good about this is that if it does get into your eyes, either through sweating down or through rubbing your eyes accidentally, it doesn't sting to anywhere the intensity of the body cream
It comes in a variety of SPFs, from low to very high which is brilliant - so that you can adjust your SPF to where you will be spending time outside.
The cream goes on really well, and you don't need an excessive amount for each application. There is a greasy finish but it does absorb quite well, well enough to layer on more every hour or so.
For the average working person who is only out in the sunshine at weekends and maybe a couple of weeks in the summer, you should only need 2 or 3 I imagine, depending on how active you are or in and out of the water you will be.
The packaging is compact and fits easily in a handbag as a standby in-case the weather turns out better than you expected.
In conclusion, I am really happy with this product and will continue to use it.
I got this free one I bought the 2 other Soltan products from Boots. I needed a factor 50+ as I was going to china with my husband during a particularly sunny time.
I love the smell of this face cream. I don't think i've come across another high sun factor face cream on the market (or at least one that was pleasant enough in smell to put on my face) and I was pleasantly surprised about this. The smell is quite floral and reminds me of many of the other normal face cream products out there.
The cream reminds me of foundation and is smooth and easy to absorb. However, as with other sun factor cream, I find it does star greasy for a while, giving you a greasy shine on your face which is very prominant on holiday snaps!
However, this is a much better product to put on your face. Being nearer to your nose, you want to smell something pleasant - the rest of the Soltan range doesn't have a particular smell and is very greasy! Regardless, it does what it says on the outside and both my husband and I didn't burn.
Face Care / This anti-ageing sun defence cream contains a triple action formula which helps to neutralise free radicals /