“ Brand: Boots / Type: Tanning / Subcategory: Tanning Spray / What it does: Moisturizes, „
I often buy our Sun protection from Avon but although I knew plenty in advance that we were going on holiday I left my hubby's sun cream to the last minute and couldn't wait for the Avon book to come back. So I went to my local branch of Boots and picked this one up.
There was quite a few different Sun Creams to choose from and thy were all on a buy one get one free offer which seems to be on in Boots quite often. This comes in a 200ml bottle and cost £10.99 which I think is a bit expensive but since you are getting 2 for that then it doesn't sound as bad. This Suncream covers all factors from factor 8 up to factor 50 so I for every skin type.
The bottle loos like the picture on here. Just a simple bottle where you squirt to get the cream out then rub the cream into your skin. The cream is a medium thickness and easy to rub in. This doesn't take long to soak in either. This has the normal Sun Cream kind of scent. It isn't that strong smelling and just a light creamy moisturising cream sort of scent which lingers. It isn't unpleasant.
I used thus a couple of times on holiday too and had found it to do a good job. It does exactly what it is meant to do anyway.
Any bad bits to this Cream? Well after using Creams for years I changed to sprays last year and I do prefer Clear sprays these day due to them being quick and easy to apply. Although this Cream isn't as messy to apply compared to a Cream that you tip out it still takes time to apply and rub this in then wash your hands. Not such a big deal if you apply in the house but what if you are outside?
This is a good enough cream and we will use this again on our upcoming holiday but I think it will be clear sprays all the way for us from now on.
I recently went on holiday to the Canary Islands where the temperature was much better than here in England. We had glorious sunshine day in day out, and as much as I love sunbathing, I also know the risks which come along with it. My skin is quite fair, so can burn easily if not protected, so I always stock up on plenty of sun tan lotion as I'd rather be safe than sorry. My mom had always preached about how good the Boots' own Soltan sun lotions were, so I picked up their moisturising sun care spray.
Obviously as this is a Boots' own branded product, it is only available in their stores and online on their website. The RRP of this sun spray is £10.99 which I think is very expensive, but all sun lotions tend to be quite steep anyway. I would never pay full price for this as I think it is too expensive. I got a deal on mine which was buy 1 get 1 free, and this is still currently on (Sep 2012). It is worth stocking up on these when these deals are on as it can save you a fortune.
The sun spray comes as shown in the image. It is a predictable looking sun protection spray, all yellow in colour with all the usual details scrawled across it. It is quite a hefty bottle being 200ml, so in a way you do get your moneys worth. The only problem with it being bigger than other sun creams is that it makes it heavier to carry around with you, but this did not bother me as I planned to be relaxing rather than walking on my holiday!
Because of my fairer skin, and because of the risks of burning, I opted for an SPF 30 which I think is a good protection for an adult, and I still managed to tan whilst using this. The good thing about the Soltan range of these sprays is that there are a whole host of SPF's to suit your needs. It is available in:
* SPF 8
* SPF 15
* SPF 30
* SPF 50+
This makes it suitable for those who want a lower protection and want to focus on tanning. But the option of 50+ in SPF is fantastic as this is great for all the family, especially young children. I was really impressed with the range as it really caters for everyone's needs.
To use this, you simply have to remove the lid and spray directly to the body and rub in. The spray comes out with a nice amount and at a good speed. Give it a good shake before applying for the best results. I have used the Soltan creams before and have been impressed, but this spray is just fantastic. It is so convenient and much less messy than using a cream. I just squirt it all over the body and rub in quickly. It is great if you just want to reapply a quick fix on perhaps your shoulders or one particular area without making a mess. The ease of use with this is just fantastic.
As far as the scent of this product goes, there is a typical sun tan lotion fragrance to it. However, it is quite subtle which is nice, and it isn't one of those absurd fruity or coconut fragranced sun products. It smells nice, but nothing special. One thing I was really impressed with was that is is not sticky. Many spray sun lotions which I have used prior to this left me feeling quite sticky and uncomfortable for a good while after application. This soaks into the skin quickly and easily, and means you can put clothes on straight away without the awkward stickiness.
I could already tell from my first few uses that this was a fantastic, high quality sun spray. However, the icing on the cake for me was how water resistant this is. Many sun products claim to be water resistant, but I seem to burn the worst when I am in water - whether this be the sea or swimming pool on holiday. This sun lotion stuck to my skin during long lengths in water, and you could still feel that it was on. Fantastic, and definitely a safe one for using on kids who go in the pool a lot.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this sun spray to all. The only reason I will knock off one star is due to its high price, however if you can get it on offer I would really recommend doing so. It is a high quality sun spray, and definitely one of the best I have ever used. It seems our summer in the UK is nearly over (was it ever here)? However, I will be sure to stock up for holidays in the future and summers to come. Thanks for reading.
I must spend pounds+++ each year on sun lotions and sprays. Since I spend so much time out in the open gardening ( I do my own and two as a volunteer) I really do need to use good sun protection for the whole summer long if I am not going to end up a wrinkly leathery old dame.
I had already bought the M&S lotion and discarded it because it made everywhere feel really greasy. I hate going out, even into gardens, with a shiny greasy face.
There was an offer on at Boots for this Soltan Light Mist so thought I would give this one a go.
+++What It Is+++
There is 150mls of the product in a metal recyclable container. The blurb says that it is has a 50+ protection rating, that it is water resistant and is easily absorbed into the skin. Also it claims to be non-pore blocking and moisturizing. As you can use it as a spray on your hand, to rub in, or a spray to direct at different areas of the body it is able to 'spray at all angles'.
The can also gives the useful advice -"Use approx 2-3 tablespoons for the whole body". (I never had a clue how much lotion was enough to provide a good protection before.)
+++Using the Spray+++
As I always apply my sun lotion in my bedroom I sprayed the lotion into my hand and applied it only to the parts of my body which would be exposed to the sun. If you are lucky enought to be lying on a sun-lounger by the side of a pool or on the beach then the spray application can be used to the full directly on all parts of the body.
You are told to apply 15minutes before going out into the sun and then every 1-2 hours - however I have only applied it once per day and have suffered no sunburn or redness in temperatures of 80 degrees+.
+++What I Like Most About this Product+++
It is light and only has a slight fragrance. It is easy to apply, both into the hand and onto the body areas.
The best thing though is that it REALLY IS NON-GREASY and this is the first sun product of this strength which I have found does not leave your face shining with oil. Therefore you can easily apply make-up over the top as you would normally do. I just hope, that now I have found a good product which works, they do not take it off the shelf next year.
It seems that the moment I decide to review my sun care product that the sun has decided to take his hat off and vanish! Whilst I do not wish to discuss the effects of the sun's harmful rays I wish to stress the importance of using protection when exposing ourselves (no rude comments please!). I have burned my fair skin on so many occasions and one that will stick in my mind forever more was when I travelled to Malgrat, Spain with Ferris coaches for my 18th birthday. As my friend and I had spent almost 36 hours travelling and were absolutely exhausted, we did a very foolish thing and decided to catch up on our sleep on the beach, but we failed to use sun protection. I fell asleep on my stomach for five hours whilst wearing a bikini and woke up to sunburn in places that I did not know the sun could even reach! To cut a long story short, I was in absolute agony and my birthday celebrations resulted in me having to get extremely drunk so I couldn't feel the pain!
Fortunately, I have never since experienced such levels of sunburn and am far more cautious although I often get rather burned around my neck and chest. Therefore, it was essential that I found a high quality sun care product with a high factor and this review discusses my experience with using Boots Soltan Moisturising Suncare Spray Factor 50+.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
When I initially went in search of a new sun care product during the summer of last year I felt extremely overwhelmed at the huge range of products from which to choose. Although I knew that I required a high factor product I had no idea whatsoever of the quality of the various ranges and I basically looked at the prices and opted for Soltan, which was situated in the average to high price range. The packaging itself is quite unique due to its' unusual shape and as with the majority of sun care products it is bright yellow in colour. The bottle is fairly slim in shape and tapers to a curvy point at the top identical to that of the after sun in the same range, which I have previously reviewed. There is a groove either side of the upper section, which is situated below the lid to enable an easy grip when dispensing. We are provided with considerable information on the reverse of the bottle where we are advised on how to use the product together with details of its' benefits.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING SOLTAN SUNCARE
What I favour with this product is that it is a spray as opposed to a lotion, which needs to be dispensed onto the hand for rubbing into the skin. The yellow opaque lid is easily removed and firmly clips back into place after use. To initially use, the pump dispenser needs to be pressed several times to enable the lotion to be drawn into the unit and the first time I used this I expected it to deliver a fine mist, but was pleasantly surprised to see a good amount of lotion, which was off-white in colour. The fragrance is extremely favourable and does not smell of coconut, which is a real hatred of mine with sun products, particularly after a rather unpleasant experience with an excessive amount of Malibu many years ago! I cannot state that its' aroma is similar to any sun care products that I have previously used, as it reminds me of an ordinary body lotion and is well suited to both sexes. I wouldn't know where to start to describe the aroma, as I cannot recognise any particular fragrance, but I can state that it is not floral.
The directions for use are that the lotion is applied 15 minutes before exposure to the sun and a real positive is that it is fast absorbing with no greasiness or stickiness. Whilst I cannot advise that I have measured the product in this manner, Boots recommend that 2 to 3 tablespoons be applied to the entire body every 1 - 2 hours, particularly after swimming. Due to my skin being so fair and my reluctance to expose my entire body to the sun a bottle lasts me a good time, particularly as I am applying only to my arms, neck, chest, face and feet. However, Boots advise that when applying to the entire body the bottle will be sufficient for 6 applications.
I cannot praise this product highly enough as it offers me total reassurance when exposing limited areas of my bare flesh to the sun and I know I am using a high quality product. The product is water resistant and includes patented antioxidant complex to assist in the long-term protection of skin damage. Whilst I am unable to evidence this claim, Boots advise that the product is non-pore blocking. As I suffer with T-Zone skin I was rather apprehensive about applying the lotion to my face, but I am pleased to confirm that it did not cause greasiness or give me any unwanted spots. The product should be kept away from the eyes and dispensed onto the hand for application to the face. With constant application as per the directions, I suffer minimal or no burning with thoroughly moisturised skin although I have to admit that I have forgotten to apply on a few occasions. After exposing my skin to the sun and when back indoors I always apply the matching after sun to ensure that my skin receives a moisture boost.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
The list of ingredients is considerably lengthy and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying it into my review. However, I can confirm that I have no suffered any adverse reactions when using. You may not be aware that all of Boots Soltan sun protection products have been awarded a five star rating for their ability to prevent skin damage due to the sun's harmful UVA rays. The product should be used within 18 months of opening and the container can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Soltan Moisturising Suncare Spray can be obtained from Boots with a 200 ml bottle costing £9.25 and a 400 ml bottle costing £15.49. However, Boots currently have an offer where you can buy two products from the range and receive the second one free. This offer was ideal for my husband and I, as we were able to replenish our stock with a 50+ factor for me and a 30+ factor for him.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.