“ Brand: Boots / Type: Sun Stick „
I think it is really important to sue use screen and especially on those delicate areas of skin that otherwise might be forgotten such as the ears and the lips. I also suffer really badly from cold sores which are triggered by UV light so for me it is especially important to use a lip balm with added sunscreen on holiday and in general when it is really sunny otherwise I will break out in cold sores. Boot's Soltan is a brand which I like as I appreciate that it has 5 star UVA protection and for me I buy it as it is a good brand more than the fact it is an own brand as it usually isn't much cheaper when paying full price for Soltan products unless of course they are on offer. For instance the moisturising suncare stick is £3.99 which puts it at and above a lot of other brands. The moisturising suncare stick is basically just a lip balm which comes with a high SPF of 30. It isn't flavoured or tinted so it is suitable for both men and women to use. You use this just how you would any other balm by twisting the base until the balm comes out the top and then just apply it to your lips. I like this because it doesn't feel heavy and make my lips look chalky white. Instead of just sitting on the top of my lips this actually feels as though it soaks down a little which feels more comfortable. It is also moisturising so it stops my lips from feeling parched and drying out when in the sun. I can apply this and my lips feel moisturised and comfortable for at least an hour afterwards before I have to think about reapplying. I could probably leave it longer and they would still feel moisturised but I like to make sure and reapply frequently so that the sun protection is at its maximum. This particular lip balm doesn't just rub off with the slightest lick of my lips or by taking a drink from a glass unlike some other cheaper balms. It is actually waterproof but to be honest if I am swimming or anything I always reapply anyway as it does take away some of the effectiveness of it even if it still feels moisturised. As well as using this on my lips I also use areas that are more sensitive to the sun such as the tips of my ears and also my hairline which might seem weird but I always tend to burn there first. Because of the shape this is much easier to accurately apply it to areas such as these really quickly and it does work to stop them from getting burnt. Even with sunscreen on these areas are still susceptible to the sun and going red but the last time I went on holiday I took this with me and made sure to apply it to these areas and didn't go red once. I do think this is slightly expensive especially considering that it is an own brand but also I do think it is a higher quality to a lot of lip balms which contain an spf as it feels much more comfortable on my lips and does stop them from drying out in the sun and also it just feels nicer and less thick and sticky. It protects fantastically and I have never had any of the areas I have used it on burnt while wearing it and also I have had no cold sores while wearing it. Although £3.99 is a little bit much for what is basically a lip balm Boot's are really good at selling their Soltan products at half price during the summer and I got this for £1.99. I will definitely be buying this again as I was really impressed with it.
Years ago, I bought two Boots sun protection lip balms, which I absolutely adored - not only were they effective but they tasted of delicious vanilla. As they wore to their natural end, I kept looking out for them in Boots stores of all sizes and locations but resigned myself to the fact that they no longer made it. Imagine my delight when I spotted this product in Boots at the airport on the way to my last holiday! Despite the fact I'd bought a new one recently which was hardly used, I still bought one in the sure and certain hope that this was the holy lip-balm grail I'd been seeking. Sadly it wasn't the case! The balm is a similar creamy white colour but the taste is simply non-existent. The balm isn't even slightly scented. Boo hiss. Of course, I'm being harsh - an unpleasant or overly-suncreamy smell/taste seems to be more the norm for these things, and personally I actually prefer the lack of smell/taste to anything fragranced or scented on my lips. When applied, there is the feintest taste of suncare products, but I'm literally eating the balm off my lips as I type in order to report that! The stick is a standard size of 5g and about 8cm long which means it's very small to keep in a pocket or purse. It works the same as any lip balm or lipstick by twisting the bottom to get the balm to pop up the required amount. In terms of its SPF integrity, the balm has an SPF of 30, again pretty typical of its competitors and it also has the bonus of being 5-star UVA rated, which is the maximum possible. I had no problems of lips threatening to blister, in fact they did feel quite moisturised. Applying the balm it feels a bit greasy at first but this sensation quickly goes away. I do develop a bit of a 'tic' reapplying lip balm in the sun, so I probably use more than I need to, but when it's applied, it does feel quite rich so I'm sure it would last quite well without constantly reapplying. I think I paid £2.29 for this lip balm, so it's not cheap, but it does its job.