THE PRODUCT: This particular sun spray is called Protect & Tan becomes it claims to support the skin?s natural tanning ability. I actually had a Piz Buin spray at home which is meant to help enhance the skin?s natural tanning as well and I have found it to be quite good. I was hoping that boots own version was going to be reasonably good as well. Soltan spray has been formulated with an innovative ingredient that helps to stimulate the body?s natural tanning production. They claim that the spray is light and disappears into your skin leaving a no sticky residue. It provides continuous moisturisation for silky-soft skin which helps to prevent peeling. This product has been awarded a maximum of five stars against deep-down skin damage caused by UVA rays. The lotion is also water resistant and has been dermatologically tested. PRICE/AVAIALBILITY: I purchased a 200ml bottle of this from my local Boots store for 7.00 as it?s currently on offer for half price. Otherwise the product is priced at 14.00. This spray comes in a factor 8, 15 and 30. USING THE PRODUCT: I shook the bottle well before use and applied it at least 15mins before going out into the sun. The spray comes out in a fine mist but you can see that it?s white in colour. It has that typical sun cream smell to it but I don?t mind this. I found the spray easy to rub into my skin without it feeling sticky. I took a good 10mins applying this product to the areas of my skin that would be exposed to the sun. It states to re-apply this again when in the sun and then every 1-2hours. The spray actually made my skin look moisturised and healthy which I was pleased with as it wasn?t left feeling greasy or sticky. I was out and about in the sun for a few hours before re-applying the product to my arms, chest and back again. I probably didn?t need to apply it again because I wasn?t directly in the sun and tried to stay in the shade but I didn?t think it would hurt applying more of the product anyway. When getting back to the hotel at the end of the day I was glad to see that my skin hadn?t burnt and it still looked and felt moisturised. My skin didn?t look any different in terms of a tan though and no colour had started to develop. I was a little disappointed by this, although the main thing was that my skin wasn?t burnt which was the main reason for buying sun spray in the first place. I used the spray the following day when it was warm again and I didn?t get burnt. Again no colour or not even a slight tan had started to develop.
I bought this product after looking for a suncream with a high SPF that would still allow me to tan. I am very pale and very rarely tan. Even when I burn it usually doesn't turn into tan. As sunburn is not good for your skin I always look for a high SPF of 30 or above. Luckily this product came in such a formulation.
I liked the look of the packaging on this. It was more classy looking than the regular Soltan and I liked the fact that it has a spray nozzle, making it easier to apply. However, after using this I think I will go back to lotions because with sprays I find I often don't put on enough and can still burn slightly.
This is where I was disappointed. The product claims to contain an ingredient which stimulates your body's natural tanning production, although I'm not sure what chemical this is. I can't say that whilst using this spray that I tanned anymore than I normally do. On the issue of protection, again I think next time I would opt for a lotion because it is easier to see where you have applied it and where you need to apply more. I also found the texture of this spray rather sticky, which I didn't like.
I found this very expensive for a sun cream. It normally retails for £13.99, although I got it when it was on offer for £6.49, but even at that price I thought it was slightly expensive for what it was. Especially considering that the bottle states that it only contains 6 applications for the average sized person's body.
I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone. What I would recommend is staying out of the midday sun and slapping on the sun cream, preferably in a lotion form on sunny days. And remember you can still get burnt at home, not just on your holidays.
I'm one of those people with olivey skin that looks jaundiced through winter, but come summer I only need to step into sunlight and I tan. I don't usually burn, and that's probably due to the fact that I'm pretty strict on using sun protection of at least factor 15 at home and factor 30 when abroad. It always surprises me that people are willing to go without, or use a far too low factor for their skin type in the hopes of getting a tan when, using protection won't actually prevent this. It will stop you burning though if you use the right one!
But even though I take protection seriously, I'm still tempted by products that will maximise my tan. So when shopping for sun care before a recent holiday to Tenerife and spotting Soltan's Protect & Tan range I was happy to give it a go. I know Soltan is a reliable and leading brand in sun protection and all their products contain the maximum 5 star UVA rating as standard. This fairly recent addition to the range claims to have an ingredient that "helps stimulate your body's natural tanning production" although, I'm not sure what the particular ingredient is. Protect & Tan is available as a lotion or spray and in factors 8, 15 and 30. It's priced at £13.99 but I bought it on a half price offer, which it seems to be on permanently.
I decided to go with a factor 30 spray, as I prefer this to lotion. The bottle claims it's ultra-light and I'd pretty much say that was true. On my first morning of my holiday I applied this sun protection before going to the pool in our apartment. It was very easy to apply with a pump spray delivering a fine but surprisingly generous amount of product. It comes out white, but rubs in very easily, absorbing into your skin like a moisturiser. I was pleased to find it wasn't dreadfully oily and slippy as I hate that greasy chip feeling on my skin. It was very, very light feeling too and I didn't feel that heavy, claggy feeling you get from some sun creams at all. It took about 8 sprays to cover my entire body fully, and my first impressions where good.
I applied again once at the pool and again after swimming, despite the spray being water resistant. I applied as diligently and often as I would usually in similar climates to avoid burning or redness, so felt confident this wouldn't happen again. I did notice a couple of patches such as my knees and chest seemed to be going a little red, but wasn't worried as in my experience my skin doesn't usually develope into sunburn. I took plenty of shade, as despite loving a bit of sun, I find more than half an hour in temperatures in the mid twenties just too much, and as the product claims to prevent burning for one to two hours I was pretty certain I was taking good care.
So I was quite surprised that night to find I had burned a bit, on my shoulders, knees and chest. While it wasn't horrific, it was a little hot and tender and certainly redder than I'd experienced for a long time. My daughter had been using the kids factor 30 lotion and had no problems at all, and I certainly hadn't experienced this using other Soltan products in similar conditions. There may well be a reasonable explanation why, but I wasn't expecting it. For the next couple of days I used my Mum's factor 30 in another brand and had no further problems while using this again for the last two days. I didn't burn again, however, I still didn't feel as protected as I might have. Maybe the ultra light texture is so light I was under applying, I don't know.
As for the claims that this will boost natural tanning in your skin? In all honesty, I didn't feel any more tanned than I would have with a regular sun care product. I did get a nice tan, but just the same as I would get anyway. All in all I was disappointed.
Soltan Protect and Tan spray SPF 30 sadly didn't live up to my expectations. While I loved the fact it was easy to apply, even when it was almost finished in the bottle, and it did feel light and non greasy, I'm not convinced that it offered me the protection I wanted. It did smell ok, not awful and nothing special and I did get out of the 200ml bottle the 6 full applications it promises. However, I honestly don't think it did anything to make my tan any more than it would have been without. As this is what attracted me to it, rather than a rrun of the mill spray, then it's disappointing and probably just a marketing ploy. There are far better products in the Soltan range without any gimmicks, and my advice would be to stick to those. I have one bottle left, and will use it here this summer so it doesn't go to waste, even though SPF 30 is more than I'd usually wear at home. I won't be holding my breath in anticipation of a deeper tan though!