“ Brand: Boots / Type: Sun Spray / UV Protection Factor: SPF 50 „
My previous review describes my urgent purchase for aftersun cream. I went for the Boots own brand Soltan. This was an impulse buy. In other words, there was pain, think honey bees stinging bears, well the sunburn felt a little like that at the time, with an urgent desire to ease my suffering voila - Soltan came to my rescue and deserved all five stars awarded to it. Lesson learnt I also purchased the Boots Soltan Spray SPF 50. Okay 50 might be somewhat high for a person with already dark skin but when sore, and miserable, it suddenly becomes an excellent idea.
Don't apply the spray directly to your face. Boots advise spraying your hands first and then rubbing it in. The bit about not spraying onto painted surfaces gets me slightly concerned about what I'm putting onto my body. It's difficult to know whether putting loads of chemicals into me is going to be better than just being under the sun. I think both ways can make a person susceptible to cancers. But after the burn I thought I'd better be extra strict. I have tried, and failed, to be impressed with many other lotions and potions so I was certainly interested to try this one.
Here's the ingredients list for those who need to know:
Alcohol denat., C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Octocrylene, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, Trimethylpentanediol/adipic acid/glycerin crosspolymer, Propylene glycol dibenzoate, Acrylates/octylacrylamide copolymer, Diethylhexyl butamido triazone, Triethanolamine, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG 16/16 dimethicone, Parfum, Tocopheryl acetate, Vitis vinifera seed oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Aqua, Ascorbyl palmitate, Dipropylene glycol
Now I am delighted with the results of the aftersun cream. This spray sun protector was the exact opposite in quality in my experience. This is greasy with a capital G. Urgh and I got a stain on my top. I also found that spraying it onto the body directly, contrary to Boots advice, was more effective in places than where I rubbed it in from my hands. This didn't impress me much.
The good news is that it doesn't have and my stinky smell to it. The bad news is that spraying onto your hands makes the hands greasy and the bottle very hard to hold. It really isn't worth the bother for me.
What's more I burnt, not on my back like last time, but just under my neck. Methinks this spray does not work. I did believe factor 50 would stop the burns. I wasn't even in the full sun between noon and three, which is generally, the hottest part of the day.
There are only about six applications in the bottle but the spray has to be re-applied every one to two hours and after getting wet. I see that other reviewers on Dooyoo do not share my opinion. I really wanted this sun protection to be as perfect as the aftersun version but it is not.
What I do like is the concept of a spray bottle. I like the high factor. I like that it was on offer and cost just over six pounds for 200ml and that I hadn't bought this at full price, of over twelve pounds. I like that it doesn't have a nasty smell. I am afraid the likes end here. I will give this a terrible two stars but you might find it much better so don't let me put you off from giving this product a chance.
Fun in the sun
It seems like a world away from the coldest bleedin' February that I can remember, but there is a sun out there that is not as cold and remote as a dental receptionist. In fact, there are places out there where a Caucasian gent like myself needs some protection, and I don't mean something for the weekend!
There are a host of suncreams and lotions out there. And they all want your money. Soltan is a trusted brand, and they know it. They are not the cheapest, but they are reliable with fullUVA protection. And the yellow bottle with ridges for your fingers will be a familiar sight to many a reddened holidaymaker.
Some people are naturally resistant to sunburn. These folks normally have natural protection. My wife is Latina. Apart from being beautiful (and hot blooded), she is far more resistant to the sun's damaging rays than I am. With a lower level SPF, she can lie in the sun for hours at temperatures exceeding thirty degrees without any real danger of burning.
My Dad is even worse. He will bake like a ham. At over 80, he's still going strong even if his skin now resembles the surface of his wallet. My Mum always burns like paper. It is from her that I inherit much the same trait.
I will burn. As we've found on several I-told-you-so occasions. Having been burnt quite badly before, I tend to take precautions including my own SPF of 50. This comes out when I plan to swim for any length of time, will stay sunbathing for more than an hour, or at all times until I've built a base tan.
Crème de la crème
I always used to hate putting on suncream. Nasty, sticky stuff that smelt awful and instantly absorbed sand. Now technology has moved on a bit. The spray makes it easier to get quick coverage. The formula is absorbed into the skin, rather than the sand, making swimming without losing protection a reality. I still take advantage of sun shades, or strategically placed cotton shirts for higher risk areas, but I can now let her recharge her batteries without fear of ending up like a charcoal briquette.
A 200ml bottle can normally be had for around a tenner. If you look about in the winter months, stores are often desperate to get rid of summer stock, allowing you to net a bargain. Remember though, you may not have covered yourself quite as well as you thought you did. And if you are of the Mick Hucknall variety, you will need to take extra care.
Aftersun cream is also a very good idea regardless. Your skin is with you for the long haul. Look after it appropriately.
The 'suncream season' is pretty much over but I thought I'd review mine while it was still fresh in my mind. Suncream is very important to me, not only for the sake of my health (I don't particularly want skin cancer) but also because of vanity - I don't want sunburned leather-like skin when I'm 50, I want healthy skin which is in good condition, and I definitely prefer the 'pale and interesting' look. During the summer, I tend not to bother with suncream on work days when I spend the whole day in the office, but a high factor cream is an essential for me at the weekends and on any day when I'm going to be out in the sun for any length of time.
SPF50 is pretty much the highest factor you can get, and it isn't particularly common: the cheapest brands don't really produce it. The Boots Soltan range includes the best value SPF 50 suncream I've found, particularly when it is on special offer (which it is almost non-stop during the summer) for half price, or else buy-one-get-one-free. The small 75ml bottle I prefer to use costs just over £5, which is a good price when on offer.
In the past I've bought the large bottles as they seemed to represent best value for money, but this year I stuck to the smaller spray bottles. I don't use enough suncream to require a big bottle, and the smaller container is much easier to carry around during the day. The spray nozzle also makes it easier to apply. The plastic lid occasionally comes off in my bag, but the spray itself is secure enough not to spray suncream around the place if this happens. The indented sides of the bottle make it easy to hold, even when your hands are slippery with suncream.
The suncream itself is a white, fairly runny lotion. I apply it all over my body in the morning, and I have to wait a while to get dressed as it takes ages to sink in, and still feels slightly claggy and sticky. This is annoying but it is a feature of all suncreams (except the Soltan 'Invisible' spray which I tried and hated for other reasons, but I'll save those for another review!). If I'm not careful getting dressed I can end up with white suncream marks, although again this is a feature common to suncream. The scent is mild and inoffensive, not the typical suncream smell, just a vague fresh scent. I use the cream all over my body, but not my face as I have a special facial suncream. One thing that I do like about the suncream is that it is fairly moisturising - I have dry skin and I'm thankful that I don't have to apply body lotion before using the product.
Without conducting scientific experiments I can't state how far the SPF50 claim is accurate or correct. I can, however, point out that it has seemed to work for me - at the end of the summer I am as pale as I was at the beginning except a very, very slight tan to my arms (which I can only see because of the faint watch mark). I suspect I developed this while on holiday on the Isle of Wight, when I couldn't be bothered to apply the suncream again throughout the day after an initial application in the morning. The sun was hot and bright and the wind was strong, so I'm impressed that I wasn't burned after only one application. The suncream is water resistant - NOT waterproof, so remember to reapply regularly if you go swimming - though I've never tested this claim as I rarely if ever go to the beach. As well as the SPF50 UVB protection, the Soltan suncream has been given the full five star rating against UVA skin damage, the deep-down skin damage that is a lot more difficult to judge as it often doesn't show until several years have passed.
Despite wishing that it sank in better and didn't mark clothes, I do like this suncream. It works and it's good value for money. Unless someone brings out an 'invisible' suncream that isn't disgustingly greasy, I will continue to buy this.
I always buy these suncreams when they are on 2 for 1 during the summer months in Boots. They are actually on at half price at the moment and this cream is £4.99 (usual price £9.99) for 200ml. Soltan is Boots own range of sun care lotions and as far as I'm concerned they are just as good as any branded product.
The bottle is a bright yellow colour and has a clear plastic top on it. In order to get the cream out you need to press down on the pump spray at the top of the bottle. The cream is distributed very well on your skin and does not spray up the wall like some sun creams do! It rubs in very easily and is quite thin in consistency, although it does leave a slight shimmer on your body which some people might regard as being greasy but it doesn't feel this way to me. It smells very nice and very fresh which is also important to me.
The only thing I will point out is that sometimes when you have the bottle at a slight angle, for example when you're trying to spray it on your legs, the cream doesn't necessarily come out the first time you press down. Occasionally you need to press the spray trigger a couple of times in order to get some cream out.
Luckily I have never burnt whilst wearing this cream although if I accidentally miss a small area at all on my body, it will go very red which proves that the cream does actually work elsewhere when I've used it. I am paranoid about the sun being on my skin though so generally I will be ultra careful and spray very often throughout the day.
I would definitely recommend this product, it is effective, inexpensive and smells nice.
After visiting Fuerteventura last year with family and refusing to wear any more than SPF4 tanning oil, I burnt very badly and spent the whole holiday in pain and having a big resemblance to a lobster. This year however, I have learnt my lesson a little and decided to take SPF50 on holiday with friends. I may get laughed at for having such high sun protection - but I'll be the one laughing when everyone else is burnt and I'm nicely tanning.
Earlier in the week I headed to Boots to pick up some holiday essentials deciding not to spend a fortune on sun creams as the cheap stuff is just as good. I ended up with this bottle of Boots Soltan spray cream which is SPF50. I have to admit I was shocked at how ridiculously expensive sun cream is now! Luckily for me, the bottles were buy one get one free throughout the range so I picked up an after sun too. The spray was priced at £10.49 which is only slightly cheaper than branded but every little helps - in honesty they all do the same thing anyway!
The Soltan range is Boots branded and you won't be able to find it anywhere else. The spray bottle I brought is one of a large collection and is SPF50 with built in insect repellent (which helps when I always seem to be eaten alive by mosquitos!). The same product in Nivea and other products did not have the insect repellent which is the main reason I opted for the Soltan.
As our summer in England has been a bit hit and miss this year, on the two days this week that have been sunny, I decided to go and try a base tan for my holiday. Whilst out in the sun I put on this sun cream as I never bathe with no suncream at all due to my skin burning easily. The cream sinks into the skin well, although obviously do not over do it or you look like a smothered snowman. Once a thin layer has been applied it dried very quickly, not greasy at all which was nice - I know it would be one that didn't turn you into a sand person too! I also noticed that the product is water resistant, but still be careful to apply suncream once you're out of the water as you might not be as protected.
The spray smells exactly how I imagine suncream to smell. Nice and fresh, a very big reminder of being at the pool on holiday. It does not smell distinctly of anything.
I would recommend this product over high branded creams as it is by far the best. Not only is it cheaper but it has more factors to it that ensure you get the best protection possible! The fact it is on buy one get one free is perfect as you're saving a considerable amount of money!
Boots Soltan Spray SPF 50....
After getting rather badly burnt a few weeks back I decided to exchange my factor 10 cream for something a ltitle more heavy duty.
After a trip to Boots armed with my £5 voucher I had (from Cokezone) and my 10% NHS staff discount card, I thought I would pick myself up a cheap bottle of sun lotion. This was a joke as sun lotion is really blinking expensive.
There were two special offers in Boots at the time when I went and this included this Boots Soltan spray cream. It was buy one bottle get one free and they were priced at £10.49 each. The Nivea spray cream were also on this offer but these were a little bit more expensive at £11.50 per bottle. I was in two mind whether to pay that little bit extra and get the branded spray but after closer inspection, I definitely decided to go with the Boots own version of the sun cream.
The Boots Soltan Sun Lotion Spray offers not only top protection in the fact that it is a 50+ screen, but it also has an insect repellent built into it. This was more than the Nivea brand had to offer. Not only this but it has top marks with a 5 star rating of UV filter protection where as the Nivea spray only had a 3 star rating.
This surprised me as you would assume you would get better protection fro a higher priced branded product. How wrong can you be.
Not only does the Boots Soltan spray offer a great protection against the sun, UV rays and nasty bugs, but it has a nice fresh smell and a light texture that soaks into the skin well. The spray is easy to use and distributes the cream evenly and gets in those hard to reach places if you are on your own!
The cream is not sticky at all but it does leave you skin feeling smooth and protected along with a slightly appealing aroma which just has that summer vibe to it.
All in all I have to say I am very impressed with this cream. With the high factor, it is suitable for the whole family and the fact that it was on a BOGOF offer, I was able to get a lower factor too!
A great price for a product which is better than the branded ones!
A 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I know it's difficult to believe but summer is fast approaching! Even in this country we all need to be aware of the strength of the sun and ensure we take adequate precautions to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Last year I decided to try using Boots own brand, Soltan, in place of my usual Ambre Solaire.My decision was based solely on price, as at the time Boots own brand sun creams were a few pounds cheaper.
Boots recommend you use a sun screen with at least a factor 15 and I always use a factor 50 for myself and children as we have fair skin that burns easily. Boots soltan factor 50 spray comes in a white plastic bottle with an orange pump action spay top. I prefer spray sun screen as they are a lot easier to apply in my opinion. It is especially recommended for anyone with sun sensitive skin due to its high factor, so if you suffer from conditions such as prickly heat then this one is for you!
This spray contains a triple action advanced system that contains a blend of photostable UVA and UVB filters. This basically means the spray will ensure that the harmful rays of the sun will not penetrate your skin! Boots also claim that the spray an antioxidant that will help to neutralise free radicals caused by exposure to the sun. They further claim that the spray will protect your skin from the risk of long term skin damage and premature aging due to sun exposure.
As I have said I prefer sun screen sprays to creams as they tend to be easier to apply. Boots soltan spray has a pump action dispenser that is easy to use. The spray should be applied 15 minutes before you go out into the sun and then reapplied every 1-2 hours. It should also be reapplied after swimming. It is important to ensure you use enough cream too, as many people tend to use too little. As a rough guide you should use about 2-3 tablespoons of cream or lotion with every application. This means a 200 ml bottle of sun cream will give you just 6 applications.
Soltan spray is has a fairly thin consistency when it is sprayed onto the skin. It absorbs easily and is not to greasy. I like to spray a few squirts into my hands when I am applying it to my children's faces as I would not want to get it into their eyes! I used Soltan spray all last summer and during our family holiday in France. I am happy to report that no-one suffered sun burn despite some very high temperatures. I not only ensure everyone in the family has enough sun cream applied, but avoid being in the sun between 12 and 3 pm. I also insist my children wear sun hats.
On the negative side, Soltan does stain if it comes into contact with fabrics. My husbands swimming shorts bear the evidence of when I was a bit too generous with the spray! Soltan factor 50 spray is only available from Boots stores or from the Boots web site. A 200 ml will set you back £10.49 ,but at the moment it is on a buy one get one free offer.
I personally think suntan cream is a must even in our hit and miss British summers. I always try and ensure I have a bottle in the home and in the car. Forgive if I seem over the top but my mum had a malignant melanoma (skin cancer) on her foot which required surgery on a few occasions. Luckily she is now fine but she does have a rather large lump missing from her foot and its looks rather unattractive. This was certainly enough to frighten me into to been extra careful in the sun. I would also recommend a face moisturise with SPF 15 for all year round as you can never be too careful
Mum introduced me to Soltan 50+ very high moisturising suncare spray five star UVA water resistant easily absorbed. It not too pricey at £9.99 for a bottle but often comes on a buy one get free promotion that's when my mum stocks up its currently on offer at moment as I write this review. Mum gave me this bottle to ensure myself and kids got adequate protection from the sun. Were not as fussed about hubby as he has darker skin but even he has started using SPF 20 after seeing what happen to my mum it gives him protection.
The bottle itself is bright orange so it easy to locate when you put in down I have a habit of losing everything so I find its colour useful. Its honestly not the most exciting bottle to look at it simply stays Soltan on the front in gold, no fancy pictures or logos just that its Soltan 50+ very high moisturising suncare spray five star UVA water resistant easily absorbed and protects against DNA damaged but I'm not entirely sure what that is sorry. The bottle contains 200mls and will last up to 18months from been opened. The back of the bottle is full of lots of useful advice about the product. What I found interesting because I'm really sad is 200mls is about 6 applications for the average body size. I don't expose my full body to the sun mainly face and arms so it will last me longer. The cream should be applied 15 minutes before going out in the sun then re applied every 1-2 hours and after swimming and towelling. So following the advice on the pack if you average size and wearing a bikini or just shorts to the beach all day this bottle will only really last you maybe one day.
On top of the bottle is spray top which I find really useful, I often spray it directly onto my kids body and they don't seem to mind. With their faces I apply it to my hands rather than spray it into the face which could be quite dangerous if it got in their eyes. The lotion itself comes out an off white colour I would say cream but I feel a bit stupid describing a cream as creamed coloured doh, it isn't too thick and rubs in easily. It has a faint smell to I'm not really sure how to describe it quite pleasant smelling and it also feels to moisture the skin as you rub it in. I love the fact that it absorbs easily especially when your applying it to kids who don't like to stick around for long to have cream rubbed in. The bottle also states the sun should be avoided between 11-3 I would also suggest covering up as much skin a practical possible whenever you can. There's lots of great fake tans on the market if your after a tan rather than risking your health in the sun.