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      31.05.2014 09:59

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      Great sunscreen but not very good insect repellent

      We were heading to Greece last year and I read about the resort before going that apparently they had a big problem with insects. I always buy some insect repellent but I thought that I would buy this as well because I hate the smell of insect repellent and I thought this would be good protection for the beach where apparently the problem wasn't as bad so I wouldn't have to use my insect repellent. I have always loved Soltan sunscreens as they give great sun protection and aren't low quality like some other shop own brands. This has an spf of 30 to stop you burning but it also has 5 star protection against the ageing and damaging uva sun rays too. It comes as a lotion which isn't my favourite thing to use because I find that they can take ages to soak in to the skin and there are so many new versions of sunscreen now that soak in almost instantly but I wanted the extra protection of the repellent. The lotion was actually quite nice to use as it felt very moisturising which was nice in the drying effects of the hot sun. It also wasn't too thick so it absorbed quicker than I expected. There was no horrible odour coming from it either which was what worried me about buying a sunscreen with an insect repellent built in. The lotion follows the same rules as most sunscreens i.e. apply every 1 to 2 hours etc. but it is water resistant so you can have a dip in the pool or the sea without needing to reapply as long as you don't vigorously towel dry yourself. As a sunscreen this was up to the usual high standards of the rest of the Soltan range but what let it down was the fact that as an insect repellent it was useless and didn't seem to work at all. Even at the beach where the insect problem was meant to be less there were loads of mossies and flies and they didn't seem to want to stay away from me at all and after the first day I brought my spray bottle of insect repellent because this did nothing to prevent them from bothering me.



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      06.03.2014 12:18
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      A very soothing and moisturising after sun lotion

      My Lancashire skin doesn't cope with much sunshine, I don't tan, instead I roast. When I go to sunny climes with work (it isn't as exciting as it sounds!) I wear at least a factor 30 sun protection cream, yet I still get sore skin from the sun. I learned quickly that I also need to use aftersun to moisturise my skin and replace some of the moisture that the sun leaches out of it.

      This particular moisturiser, 'Boots Soltan Aftersun with Insect Repellent' is one of the more soothing creams that I've used. The soothing effect is due to containing Allantonin, according to the label. I'm not one of those sadists that semi freezes their aftersun then applies it onto hot skin, I find that if I just leave it in my daysack out of direct sunlight then although it might be slightly warm, it's never too hot to apply and I actually think that it rubs into the skin better when warmer.

      If I haven't used the bottle for a while, I have to remember to give it a good shake as over time the liquid separates and a thin runny clear substance trickles out of the hole if not shaken first. I think that this substance might be the insect repellent, which it is boasted does not contain DEET. For me, that is a bad thing as my employer only provides us with insect repellents that do contain DEET as it is a very effective repellent. I know that DEET doesn't agree with everybody's skin, but I personally can put up with the DEET if it means I am lowering the chances of getting malaria. The cream also contains cocoa butter which is well known for its properties on skin, how it nourishes and moisturises etc.

      There isn't much of a smell to this aftersun lotion, and also it doesn't leave behind a greasy residue on my skin. I've noticed that I hardly peel when using this, which is one of the main selling points for me as I don't have to attend meetings etc looking like an extra from the Walking Dead with bits of skin hanging off my face.

      I would recommend this to those who want to combine a good aftersun with a low level insect repellent - if you're in a high risk malaria region then I would suggest you use an extra form of insect repellent and not solely rely on this cream. As an aftersun though, it's great. Four stars from me, thanks for reading.

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      06.09.2013 18:51
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      Protects against sun burn and insects

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      The Soltan range of sun tan lotions come in a bright yellow bottle that is hard to miss on the shelf. There is very little information on the front of the bottle, it simply tells you what the brand is and what type t is i.e. the factor and if it has insect repellent. The back of the bottle has the usual information including ingredients, about the product and information about the company. The best piece of information on the back is the little open tub symbol with a number next to it, this number tells you how long you can use this product for from the moment you open it, in the case of Soltan it is usually 18 months.

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      I always choose the 200ml sized bottles as they are a better size to fit into luggage and they will last two weeks for one person using it every day or two people using it for a week. If you go on holiday at lease once a year then it may be worth getting a bigger size as the product will last for both the holidays then. The lotion itself covers quite well and it don't need a lot of it at a time. It does leave a slightly greasy feel to the skin once applied, but so does most sun tan lotions that I have used, and it doesn't wash off as easily if you go swimming (although reapplying every so often is recommended with any sun tan lotions). I used this product while in Spain for a week and ( as well as lasting the week) gave great coverage on my skin and I had a nice healthy colour without any burning. The added bonus of insect repellent was a blessing as well as I could see other people with bite marks and I didn't have a single one after the whole week. Teaming this product up with the after sun means I never felt overly hot, my skin was a normal temperature to the touch without any uncomfortable feeling at all and I tanned without any burning.

      Overall I would highly recommend this product for any skin type, their range starts at Factor 8 and goes upto at least factor 50 and also has a kids range. The product can be expensive but is very affordable when on offer.

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      20.08.2013 13:53
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      A solid performer in a family-sized bottle.

      === Choosing My Suncare 2013 ===

      I've used the Soltan products from Boots before and found they work for me. Last year, when I went to Kenya for a two week working holiday, I took the factor 50 as I knew the temperature would be over 30 C most of the time and it's essential to protect your skin as the sun is so high that close to the equator. I was happy with how it performed for me and therefore decided to buy this brand again for the 2013 British summer, though I felt I could opt for a lower SPF in the UK.

      I suppose I've become very conscious of the need to be careful in the sun in recent years. I'm no sun worshipper, and lying in the sun to develop a tan would bore me to tears. As manager of a Preschool I had responsibility for ensuring that the children in our care had adequate sun protection, as so much damage can be done in the early years. Then our family had the sad experience of losing a young relative in her mid-twenties to melanoma this year; admittedly it was a rare, mucosal form that's unrelated to sun exposure, but it undoubtedly made everyone far more aware of the dangers.

      I'm naturally pale skinned and I do burn quite easily in the sun. In the garden I've often been caught out early in the season, when I haven't realised how strong the sun has suddenly become. Sunburn is really painful! So this year I decided to buy early, and to apply it to any exposed skin in sunny conditions from April onwards. I'm part of a group that maintains a communal garden area, and I reckoned I'd need sunscreen for my once-a-month sessions there. As I'm often bitten when I'm gardening it made sense to buy the sunscreen with insect repellent included, to solve two problems at once, as it were. The fact that we were seriously considering a fortnight's holiday in western Scotland in July finalised the decision. I chose Factor 30 as I felt it would be adequate for my own skin, and also suit my husband who tolerates the sun much better than I do but has some skin problems connected with sarcoidosis.

      ===About This Soltan ===

      This sunscreen comes in a large, 400ml container that is bright yellow in colour and has purple flashes on the front that draw your eye to the insect repelling qualities and the SPF. Its usual price is £17.99, which I think is expensive. However it's currently on offer at £8.99, which is more reasonable as it is a large package. I don't remember the price when I bought it, but it was on a deal of some kind.

      Most of the information is on the reverse, as is often the case. The qualities that are emphasised are its absorbency, which moisturises the skin; the odourless aspect of the insect repelling ingredient/s; its water resistance and its maximum UVA rating, which protects the skin against 'deep down damage caused by UVA rays'. It also has 'a patented antioxidant complex to help protect against long-term skin damage' and it doesn't block your pores. Sounds almost perfect, doesn't it?

      ===Directions For Use===

      I found these informative if pretty much common sense. I think a lot of people neglect the first one, which is to apply 15 minutes before first going out into the sun. Reapplication is after 1-2 hours and always after swimming or towelling, which makes me question the value of water resistance. A generous application is advised, and apparently 2-3 tablespoons is enough for the whole body of an average person - well, I'm probably not that, but neither do I require coverage for my entire body! It should be well rubbed in. This bottle should be sufficient for 12 such applications. Then there's the advice to avoid the sun between 11a.m. to 3 p.m. by seeking shade and covering up if necessary. Over exposure to the sun can pose a serious health risk - I am only too aware of that one. You should avoid contact with fabrics, but that's not easy to achieve, especially if, like me, it's often a case of protecting mainly arms and shoulders while on the go. Finally, try not to get it in your eyes and if it happens, rinse immediately with water.

      I'm not even going to attempt to list or describe the ingredients as they sound like something from my long-ago chemistry lessons and mean very little to me.
      The product lasts for 18 months from opening, but I don't think many people would keep it from one year to the next for fear of it losing its effectiveness. The bottle is recyclable. The address for Boots Company PLC is given, with the web address, but there is no invitation to contact them should you need to.

      ===Performance ===

      Firstly and most importantly, I must say that I have never experienced sunburn or even reddening when I have used the product as directed, so from that angle it has been effective for me. Also I would say that it does absorb easily, and I do find it quite moisturising. To be honest, if I'd had issues with the Factor 50 earlier I was hardly likely to purchase this one anyway. My minor quibble would be that I don't find the insect repellent completely odour-free. Maybe I tune into that kind of smell having to use a much stronger one in Africa, but I can definitely pick something out, though it isn't really strong enough to be an issue. I'm not sure how repellent it is, either, as I was stung by a wasp a while after I'd applied it, but I'm not how much it's fair to blame this lotion for that. We holidayed in Scotland, and although I didn't use this every day [!] I came back without a single insect bite. Strong insect repellents seem to have the effect of softening varnishes, as I discovered when I was wearing a paper bead bracelet in Kenya - thankfully the varnish hardened again when I sponged it down! This suncare lotion, however, hasn't had that effect on my nail polish. I haven't noticed any discolouration to my clothing, either.

      ===Verdict===

      I can't reasonably fault the performance of this Soltan. For me it did everything it claimed to. I do question whether I would purchase it again, but not for performance reasons really. I think Factor 30 was too high for me; I might buy a Factor 20 next time for a UK summer. I would still prefer one with insect repelling properties, though. My main reason for uncertainty is the price, as I think at full price it's expensive, and linked to that, the size: I wasn't able to find it in a smaller bottle and it looks as though I'm going to be discarding a lot of this bottle at the end of the season. This is somewhat offset by the fact that you get points on the quite generous Boots Card scheme. For someone who rarely sunbathes or swims, it's too big. I think it's more suitable in a family context, and there are just the two of us now. So I'd buy it if it was in a smaller bottle and maybe with a lower SPF, depending on what we're doing next summer. Star rating: it would be unfair to give it less than 4. Recommended? Just about, if you need one this size, burn easily and need insect protection - but shop around for a good offer.

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      ©Verbena August 2013

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        07.08.2013 10:02
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        Good but not great.

        *Boots Soltan Moisturising Suncare Lotion*

        A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were happily caught off-guard by the recent heat wave on a trip to Cornwall. We had just returned from Spain, so we hopped in the car and headed down there with the tent for a cheap long-weekend break. I had briefly seen the news and heard about the hot weather but I didn't think much of it and didn't bother packing any sunscreen.

        Once we got down to Cornwall, we were shocked to find that the temperatures almost matched those that we had been experiencing in Spain just the week before. My boyfriend has very sensitive skin and burns quite easily so it was important that we got some sunscreen as soon as possible. We headed down into St Ives and decided to stop at Boots to buy some. A lot of other people were doing the same as all of their Soltan products were on offer at half price.

        We decided to buy the Moisturising Suncare Lotion (SPF 15) with Insect Repellent. As we had already built up a bit of a tan from being abroad, we just wanted some protection to ensure that we didn't burn. Also, because we were camping, the added in Insect Repellent was an extra bonus as wherever I go I relentlessly get bitten by bugs. So I hoped the product would go some way towards putting a stop to that.

        As there was a half-price offer on, we managed to get the sunscreen for £5.99 (RRP £11.99) for a 200ml bottle. We thought this was excellent value at the price we paid but I don't think I would have bought the product if it had been full-price as we could have bought another brand cheaper.
        The product has a pleasant smell and is easy to apply. The consistency of the lotion is perfect so that it is not too runny to apply but also it is not too thick. A spray option of this product was also available however we went with the lotion. This was for no particular reason - I personally prefer the spray however my boyfriend doesn't. The lotion absorbed easily and quickly into the skin and didn't take forever to rub in like some other lotions I have had in the past. It also leaves the skin feeling nicely moisturised.

        I have found this Boots product to be quite efficient. I had to reapply the lotion quite often, maybe once every hour, so that I didn't burn. This is possibly due to the fact that we only bought a medium SPF or that it was incredibly hot however I still didn't have to expect to reapply it quite so often. Unfortunately the Insect Repellent included in the lotion did not ward off bugs from biting me completely. I still ended up with quite a lot of bites which was slightly disappointing. In the future I will definitely buy the products separately instead of combining them.

        For me, the ultimate test of this sunscreen was to see if my boyfriend had burnt. Without an efficient sunscreen his skin burns straight away so I was pleasantly surprised to see that he hadn't burnt at all. Therefore the sunscreen definitely ticked one box, it's just a shame about the Insect Repellent!

        I would recommend this product to anybody who needs some reliable sun protection. I personally would only buy it if it was on offer and I wouldn't buy this exact product again. I would definitely stick with Soltan in the future but I wouldn't invest in this Insect Repellent malarkey as it quite simply didn't do the trick for me. Hopefully the hot weather will soon return so that I can use the rest of this bottle!


        Thanks for reading : )

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          24.06.2013 13:24
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          Boots Soltan Sun Lotion With Insect Repellant

          Although I generally like the Soltan range from Boot's this is one product of theirs that I couldn't actually recommend because I don't think it worked anywhere near good enough.

          I get bothered by insects on a regular basis when I am abroad, I seem to attract them as other people can be fine but I will have loads of bites which itch and look unsightly. I usually have to cover myself in insect repellent which does the job of helping to keep them away but it smells horrible and is a pain to keep remembering to apply.

          I saw this and thought it would be ideal for using during the day to stop me getting bit while at the beach or just walking around as I always make sure and wear sun screen so I knew I wouldn't forget to apply it.

          First of all I have to mention the good points about this and that is that as a sunscreen I think it is excellent.
          It has to be reapplied every couple of hours and after swimming but even with me just applying it when I felt the need and not even applying it each time after swimming I never once got burnt while wearing it and it also left my skin feeling amazing and so soft and silky.

          I really can't fault this (and the rest of the Soltan range) as a sunscreen as it performs so well and protects my skin faultlessly.
          It also smells really nice and is just a pleasure to use.

          What I didn't like about this is that I don't think it protected me from getting bitten quite often. I see that this has so many good reviews so I am obviously in the minority but I got bitten loads while wearing this and I don't think it did much in the way of stopping the little blighters from biting my skin.

          I used an insect repellent at night and this worked well as in the morning I wouldn't notice many new bites but when I was using this sunscreen during the day I noticed quite a few new bites when I would have a shower in the early evening. It got so bad that I had to start using the insect repellent on top of this to be sure that I wasn't going to be bit again.

          I was really disappointed with this as normally Soltan products are really good. As a sunscreen I really can't fault this but as something which is supposed to repell insects and stop me from getting bitten I have to say that I didn't think this was much good. I would buy it again as a sunscreen and hope that it gave a little bit extra protection from bites but I would never buy it again and rely on it solely to stop insect bites as it just didn't work for me in preventing them.

          This is available in a variety of different SPF's and £9.99 but you should never have to pay this as it is nearly always on some kind of offer. For example it is currently half price and selling for £4.99.

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            20.06.2013 11:19
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            5 stars

            I have bottles and bottles of sun tan lotion in my house! I always forget to take it with me and end up having to nip into a shop and get some. The brand I find the most reliable and easiest to apply is Soltan. I try to buy this brand when I can but often buy others as it can be expensive if not on offer.

            This Soltan also has an insect repellant in it which I don't know how effective it is but I have noticed that we don't get as many bites when we use this so maybe it does really work. I was particularly interested in using this when we stayed in The New Forest as in the evenings there were lots of flies about so this helped to keep them at bay (I think anyway!)

            It comes in a tall yellow bottle, it's very summery looking. The lid is a flip cap which is a darker yellow. It is a large bottle so fitting it in a handbag isn't easy but you can buy it in smaller versions but I tend to have an extra bag that I bring along with me when it's sunny with lots of different sun equipment in it (Picnic blankets a little parasol to pop on my granson's pushchair and so forth).

            I find that this cream is really easy to apply and goes onto the skin nicely. Some we have used are a little 'gritty' and tend to sit on top of the skin which gives it a funny tacky feeling but this one goes on better. It is white and has that sun cream smell which I like,it always reminds me of sunny days. It is cooling on the skin and rubs in well, it's easy to rub it along the skin and it doesn't leave white marks behind if you rub it in properly.

            I find that the factor 30 and factor 50 of this work really well against protecting against sun burn. I apply it regularly to keep on top of it especially if we have been in water and when it's the heat of the day.

            It doesn't feel tacky once on the skin.

            I highly recommend this and think it's the best sun lotion that we have used so far. It helps to protect against sun damage and is easy to apply so great.

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            18.09.2011 09:27
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            Good all-round sun-protection with added insect repellent.

            These days everyone knows the importance of not getting sunburnt. A good sunscreen is essential for all the family. My family have been using Boots Soltan for years and find it really effective. It come in many different factors, so there is one to suit everyone. I particularly like this one as not only does it protect the skin from burning, it also contains an insect repellent. Being someone who seems to be a magnate for all the biting, stinging creatures on the planet, I have to say that this cream works really well and I really do notice the effect. It even wards off wasps, and that is great, because I hate the little critters!

            The cream is very easy to apply, absorbs well, and leaves the skin feeling soft, without being too greasy. It also has a pleasant scent. You can buy it for sensitive skin as well (which is the one I use) and it does not affect my eczema. It is waterproof too, so it protects you even in the water. You do have to reapply it when you come out though. There are also creams and lotions that are suitable for children and babies.

            There are varying sizes of bottles...the one I use is 100g and costs about £9.99, though Boots often sell them on special offer and the last bottle I bought only cost £4.99. Worth checking online before you go to the shop to see what is on offer that day!

            Everyone needs to be careful and protect themselves against skin cancer these days, no matter where you live, and Boots Soltan really does the job well!

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            23.04.2011 17:43
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            A trusted cream that everyone can rely upon!

            I am a very careful person when it comes to UV protection in the Sun. I usually find it very difficult to move away from the leading brands when the product has to be trusted upon, Boots however has been around since 1849 and is a well established name in the UK market.

            I am reviewing last years edition, but I doubt it has changed much in the past year. I have noticed however on the Boots website that the bottle design has in fact changed.

            The bottle is squeezable making cream application extremely simple. Simply remove the cap and apply generously to your skin.

            What I like about this product is that like other traditional Sun tan lotions you can visibly see where you have applied the cream unlike the more modern "invisible protection spray bottles". The cream also adds a nice shine to your skin in the sun.

            The cream is available in various SPF factors depending on how dark your skin is. What I also like about this cream is that it includes an insect repellent. I found this brilliant when I was away camping last year, as not only am I protected from the sun but the mosquitoes stay away as well!

            If you do not want to fork out for the top brands but want a cream you can 100% rely upon then this is the perfect product for you!

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              ...this sun screen would be it.

              I moved to Africa to save the world and get a tan. I've been here 5 weeks, but due to various administrative 'issues' I am yet to start work, which means I've made little progress on the first. The flip-side is, the second one has come on in leaps and bounds due to most of my days being spent reading in the sunshine.

              Before I came out, I spent over £30 in Boots which is an insane amount, but necessitated by my love of the sun, and mosquitoes' love of me. In addition to dry shampoo and Savlon, I bought sun tan lotion, insect repellent and, a personal favourite, this sun tan lotion + insect repellent. It was on offer (I think BOGOF) but even if it hadn't been I would still have opted for Soltan as I think it strikes the perfect balance between being effective and easy to apply, and not breaking the bank. I do think sun tan lotion is expensive, but chances are if you're buying it in the UK it's for a relatively expensive trip overseas, so the theory is you can afford it. There's also an element of consumer demand to it: compare this to Australia where it is much cheaper but you go through much more, or Mexico where few people wear it and it is exorbitant.

              Boots Soltan with Insect Repellent comes in a number of forms, including as a lotion and as a spray. I've had the lotion before, and find the large 400 ml bottles excellent value (especially when on BOGOF as they often are) but I wanted smaller, more portable stuff for this trip, and ended up getting the 200ml spray version instead. I bought it in Factor 30 but it is available in other SPFs from 8 to 50. Unlike with some other brands, the price does not increase with the number, it just varies with size / application type. At time of writing (October 2010) the prices on Boots.com were:

              200ml lotion: £9.75
              200ml spray: £10.75
              400ml lotion: £15.99

              The most critical factor in any sunscreen is its ability to prevent burning, so let's start with that. I have had years of experience of applying sunscreen, and believe that as long as you're using an appropriate factor for your skin type, any burning is down to human error in application rather than a fault of the product. I have olive skin and, for most of the year, a level of base tan. I know SPF 30 is quite a lot (and if I didn't, I could read it on the bottle as it shouts HIGH in nice blue letters) but I really, REALLY don't want to burn. It's mainly to do with pride. If I spend all day in the sun and come back burnt, people will say it serves me right. I tell people I never burn, so to keep this true I need to take precautions. Since using this spray I haven't had the slightest hint of redness. I thought I did once, but it was just where I had been carrying my bag on my shoulder...

              There is a common belief that sunscreen stops you from getting a tan, so you should use a low factor, or go without. I am evidence to the contrary. I have been wearing sunscreen every day for the past 5 weeks, and am as brown as a berry. In actual fact, it lengthens the amount of time you can spend in the sun without burning, and I can tan as well wearing factor 15 as I can factor 50.

              How much sun screen should you use? The standard answer is 2 mg/cm² of exposed skin though this is not that usable a figure. This bottle claims to contain 6 full applications for an average body size which, by their reapplication directions, might not last more than 2 days even if you cover up and get out of the sun over lunch. I clearly use less than is mandated since I'm still using the same bottle and have been for 3 weeks now. I might be a little smaller than the average adult, but even so that's pushing it. This is one of the reasons I favour higher factors, as I know I use less than I should and have to reduce the expected SPF coverage appropriately. Even if I only get half the protection I should, that's still SPF 15 which is not terribly bad for my skin type.

              Good sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays, though it's the latter which ascertain the SPF rating since it is UVB radiation that causes skin to burn. UVA rays don't make you visibly fry up like a lobster, but do increase your likelihood of skin cancer. That's why British products tell you both the number of the SPF and the stars of the UVA protection. In addition to being factor 30, my Soltan has a 5 star UVA rating, the highest currently on the market. Fun fact: the star rating in the UK was first developed by Boots, but is now used by most brands, though has not been adopted worldwide and lots of places prefer a more vague 'broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection'.

              I spray this directly onto my body, but when I want to do my face I spray it into my hands first and then smooth it on. It's tricky because you want to avoid eyes and lips, and yet these are the areas more likely to wrinkle with overexposure to the sun, so you do want to make sure they're covered. However hard I try to keep my eyes shut, this stuff makes them water everso slightly. Not enough for me to stop using it, but it happens like clockwork every time I apply it to my face. Lots of sun creams can irritate my face, causing breakouts, but this one never has, and doesn't seem to clog pores in the way others can. Obviously this will vary from person to person, and depend on your skin type, but it suits me down to the ground.

              Once I've got my colour, I want to keep it. Tans fade because of skin cell turnover, and moisturised skin keeps its colour for longer. I always apply moisturiser after a shower when I'm living a sunny life, but I have found this spray to be extremely moisturising too, and my skin has never felt so silky. If it didn't have such a price tag attached, I would happily use it even on cloudy days.

              The spray is white but rubs in clear, so it can be hard to see where you've applied it. You can figure it out by touching your skin, though, as straight after application it's a bit sticky though this fades within minutes as your skin absorbs it. You are advised to apply sun cream about 20 minutes before going in to the sun, and then reapply on a regular basis (Boots say every 1-2 hours) and after swimming. I find this is a bit excessive: I apply it in the morning and, if I'm spending the full day in the sun, may slap some more on after lunch. In Mexico I used this while swimming a lot, and found that it held up well for dips of up to 30 minutes, but any longer and you would have to follow the instructions to reapply to be on the safe side. Over here I often sit with my feet in a bucket (such is the glam life I lead) and never reapply after - even so, my feet have never burnt, and I just have a dainty tan line from my flip-flops looping below my toes.

              This Soltan has a really mild scent. I suppose if I had to describe it I would say it was floral, but it is very, very light and I can usually smell my shampoo much more than this spray. Another thing I like about this product is the spray application. It makes applying it to remote body parts very easy without much in the way of contortionist moves needed. I once burnt my back in the Bahamas when I had no one on hand to rub lotion into it (sob) but since switching to using a spray I have never had this problem, and while I still tend to wear a t-shirt if I'm lying out, when my back or shoulders are on display they are easy enough to spray and protect. The amount you get out in one spray varies depending on how much you suppress the nozzle, and you can vary a lot or a little to suit your needs. Not all that much comes out even with the full spray and it can take 6 to 8 of these to release enough of the product to cover one arm, but I prefer this to having it come glooping out in excess. I am also really impressed by the design of the nozzle, as it has never once clogged up. There's often a bit of after-squirt on it, but even if you don't wipe it away, it won't solidify by the next time you need to use it, so no time is wasted trying to de-gunk it when you just want to get out in the sun.

              As I mentioned, mosquitoes like me an annoying amount, and I never return from abroad without at least a smattering of bites. Here this is more of a worry since they're quite likely to be Malarial baddies, so I make sure I have some repellent on at all times. I may sound like a broken record but again, I am supremely impressed by the insect repellent in this cream. A few years ago when I bought it for the first time I was somewhat wary as I thought it might be a bit of an after-thought, and the words "gentle and odourless" did little to reassure me. Odourless is fine, but I want super strength mossie repeller, not a weak, gentle version. I needn't have worried. Even though it is not a Deet-based product, it works exceptionally well. Much like sunburn, the odd time I have been bitten I am sure is because I did not apply this well enough, and simply missed a spot. In the last 5 weeks of wearing it here I have not been bitten once during the day (and at night I'll have showered this all off anyway). A huge added bonus is that is saves you having to figure out which to apply first in the insect repellent / sun screen double whammy, as you're only slopping on one product.

              The only real difference I find between brands (aside from the price) is the ease and speed of absorption. I tried Tesco Value sun stuff once, which was a big mistake as it never really sunk down into my skin, and eventually I had to wash it off. I do find sprays easier to rub in, but even so they can sometimes be a bit thick and greasy. This Soltan is prefect: it sinks in quickly but you still feel it's working well, and the white liquid turns clear without too much rubbing in. It also doesn't stain clothes. While I apply early morning with next to nothing on, if I'm reapplying at lunch it will probably be around the shorts or sundress or whatever that I'm wearing. The odd drop of this has fallen onto my clothes but again it sinks in quickly leaving only the faintest dark patch (like when you dribble olive oil down yourself). Unlike olive oil, it washes out easily without leaving a mark, which is particularly great for those of us who are stuck hand washing our clobber.

              I cannot recommend this spray highly enough. It is my very favourite brand of sun cream, and the inclusion of an effective insect repellent is just the icing on the cake.


              To summarise:

              * Reasonably priced
              * Choice of lotion or spray
              * Easily absorbed
              * Doesn't clog pores
              * Water resistant
              * Long lasting
              * Useful insect repellent
              * Great UVA and UVB protection
              * Nice scent
              * Really mositurizing
              * Non staining

              I'll say it again:

              If I could offer you only one tip for the future, Boots Soltan with Insect Repellent would be it.

              Available exclusively from Boots and Boots.com

              Tan sorted, now let's get cracking on saving the world...

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                03.08.2010 13:13
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                A great suncream from Boots

                Suncream is extremely expensive, and like a lot of people, I try to take advantage of any offers I see. Most of the time, I end up in Boots with their own Soltan range, and this summer they have been having a promotion of buy one get one free on thir sun creans and after sun lotions. In June, prior to our holiday, I purchased two factor 25, soltan 200ml bottles, costing me just over £9 for them both with the offer, which was thought was very good value. I also opted for the soltan that included insect repellent.

                On the front of the yellow bottle, it states that this is a moisurising suncare lotion, with advances triple protection against long term skin damage, as well as being water resistant and easily absorbed. It also states that it is Factor 25 (high) and five star UVA.

                On the back of the bottle, it claims that this advanced protection system includes a 'unique blend of photostable UVA and UVB filters to reduce the sun's burning on the skin by up to 25 times'. It also claims to have a 'patented antioxidant complex' which 'boosts the skins' natural defence against the sun'. There are some extra benefits stated as well, including 'continuous moisturisation to reduce dryness and help prevent peeling', as well as a 'gentle, effective, odourless insect repellant'.

                Now, I have previously used Boots soltan products and always been happy and this product is no different.

                I know some people might not like the smell of sun cream lotion, but I actually do, and although this product does not have a strong smell, its lotion does have a creamy clean smell to it, which I like. It is very easy to spread, and as it claims, the skin absorbs it quickly, without leaving it greasy or sticky. The only downside, is that you sometimes have to give it a good shake before use, as if you don't it can be a little watery when it comes out. If you shake it well, then it will come out as a lotion.

                We did a lot of walking this year up in the mountains of Switzerland, where the air is thinner and you are more susceptible to getting burnt. On the first day, with it being cloudier, we made the mistake of not putting on as much suncream. It was clear even from this day, the difference between the parts of our face and arms that we had used suncream on, and does areas that we didn't. From them on, we made sure we were covered head to toe in suncream, and felt that it really did do its job. We carried it with us in our rucksack to re apply, especially up in the mountains, and even more so when the sun was beating down on us as we walked. We really did feel that it was working to protect our skin from the sun.

                As for the insect repellent, I really couldn't tell you whether it was effective or not. There wer many flying insects and creatures up in the moutains amongst the wild flowers and especially in the heat, but I don't know that they were actually repelled by the cream, or they just never got close enough, as I was quick to bat anything away to came near.

                After using this cream, my skin does feel moisturised and clean, and as I said, I feel that it is very effective at protecting the skin from the sun. The only red sunburn taht we got, was on parts of our face, arms and legs that suncream was not applied, particularly on our first day walking in the mountains. This really tested it out for me, and convinced me that it works.

                All in all, I have always liked soltan suncream and having proof that it has protected my skin, I shall continue to buy it. I cannot comment on the effectiveness or whether it is worthwhile to buy one with insect repellent, but if it is in the product, then great.

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                  A great sun cream - recommended by me!

                  When Dave's mom came to stay with us she went into Boots to get some sun cream and found that there was an offer on their Soltan products and she got two for the price of one. When she got home she insisted on giving me the spare one and I have to say that I have been very impressed with it.

                  To give you a bit of background information, I am a redhead with fair skin and freckles so I need some decent protection from the sun. My skin has got a bit tougher as I have got older - I am fifty five now - but even so I can feel my skin burning if the sun is hot. I spend every Sunday on Llandudno promenade selling souvenirs for the RNLI and the stall is in full sun for most of the day so I need a sun cream that works.

                  The cream that I have is the Soltan Moisturising Sun Care Lotion SPF 50+ with insect repellent. The 200ml plastic bottle is currently on sale at Boots for £9.75 and the two for the price of one offer is still available. Since this is a Boots own brand product it is only available at Boots.

                  The container is orange - presumably like the sun - with a darker orange flip open lid at the top. It is flattish in design which makes it easy to grip even if you're hands are sticky or greasy. On the front there is the name of the product, the SPF factor and a note to say that it is water resistant and easily absorbed and that the sun protection factor is very high and has a five star rating. The cream also allegedly offers protection against DNA damage. It apparently also has a triple action which helps to neutralise free radicals.

                  On the back of the container there is a full list of ingredients together with detailed information regarding the various claims made by the manufacturers of the sun cream. There are also instructions for use.

                  You are advised to put the sun cream on fifteen minutes before going out into the sun. You are then advised to reapply every one to two hours and also after swimming or towelling. It says that two to three tablespoons of the cream will cover an average body and that there are about six full applications in the bottle.

                  When I am out in the sun I usually only have my arms, face and sometimes the top of my chest just below my neck exposed - trust me any more would just not be nice at all! LOL! Obviously this means that I don't have to use as much of the cream and consequently it lasts a lot longer for me.

                  If the sun is shining I apply the cream generously to the exposed bits after I have had my shower and moisturised as normal. The cream is white and is light and non greasy. It is absorbed into my skin very quickly and easily. It smells very light and flowery so I like that - I find that some sun products have a most peculiar fragrance! If the sun is strong I reapply as soon as I feel my arms starting to get that sort of hot feeling that comes with being out in the sun.

                  The only problem that I have with the application is that, when the bottle has been standing in the bathroom cabinet, the contents are at the bottom and do not come out by just squeezing the bottle. I find the best way is to give the bottle a sharp shake whilst holding it upside down with the lid closed (obviously). Then when I open the bottle and squeeze it into my hand the cream comes out easily.

                  I find that this sun cream protects my skin brilliantly! In fact can't even remember the last time that I got burnt in the sun. I do find that my skin still colours and has a healthy glow even though I have never had the sort of skin that actually tans being so fair.

                  I can't really comment on the insect repellent properties as we don't tend to get many insects on the promenade anyway - although, you never know maybe the reason that I don't notice insects is because they are being repelled......

                  In conclusion I would recommend this cream to anyone - it works well, it is easy to apply, it isn't greasy at all and it smells nice. What else do you want from a sun cream?

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                    A great product. Hope the sun comes out soon!

                    I tend to buy sun lotion in bulk as soon as it goes on offer in boots, as I find it very expensive when it's not on offer. When I went on holiday in November it was all heavily discounted after the summer, which was great. This particular product costs around £8-9 for 200ml and about £15 for 400ml, but it's very often on offer as buy one get one free, which is a great saving.

                    I think with sun lotions they are all pretty much the same apart from scents and packaging, which is why I go for boots Soltan range as not only is it a bit cheaper than other brands, I really love the smell.

                    There are lots of different products in the soltan range and they do have special ranges for children, faces, after suns, all sorts really.

                    The sun lotion claims to have insect repellent in it, which is extremely handy if you are like me and get bitten anywhere you go. It also claims on the bottle to be water-resistant and easily absorbed.

                    Obviously there are instructions on the bottle about how often to apply and how many uses you should get out of the bottle.

                    The product is white in colour and smells like holidays, I don't know how it does, maybe it's just me but I really love the smell of this product, it is quite sweet and a bit coconutty. You can't smell the insect repellent (which can only be a good thing as most of them are really stinky). It goes on the skin really easily and does absorb very quickly. I have found it takes no more than about 5 minutes for one all over application. There is a lid on top of the bottle which is obviously more likley to spill than a spray lotion but I prefer lotion as I find the sprays to hard to apply everywhere.

                    I wouldn't say that this has complete protection from bugs, but I am one of those who is always bitten and I always react quite badly to them, so I would always use this plus a repellent on top, just for extra protection, but at least it's in there to give you a head start.

                    I can't say that this product protects you from burning because that is down to personal application and lots of different factors, but if you wear sun screen that is appropriate for your skin type and the harshness of the sun and re-apply on a regular basis, you should be pretty safe. I would recommend putting sun cream on naked, before you put clothing on, as you are less likely to miss out key body areas (sounds weird, but it works, in a bikini or swimsuit there are always bits you will miss as you think they will be covered).

                    I love this product as it's easy to apply and smells beautiful. I would always recommend buying a few different SPF factors, and stocking up when it's on offer as it is quite expensive.

                    A great product.

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                    01.07.2009 15:09
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                    Fantastic quality product at a great price

                    As someone who burns within 10 minutes of being in the sun a decent sun cream is a must for me, even just for walking down the high street in my home town, I am very fair with pale skin and it has become something of a running joke in our family that despite the extensive amount of travel I do to hot countries I always come back paler than when I go because usually I get a spray tan before leaving and completely stay in the shade wherever possible.... pale and interesting I say!

                    Anyway, I am also unfortunate enough to have incredibly tasty blood - well its the only way I can explain how I always get eaten alive by insects and the person I am travelling with will escape with one or two bites. So a cream that actually combines SPF protection and insect repellent is pretty near perfect for me!

                    I do tend to rely on Boots Soltan range of sun creams quite a lot anyway but I had never tried this particular product until I went to the Gambia recently and knew that I would need to be protected both from the sun and from the pesky mossies and insects at the same time. Boots frequently have special offers on their suncare range, at the moment its buy one get one free on selected lines I believe, but they also offer 3 for 2 especially as the summer wears on which was the offer running when I bought this, meaning I got the very good after sun for free as it was the cheapest.

                    A 200ml bottle on its own costs around £8.99 and to my mind this is fantastic value. I personally use factor 25 as I need high protection for my skin. The great thing with Soltan, I find, is that it is really easy to rub it into your skin, boots also offer spray versions as well as the usual squeezy bottles and the sprays in particular rub in so easy that it makes the whole faff of putting on suntan lotion a lot easier.

                    When I used this for the first time in the Gambia I was really impressed with how easily it went into my skin and how quickly my skin stopped feeling sticky, this was of great benefit because Gambia is a very dry and dusty place and it was great that I had no sticky areas for sand and dust to cling to.

                    I was unsure about just how effective the insect repellent was in this cream until through my own scatterbrained idiocy I went on a trip into one of the national parks and realised I had left my sun cream in the hotel - doh! I had to borrow some off another guest and although it was fine in terms of sun protection I emerged three hours later and my legs looked like they had been sprayed with a pellet gun!

                    I spent the entire night itching and scratching and thankfully had some anti-histamine cream back in the room which stopped the cycle, it did bring home though how effective the in-built repellent was though as two days earlier on a similar trip I had been fine.

                    The convenience of not having to apply seperate sun cream and insect repellant is wonderful, especially when you are on holiday and have better things to do than reapply every few hours. The Soltan range to me represents great value for money and a high quality product, according to the Boots website it is one of the most popular ranges of suncare in the UK and its easy to see why - award winning for its sun protection performance and at a price to suit most pockets, I wouldnt think of going away without it.

                    I have a trip to Thailand coming up later in the year and I will certainly be looking for this product again as I have a feeling I shall be eaten alive if I dont!

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                      Great product for your suitcase!

                      I bought this before i went on holiday recently as i saw a review in FHM saying it was pretty good and they were on offer in Boots on 3 for 2 so i thought it was a great opportunity to try them.

                      There are a range of different SPFs and i went for 15 as i burn quite easily despite being dark haired with olive skin - i do tan eventually but i'm a bit naughty and don't always top up my cream throughout the day which is probably why i burn!

                      This appealed to me also because it had the added insect repellant which saved space in my luggage - i'm a typical man and if one product can do ten things then that's perfect for me!

                      The packaging isn't exactly manly but then it's not very feminine either so i didn't feel silly using it by the pool.

                      Also the fragrance is quite subtle which suited me as there are so many sun creams out there with fragrances which smell great but are a little girly if you ask me so i avoid them.

                      This product definitely did the trick on holiday - i simply sqeezed it on and rubbed it all over and with a bit of nagging from my girlfriend i remembered to apply it regularly - in fact it wasn't until the last day when i had packed away my suncream and sat in the sun for only an hour or so waiting for the plane that i got burnt! Silly me!

                      Anyway this seemed to ward of unwanted bugs as well as protect my skin without being too femininely fragranced!

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