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      13.08.2013 22:17
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      An effective sun cream

      I have been using Soltan for as long as I can remember, ever since my childhood holidays! It is the boots own make sun cream, available in a range of factors and even with insect repellent to stop you getting burnt and bitten on holiday.

      The bottles are bright yellow in colour so you cannot miss them - rather appropriate for the sunny places you will be taking them too. On the front you can easily view the SPF (sun protection factor). This number indicates the time you would have to spend in the sun (as a multiplier from having no sun cream on) until you would burn (or have too much UV exposure). This cream is available in SPF 4, 8, 15, 30 and 50. I tend to be very safe with SPF 15 cream and sometimes I will lower to an 8 to tan a bit easier - but you shouldn't compromise your safety in the sun too much. The standard bottle size is 200ml, although it is available in a larger 400ml bottle too.

      The cream is available in a bottle or as a spray. The spray seems to come out a bit lighter and isn't as thick, whereas the bottle cream is squeezed out and you can easily pour too much. For these reasons, the spray may be better.

      You are supposed to apply the cream around 15 minutes before entering the sun, which is a bit annoying. This gives it time to be absorbed to have full effect. The cream is easy to apply and rubs in reasonably well, although the bottle cream seems a bit heavier than the spray - you only need a small amount to start with! It should be applied to all areas which will be exposed to the sun. It has a typical sun cream smell, which is rather nice and reminds you of holiday even when you're not away!

      When in the sun, you can certainly feel the difference with this cream applied. You certainly do not burn as easily and the sun doesn't feel as hot and burning on your skin. If there is no breeze, you do sweat a lot and this causes the cream to come out along with the sweat, forming a sun creamy sweaty layer on your skin! Not the nicest thing... If you proceed to keep wiping your sweat away, the sun cream is wiped away too and you will need to reapply before you get burnt.

      If you go for a swim, this cream is supposed to be water-resistant but I still re-apply after if I will go on and lie in the sun. With all these re-applications it can run out pretty fast! The original price for the 200ml bottle is £8.99, which is quite hefty. On offer (which they usually are at boots), you can pay half the price (currently £4.15, which I bought my latest for). The 400ml ones are usually £15.99 but currently priced at £7.99. This is a lot cheaper than buying abroad, so even if it's a last minute purchase at the airport boots store - you will be saving money!

      Overall this is an effective and easy to use sun cream. The price is not bad compared to buying on the typical holiday destination, plus it is usually on offer. The cream is absorbed reasonably well and has a pleasant smell. Available in a range of SPFs and with insect repellent, it is suitable for most people. The drawback is that you have to re-apply quite a lot, which uses the cream up quickly.

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      25.05.2013 10:59

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      Disadvantages outweigh advantages, will seek another product

      Have been using Soltan original SPF 35 which works fine for stopping me from burning, but it does cause a horrible prickly burning sensation when I apply it to my face, so much so that I have had to stop using it on my face at all and use something else. It does not cause any redness or rash, and causes no reaction at all elsewhere on my body. I don't have any other particular skin problems or allergies that could make me more susceptible to this sort of effect. I am not that keen on it being so greasy and hard to rub in, leaving a greasy film wherever applied. I always have to wash the grease off my hands after putting it on. I shall probably bin any remaining after this current holiday and not buy it again. As others have said, it also marks light coloured clothing.

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      27.07.2010 17:54
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      A good range of sun cream

      I have been using the boots Soltan range for so long and it's done me good! They always seem to be on offer - mixing and matching the range with the buy one get one free offer. They give great protection and today come in a range of different varieties to suit you.

      Each 200ml bottle at Boots costs £9.25, which is very expensive. Sun cream is expensive though and with the buy one get one free offer, you're actually paying just over £4.50 a bottle. You can get get larger 400ml bottles for £15.49 - buy one get one free once again.

      They have a good selection of SPFs from 4 to 8, 15, 25, 30, 40 and 50. There is even an offer for £8.99 where you can get 200ml of SPF 25 sun cream with 200ml of aftersun. The aftersun is much needed to maintain your tan and keep your skin moist and healthy so I'd recommend this too!

      Boots recommend you apply the sun cream before going into the sun, and then once again in the sun. They also say to reapply every hour and always reapply when you go in the pool or towel off, despite the fact it's 'water resistant'. Personally, I think this is all a bit over the top - especially if you are trying to tan, it would take you months and summer isn't around for long!

      I tend to apply before I go in the sun so it gives it a chance to sink in and be absorbed rather than being sweated off straight away. I then sit there and only reapply when I feel the need - for example if the sun is very strong or I feel I could be getting burnt. I am quite good at tanning due to my skin, but some people have very sensitive skin and they will just turn into a lobster! For those of you who simply can't tan and just get red or burn, I'd recommend you pretty much follow the instructions mentioned above!

      The sun cream comes in bright yellow bottles that you will find in a section within Boots. They earn you points too for your Boots card. Some of the bottles are insect repellent and you can even get ones for sensitive skin, scented creams or a 'light' one, which is a little more expensive but is said to be instantly absorbed. I have not tried these yet - I tend to stick to the originals! Anyway, I'd recommend buying from the Soltan range - they are safe and reliable, easy to apply, smell pleasant and do the job.

      Thanks for reading!

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        20.08.2009 18:55
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        fairly easy to apply, not the best results.

        During last summer while picking up a few things in Boots,
        I decided to purchase a fairly cheap body moisturiser with self tan to add a little colour to my chalk white skin tone.

        At around the £5 mark for a 300ml bottle, I was more than happy to experiment.

        The lotion was easy to apply (massaging in circular motions), if not a little runny but had a nice, sweet smell but not sickeningly sweet.

        After about two weeks of applying the moisturiser, I noticed a slight tan, which didnt make me look like I'd spent 3 months travelling the world but there was a definite change.

        One thing I did not anticipate was the amount of spots that appeared(most probably caused by the oily solution) around my neck area.

        One thing I would add is that the bottle needs to shaken before application in order for the lotion to mix with the self tan agent.

        Available in Boots (sometimes on half priced deal), might be a good idea to top up on your tan from the little sun we got this year.

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        22.06.2008 19:16
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        A good and reliable sun cream that will protect you from the fiercest sun rays

        Your skin is a very important part of your body to protect - especially now that the summer is here! Everyone´s skin is vulnerable to disease and skin cancer, so it is vital that we protect it, safely knowing that it is protected. I trust Boots Soltan tanning cream with all my heart. I have been using it for years, in the hottest of weather and I am very pleased with it. It is quite expensive like any sun cream, but Boots normally do a buy one, get one free deal on selected Soltan items.

        It is available in a variety of protection factors such as 4, 8, 15, 25 etc... The higher the number, the more protection it gives but the less likely you are to get a tan. Sun cream is to protect your skin, but this doesn´t mean you aren´t still going to get a tan - especially with this product. I have built up a lovely tan over the years by using this and my skin is in good condition.

        I advise, as does Boots themselves that you apply this 15 minutes before entering the sun. This way, it soaks in to protect you and will not come off almost immediately through sweat when you enter the sun. Apply it to your whole body that will be exposed to the sun. It soaks in very well but makes you feel oily, but what do you expect? It has a white colour and a rather thin consistency with a fairly nice aroma. It will provide 5 star protection against UVA and UVB waves to protect your skin against burning.

        A typical 400ml bottle of factor number 25 from Boots will currently cost you 16.39. This isn´t a bad price as the cream should last you a while. Although it makes you sound like a slice of bread, the cream is very "spreadable" so you won´t need to slap on loads. I would definitely recommend it as it does a good job, smells nice and is efficient to use.

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          20.05.2006 15:47
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          Comprehensive range of sun protection products for all the family

          It's peeing down with rain here today with not a hint of sun in the sky, so there's certainly no need for any sun tan cream. Yet there is nothing quite like the smell of the stuff to evoke happy holiday memories, and thoughts of sunnier climes. I do love having a tan - it makes me look and feel healthier, but I do know it's not good for my skin. I've been using Soltan products for nearly 15 years now and always take several bottles of varying factors away on holiday with me. As it's made and manufactured solely by Boots, it works out a little bit cheaper than better known brands of sun care products like Piz Buin or Ambre Solaire. And the best thing of all is that it works. I cannot remember the last time I had a bad case of sunburn (unlike my partner, who always starts off on a low factor cream, gets sunburnt and spends the next three days whimpering in the shade). I always start off on a higher factor and progress down the scale to lower factors as my tan develops.

          ** WHY USE SUNCREAM ?**
          According to Cancer Research, skin cancer has become one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK. Most forms of skin cancer are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun both at home and abroad. As a mainly fair skinned race, we need to take care of ourselves in the sun. Nowadays everyone is at risk from damage through over-exposure to the sun. Although fair skinned people (and those with red hair or blue eyes) are at slighter greater risk, olive and black skins can also develop skin cancer.

          There is no such thing as a safe tan - after all a tan is purely a sign that your skin has received too much sunlight and has gone brown to try and protect itself. However, using sun protection factor creams is the best way to start protecting yourself from harmful rays. Sun tan creams will also help moisturize your skin, and keep it more supple. Without moisture, your skin becomes thicker and drier and ages quicker, and you'll end up looking like an old leather handbag.

          ** HOW DO SUNCREAMS WORK ? **
          The sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) rays in the form of UVA and UVB and it's these rays that can cause damage to our skin. In the past sun creams used to just block UVB rays, which cause us to get sunburnt. However, increased research into the subject has found that it's the UVA rays that cause us longer term skin damage and premature aging. Therefore, it's really important to find a sun cream with the maximum physical and chemical ingredients in it to provide us with as much protection against both UVA and UVB rays as possible. Most sun care creams, including Soltan, contain a mixture of physical and chemical filters which act to protect our skins from the most damaging elements of the sun. The physical element is zinc oxide, which is responsible for the thin white layer or membrane that sits on top of our skin and which reflects the sun's rays back. The higher the sun protection factor the increased amount of zinc oxide within, which is why some of the higher factors can be so tricky to rub in, and you're left with a sticky, slightly white residue on your skin. The chemical elements are the ingredients that penetrate the skin and act as a "sponge" to absorb the sun's rays so that they do not penetrate into the lower layers of skin and cause damage.

          ** WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT SOLTAN PRODUCTS ?**
          For the best type of sun protection, you need a sun cream that offers protection against both UVB and UVA light. All Soltan products contain high enough UVA and UVB filters to reduce the burning effect of the sun on the skin by up to four times. They are also billed as extra moisturizing with added Vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps support the skin's natural defences and prevent any lasting damage. They do effectively moisturise as well - gone are the days when you could literally watch your tan come off on the plane trip home. Your skin definitely feels softer and more supple through using this product, and they definitely help combat the worst elements of the drying effects of the sun. Their suntan creams are also water resistant - which is handy if you're on holiday in a very hot country and need to keep getting in and out of the pool or sea just to cool down.

          ** COST AND PACKAGING **
          I remember the days when you could go into a chemist in the Winter and have trouble finding even the smallest tube of sun cream. Come the Summer, and you'd be offered slightly more choice. Nowadays, you are spoilt for choice even on the darkest December days. There is an impressive array of sun care products to be found on the shelves at Boots - there is something for every different type of skin and holiday.

          Soltan sun creams come in a huge range of different sun protection factors (SPF) from 50+ down to 2. They are often on special offer (Buy one, get one free) at Boots, so do keep an eye out. The recommended minimum factor with which to start your holiday is SPF 15. An SPF 15 factor will give you 93% protection from UVB and UVA rays. An SPF 30 offers about 96% protection. An average person can spend 15/20 minutes in the sun before they begin to burn. As a simple rule of thumb, the SPF factor in your cream is the increased length of time you can spend in the sun before you begin to burn - i.e. SPF 15 means you can spend 15 times longer in the sun (15 x 20 minutes), before you need to reapply or move into the shade.

          Sun protection factor 50+ = 200ml @ £9.49
          Sun protection factor 40 = 200ml @ £8.99
          Sun protection factor 25 = 200ml @ £8.49 / 400ml = £14.99
          Sun protection factor 15 = 200ml @ £7.79 / 400ml = £13.99
          Sun protection factor 8 = 200ml @ £7.49 / 400ml = £12.79
          Sun protection factor 4 = 200ml @ £6.79 / 400ml = £11.19

          As you will see from the above list, Soltan creams are sold in a variety of different factors, and they are suitable for all ages and skin types. The thing I like best about Soltan are the bigger bottles. They are ideal for holidays, as everyone can use them, and then either stay safer on the same high factor, or move on down to a lower factor as their tan develops.

          Soltan products are all packaged in orangey yellow plastic containers with jaffa orange coloured lids. You flick the lid and then squeeze the cream out. The bottles are easy gripped, squeezable and user friendly. My only gripe with the packaging is that it's really difficult to get the last vestiges of cream out the container. A good thump will dislodge some of it but not all. I tend to take a pair of scissors with me on holiday (NOT in my hand luggage of course...), so that I can cut the plastic container open about halfway down. You'll be amazed how much more cream you can get out of the container, thus saving you from having to buy some more if you run out whilst away.

          ** APPLICATION **
          All Soltan products smell of summer to me. They smell fresh and clinical with the vaguest hint of citrus. There is no coconut smell at all to Soltan products, which is probably why I like them so much. The cream is a bright white liquid - not too runny but not too thick either. It is easily rubbed into the skin and absorbs quite naturally in minutes.

          Soltan should be applied in generous quantities all over your body at least 15 minutes before you go out in the sun. It takes a while to sink in and become effective. The higher factors (such as SPF 15 and above), will take longer to rub in as they are thicker due to increase amounts of zinc oxide. This is the creamy white filter that sits on the top of your skin. It's much easier to apply sun cream to dry skin as it tends to absorb much quicker. It may be an idea to apply sun block or even higher factors to any areas that are likely to burn more easily, such as your nose, ears or neck.

          Once you are out in the sun, sun cream should be reapplied every 1 to 2 hours and always after swimming. All Soltan products are water resistant, which is most handy if you're in a very hot country and need to keep leaping in and out of the sea or pool every half an hour to cool down like I do. However, despite being water resistant, it's always best to reapply Soltan after a swim or a towel down just in case any of it has rubbed off. I find that it's best to let yourself dry off a little bit after a swim, before you reapply, as the higher factors especially are quite hard to rub into wet/damp skin. They send to sit on top of your skin and don't absorb quite as easily as if your skin were dry.

          ** THE SCARY BIT **
          A word of warning to the wise though, it really doesn't matter how high your SPF is, or how often you apply sun cream, you'll never be 100% protected against the sun. Don't sit in the blazing hot sun thinking you are OK, because you're wearing sun cream. You are still at risk from skin damage. Other tips to avoid skin damage are avoiding the midday sun (mad dogs and Englishmen.....). Do cover yourself up and move into the shade if you feel you've had too much sun. Try wearing a hat or a T-shirt and always make sure you protect your eyes with sunglasses.

          Skin cancer is becoming one of the most common cancers in the UK and it is responsible for over 2,000 deaths in the UK each year - more than in Australia. There are over 69,000 new cases diagnosed every year, a figure which has double since the early 1980's. There are two main types of skin cancer, malignant melanoma (the most serious type) and non-melanoma skin cancer. The clearest indication of melanoma on our skins is by checking our moles. If you have a new or growing mole it may be worth keeping an eye on it. If the mole has a ragged edge or it contains varying shades of brown (or black), then it may be worth a visit to the doctors. Itchy, bleeding or inflamed moles are another sign that there may be cause for concern. More expert help and information on skin cancer and the Cancer Research SunSmart campaign can be found at www.cancerresearchuk.org/sunsmart.

          **CONCLUSION **
          Soltan products are expensive, but they work out cheaper than other well known named brands. That said, all sun protection products are prohibitively expensive when one considers that all they are is moisturizing cream with added chemicals. But if you want and need a tan, they are an expense worth making. Soltan will protect you and your family against some of the harsher elements of the sun if used correctly - they won't break the bank and they are sold in an impressive array of handy sized containers. And best of all, they provide you with 5 star protection against both UVA and UVB rays, so you and yours can spend the maximum amount of time at the beach, without worrying about the after effects. And whilst you're baking yourself in the sun, you can rest assured that the cream is effectively moisturising your skin and keeping the worst elements of the drying effects of sea, sun and salt at bay.

          And remember, if you want a tan - do it safety. Always apply a sunscreen (SPF 15+ ideally), and try to avoid the sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm as the rays will be strongest. A cloudy day does not mean that the sun cannot hurt you - there will still be penetrating UV rays in the air. And if in doubt, always adhere to the Australian recommendation to:-

          ~ SLIP on a shirt
          ~ SLAP on a hat
          ~ SLOP on sunscreen

          The Soltan range of sun care items are sold and manufactured exclusively by Boots:-

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          The Boots Company Plc
          1 Thane Road
          Nottingham
          NG2 3AA

          Website: www.boots.com
          Customer Services: 0845 070 80 90

          Thanks for reading and see you by the pool.

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            14.07.2004 01:29
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            We're in the middle of July at the moment but it might as well be February - the weather is absolutely appalling! We've had storms, torrential rain and even lightning, so there isn't really much use for suncream, but I'm off on my holidays on the 25th July and thought I would update a review on an old favourite! My skin tans easily and rarely burns; even without sun lotion I rarely burn, but I use it anyway because I don't want to look like I'm fifty by the time I get to thirty! I am quite careful with my skin, and use a sunscreen on my face every day, as well as my body in summer. I've tried quite a few suncreams, and Boots Soltan Extra Moisturising Sun Protection Lotion in SPF15 (that's a bit of a mouthful!) is the best one I've tried so far. It protects against both UVA and UVB rays; UVA rays cause premature ageing - they're the kind that are used on sunbeds, whereas UVB causes sunburn. It's water-resistant, but NOT waterproof, and is photostable, meaning that the effectiveness of the sun lotion does not break down as time goes by. It also has a cell protection system, which means nothing to me, but you might find it useful! The bottle might put some people off - if you prefer to whip out an discreetly elegant bottle on the beach, then this isn't for you! It's a bright yellow bottle with a lurid orange flip-top. It does look a bit cheap, but it's quite strong and does the job; holds the sun lotion, so you can't really complain! It's available in 200ml and 400ml bottles. It is 'easily absorbed and moisturises continously between applications'. It also contains cocoa butter and Vitamin E. It does actually leave my skin feeling lovely and soft, but 
            3; never use it in place as my usual moisturiser because I have eczema. I've never had any irritation or eczema flare-ups from using this though, which is good. I love the smell of it, because it reminds me of past holidays! It's quite sweet and clinical, and tinged with a tangerine smell. I think it's fairly inoffensive and it's not that bad that you can't bear to put any on, or anything like that! I've read a few of the ops on this same product, and I have to disagree! Those ops are fairly old though, so maybe it has been reformulated or something. It's a thick, strong-smelling, creamy-coloured lotion that is absorbed easily and quickly and feels quite refreshing when you put any on. It did have a slight greasy afterfeel though. When I was in Tenerife last year, I did burn very slightly on the tops of my feet where I hadn't put any suncream on (who puts suncream on their feet??), but the rest of me was fine, so I assume it did it's job and prevented me from burning, but it's difficult to assess the effectiveness of it because I very rarely burn anyway, and I tan unbelievably quickly! I use this on any exposed parts of the body in the summer, as well as on my face every day, all year round. It does leave your skin feeling a little greasy for a few minutes afterwards, but it does settle down - you could always use a little powder to cover the greasiness, if you like. There are loads of varieties available; coloured children's versions, sprays, etc. The lowest I have seen is SPF8 and the highest is SPF60, so there's something for everyone. Also, I have very sensitive skin, but this was fine and din't irritate my skin. I would recommend it, because it does the job well for an own-brand, but do be aware that you won't look particularly
            attractive with this slathered all over your face! Mine was on offer at £15 for a 400ml bottle and 400ml aftersun, but I don't think this offer is available anymore. TIPS AND ADVICE ON SUNCARE -Don't skimp on the sunscreen, because you might as well not be using any if you do! It might be slightly pricey but it's worth it if it stops premature ageing and skin cancer when you're older. -If you insist on sunbathing between 11am-2pm, take regular breaks in the shade, drink lots of fluids (not alcohol, coffee or tea) and reapply your sunscreen regularly. -Try not to burn! If you feel your skin is going to burn (it is going red, feels a bit sore), then forget that bronzed tan and go inside, and apply aftersun. I have read that burning increases your chances of skin cancer by 50%, so you have to be careful! -Aftersun just soothes and cools down skin, it does not repair sunburn - some people forget that and don't mind frazzling their skin because they think aftersun will reverse the damage! -Water-resistant is a lot different to waterproof, so remember to reapply your sunscreen after you've been in the water. -Even if you're in England, the rays can be damaging, so at the very least, use a moisturiser with built-in SPF. The UVA rays are invisible but still damaging - that's why suncare specialists recommend using sunscreen even in winter. By the way, the title is from Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrman!

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              I've said it before but I just love the sun. Give me a beach, sunshine and a thong and I'm in paradise. Though my boyfriend reckons it's just an excuse for me to get my clothes off - as if! I am sensible while I'm in the sun - well as far as my skin safety and its appearance are concerned anyway. I always use, what I consider to be, the right suntan strength lotion and slap it on regularly. When we last went on holiday to Cyprus my boyfriend said he would buy the lotions, so I left him to it. I imagined exotic perfumes, sensual oils and what did he come back with? Boots own brand, Soltan, that's what. "Well they were on special offer", he mumbled looking at my disgruntled expression. So Soltan it had to be, judging by the full plastic bag he was carrying - waste not want not. The Soltan plastic type bottles were a light orange colour with 200ml of 'cream' in each one. "But I like oil", I grumbled, while imagining stretching out in paradise with a glistening, shiny sheen to my sun kissed skin. "Ahh", said clever clogs, "but oils are usually ineffective vehicles for sunscreens. Often a lower level of protection in a cream or lotion will protect you better than an oil with a slightly higher protection factor." Or something like that. He's a right know-it-all at times. I glazed over, decided to shut up and think of some positive aspects to Soltan. Like, erm, it was cheap, especially as I didn't pay for it and, oh yes, it says that it 'rubs in easily'. Mind you, where's the fun in that! It's also supposed to be an 'extra moisturising sun lotion'. Now moist I like, "But 'extra' than what?", I wondered. The first day of our holiday arrived and before we went to the beach I rubbed in the lotion all over. I used a factor 15 bottle as this is generally accepted as being the minim
              um level for a high protection sun screen. With Soltan it should be applied fifteen minutes before going into the sun. It actually turned out to be a little longer than that before we finally left the hotel. I think this was because I asked 'holiday man' to rub some on my back that started the delay. The cream did, as it claims, and rubbed in easily. It's white in colour and is like a thick runny lotion. It sort of looked familiar as I squirted some on my tummy, but it was soon absorbed by my skin. Afterwards my skin felt softish and it left a very slight shine, which I quite liked. The cocoa butter ingredient must have done the trick, it's good stuff. In Tahiti pregnant women use it to prevent stretch marks. Soltan also contains vitamin E plus a lot of other things I've never heard of like methyldibromo glutaronitrile for one. As for the smell, it was a typical sun lotion pong. Not offensive, but there again, not exactly the stuff to enflame the senses and make you feel special. It didn't put my boyfriend off his stroke so I guess it was acceptable. Now a problem is always: How often should you apply sun lotion? The bottle recommends that it is re-applied every 1-2 hours. With a 15 strength cream this, in theory, allows you to stay in the sun fifteen times longer than without any protection. But it all depends on skin type, so who knows how long this really is. It's an individual thing. I think the answer is to splodge it on often and especially after going in the sea. Soltan state that their cream is water resistant, but go on to advise that it should be re-applied after swimming. My skin is quite happy in the sun, and I normally have the remnants of a tan. However I'm still always extra careful for the first few days. Especially with some areas of my body such as collarbones, shoulders, shins and areas not normally exposed quite as much, like nipples, breasts and bottom. I u
              sually have some zinc oxide at the ready just in case it's needed, as this is a complete block. The only problem with this is that it is usually white in colour and can look quite odd when used on the lips or nipples for example. I mean I wouldn't want to draw attention to myself - hee hee! The Soltan proved to be just fine. It did as it should and I ended the holiday with a nice even tan. It seemed compatible for my skin and I got used to the smell. Would I use it again? Well it wouldn't be my first choice but I wouldn't mind. Soltan have various different choices of protection levels (2 to complete block), depending on what you feel is necessary. I must admit that after a week I started using a level 8, unless in the mid-day sun, and again this suited my needs. I didn't burn or go lobster coloured. The Soltan bottles state that the cream has a 'Cell Protection System' which 'helps to prevent longer term skin damage by supporting the skin's natural defence system'. So there you go. There is so much mumbo jumbo written on skin products and I have no idea if there is any truth in Soltan's statement. I'm not even really sure what it means. One thing you should seemingly avoid, with Soltan, is to allow the cream to come into contact with fabrics. Unfortunately my boyfriend didn't want me to strip off completely (on the beach, that is) so I couldn't prevent this from happening. But the lotion didn't appear to have any adverse effect on anything I wore. To sum up: Soltan was a perfectly acceptable sun lotion and a plus was that it was a moisturiser as well. The sun does tend to dry out skin, doesn't it? The smell I could tolerate, but didn't really like. The cream wasn't particularly pleasurable to apply, but it did rub in easily unless the skin was sweaty or perspiring (obviously that would be him I'm talking about and not me!)
              . It's not very glamorous and does nothing to encourage fantasies of sensual oils being gently massaged into your skin, perhaps that's just my 'thing' though. Also I wish it was properly waterproof. I love the sea and swimming and it was a bit of a nuisance to have to keep on re-applying the lotion. Now if it had been a slinky, nicely perfumed oil I probably wouldn't have minded. To finish with, lets give Soltan some marks: Waterproofing 1/5 Sun Protection 4/5 Moisturising 3/5 Absorption 4/5 Packaging 3/5 Value 3/5 Smell 1/5 Roll on the next trip to the sunshine, with or without Soltan. - Kay

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                20.07.2001 22:58
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                Before I start this opinion, I would like to stress the importance of using sun protection. Even if you have dark skin, you still need to use some sort of protection. If you have very light skin or are a child, sun protection is a must. Skin cancer, is real and it is more common than you may think, the stupid thing is that by wearing sun cream, and avoiding the sun in the early afternoon, you can prevent this killer. I have light skin, and I use Boots Soltan. Soltan offers protection against burning UVB rays. It has a special formula that maintains protection between applications. It also has a cell protection system, which helps to prevent longer skin term damage, by supporting the skins natural defence system. As an added benefit, it has an odourless insect repellent. It moisturises the skin, and it does not block your pores. You have to apply the cream every one to two hours, and after swimming. This cream does work well, it stops you burning, and I feel confident using it. I would like to add one thing, why is sun protection so expensive? Even though this is Boots own brand, it costs £8. If sun protection was cheaper, I am sure more people would use it, and hence we could start cutting the sun cancer statistics. I'm sure sun protection does not cost nowhere near £8 to make, I bet the companies are making a fortune out of it.

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                  05.07.2001 18:46
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                  Now I am Scottish so I am very lacking in the tanned department, in fact I have a blue shine about me! I was in boots the other week and I have amassed £10 worth of boots points so I decided to splash out on some fake tan. I bought soltan self-tanning mouse. I am very nervous about applying this to regions visible on a daily basis i.e. my arms. S0 I decided I would just do my legs to start with. So I showered shaved, exfoliated, moisturised, some hours later!! And I have still to even begin putting the stuff on! So I sit down ready to go, take the top off and press, Oh my god I think a bit too much mouse for a leg as it wont all rub in so I have this white stuff on my legs. SO I have to rub some off one leg and onto the other. It didn’t take to long to apply after all my preparation! Just be careful when squirting the mouse out as you don’t need all that much. So every hour I was eagerly checking awaiting some marvellously tanned legs to appear from under my tracky bottoms. It said on the tin results will be noticeably after a few hours. Very vague! Anyway I got bored and went to bed. Got up all excited and rushed to gaze at my new found tanned legs. Alas this was not really the case. They were less blue, in I have to say less white, but I wouldn’t say they were tanned :-( I did go for the natural effect so I shouldn’t expect miracles. I think I maybe need to apply a few layers to “build up a nice tan” but it wasn’t patchy or orange. And the results weren’t fake looking. All in all Good things :-) 1)it doesnt make you daygo orange 2)It didnt streak 3)it doesnt smell foul 4)Leaves skin felling smoother than a babys boy 5)Bottle does more than once 6)Fairly cheap 7)If you save adv points you can get it FREE 8) doesnt look to "FAKE" Bad things :-( 1)not much of "tan" 2)Need to put it on a
                  couple of times a few days in a row to darken it 3)Takes HOURS to show results, best doing the night before But I think I might save up and get St Tropez next its meant to be the best.

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                    13.06.2001 23:07
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                    Lets face it, Boots is the most popular chemist's chain, so most of us probably head straight there when looking for sun cream. Luckily the SOltan products do not disappoint! I havebought several different factors and have foundthem all to be very effective and good value for money. Most importantly the products all have high UVA protection as well as UVB. This is very important since though it is the UVB rays which burn your skin, the UVA rays cause wrinkles and premature aging - I may want a tan, but I certainly don't want to end up looking like a wrinkled prune! The soltan products smell quite nice, go onto your skin really easily and are much cheaper than other brands. Since Boots is such a well renowned company you can also rest assured that the products have been properly tested and do actually protect you from the sun! As an added bonus the creams also come in several formulations including extra moisturising or insect repellent, which is great if you are trying to travel light! Last, but certainly not least, Boots often have buy one get one free offers on Soltan products, so you might pick up an even better bargain!

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                    09.06.2001 23:44
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                    Boots Soltan spray is probably one of the best sun creams I have ever used. It outshines the rest (Get the pun there?) on several points. The one thing I hate about sun protection is that it is hugely overpriced. We are told that we must cover up, wear sun cream and avoid getting burnt. This is wise advice considering the sate of the Ozone layer. But how many of us heed it? One look at the shelves in Boots and you are put off. £10 will probably buy you enough sun cream to cover your nose with a thin layer of factor 2. However, Boots have addressed that issue, well a bit, by introducing their Soltan range. This range includes a full scale of Sun Protection Factor creams and after-sun lotions. I am a fan of spray on creams, and luckily Boots offer one of those too. The 300ml bright orange spray bottle is the best way of applying a good layer of SPF 15, which is ideal if you’re like me and never tan. The spray allows you to apply cream with one hand, useful for doing your back and shoulders if you’re on your own, and seems to make it last longer. The only downside of the spray on creams is that they don’t come in the higher factors, possibly due to the consistency being too thick. Sun cream is a must have, even if it is a bit overcast, and Boots offer an affordable range. Opt for the own brand price and show those big manufacturers that Skin cancer is not just a problem for those of us who cant afford Nivia.

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                      23.04.2001 02:21

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                      I spent ages picking a tan looking at the colour the smell and how long it took to dry in the end I pick this one. At first it seamed to work well I loved the colour and was very happy I’d read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. After spending a couple of days putting it on and letting it dry till a got the colour I wanted. But then to my horror after just 3 days when I went in the bath most of it washed off it looked like I had had a tea bag in the bath with me. So feeling down hearted I started again then next week to find that one day when I took my make up off that my tea tree face toner took the colour out of my tan like paint striper on gloss. Also after 3 days of having the tan on if was rubbing off on the inside of my new white bra. I find this a real shame as I love the colour it's rich and deep but not to fake looking and it smell pretty good to I’ve tried the mousse form and that is great. I’ll put down to bad luck and try somethink else. I also found out as well as Tea Tree toner Distilled Which Hazel also takes the colour out of the fake tan which might come in usaful if you make a mess around your knees and ankles.

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                      30.08.2000 20:27

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                      When in a hot country there is nothing worse than being bitten if you're burnt,this lotion is very easy to apply,smells good, and sinks in well,it isn't sticky and stops you ebing bitten too,when on holioday i also use it as a moisturiser as i like it soo much.it doesn't lave your skin feling softer,but as the cream is quite thin,it easy to apply to red skin,a bottle lasts ages,and it doesn't stain your clothes.I always use this now when i go away,it's quite good value for money and the big bottle lasts all holiday for an entire family,always a comfort to know it's boots too.

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                      07.08.2000 21:06
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                      Boots soltan sunblock is a must for a family with kids. I went out looking for some sun cream for my 11 month old son. As the hot weather had hit unexpectently. So i went into boots and came out this cream. It was very good as it was a total sunblock which i was glad i did as i was in two minds whether too get normal cream or this. It is a 25 factor cream and has maximum protection. I put it straight on my son, it went on very easy but was very messy. Don't put too much on or they go white lol. It is water resistance which is handy for my older two as they are in and out of the pool. It is also UVA and UVB sunscreened. Which means they won't get burned.It is in a yellow container and all you do is flick the lid open squeeze out the cream, and flick shut the lid again so there is no leaks. Which is handy when you got a child that is grabbing at everything. It cost me £2.25 from boots.

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