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At last! We have some sunshine! It makes such a difference from having had so much snow. So now it's sunny outside it's time for a sunny review.
I bought this specific brand because it was on offer and I am always drawn in by offers, can't resist a good bargain! I have some of the other products from Nivea which I have always been very happy with and so I thought the sun lotion will also be good.
This sun cream is factor 50 plus which is recommended to be used on children as their skin is most delicate. Mrs B also uses this high factor as she has fair skin so it is great to use for all the family especially at the beginning of a sun holiday when your skin isn't used to the intensity of the sun.
Within this lotion is vitamin E, Aloe Vera and vitamin B. All of these are great for the skin. Vitamin E is renouned for it's antiageing properties. It is even recommended by midwives to pregnant women to apply as part of their daily skin care routine to help keep the skin moist and stretch mark free. Aloe Vera is another product which is great for the skin, it has calming and soothing natures so is great in a sun lotion. Vitamin B also helps to calm skin. So within this cream you get your skin protection from several factors, not just the sun.
This sun cream protects from both UVA and UVB rays which is vital in a suncare product. Some lotions only protect against the UVA rays but it is both which you need as these damage the skin and can lead to cancers and premature ageing. Neither particularly pleasant and one rather deadly if not treated within time. Also skin cancer is on the rise and mainly in men, so perhaps us men should actually take more time to apply some higher factors to our skin before going out in the sun. I'm always very tempted to just put on a factor as low as 10 and not reapply it when maybe I should really be taking more care.
This cream actually comes in two forms- as a spray or as a normal squeezy bottle. We have the spray version. This spray is really useful as you can just apply it a little more easily without messing around with shaking th ebottle and trying to get enough cream out and then shaking it too much and ending up getting too much out! With the spray at least you know how much will come out with each squirt. If your hands are greasy, which they usually are when you're rubbing in sun cream, it can be difficult to hold the bottle steady as your hands slip so it is a two-handed job really and the nozzle can be a bit hard to press down.
It is easy to rub into the skin, it absorbs well and doesn't leave you feeling sticky or smelling strongly of sun cream!
The cream itself is green! This is to make it more interesting for children and I think it's a good idea! It makes the process of covering your children's skin in cream that bit more interesting and child-friendly, trying to make it fun!
++How often do you apply?++
You should reapply if you have been in the sun for 80 minutes or if you feel like you are burning. Some people may not need it reapplying as much as others so it does depend on the individual. It is instant, so as soon as you apply it you are protected, you don't have to wait for it to work. it is also water resistant which is very useful so if you go swimming or splash around the pool you don't have to immediately reapply.
This is a good buy, it definitely protected my skin. It is vital to have something like this in your bag when you're having a sun holiday and important to use in this country too on those hot sunny days that seem like a distant memory!
The bottle with the spray nozzle is easy to use especially when it's getting lower but it is a two handed job. It's easy to rub in and absorb into the skin and you don't end up feeling sticky afterwards.
I think this is a great buy, you can't really complain about price if it works and protects you from the horrors that could occur should you not protect your skin.
Price wise this costs around £15 for 200ml which is pretty expensive so look out for when it's on offer- buy one get one free or something similar which a lot of the supermarkets tend to go for! And what you do have to remember it also has vitamins in it so it's doing more than one thing at once!
On the rare occasions we get the sun shining in lovely London and whenever we go abroad on holiday, I always carry around this Nivea Children's sun lotion with SPF (Sun Protection Factor now we all know what that stands for!) 50+. Since a child, my mum always used nivea on us as kids and so in turn I stuck with the tradition and have religiously bought this brand and used it with my now 3 year old daughter.
It has been especially developed for sensitive baby skin and is suitable from babies from 3 months to toddlers. It is a slightly white-creamish liquid with a hint of a silver glimmer in it. It is not slimy or greasy, but is easy to apply to my little one's skin and it soaks in nicely and gently and doesn't leave any streaks or shine. I love this cream as it has ingredients with a combination of with Vitamin E, Panthenol and natural Almond Oil, which leave my daughters skin cream and well nourished, yet 100% protected and I feel it does a great 2 in 1 job.
Instructions are simple and straightforward: apply before sun exposure, enough to give a visible layer before rubbing in, (so it sits on the skin in a white-ish blue-ish coloured layer) and then let it dry. Next, reapply the cream all over the body to ensure adequate coverage and no missed areas.
Whenever we go on holiday we follow these instructions, and always apply a more liberal amount when at peak times of heat such as between 11-3, and still try our best not to keep her in direct sunlight as we don't want too many harmful UV rays or for her to burn. Using this nivea cream honestly has protected our daughter fantastically as she has never suffered any sunburn when this has been applied and she always tans quite evenly and nicely! (Although I feel to add it is not our intention she needs a suntan or anything!) Another positive about this nivea children's sun lotion is that it has long-lasting water resistance. When we have used it on holiday, after application she has gone in the sear or swimming pool and even after being in water, the cream lasted long and did not wash off so easily, although we did re-apply throughout the day as you can never be too careful!
Of course sun tan lotions are not cheap, and the better the brand and the more SPF factor the more the price, so as a general I believe we pay around £8 for a bottle of this suntan lotion in superdrug, but saying this they often go on offer for buy one, get one free or similar deals so I usually wait for this and then stock up! It is a cream I will be using in the future for the long term, and would definitely recommend to all wanting to protect their little ones from the sunshine!
Like most new mums, I am a bit paranoid when it comes to protecting my little one. With the baking hot weather we had back in June (though difficult to remember back that far now as the rain is lashing down outside) I was very concerned about my baby getting sun burnt. My husband has very fair skin, and I have a feeling our little one has inherited his complexion.
Having a Factor 50 therefore was absolutely crucial as far as I was concerned, but the first product I tried (Boots Soltan factor 50) was so gloopy that it didn't absorb into the skin at all - just sat on the top of it so my poor little babe looked like he had been whitewashed! What I liked about this product was that it does really absorb well into the skin, so it is easy to apply an even coating.
I also like the fact that the product is fragrance free and is water resistant, so I could let the little one splash about in the paddling pool without worrying. I do keep reapplying frequently (probably much more than necessary) but just for extra protection.
Normally this product retails at about £10, but I purchased mine on offer in Tesco's for £5 which for peace of mind is well worth it.
Of course we all know that the best protection from sunburn is keeping the little ones in the shade, but this just isn't practical all the time. So for some protection when shade isn't an option, this product really does seem to work - no burnt cheeks for my little boy!
It is not only my children that I need to protect from the sun but there is me too.
All of us in our house are pale skined apart from my partner and we tend to catch the sun within 5 minuites of being out in it. I have always used a nivea brand of sunscreen for me and my children but due to the current hot weather a factor 30 just wasn't good enough. We were burning very quickly still and I was having to apply the factor 30 every 15 minutes.
I invested in this factor 50+ from asda it cost me £5 on the special deal that they had at the time which was why I purchased it. In most places it can cost alot of money which I am not impressed with due to we all want to protect ourselves and our children from sun dangers and when you have as many children as I do a bottle of this will only last for 2 days worth of sun.
It is a large blue bottle that is the highest factor that you can buy it has a clip top to avoid spillages. The instructions are clear you must apply this before entering the sun and must be re-applied at regualr intervals usually every hour or two is sufficient. It is waterproof so if you are on holiday you are able to go into the water without any worries that it will wash off and the sun will still burn you.
It is a thick cream so when you first apply the cream it will make your skin white, with a good rub the cream will soak into the skin and will also keep your skin from drying out.
I don't think it is quite as good as the adverts make it out to be it can take some time to rub in and this delays the children from playing which is a chore in itself. It is expensive to buy so if you can find it on any special deals then that is your best bet.
It does do what it says and protects you from the sun and it is waterproof so I do not have any bad points about the job that it is intended to do. I would rate this as 5/5 for the protection 3/5 for the application and 2/5 for the price of protecting yourself.
SPF 50 might seem excessive to most people but as I have an allergy to the sun I have to wear very high protection sun cream once we get to the summer. I often buy Nivea sun creams because the versions I've had before have suited my skin really well but I have to admit I picked this bottle up by mistake!
The Nivea Sun Children's Lotion with SPF50 isn't cheap, it cost me about £12.00 at the time (last summer) and I've just looked on Amazon and it's now £16.09 for 200ml. It's waterproof though and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
The item I was trying to purchase was the adult SPF50 cream which is in a very similar bottle. When I realised my mistake it was too late to take the product back, I'd already smeared loads on myself so much too late!
The only problem I had with this is it's visible, after I'd applied some I was left with a ghostly glow, even more than usual, from a coating of this and I couldn't get it to absorb fully. When I looked online I realised Nivea had done this on purpose so parents can see if the cream needs reapplying but for me it's not really what I'm after in a sun cream!
So I took it to my brother's for my niece to use in the sun. My nephew wasn't really old enough for sun worshipping at the time being only a few months old but my niece was 3 and into everything.
My sister-in-law used this over the summer when my niece was out playing in the sun, in the paddling pool or just generally out and about in the strong sun and she didn't get even a hint of pink. It stayed firmly put after the paddling pool and my sister-in-law obviously found the bit I didn't like useful because she could see if it had rubbed off anywhere and reapply.
This sounds great for kids, the visible layer that gives the skin a paler glow is ok for kids and helps parents see where the cream is, and isn't, whilst playing in the sun. For those of use who have to wear it daily and still look respectable and not like an aging goth it probably isn't a great idea! I wouldn't have bought it if I'd looked at the bottle properly in the shop but at least I've tried it and my niece got a summer of protected fun in the sun out of my expensive mistake!
5 stars for use on kids which is obviously what it's intended for.
Especially formulated for children's delicate skin, Nivea Sun Kids Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50+ Very High; with an optimised balance of UVA/UVB filters helps protect the health of their skin / Nivea Sun provides immediate protection against sunburn, long-term skin damage and helps to reduce the risk of sun allergies / Very water resistant / Vitamin E protect against free radicals / Reinforces skin's own natural UV defence.