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Last summer I had a suncream designed for a baby, this year, with a very active toddler I wanted a kids suncream. Although I was impressed with the Soltan baby suncream I bought last year my childminder was always using the Nivea suncream when my daughter was with her and I knew it was effective, so I thought it would be worth a try, especially since I picked it up half price in Boots for £7.50 for a 200ml bottle.
This Nivea Sun Kids Pure and Sensitive suncream comes as a spray and has a SPF 50+ which is reassuring. What also really appealed to me was the fact that this cream was for sensitive skin, as there are no colourants, perfume or preservatives, so I don't have to worry about it irritating my daughter;s delicate skin. The product also claims to be 'very water resistant' and given how much my daughter loves both the paddling pool and the paddling in the sea when the weather is hot, I really do need one that is water resistant. However, it does state on the product that the cream should be applied very frequently even after swimming etc. It also states that it offers 'immediate protection' when applied to the skin.
With the recent spell of extremely hot weather my daughter has spent most of each day outdoors and so covering her in suncream has been essential. Applying this product is easy given that it is a spray. I have had no issues with the spray itself, but if anything I probably tend to use a spray more that lotion, to be sure that I have covered all of my daughter's skin. I simply rub in the suncream after I spray the area, and it is easily and quickly absorbed by the skin. I also like the fact that the cream doesn't seem greasy or slimy, but at the same time seems to keep my daughters skin moist.
This product has really been tested over the last week with my daughter outdoors in the hot sun, particularly at the weekend, when we visited the beach and she was paddling in the water and there was a sea breeze making her more vulnerable to burning. Over the duration of this good spell of weather, there wasn't even the slightest hint of any kind of redness or burning of the skin - in fact she is as pasty white looking as she ever was!
All in all, this is a great suncream/spray and it really was tested to the limits over this last week and with perfect success, so I would very willingly recommend it as well as purchase it in the future.
What is this product?
This review is for Nivea Pure and Sensitive lotion, SPF 50+ under the Sun Kids brand. This lotion is marketed for use with children but really is suitable for anyone who needs to take extra care when enjoying the sun and has sensitive skin. It comes in a 250ml bottle and a 50ml pocket size version. It retails in Asda at £7 for the large bottle and £3 for the little one.
What do I like about this product?
My daughter is now two and HURRAH we are actually get some HOT SUN in the UK at the moment so we are able to enjoy the garden!! I use Nivea sun products on my own skin as I have found they are easily absorbed and non greasy so it was natural for me to check out their kids' range. They do have another kids' brand which SPF 30 but as my daughter is young with sensitive skin prone to drying out and is blonde haired, I decided to go for the top SPF. Plus, she's half Irish (thanks to me) so she may have inherited my whiter than whiter burns at a whisper skin! I bought both the large bottle, to have at home, and the pocket size one, to have in her backpack so we didn't get caught out. I find the lotion has a pleasant, summery smell and, like my experiences with Nivea's adult range, very quickly absorbed and non greasy. My daughter is happy to help putting this product on and it is gentle enough for her delicate skin. I have found myself reapplying now and again as she plays in the sun but in general one or two applications (as long as they are not in water or towel drying) has protected her well. Absolutely no burns. The bottle is an attractive but simple design and my daughter knows what it is right away (and says "put the cream on, not get burnt") and for the price, average value for money. I also have a friend who used it recently - she usually wears SPF 60 as she really does burn very quickly. She did not burn whilst using this product and she actually said she thought it was lighter weight and more easily absorbed than those she had used which were designed for adults but no less effective.
What do I dislike about this product?
The product itself, nothing at all, the only thing I would like to see is an open top on the neck of the pocket sized bottle or a removable cap like on the large bottle so that I could decant some of the larger one into it, at the moment it is a small pin head sized hole to squeeze the cream out of. The chance sof them doing that are unlikely, as they want us to buy more of the little bottles!
Do I recommend this product?
Absolutely, 100%. Hiding inside this lovely fragranced, light and kind lotion is a super powered high factor sun cream which is protecting my daughter's precious skin very effectively. Go Nivea!
Last week, I found myself on a mental hospital trip to the seaside, with nothing whatsoever to protect my pallid complexion from turning a fetching fire-engine red. I nagged a nurse to take me into a little Boots, where I found I only had enough cash on hand for a small bottle of kids' suntan lotion. I suspected that kids' stuff might be a little ineffective, but the bottle claimed, SPF 50, so I went for it.
Since then, I've become a fixture on sunny days, handing the bottle around the patients as they slowly bake on the warm lawn. I suspect I may have to make my excuses to find a way to buy a new bottle soon, as it's in rather high demand!
The bottle is white, with a little orange screw cap. It has a childlike drawing of a stereotypical little kid on the label, underneath the branding, next to the SPF rating. The SPF rating is coupled with a little scale of sun protection, from 15 to 50+, that adds a reassuring air of validity to the bottle's claims of very high protection.
The lotion comes easily out of the little squeezy cap. It's white, with a consistency similar to shower cream, and has no odour that I can detect. It's a pleasant experience to rub it into your face and arms - it feels almost silky, and it provides a wonderful moisture. It sinks into the skin, rather than sitting atop it and provoking a sweat in the sun. It doesn't feel greasy or sticky at all. Rather, it's cooling, and salves overheated skin. Once it settles in, you can't tell that it's on.
I lounged on a conveniently-placed seaside boulder for what must have approached three hours that day, shortly after noon, the strong sunlight reflecting off the water. I passed the bottle around, as some of my comrades had begun to look decidedly fricasseed as time passed. I maintained my Dracula pallor, and nobody quite reached the dizzy heights of lobsterhood which we'd all expected to stumble back in.
The full bottles of this brilliant stuff retail for around £15 in Boots, or you can buy miniature, holiday-sized bottles for around £3. It's a soothing, protecting suntan lotion for all ages - don't be put off by the branding - and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants or needs to stay pale in the sun.
I bought this for my recent holiday to Turkey as I burn every time I go away through trying to tan my really really white skin and this year I gave up. I eventually realised that I've never had a tan, only burn, and I would rather stay white than turn lobster red.
I decided to go for factor 50 sun cream, and this Nivea kids SPF 50 sun cream was on offer in Asda for £5 (I think it is normally about £7 - £10). The bottle it comes in doesn't look very big, and I was worried it wouldn't last the week - but it is a spray, rather than a thick cream, which I think makes it go further as it's not as thick as other sun cream I have used in the past. It has a cap that goes over the spray bit, which is useful as I lost mine towards the end of the week and it kept getting bits of sand and stuff stuck in the nozzle.
Like I said, this sun cream comes in spray format and isn't too thick, when you spray it on the skin it is thick enough not to run down the skin, but thin enough so that a little goes a long way and it is easy to spread on around. I applied this to my shoulders, face, back, arms, chest and legs, about 5 times a day for a week and I didn't run out. It was white in colour (which blended in pretty well with my skin colour) and had a light fragrance, which wasn't very strong and smelt faintly fruity. As per the instructions, I applied several times a day, especially after swimming (although it is supposed to be very waterproof). This product doesn't feel sticky at all and soaks into the skin quickly.
My verdict on this product is good - for the first time in my life I didn't burn. I know this is supposed to be for kids but I have such sensitive, pale skin that is so prone to burning, that I think I do need to use a product deisnged for children's skin, and I would definitely use this one again. I did apply this very frequently throughout the day, particularly between the hours of 11am - 3pm, I don't know if I would have burnt if I had applied this less often, but I am sure most people would apply this very regularly to their children anyway to avoid burning. It is never advisable for anyone, especially children, to spend too long in ths sun, particularly in the midday heat.
This comes in a 200ml bottle and can be bought from most supermarkets and pharmacies. It is described as SPF 50+ for sensitive skin.
The ingredients are:
Aqua, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Homosalate, Titanium Dioxide, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Ceteareth-20, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonate Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Trisodium EDTA, BHT.
This is a long lasting spf50 sun cream that is suitable for all ages, designed and marketed for children whose skin is the most sensitive to the ravages of sunlight, I bought my bottle as part of a two for £6 promotion in the supermarket so I also included the aftersun version of this as well. I was determined this year to make sure my little one did not burn while out in the sun and I also used it on myself as I also tend to stay out of the sun as it is not kind to your skin and I have an olive complexion anyway so have no real need to tan excessively.
The sun cream is very runny and this makes it easy to apply, it is an off white colour. It spreads very easy so it is best to only add a little to your hand or directly to the skin using the pump action delivery at each use so that none is wasted. It absorbs really quickly into the skin which is very important with little ones who can be a bit impatient to get off into the pool or onto the sand. I tended to apply this before we ate breakfast to give it lots of time to absorb into the skin, it is dry almost straight away and does not leave any marks on clothing. It does smell pretty much like any other suncream on the market. The bottle itself is ridged along the side to make it easy to grip even if your hands are covered with cream.
I was pretty obsessive about re-applying this on a regular basis during the day and as such the bottle did not last the two weeks, fortunately I did have a back up supply of the cream. I certainly applied it after each visit to the pool as I'm not overly confident of the water proof claims that manufactureres make about their products. I was very pleased with the results, we naturally kept out of the sun when it was at it's most intense and this certainly helps as well as taking advantage of any shade and covering up as much as possible with light clothing. Thankfully as a result of all of these steps my daughter did not suffer from sun burn at all unlike her father who over did it on the third day of our holiday so at least the after sun got some use.
Overall this is easy to apply and an effective sun cream for children.
First of all I need to point out that I do not have any kids and actually use this on myself even though I'm nearly 20! The reason I use this is because one day last year me and my friend decided on a spontaneous beach trip and I forgot to pack my suncream with me! So I desperately needed to pop into a shop because I burn like crazy with no protection, a small sample sized bottle of this was the cheapest bottle available in Tesco. It cost me about £2.50 as I was also lucky enough to find it in the reduced body products part!
So I bought and then quickly applied the suncream over my arms, legs and top back. I did not need too much which was great, as the cream is fairly runny so is easy to spread everywhere, which is good for actually using on kids and not me as I know it can be difficult to put sun cream on them as they get impatient or don't like it. The smell is a very typical sun cream smell but isn't too overpowering unless it's applied to the face because then you can smell it day (I use an SPF moisturiser instead for my face though). It doesn't make you feel greasy or sticky and doesn't take long to sink in which is what I mainly look for in a suncream and would be good for kids too as they often hate sun cream because of the feeling it leaves on the skin. It does make my hands a bit greasy which I don't like but rubbing them on a towel takes care of this
I am really bad at applying suncream and nearly always forget to reapply it through the day so usually end up with having only used one application and only remember to put it on again if I've had a quick splash in the sea. However even with just one application in the morning, say about 10oclock, and being in direct sun til about 6/7 in the evening I don't burn! I am very confident this product works as my friend I went to the beach with the day I bought it used a different brand (but I can't remember what!) and she burnt, plus sometimes when I have used it and not quite covered all my back, the difference is obvious as I have been burnt around my bra straps and middle back where I didn't apply well compared to the rest of me.
I'd recommend this suncream for anyone not just for kids, the only thing that makes it really great for kids is the runny consistency that offers quick application and the long lasting protection it has. I don't think this suncream is very waterproof as I have burned slightly (not too badly though) after not applying after being in the sea but even if I had a waterproof sun cream I would still apply after being in water anyway. THe bottle is so small that I still carry it in my bag on hotter days just incase there's another spontaneous beach trip but if it's planned I use a normal nivea (now my most trusted brand for sun cream!) sun cream before I leave.
Also the suncream lasts for absolutely ages (...mainly because us Brits hardly get the sun though haha) but also because you need much for one application and because it lasts for such a long time you don't need to use much in a single day.
As well as offering a range of skin, bath and body products, Nivea also has a 'Sun' range. The Sun range includes various creams and sprays for adults and children to ensure their skin is protected from the harmful effects of the sun.
*Nivea Sun Kids*
When looking to purchase a sun care product for your child, Nivea has it well covered. They offer 7 sun care products including a cream for applying before swimming, a baby lotion, a coloured spray and sensitive sprays and lotions.
For the purpose of this review, I will be discussing our use of the 'Nivea Sun Kids Pure and Sensitive Sun Spray'.
This spray offers 'very high' protection (SPF 50 to be exact) and is water resistant. It is different from the regular kids sprays as it is designed with sensitive skin in mind. It contains a formula which reduces the risk of skin allergies and has UVA/UVB protection. The important aspects of this spray include it being free from :
This sun spray should be applied regularly and reapplied after towelling or swimming to ensure your child is fully protected. Several warnings are given for parents to remember not to allow children to be exposed to direct sun light and use protective clothing including hats and t shirts where possible.
This sun spray is presented in a white, plastic bottle with convenient finger indents down each side. It has all the neccesary information and warnings present. There is an orange cap which fits perfectly on the bottle and prevents any leakages. The sun spray is dispensed through a pump applicator. This spray has a shelf life of 12 months.
*Price and Availability*
A 200ml bottle should provide sufficient sun spray for 13 full body applications. This is based on using it on a small child. It can be purchased in various stores and chemists including Boots and Wilkinsons. This spray retails at £15.00 but can often be found on offer. Boots currently offer it at just £7.49. They also offer the lotion version for £6.49.
Whilst Scotland isn't known for its brilliant weather, we do have the odd warm few days here and there. Recently, we have witnessed temperatures of up to 25c. With my 4 year old son being at nursery 3 days a week and out with his Mummy or Gran on his days off, I needed to make a quick purchase of sun lotion to protect his beautiful skin. My son has, in the past, took skin reactions to certain sun creams so it is important that I purchase one suitable for his skin.
Last year we used the regular Nivea sun spray and whilst this was fine for his skin, his skin has become more sensitive over the past year. We bought our bottle of Pure and Sensitive from Wilkinsons for around the £6.00 mark which I feel is a fair price for Nivea and one cannot really put a price on protecting a little ones precious skin! Having used this on my son quite a lot recently, we have been impressed with it and will be purchasing another bottle for our trip away next month.
*Ease of Use and Protection*
This sun spray is very easy to apply. The pump applicator is easy to operate even with sticky hands. One press releases a decent amount of creamy, fairly thick sun lotions. It has a slight, alcohol scent at first but when rubbed into the skin, it seems to have a very faint, typical sun lotion scent. Whilst this isn't a coloured spray, it is very easy to see where I have applied this to my sons skin. I tend to a bit of skin at a time (ie his arms, legs, back of neck) and rub it in until the creamy layer disappears. It does feel a little sticky once absorbed but this is short lived.
I apply a small amount to his face (which is very sensitive and dry) and it does appear quite moisturising and certainly non-drying on his skin. He hasn't reacted to this spray at all and it is very gentle on the skin. I have used a small amount of my own sensitive skin recently and found it to be cooling and gentle too. My son is always well covered at nursery and when out and about including wearing a hat, sunglasses and usually shorts and t shirts if its really nice.
SPF 50 is a very high factor and definitely perfect for a toddler who is running about a lot. I am happy to confirm he has experienced no sun burn or discomfort and this sun spray has protected his skin well. During the two full days he attends nursery, I apply in the morning and if it is very warm, I go down at lunch time to apply some more as the nursery aren't allowed to apply it for some reason. I am always careful to keep him in the shade during the really hot hours at home as well as you can never be too careful.
We have also applied this to our sons skin prior to swimming and also when playing in his paddling pool at his Grans and it has protected his skin well. It takes very little time to reapply once out the water as it rubs into the skin quickly. It is a handy size to take in your bag to the beach, play parks and on holiday as you never know when Mr Sunshine will put in a rare appearance!
Overall we can recommend this sun spray. It has provided us with more than sufficient sun protection for our son and doesn't irritate his sensitive skin. Our current bottle is nearly finished and I can confirmed we got around 15 applications but this would probably be less if using abroad as most skin is exposed etc. I would recommend this sun spray for children with really sensitive skin as it is very gentle yet still protects them from harmful rays.
Thanks for reading :)
Nivea Sun Kids Pure & Sensitive Sun Lotion SPF50+ Very High: The innovative formula helps reduce the risk of skin allergies as it is free from perfume, colourants and preventatives.