Product Type: Solait Sun Care
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Cheap sun tan Lotion needs some improvements
Member Name: chrisheels
Disadvantages: runny, not water resistant, hard to rub in
Last year I found myself working in West Africa (Gabon) for 3 months. Knowing that this would require a large amount of sun protection cream, I headed to the superdrug nearest to my office and found the Solait sun lotion as part of a 3 for 2 deal and bought 3 large bottles.
The Solait sun lotion comes in a large 500ml red bottle. The bottle is fairly flexible, so easy to squeeze out the lotion. The lid clips off easily meaning if packing it in luggage it should be put inside a plastic bag to avoid any spillage all over your clothes,
I found it very watery when squeezed onto your hand, yet it still didn't absorb into the skin very well. The lotion does cover quite a large area and in 3 months I used about one and a half bottles, but this was mostly just on my head (having a lack of hair means that the top of my head burns first) and to be honest not bothering a lot of the time. On hot sunny days around 30 degrees I found that it did stop me buring when out in the sun on the beach.
It claims to be water resistant, but when cycling or running I found sweat made it pour off me. Also after swimming in the pool or sea, I couldn't see any residual lotion remaining.
The lotion doesn't really have a scent and isn't as greasy as some I have used.
I would consider it a cheap simple lotion which does the job, but I would recommend going for something with a better consistency that rubs in better.
The bottles I bought were SPF 15, but it comes in a range from SPF 8-50. I don;t actually burn that easily and once I have a tan only bother on really hot days when I will be outside a lot, so for me SPF 15 is usually fine. For very fair skin the higher SPF values would be better.
===The testing/claims on the bottle===
I usually don;t repeat whatts on the bottle in my reviews, as this can easily be read if you are looking to buy it, however for a sun cream I think the following are important points:
The Sun lotion helps with the following:
* helps protect against DNA damage
* helps protect against premature effects of the sun
* help combat against free radicals
It also claims to help protect against insect bites. I found this to be completley untrue in Africa!
The product has been dermatologically tested and is EU compliant
I paid about £8.99 each for two bottles and recieved a 3rd free, however they are currently BOGOF (buy one get one free) at superdrug for £8.99 for the 500ml bottle so a bit of a BOGOF bargain.
It does the job, bt I'd recommend spending the extra for something less runny that absorbs into the skin better and has more water resistance.
Summary: Does the job but could be improved
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