I have been using this sunscreen on my kids for a couple of years when we go on holiday because it just makes life a little bit easier for me not having to constantly be reapplying sunscreen all the time. It means that I can leave them to go in the pool and not worry constantly that they are going to be getting burnt. It is also much better for them as they get frustrated when I am constantly hovering over them with the sunscreen. It has a very high spf of factor 50 and it lasts for 6 hours at a time and is water resistant for 3 hours as long as you follow the instructions. You need two tablespoons worth of the sunscreen for it to be completely effective and I find that it is easy to rub in and it absorbs quickly. You need to apply it 15 minutes before going in the sun to give it time to be completely effective. Once it is absorbed it works great and my kids have never been burnt while wearing it and they have also never suffered any kind of reaction from it either. I do keep a bottle of spray sunscreen with me so that I can give them a quick spritz if they have been in the water too long but usually this isn't needed. I like the fact that I can apply this in the morning if we are taking a trip and then not have to lug bottles of sunscreen around with me as this gives them high enough protection. This costs 16 in Boots which seems a lot but a bottle lasts each child for the holiday and in summer Boot's nearly always have it on half price offer or a buy two for three.
This Boots own Soltan once 8 hour water play sun tan lotion was something I decided to try this year when it was on special offer normally I use the Nivea brand version but as this was on special offer I decide to give it a try.
The bottle we have looks slightly different to the Dooyoo picture and is in a hard plastic bottle with a blue cap at the base. It is easy to see on the shelf in Boots due to the metallic look to the bottle.
The cream claims to be a once only application but really when you read the fine print on the bottle it is 6 hours of sun or 3 hours of water play so the title of the cream is a bit misleading really, as if you are having a day out at the beach you will definitely need to re-apply especially as the abrasiveness of the sand is also likely to rub off the cream.
The cream itself is very thick like a lot of the SFP 50 however comparing the thickness of it to my usual brand Nivea it is a lot thicker and less creamy and is a beige colour. What this translates to when applying it I find is that it is harder for it to be absorbed in the skin and often both my sons are left with a slightly greasy film to their skin. It does spread across the body well but because it takes longer to rub in I find that my 5 year old is getting impatient to get going with things and frustrated as it still isn't rubbed in.
We have used this as per the instructions on the pack and have found on some full days out at the beach that neither son has been sun burnt in any way and the water proofing has done its job well with there being no missed bits that have been washed off in the sea. I have also used this on my skin and whilst I wasn't in the water as much as my husband and 5 year old where I had applied it my skin was not even pink however on the bits that I had missed they were burnt so the cream definitely does what it says on the tin.
A criticism of the cream is that it does seem to stain clothes I have found and it has left marks a round the tops of t shirts that haven't come out in a normal wash. However with some soaking in stain removal they have gone however this is a bit of a faff to do each time.
As the cream needs to be reapplied after 3 hours of water play or 6 hours of sun a 200ml bottle can be gone through quite quickly with two children on holiday.
Overall this is a good cream and offers good protection at a reasonable price but I personally prefer my usual brand Nivea as the cream, is lighter and better absorbed. The cream does stain clothes easily so it is best to apply with care. Available at Boots for £15.99 for 200mls it is often on offer at half price for £8 which is the price I paid which I think is what it is worth.
I use a lot of sun cream on my daughter, it's better to be safe than sorry as they say. I always keep a bottle in her school bag and in the car so I know if we aren't at home I can still protect her from the sun without having to remember to pack the sun cream that lives at home. The sun cream we have in the car at the moment is this one from the Boots Soltan range.
The Soltan kids once water play sun cream lotion is only available to purchase from Boots, either in store or online (a delivery charge will apply) and costs £5.50 for 50ml.
The thing that attracted me to this sun cream was the size of it, although it's expensive, the size means it's easy to transport and it fits inside my car glove box without any problems, it can fit in small bag pockets with ease so it's very transportable (good for beach visits when you seem to run out of hands to carry everything!). The packaging is easy to use and the flip top lid is featured at the bottom so it makes it easy to squeeze the sun cream out. The main body is transparent so you can see how much you have left inside and when you might need to buy some more.
The packaging is packed full of useful information about the sun cream, it gives you directs on how to apply, when to reapply and all the hazards and precautions you should take. It states that if it is applied correctly it will provide upto six hours of sun protection or three hours if used when in water. When I apply the sun cream to my daughter, I always use quite a bit, a little more than a 50p piece blob for each limb and enough to get a good coverage everywhere else. The lotion doesn't have any kind of scent to it and absorbs into the skin with ease and it takes no time at all to disappear in to the skin.
I personally feel six hours is too long to go between applications of this sun cream so I've never followed the packaging in regards to how long to leave it before reapplying. I usually apply some cream every hour or so and more if my daughter comes out from playing in the sea etc. As far as convenience is concerned, this could prove to be handy if you don't have a chance to reapply very often but as I said, I'd rather just reapply it to be on the safe side.
I'm a little on the fence with this Soltan kids sun cream. It says it provides protection for upto six hours, or three if used in water so you don't have to reapply it often, I like to reapply anyway. The small packaging is nice and easy to transport but I think it lacks value for money as you can get more cream for the money in other brands.
~ * ~ Soltan Once Kids 8 hour play ~ * ~
We had booked a few days away last month, as a treat for my partner's birthday, and the weather forecast wasn't very good. To be absolutely truthful, not only was there to be wind, rain and hail, there was snow predicted the weekend before we left. For obvious reasons I didn't bother packing any sun protection but talk about being lucky, the weather forecaster couldn't have been more wrong and we were sunburnt on our very first day. With the sun hidden behind clouds for the main part, and the cool sea breeze, we couldn't tell we were at any risk. Hence, we made it our mission to hunt out a Boots store first thing the next morning, with Boots Soltan Once Kids 8 hour play - being the subject of my review.
With two daughters (22 and 10) you can imagine, I've tried every brand of sun protection under the sun over the years, but Boots Soltan has recently become my 'go to' product once the sun appears. I particularly like the Once range as it offers protection for around 8 hours. There's no stress involved, for parents or child, as you can apply first thing and then more or less forget about it for the rest of the day, with the exception of water play times, where it does have to be re-applied.
~ * ~ Soltan Once ~ * ~
I'd already stocked up on the Soltan Invisible Once spray, but as I previously mentioned, we'd left it at home, so rather than buy another full sized bottle (R.R.P. £17.99 but usually available on offer), I decided to purchase a smaller handbag sized tube, just for the purpose of our break away. I tend to make sure we cover up in hot weather, as there's a history of skin cancer in the family, but hands, feet, necks and faces are still vulnerable to the sun's rays, so I always buy a minimum SPF of factor 30 in this country and SPF 50 abroad.
I chose the 'Soltan Once Kids 8 hour play' tube; it holds just 50ml of sun care lotion, and offers 8 hours of sun protection and 1 hour protection when water is involved, for swimming and paddling etc. We were at the beach most of the day enjoying the beautiful sunshine, so this was the obvious choice. The invisible spray I'd got at home didn't offer any water resistance so Soltan Once Kids was more than suitable. It is also currently half price at the moment, £2.74 for 50ml or £7.99 for 200ml (June 2013), so I recommend stocking up while it's inexpensive.
~ * ~ Application ~ * ~
You do have to utilise this product a little differently to other sun care protection so be sure to read the instructions for use. Basically, you have to apply this product at least fifteen minutes before exposure to the sun. This enables the product to bond with your skin and provide adequate protection, after that you are good to go for around eight hours with a few exceptions. With swimming you get one hour protection, so you need to re-apply more lotion when that hour has passed; but if you towel dry afterwards or shower or bath, you are removing the protective layer the product has formed, and you will need to reapply again as if you are beginning the whole process from the start. Don't worry, it sounds more complicated than it is. Please remember also, that children should be kept in the shade during the hottest part of the day, approximately 11am - 3pm.
It is recommended that you use two full tablespoons for a full body application. In this instance, this would make our 50ml tube last about two days, but for us, only applying to extremities, it has lasted the four days we were away for both my daughter and I, and we still have some left. The lotion has what I would call a medium consistency, it's neither thick nor gloopy and takes an age to sink in, but neither is it too runny and makes it difficult to use. The lotion is white so you can see where it's been applied, but when you massage it in it disappears so you don't get that pasty white face that boldly announces 'I'm wearing sun cream'. The lotion is really soothing to already sore and sensitive skins, like ours were, but was still lovely and moisturising where we weren't burnt. I know my daughter is 10, and not a wriggly two or three year old, but having a product that sinks in easily and quickly takes all the stress out of sun care, and having products that do the job required, helps too.
~ * ~ The Science ~ * ~
This product is hypoallergenic and has never irritated my daughters patches of eczema. It's also non-comedogenic (non pore-blocking) so it doesn't cause breakouts when used on children's delicate skin. This product also gives me peace of mind that I am protecting my daughter's skin because all Boot's Soltan products have all been awarded the maximum five star rating against UVA rays, these are the ones that cause deep down skin damage. The UVB rating varies depending upon what SPF you choose, mine is always a minimum of 30.
~ *~ Problem ~ * ~
My only bug bear with these sun creams and lotions, and I don't think it's restricted to Boots, I've had problems with Nivea too, is that despite being a white cream, lotion or spray, it always discolours light coloured clothing. Clothes are left with yellowing patches around neck holes, wrists etc. It's probably because I apply this to my daughter and we aren't leaving it long enough for the product to soak in before getting dressed. There are warnings on the tube about not going into the sun for 15 minutes, but none stating how long to leave it before getting dressed. I really should know by now, because it happens to me every time we have the first heat wave of the year. You really wouldn't mind if it you saw the yellowing straight away because you could always get them to change their clothes, but it happens over a period of a couple of hours, and I'm always embarrassed my daughter has gone out in such a state. The yellowing on cotton clothes does fade with washing though, but some kind of stain removal is most definitely needed. You can get around this problem by not wearing pale colours, especially white, OR letting the product sink in for a good while before getting dressed.
~ * ~ My Thoughts ~ * ~
Would I buy this product again? Undoubtedly! It applies quickly and easily, it sinks in really well, and doesn't give you that white, greasy feel to your skin. It offers me peace of mind and reassurance that I am doing my utmost to protect my daughter (and myself) from the worst of the sun's rays. The fact that I don't have to keep chasing her to re-apply every five minutes makes this product worth every penny just for that, My daughter's 10, how I wish this was available when she was smaller, we could only buy P20 then, and that was only available duty free. P20 is all well and good, but it doesn't offer the five star UVA protection that Boot's Soltan does. So, for being a five star product, I can only award it five stars too - despite its minor flaw of staining light coloured clothes, after all that might be might my fault.
The Soltan Range is Boots own brand of suntan lotions, and covers adults and childrens suntan lotions. I was taking Miss Thrifty on holiday for Easter, and she's fair skinned, water baby (not quite baby she is 10 years old!), but trying to get her to stand still long enough to apply suntan lotion never mind reapplying, this once Water Play lotion answered all my problems,
This comes in a tube and is 150ml, I was buying a few different suntan lotions, so did not notice the exact price, but this is around £13 a tube..
=UVA and UVB=
The lotion has both UVA and UVB protection built in, and the product claims that one application will last for a maximum of 6 hours, in the guidelines it includes 3 hours of playing in the water, but does not last if you wash or towel dry, the latter two points I can fully understand, but kids are in and out of the pool, and it is not as though they will be in there for the 3 hours in one go.
=Using the suntan Lotion=
The lotion is a factor 50+, and is quite a thick lotion, but in its favour it did rub in quite quickly and smoothly into my daughters skin. I try to do the logical approach of face, neck, one arm at a time, but it was easily to check whether I had done a part of her body as I could feel the cream on her skin.
We used this lotion for about 3 days, as it was hot, and it did work in terms that my daughter did not get burnt, but I felt it was not value for money. The reasons being despite being a 6 hour lotion (3 hours waterproof), the first thing my daughter did was get out of the pool and wrap herself in the towel and rub down, even if she had only been in the pool for 10 minutes, so I was constantly making sure that the lotion was being reapplied, and that whilst not a problem for me, it was for her, as she wanted to get back into the pool.
I would personally say that this would be better suited for a child going to school or nursery, as you could apply it in the morning and your child would be covered all day, as generally there not going to be in and out of a pool.
=Would I buy again=
No sorry not for me.
Well, its time for yet another sun lotion review, although looking out the window at the moment (I'm at work so have been doing a lot of looking out the window, just been admiring the balcony vegetable garden of a bloke in a flat across the road) it all seems rather unnecessary.
Having used Boots Soltan Baby suncream last year I found it to be very thick and difficult to rub in, but it did protect my son from the sun and didn't aggravate his eczema so I thought progressing onto the Soltan Kids range seemed a sensible option.
There are a lot of different products in the Soltan range including sprays and various different colours, but I stuck to the simple stuff and bought a bog standard factor 40 and this Once SPF50+ on a buy one get one free. The Once cream costs £13.29 for a 150ml tube. I chose it specifically for when my son goes to nursery as I apply the cream before nursery then the staff reapply it after lunch so I needed something long lasting.
The cream has UVA and UVB protection and claims that after one application it will last for 6 hours including 3 hours of water play but will not withstand washing or towelling dry.
The cream is thick, as you would expect from such a high protection but rubs into the skin quite easily, even on a wriggly toddler. It has a mild sun cream smell which is not unpleasant and not overpowering but lasts a few hours and means I can tell if he's got it on or not. Quite a lot of the cream has been spread over his clothes (during the wriggling) and has washed out without staining on a 30 degree wash with Ecover and no special treatment.
We have not had the weather for water play so I can't comment on that but we have had a couple of very nice days when my son was out in the sun a lot with a good few hours between applications and has not a hint of redness. We've used the cream frequently for a few weeks now despite the weather not being great and it has not had any adverse affect on his eczema.
I think people who are not used to, or don't like, high SPF creams would find this very thick and maybe slightly unpleasant for that reason but I want the high protection and considering how high it is I think its very easy to apply and it does seem to be protecting very well without irritating his skin.