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Throughout the summer time I always use sun protection in order to keep my skin healthy. I alternate between different brands and different levels of protection depending on how hot the weather gets. One of the products I've been using recently is this Superdrug Solait Moisturising Sun Spray. I have the 10 SPF version which is classified as low UV protection although this brand has a large range which includes a 15 SPF and 30 SPF version in this spray bottle format in addition to a range of Solait lotions.
The product comes as a 200ml sized bottle. The bottle is distinguishable by it's red plastic design and the SPF number is printed on the label on the front of the bottle. The bottle is fitted with a pump action style button which has it's own lid. I find the lid very secure and would happily take this in my suitcase or travel bag without worrying it would come open. You can actually unscrew the pump from the bottle entirely although there is no need to do this unless you want to recycle the bottle after use or pour out the dregs of the bottle! The bottle has two information labels. The label on the front is printed with the most important information you might need to know if you were reading this quickly in store. It tells me that the lotion "protects against sun-induced DNA damage" and that it has "advanced" UVA protection. It proclaims that the formula of the lotion is "long-lasting" and "hydrating" as well as being resistant to water and tested dermatologically to make sure it's suitable for all skin types. The lotion is suitable for vegetarians with the brand being against animal testing.
The label on the back is printed with more information including health and safety instructions, full ingredients, directions for use and more detailed information about the lotion. The writing is a little small but just readable for someone as short sighted as me! Superdrug explain that the lotion is formulated with vitamin E, a skin conditioning vitamin and that it can keep skin moisturised for up to 24 hours. They also say the lotion can stop premature ageing and that it has top-notch protection qualities, stopping UVA and UBV rays from harming skin.
You must shake well before using this lotion and then apply "generously" to the body twenty minutes before sun exposure. You need to re-apply after activities such as swimming or showering or even if you sweat a lot. There are a lot of tips about being safe in the sun written on the label of this product which I find really helpful. This 10 SPF is only suitable for adults. Children should be treated with at least a factor 30.
Depending on where you want to apply this you should hold the bottle at a safe distance so that the lotion is directed onto that area. For instance, I can hold the bottle a bit further away from my skin when I'm applying to my chest or thighs and I hold it closer when I'm applying to my arms. You can also spray direct into the palms and then apply the lotion to the desired area. The spray bottle means you can apply to areas very quickly and easily. If you are already outdoors and need to top up your protection I've found these spray bottles are the best way to do that. The pump dispenses a fair amount of lotion, about a 50p sized smidge when you hold the bottle close to the skin. The lotion is white and thin in consistency. When I rub this into my skin it sinks in very quickly and vanishes. It feels non greasy and very light. The lotion has a milky, flowery smell which is similar to that of other sun creams. It feels very moisturising and makes my skin feel softer and more elastic. It's moisturising qualities are as good as any dedicated body lotion or cream.
I've used this on days when the sun hasn't been as strong but when there is still a danger of being exposed to harmful burning rays. I've found that it awards me with a very good level of protection. I've never come in from the sun having been 'caught out' after using this. It has always given me enough protection and my skin never looks red or raw after being outdoors whilst wearing this lotion. I can use this spray all over my body including on my face. It is easy to use and provides a no-fuss method of application.
I would definitely buy this Solait in the future. I originally opted to buy it as it was slightly cheaper than other brands. Despite the cheaper price the product is as high a quality as more expensive brands. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a sun protection cream.
You can buy this in store or online. It's currently £5.85 for a 200ml sized bottle. They are also running a buy one get one half price promotion on these products.
Item: Solait Sun Lotion With Insect Repellent
Price: £4.98 (the non-insect repellent one was £3.98 and at the time I bought this they all said 'half price' but I actually don't remember ever buying this for more than £5 so I think they must have offers on, on a regular basis)
Bought in: Superdrug
Solait is Superdrug's own brand of sun lotion. This range comes in variety of sizes and protection ratings and when I bought mine (SPF 15) there was also options to buy SPF 6, 10, 15, 30 and 50.
Packaging and design:
This is an own brand product but isn't from a budget range. The range is called "Solait" rather than "Superdrug sun lotion" and if you weren't familiar with the product the only way to identify that it is made especially for Superdrug is the small "Superdrug" star above the name and on the back is says Superdrug Stores PLC above the contact address. Otherwise you wouldn't actually really know that it is an own brand. The packaging is quite expensive looking and the lotion I bought came in a tall red plastic bottle that sits on its lid. The bottle has a slightly iridescent and shimmery look to it which catches the sun nicely when you have it out in the sunshine. The bottle does get a tad sticky after you have been holding it and applying the lotion but it wipes clean very easily. The text on the bottle is written on a clear label in clear white lettering that is adhered securely to the bottle and even after numerous sticky incidents and being run under the tap for a proper clean, the label is still stuck in place. The lid clicks closed and is not that secure and is likely to get bashed open but as the rest of the product is so good I still buy this and when taking it to the beach and especially when packing it for a holiday I put it in a zip seal plastic bag to make sure that even if it does get bashed the liquid is contained. For holidays I actually pop a bit of black electrical tape over the lid just to keep it closed. The details on the bottle are very informative and across the front you can see "Solait" in large silver text which actually makes the bottle look more expensive than it is. The rest of the details on the front of the bottle advise you: "SPF 15, medium. Insect repellent. Light texture and smooth feel. Water resistant." The back advises you of the UVA protection and directions for use and some care and safety advice regarding time spent in the sun. The cream itself is white and I would say is as thick as whipped cream and melts to a thinner liquid on touching your skin.
The scientific bit (well a very basic scientific bit from my limited knowledge):
UVA PROTECTION - I have been reading up on sun creams and have seen that you need to look out for ones that have "UVA" written in a circle on the bottle to ensure that they will give you protection from aging and the potential damage that can cause cancer as well as the SPF protection that reduces your chances of burning. This lotion does have "UVA" written in a circle on the bottle so I chose this with a bit of confidence that it will give me both types of protection.
SPF - The SPF I chose was 15 as I don't mind reapplying my sun tan cream regularly during the day and I saw online (on the skincancer.org website) that you can work out what SPF you require if you know that "If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer -- about five hours." So I decided that if I applied this first thing in the morning then went to the beach, I would be happy to apply it at least once when I am out, usually more often if I go in the water. You can chose from a range of higher and lower SPF's so there is a good chance that one of these will suit you/the family without having to buy a load of different brands.
Directions for use and my own experience of application:
FROM THE BOTTLE "Apply generously and evenly to entire body. Insufficient application reduces the protection level. Allow to absorb and dry for 20 mins before sun exposure. Re-apply frequently, especially after swimming , sweating or toweling. Bathing or showering will remove this product."
MY EXPERIENCE: I could easily follow these instructions and after allowing this to soak ion for the recommended 20 minutes I did feel that it soaked in and I was happy to reapply it after being in the water or getting wet. I filled the palm of my hand with the lotion and rubbed this in to my skin, I was able to rub it in with ease and it does look slightly pale white on the skin at first but quickly soaks in and becomes invisible. It is handy that it does look white to start with as it means you can see where you have applied it so you don't miss any bits.
Claims and actual results:
"The formula with insect repellent protects against insect bites" on using this in Egypt I was really fortunate and didn't actually have any bites. It is hard to tell 100% if this lotion was the reason for that but it was the only insect repellent product I used (aside from out plug in, in the hotel room) so it would be fair to say that it is likely it did give me insect protection.
"Non greasy, easily absorbed" True, this really does soak in to your skin easily and doesn't leave an oily residue. You do need to follow the instructions thoroughly and apply it and wait 20 mins before going in to sunlight. I actually apply it and wait 20 mins before trying to get in to any clothes to ensure that I don't wipe any off. After the 20 mins of standing about in your swimmers it's not an issue to easily (and without stickiness) get dressed for the day. When you are at the pool side or beach you can apply this without too much mess and if you are under a parasol you can get sufficient time to let it dry in before getting back in the sun.
"Waterproof" now this is a tricky one, it says "Waterproof" on the front but on the back it advises "Re-apply frequently, especially after swimming". So adding a bit of common sense in the mix I simply made sure that after I was in the pool or if I was rinsing my feet or hands at the beach I applied another layer of lotion as soon as I was dry. You can see that the lotion does create a waterproof layer over your skin as the water almost skims over it, but as I can't tell how much lotion comes off each time I just make sure and reapply once I am no longer wet.
"Provides 24 hour hydration" in all honesty this claim was worthless to me. Yes the lotion does make your skin very moist and after use there is no drying side effects but after being in the sun I always like to use an "after sun" lotion too so even if it does hydrate my skin for 24 hours I only really need it to do that while it is protecting me from the sun.
This smells just like original Johnsons baby lotion. It is not overpowering and after it has sunk in to your skin you don't really smell it unless you sniff your skin. I personally quite like sun lotions that smell of coconuts but if you don't then this lotion would be a better option for you. As I also like smell the smell of baby lotion I am happy either way.
Overall I am really happy with this sun tan lotion. Specifically for the one I chose I got a good lotion that dried in well and smells delightful. It comes in an easy to use and attractive shimmery bottle and is goof value for money. It gives the SPF coverage I require and has UVA protection with added insect repellent formula. When wearing this and fully following the instructions I did not get burnt. The range is also very good as it comes in a variety of SPF's and bottle sizes so I was also able to pick a stronger SPF for my OH. I took 2 x 200ml bottles away with me for an 11 night holiday and used roughly a bottle and a half. Which worked out well as the OH chose to use SPF 15 for his last few days so he got to use what was left of mine. 5 stars from me and I will buy again.
I get through large quantities of sun cream each summer because of a combination of having fair skin and having to work long hours outdoors. This means that price is as important as quality for me and after spotting this in my local Superdrug on offer for just £2.00 I immediately picked one up.
Solait lotion is a dermatologically tested sun cream made by Superdrug themselves which claims to provide protection against "DNA damage, premature ageing effects of the sun, insect bites and combat free radicals". To achieve this the formula is enriched with ingredients such as Vitamin E and Aquarich to keep skin hydrated in the sun.
It comes in a bright red 200ml plastic bottle and is available in four different strengths; SPF 6-10 for low protection, SPF 15 for medium protection, SPF 30-50 for high protection and SPF 50+ for very high protection. I opted for SPF 15 as this is ample protection for weather in the UK. The flip-up lid opens easily to reveal a small opening through which the product is squeezed out. The small size of this hole makes it easy to control how much of the product you apply, although my only complaint is that it is impossible to get the last bit of lotion out of the bottle without cutting it open.
The lotion itself is a plain white colour with a light, almost milky consistency that is not overly thick. I like this as it makes it very easy to spread generous amounts over the skin as well as allowing it to absorb rapidly. I have always loved the smell of sun creams and this one is no different with a gorgeous summery scent that lingers on the skin for several hours afterwards. Unfortunately I have found the lotion to be a bit greasy and although it does absorb quickly I still wait a few seconds before letting my hair down as otherwise the grease also gets into my hair. The moisturising effect also leaves a lot to be desired as my skin quickly starts to feel dry again less than an hour after applying.
However, all that aside it works perfectly at achieving its most important task; to stop the skin from burning. I have not been burnt once while wearing the cream, even after forgetting to reapply it regularly throughout the day. In this sense it works just as well as more expensive, higher-quality sun lotions and so, if I see it for this price again I would be happy to purchase some more of it.
I bought this product about a week or so ago as the UK was heat by a heatwave. I am incredibly light skinned and always burn. When I say light skinned, I mean so light I can't even wear the lightest shade of foundation without looking like a tangerine. However, this year I was careful, reapplying lotion every 20 minutes like directed on all sun care. Which, the past few years I thought was extreme. You can buy a sun lotion and it says water proof but you still have to reapply when coming out of water and every 20 minutes anyway. So what's the point? I just reapplied every hour or so, but doing so gave me sun stroke. I took extra care this year considering our heat wave was a lot worse than previous years.
I read online that sun tan lotion only helps natural tanners, which I am not, but none the less I went out searching for a product to help me go from white to... well a darker colour at least. I'm not one for being a fake tanner or fake brown, but I'd rather go a yellow colour than a red colour.
I was in Superdrug and all the prices were hefty, but when is sun lotion not? My normal sun lotion and after sun that I use is branded and usually costs me around £7.00. I noticed this product, Solait, and read the back of the packaging and like I found online it said it helps natural tanners. This was the cheapest one however and if it didn't work on me my mother could always use it. No waste of money right? It was only £4.98 rather than the £9.99.
Upon getting it home I applied some and went back out and when I got home I looked no different. I used this product all week. Now the whole week was blue skies and the temperature was ranged from 24 degrees to 30 degrees. At the end on the week only my outer arms had gone a different colour, but only just. They were a very light brown. The thing that bothered me was how fake it looked. There were small brown marks all over the outsides of my arms, a little similar to freckles and I looked like I had dried up chocolate all over my arms.
The product is extremely light yellow and has a perfumed scent. It's very runny and a little goes a long way. I find that it is a great moisturizer too. However, I don't think this is one I'll use again as I got a scary outcome. However, I would recommend it to those who are natural tanners or to those who want to try it but aren't willing to pay £9.99 for a good brand in case it doesn't work.
I recently cracked open a bottle of Solait sun lotion from Superdrug and the scent sent me back to my childhood. I seem to have spent most of it coated in either that or Boot's Soltan, but you know what they say as remembering your childhood summers as always sunny. Anyway, I have been using Solait in one form or another for more than a decade so I thought it was time for a review.
THE RANGE IN GENERAL
Solait is Superdrug's own label range of sun protection products and it is available in all the stores I have been in, although the while range may not be. In fact I think one of the advantages of Solait is the fact it does such a wide range of products for an own label - in fact I would say it does more than some brands do. You can buy sprays, pouches, roll ons, tan enhancers, lotions with insect repellents in, products for the face, /children/ sensitive skin, clear lotions - you name it, they do it. I have used a lot of different ones but I am going to focus on the two I have used most recently - the regular SPF 30 lotion and factor 30 once a day bottle. All the lotions I have used are suitable for vegetarians and the range as a whole isn't tested on animals. The other thing the lotions have in common is the fact they have 5 star UVA protection which I do look for as it is sometimes lacking in the cheaper lotions although this seems to have improved recently.
The sun protection products are in red bottles/sprays, the after suns are in blue ones and the bronzers/self tans in brown ones. The packaging doesn't look fancy admittedly but I have found the bottles to be robust which is useful as I sling them in my rucksack if I am off camping or to the allotment and although I wrap them in a plastic bag just in case, you really don't want them to leak considering the fact the lotion can mark fabric. I have used the sprays before without problems but not recently so I will reserve judgement as to whether that type of bottle is still worth buying.
THE PRODUCTS I USE THE MOST
The factor 30 regular lotion I have is a 400ml bottle and the full retail price is £10.99 but I would say that it is unlikely you would ever have to pay that as it is rare the range isn't on some kind of price promotion. I actually bought a batch for the incredible price of 25p a bottle in a sale back in March, where I think they were getting rid of excess stock from the previous years wet summer. [The bottle doesn't have a use by date on but it does need to be used within a year of opening.] I have been using the Aloe Pura Organic lotion up earlier in the year but the Solait is cheaper and has never let me down. I wear the lotion on both cloudy days in the summer and full sun as I work outside some of the time and the usual advice to keep in the shade isn't always possible to follow. I have never experienced sun burn when I have had this on which must be the best test of a lotion. Nor have I suffered from any kind of irritation. It is supposed to contain Vitamin E as well as a Aquarich, a trademarked complex that is intended to provide 24 hour moisturisation. I do feel that whilst the lotion prevents my skin feeling as dried out as it would when exposed to the sun, that it doesn't really feel moisturised as such. I still feel the need to use aftersun on occasion, but I do also use a daily body moisturiser and I can really tell the difference when I use that. I wouldn't therefore rate the 24 hour hydration claims highly myself but perhaps if you have the starting point of a dry sky type, you would notice more of a difference. I would also add that the most recent bottle I have says that it is an improved formula, but I have not really noticed any difference as regards effectiveness.
The once a day formula cost £12.99 but again I did not pay anything like that myself. All day under these circumstances means 6 hours according to the bottle, of which only 40 minutes can be "water exposure". I used this when I was on holiday and in the end I did not find using it just the once was sufficient. That is because you are recommended to re-apply it after towelling off, which I do often. You are also supposed to re-apply standard lotions in the same circumstances to be fair, so it just depends on what you will be doing on your day in the sun. Apart from that it gave me perfectly good protection.
The Solait formula is supposed to be non greasy and I do find it is a nice light lotion. It does not make me look like a ghost when I apply it thickly, and is absorbed pretty quickly for a sun product. My skin is left with a slight sheen but it doesn't look greasy. I do use the regular lotion on my face, even though I have an oily t zone because it doesn't make me look like I have had an oil bath. However, I do feel that using this contributes to the naturally large pores around my nose getting blocked faster so be aware if you suffer from the same. It isn't only Solait that does this though, and it is usually the result of using it day in and day out rather than every so often. In the short term my skin looks nice enough and the light texture makes it spread out easily for quick application.
Solait has a light scent, quite clean and fresh and not over powering. It is very recognisable as belonging to a sun product but doesn't smell medicinal. It lingers on the skin, and as I use it every few hours, the scent is there all day. But as it is pleasant, I don't mind.
WOULD I RECMMEND THE SOLAIT PRODUCTS?
I would as they have never let me down. I am careful to re-apply sun protection every few hours and to follow the advice about putting it on 20 minutes before you are exposed to the sun. All these warnings are listed on the bottle and are the same as those on other products I have used really. They are an inexpensive lotion so you can afford to be liberal and frequent in your usage, and they feel nice on the skin. All n all they are great value for money and compare very well with the branded ones I have used such as Nivea and Ambre Solaire.
NB When I bought mine for 25p, they were not labelled as a sale item, but they were on the top shelf of the general skin care section with a regular shelf edge label saying the tiny price. So it is easy to miss they are reduced. I took mine to the till to check it was correct then went back for more! Keep your eyes peeled...
This product is Superdrug's 'own brand' range of suncreams, and the version of this product I'm reviewing is a travel 'pouch' style factor 15 which I took along with me on a trip to Portugal this weekend. I am most definitely a high-factor suncream user but I do use a lower factor on my arms, which are far more resilient to the sun, and which I do like to see a bit of colour in.
What attracted me to this particular product was mainly the price! The pouches contain 100ml (so they can be taken in hand luggage) and they retail currently at £1.50 - although I believe that this may be a promotion price. Being sold in the pouch format means that it's quite "squishy" to fit into your liquids bag too, which is also a bonus when travelling light, it means it can squeeze to shape to fit in!
The other thing that really makes this product stand out and apart is the packaging - I always associate the normal appearance for sun products to be browns, golds, yellows or white. This range retails in bright red, which is really distinctive - and also, I discovered, very easy to spot when left lying around the pool when with friends and numerous other brands and bottles on the go between the group. I could always spot this one easily.
The pouch comes with a white screw cap which despite the pouch design possibly sounding flimsy, is a really robust design, and very secure. I brought around 3/4 back with me (weather wasn't great!!) and there were no leaks, nor did it feel like there would be any danger of one. The small cap screws on very tightly and securely.
As for the product itself, it's white and a medium-to-thick consistency. It's easy to carefully guage how much you want to use and easy to squeeze out, and once on the skin it absorbs well, it didn't feel greasy at all.
I wish I could claim to have given it a rigorous workout but unfortunately the weather on this occasion wasn't up to it. Nevertheless, the sun was out, and I would still be easily burnt through cloud if not suitably protected. I had not burn using this cream, and even a hint of some colour.
I definitely recommend this, especially the travel pouches, and at their current price they are fantastic value. Based on my experience I will be trying more of Superdrug's range in future.
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.
Solait sun cream SPF 15
I had never before bought and used the sun creams from Superdrug but when going on a recent holiday decided to give them a go, influenced in no small part by the reasonable prices.
WHAT IS IT?
The sun lotion is formulated with a combination of photostable sunscreens to protect against UVA and UVB rays.The product contains Aquarich which will help to keep skin soft and supple when exposed to the sun The product has been dermatologically tested and is EU compliant
It will apparantly:
* help protect against DNA damage
* help protect against premature effects of the sun
* Protect against insect bites
* help conbat against free radicals
With all of these promises, it seems it will provide as much protection as some of the "bigger" and more expensive brands.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The sun lotion states on the front of the bottle that it is SPF 15 but when I read the back of the bottle, medium protection is SPF 15-25, which I think is enough protection for my skin when abroad.
the sun lotion comes packaged in a red plastic bottle with all of the instructions and information on the back of the bottle. It has a flip up to open flip down to close lid and the lotion is then dispensed through a small hole once the bottle is opened.
When I open the bottle and dispense some of the lotion it is not an especially thick lotion which immediately I like as some lotions are for me, overly thick and take an age to be absorbed by my skin.Like most sun products, I like the smell of this one; it reminds me of the summer and whilst not a very tropical smell, it is definitely pleasantly perfumed and summery.
USING THE LOTION...
To ensure the skin has sufficient protection, the lotion should be applied liberally all over the body and allowed to absorb and dry for 20 minutes before sun exposure.It should be reapplied generously throughout the day and especially after swimming and towel drying since bathing and showering will remove the product.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The lotion I have is Medium protection, SPF 15. It is also available in low (SPF 6-10), High (SPF 30-50) and very high (SPF 50+)
It is available online at www.superdrug.co.uk and also in stores, and costs less than a tenner for 200ml which is very reasonable especially when combined with the bogof offer
The sun lotion is easily absorbed and fortunately doesn't require too much rubbing into my skin for it to be fully absorbed. I like the fact that because it is easily absorbed I am not left with bit of white cream sitting on my body, and also am not standing getting agitated in the heat because it refuses to budge. It smells nice and the product has proved to be suitable for children, as it has been used by Little Miss and caused no adverse reactions. I am not sure about the insect repellent which is apparently in the lotion since we have still been bitten but this could have been at times of the day or night when not using the lotion.
Regular use of the product has ensured that we have not suffered any burning and our skin has been left moisturised and so thankfully no peeling.
Given the cheap price and effectiveness of the product I would recommend it and will certainly be buying it again.
Thanks for reading