Superdrug Solait SPF30 Moisturising Sun Lotion review

£4.99Typical price

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 verdict: Good sun protection.

As well as the SPF30 protection claimed by the Superdrug Solait Moisturising Sun Lotion, Superdrug also says its sunscreen will deliver ultra-high UVA protection while being water resistant. And look on the bottle and you’ll see that eight-hour hydration is also part of the package. To find out whether these claims stack up, we tested it. Read on for the results of our SPF, UVA and application tests for this Superdrug Solait sunscreen.

Pros
  • Excellent SPF and UVA protection
  • Very easy to apply
  • Pleasant odour.
Cons
  • Doesn’t absorb as easily as the best on test
  • Feels a bit greasy
Our SPF and UVA tests show that Superdrug’s Solait moisturising sun lotion gives the sun protection you need. It’s very easy to apply, it isn’t tacky feeling and has a pleasant odour. But we found other products were more easily absorbed, left less residue and weren’t quite as greasy.

Nivea Sun Protect Moisture SPF30 Spray review

£6.00Typical price

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 verdict: Outstanding and easy to apply

Look on the bottle of Nivea’s Sun Protect and Moisture SPF30 Spray and you’ll find claims that it offers high UVA protection, 48-hour moisture and that it’s water resistant. We tested it to find out whether it could live up to its SPF and UVA sun-protection claims and to find out how easy it is to apply. Read on for our full review of this pump-action spray Nivea sunscreen.

Pros
  • Excellent SPF and UVA protection
  • Easy to apply
  • Absorbs well
  • Not tacky or greasy
  • Pleasant odour.
Cons
  • The Asda Best Buy is a cheaper option.
This Nivea SPF30 spray aced both of our SPF and UVA tests and, of all the products we’ve tested this year, it’s the easiest to apply. In our application tests, the panel gave it full marks for everything from how easily absorbable it is to its lack of greasiness or tackiness. When you add its first-class sun protection to the mix, this is one of the best sunscreens around and that’s why we’ve made it a Best Buy.

Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture SPF30 Lotion review

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 verdict: Good sun protection, but harder to rub in than most.

Along with its claimed SPF30, Nivea Sun Protect and Moisture Lotion lists being water resistant and providing 48-hour moisture. It also notes that it provides high UVA protection. To find out how easy this sun lotion is to apply and to check its SPF and UVA claims, we tested it. Read on for our review of this Nivea sunscreen.

Pros
  • Passed the SPF and UVA tests
  • Easy to apply
  • Pleasant odour.
Cons
  • Harder to absorb into the skin than Best Buys.
This is the lotion version of the Best Buy Nivea spray and, like the spray, it passed both of our SPF and UVA sun-protection tests. We like how easy it is to apply and its pleasant odour. It’s just not as easily absorbed as the spray version and feels a little greasier and tackier than the best we’ve tested.

Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Spray SPF30 review

£4.50Typical price

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verdict: Great protection and effortless to apply

Boots Soltan Protect and Moisturise Suncare Spray SPF30 claims to offer intensive moisturisation while being non-greasy and easy to absorb. And in terms of sun defence, it states that high SPF and ultra-high UVA protection are provided. To check out these sun protection claims, we tested it. Read on for our full review of this Boots Soltan pump-action spray sunscreen.

Pros
  • First-class SPF and UVA protection
  • Very easy to apply and absorbs well
  • Very little visible residue
  • Pleasant smell
  • Not tacky or greasy
Cons
  • None that we found in our tests.
We were delighted with the protection this Soltan spray provided in our tests. It’s simple to apply, absorbs easily into the skin and doesn’t leave much in the way of white residue. Our testers found it neither greasy or tacky when applying it to their skin. And because of all of this, we’re delighted to name it a Best Buy.

Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 review

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 verdict: Superb sun protection, sprays are easier to apply.

Boots claims its Soltan Protect and Moisturise Suncare Lotion SPF30 offers intensive moisturisation while being non-greasy and water resistant. Along with the SPF30 it also displays five stars for UVA protection, which is the maximum – or ultra-protection against UVA. To find out whether these claims match reality, we tested it. Read on for our review of this Boots Soltan sunscreen.

Pros
  • Excellent SPF and UVA protection
  • Easy to apply
  • Pleasant odour
  • Doesn’t feel tacky
Cons
  • Best Buys are easier to apply and absorb more easily
You would be safe in the sun after applying this Soltan Protect & Moisturise Suncare Lotion – it passed both our SPF and UVA tests. But it’s a bit harder to apply than our Best Buys. We also found it harder to absorb into the skin and found some visible signs of residue after applying. But in terms of sun protection, it does a very good job.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF 30 review

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 verdict: Excellent protection, harder to absorb than the best.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion SPF30 claims that it offers 24-hour hydration, is quick to absorb as well as being non-greasy and water resistant. Alongside the SPF30 protection, the manufacturer also notes that it provides three-star or good UVA protection. We’ve tested the SPF and UVA claims and found out how easy it is to apply. Read on for our review of this Garnier Ambre Solaire sunscreen.

Pros
  • Excellent SPF and UVA protection
  • Easy to apply
  • Pleasant odour
  • Not greasy or tacky
Cons
  • The best products tested are more easily absorbed
This Ambre Solaire Protection lotion delivered outstanding sun protection in our SPF and UVA tests. Applying it is easy and it’s not greasy or tacky. We also like its pleasant odour. But our Best Buys were more easily rubbed in without leaving as much residue.

Wilko Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30 review

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verdict: Good sun protection, harder to apply than the rest.

Non-greasy, water resistant and easily absorbed is how Wilko describes its Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30. On the bottle you’ll see five stars for UVA, which means that it should provide ultra-high UVA protection. But will all of this do a good job to protect you from the sun? We tested it to find out. Read on for our review of this Wilko sunscreen.

Pros
  • Provides all of the SPF and UVA protection needed for an SPF30 product
  • Not tacky or greasy
Cons
  • Harder to apply than many
  • Very hard to absorb into the skin
  • Obvious visible residue
Wilko SPF30 Moisturising Sun Lotion provides all of the protection you need, passing both SPF and UVA tests. We like how it lives up to its non-greasy claims, too and it wasn’t tacky to touch after applying. It was harder than the rest to absorb and left more residue on the skin afterwards, but in sun-protection terms, we found no problems.

Asda Protect Cooling Clear Sun Mist SPF30 review

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 verdict: Excellent and affordable

Rather than squirting cream from a bottle, Asda’s Protect Cooling Clear Sun Mist SPF30 comes as an aerosol spray, which could have advantages when it comes to application. It claims to offer ultra-high UVA protection and to be water resistant. To put the SPF and UVA claims to the test – and to find out how easy it is to apply – we tested it. Read on for our full review of this Asda Protect sunscreen.

Pros
  • Very impressive SPF and UVA protection
  • Great value for money
  • Very easy to apply and to rub in
  • No visible residue
  • Not tacky to touch
  • Pleasant smell.
Cons
  • We’ve tested sunscreens which are less greasy than this one
  • Aerosols might not be for everyone.

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Sun Lotion SPF30 review

£6.50Typical price

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 verdict: Impressive but needs a lot of rubbing in

This Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection sun lotion claims to have SPF30 as well as good UVA defence. It says it’s oil free, non-greasy and comes with a tropical fragrance. We’ve tested it to find out more about the SPF and UVA protection, and we’ve also tested how easy it is to apply. Read on for our review of this Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen.

Pros
  • Passed both our SPF and UVA tests
  • Easy to apply
  • Little residue left on the skin
  • Pleasant odour.
Cons
  • Not as easily absorbed as the best on test
  • A bit greasy and tacky to touch
Excellent skin defence is delivered by this Hawaiian Tropic lotion, which passed both of our SPF and UVA sun protection tests. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t leave much in the way of white residue on the skin and our testers really liked its pleasant odour. Best Buys feel less greasy and tacky to touch, but this sunscreen does provide all of the sun protection you would need from an SPF30 product.

Lloyds Solero SPF30 Moisturising Sun Spray review

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 verdict: Very good sun spray.

Lloyds Solero Moisturising Sun Spray SPF30 states that it offers triple protection against the sun and is water resistant. It comes in an easy-to-use pump action spray and, along with its claimed SPF30 sun defence, it also claims to have five-star or ultra-high UVA protection. We’ve put these claims to the test. Read on for the full results of our tests and our review of the Lloyds Solero sunscreen spray. 

Pros
  • Excellent SPF and UVA protection
  • Easy to apply
  • Absorbs well
Cons
  • A bit tackier to touch and greasier than the best we’ve tested
There’s nothing wrong with the way Solero’s sun spray protects skin. It provided excellent protection in our SPF and our UVA tests. It’s easy to apply and aborbs well into skin without leaving a white residue. It also has a pleasant odour but it’s a touch more tacky feeling than our Best Buys.

Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF 50+ Kids Sensitive Advanced Sun Cream SPF50+ review

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 verdict: Good kids’ sunscreen.

The Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Sensitive Advanced Sun Cream claims to come with very high protection of SPF50+ and five-star (or ultra-high) UVA protection. We’ve tested these sun-protection claims and checked how easy it is to apply. Read on for our review of this kids’ sunscreen from Garnier Ambre Solaire.

Pros
  • Excellent sun protection
  • Easy to apply
  • Doesn’t feel tacky
Cons
  • We’ve seen kids’ sunscreens that are more easily absorbed
This Garnier Ambre Solaire kids’ sunscreen passed both of our SPF and UVA tests and provides all of the SPF and UVA protection you would expect from an SPF50+ product. We found the cream to be easy to apply and we liked its lack of tackiness.

Boots Soltan Kids Protect & Moisturise Suncare Lotion SPF50+ review

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 verdict: Our top pick for kids.

Boots Soltan Kids Protect and Moisturise Suncare Lotion SPF 50+ states that it’s been specially formulated for kids’ delicate skin. With a claimed SPF in excess of 50 and ultra-high UVA protection listed on the bottle, this should be what you need to keep your children safe in the sun. But to check whether the claims match reality, we tested it. Read on to find out more about the SPF and UVA protection provided by this Boots Soltan kids’ sunscreen.

Pros
  • Outstanding sun protection for both SPF and UVA
  • Easy to apply
  • Not tacky
  • Pleasant odour
Cons
  • Not as easy to rub in as some we’ve seen
Boots Soltan SPF 50+ lotion for kids did a grand job of providing robust skin-protection and easily met the requirements of our SPF and UVA tests. It’s the easiest of the SPF 50+ products to apply that passed both of our sun protection tests, with our expert panel also awarding good marks for lack of tackiness and smell. The combination of great sun protection and ease of application makes this excellent lotion a Best Buy.

Childs Farm Sunscreen Cream SPF50+ review

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 verdict: Good but very expensive.

Childs Farm Sun Cream SPF50+ claims to be water resistant and provide very high protection. But it does this at quite a cost – £12 buys you just 125ml, which is around three times the price of other well-known kids’ products. So, does this smaller-than-average and pricey kids’ sunscreen represent good value? Or will you be better off buying a cheaper sunscreen this summer? Read on for our review of this Child’s Farm sunscreen.

Pros
  • Excellent sun protection
  • Passed both our SPF and UVA tests
Cons
  • Harder to absorb than some
  • Quite greasy and tacky
  • Pricey
This Childs Farm sunscreen provides excellent sun protection. In our tests, we found that it aced our SPF tests and provided easily enough UVA defence, too. So your child will receive all of the protection they could from an SPF 50+ product. But it’s harder than many when it comes to rubbing it into the skin, and we found it greasy and tacky in our tests.