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Snow & Suncream in the Big Apple

As most of you probably know we’re not long back from New York. We had a fantastic time and took lots of photos and video so there will be much more info our trip soon. Today I’m sharing something a bit different that we packed for our trip – suncream. That might sound a bit bonkers but I did my research and knew that the snowy east coast would require some sun protection. I was lucky to be working with Boots to trial and review their Soltan Once range. They kindly sent us a bit of a winter sun survival kit. This was perfect for me as I could just throw the whole thing in my case and know we’d be protected from the elements.


soltan once winter survival kit


Whilst we were in Boston, on the latter half of our trip we’d booked to go skiing. Ironically, the weather was too wild so we couldn’t hit the slopes. Just my luck! Thankfully we still managed to do some sledging and several snow days meant the Soltan products were put through their paces.


snowy baby wearing soltan once


sledding with soltan


You might not associate a bitterly cold trip to America with suncream but snow actually reflects the sun’s UV rays so you really do need to be mindful of your skin. Even on cloudy days you’re at risk of skin damage because up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate cloud.


matt snow protected by soltan


During the 4/5 snow days we had I made sure Matt, Luisa and myself had the Soltan once cream on. It lasts for 8 hours which was really handy for us as we were really busy trying to get out of the house on time with a toddler. I really like the formula of the Soltan once face in particular as it’s super moisturising. I used it in place of my usual moisturiser and found it also helped with the dryness that comes from being in an out of well-heated shops and restaurants. Another bonus is that it’s water resistant so no need to worry about being caught in a shower or jumping in the pool if you’re using it during the summer.


matt sledding soltan


soltan winter skin sun safe


For me, another absolute saviour from the Boots survival pack was the dual defence stop cold and flu nasal spray. I was really surprised to see you can actually use it from 1 year old as well as during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. I made poor Luisa have some too which she didn’t enjoy but it’s better than a cold right? We started using this in the airport before our trip because I’m one of those people who always picks up bugs on the plane. Seriously, I can go on a 45-minute flight and get a cold because of all the germs in the recycled air. I’m so impressed by how well this spray worked I won’t be travelling without it again, I went an entire two weeks without so much a sniffle.


hannah winter sun soltan lips


Something else our whole party struggled with was really dry lips. I spoke before about how drying it is to be going in and out of warm, heated shops and into cold windy streets. This really took it’s toll on sensitive lips and left them dry. Lucky for me I remembered about the lip salve in the kit and used it religiously to combat against the drying effect of the elements and to block harmful UV rays.


matt winter sun soltan


luisa buggy winter sun soltan survival uv rays


All in my experience with the Soltan Once range was really positive. It’s inexpensive, safe and easy to use. I found both the standard suncream and the ‘face’ version applied like a dream and were really hydrating. We’ve since run out of the energising vitamin tablets so those are on the list to purchase soon. We certainly won’t be travelling without this winter sun survival kit again.

You can find full info about the Soltan range here and check out the ingredients if you’re so inclined.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Boots Soltan. All words, opinions and snazzy photos are my own.


  1. 14th January 2017 / 10:07 pm

    We love Boots for suncream and everything else like medicines, travel stuff etc. As soon as we’ve booked a holiday it’s like a little ritual to hurry to Boots to stock up on everything that we need!
    We don’t travel much (you know, on planes and such!) but it’s a good tip about using the spray as a preventative measure, I didn’t even think about all of those germs, yuck!
    I hope you had a wonderful time (obviously you did) and I’m loving all of your photos so far 🙂
    X X

  2. 15th January 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I never really think about sun protection in the winter but it’s common sense really! It looks like you had a wonderful time!

  3. 15th January 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Boots are always fantastic for suncream, and always our go-to when we’re heading to sun or snow. I remember making the mistake as a teen on a ski-trip thinking ‘Pah, my mums packed Suncream is she stupid’. No, more stupid me when I had the worst ski goggle sun burn you can imagine.

    The pictures look amazing, so jealous!!

    Emily xxx

  4. 16th January 2017 / 6:56 am

    I’d never really thought about the snow reflecting the UV but it makes so much sense. My lips are in an absolutely dreadful state at the moment so I need to pop and buy some balm. Love the photos from your trip and can’t wait to see more xx

  5. 16th January 2017 / 3:41 pm

    The cold and flu defence spray is one of my must have products! Love it and really works! 🙂 Discovered it when I was pregnant with my first and working as a nanny with children who had all kinds of colds but I never caught any of them! 🙂 x

  6. 16th January 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I’ve used soltan for years… my mum used it on me! This nail spray is a new one to me though, definitely need to investigate that one!

  7. 16th January 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I would have never of thought about suncream in the snow, it’s so true though, that you’ve got to be prepared at all times! I think I need to get me some of that flu defence spray too – especially if you can use it on the little ones!! xx

  8. 18th January 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I’ve never even thought of sun cream in the snow. I’d never think of taking sun cream somewhere cold – silly me! Thanks for raising awareness – I’ll be grabbing some on my next winter sun holiday! x

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