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.