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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Where is the Spring Sunshine? and Villa Holiday Competition!

Well it's typical that on one of the coldest, wettest days of the year I get a parcel collection card to go to my local sorting office to pick up two "sun" related items.

I laughed when I opened them up and saw that the first parcel was Danny's beach wetsuit from Heartline. These keep children with heart conditions "warm" on our chilly British beaches so Danny will be able to paddle and play on the beach for as long as his siblings and friends can. He will definitely be staying in the freezing sea for longer than this wimpy Mummy! ;-)  We're very grateful to Heartline and will be supporting this charity again this year.
The second parcel was a brand new kids sun protection product for us to review. 

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I don't usually use "products" on Isabelle's delicate baby skin.  She is so lovely as she is, we just use a little organic olive oil for her baby massage and barrier cream when we change her nappy.  It doesn't mention what age to start using baby sunscreen on the bottle, but later when I read the FAQ's it does say not to start using sunscreen on your baby until they are six months old (oops!).  This is because babies under six months should (obviously) be kept out of direct sunlight.  Well, in the (unusual) circumstances when we do get sunshine, Isabelle is covered up, always has her sun hat on and is kept out of the direct sunlight, but when she is facing out in her baby carrier, I do feel more reassured if she has sunscreen on her face.

Here she is getting excited about trying out her first sunscreen (Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse).


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The directions say to apply light pressure to the can, I applied slightly too much and ended up with a lot more mousse than needed for someone Isabelle's size.  This excess wasn't wasted...I tried some on my arms (ooh very soft...lovely!).

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Being in mousse form made the product very easy to apply.  Other baby sunscreens that I have used in the past on my older children have always been quite thick to apply and never fully rubbed in.  This product went on really nicely, Isabelle really enjoyed having it put on.  It dried quickly and Isabelle's skin felt silky smooth.

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Once it was  dry, I dressed her.  As with all sun protection the product should be put on and left to dry before exposure to the sun .  However, the can is very handy for taking out with you to reapply throughout the day and after being in water.

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"I'm all ready for the sun!
But, where is the sun?!"

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I like this product as it is suitable for babies and children so I don't have to bring two seperate sunscreens for them.  It is Factor 50, offering the High protection that babies and children need. It is free from perfumes, colours, parabens and other unnatural preservatives.  It is hypoallergenic and Isabelle hasn't had any nasty effect on her skin from using it.  Unlike my younger sister, who in the past would end up looking like a "Cabbage Patch Kid" if sunscreen went anywhere near her!

I would use this product again especially if I was going on a hot holiday somewhere (we can dream, can't we?).  As with all good quality sun protection, it is quite pricey (RRP £15), however, Boots have it on offer at the moment for £10.  It would definitely give your baby sun protection for all of this year, so that would make it good value. 

Talking of holidays, to celebrate the launch of this product, Sudocrem are also offering the chance to win a luxury Family Villa Holiday (including flights and transfers) valued at £2,500. 

To enter the Family Villa Holiday competition…

Step 1– Go to www.facebook.com/SudocremMousseand Like the page
Step 2– Click on the ‘Villa Holiday Competition’ app button, then complete your details and answer 3 moose (as in the animal) related questions correctly
Step 3– Get your bags packed and hope you’ve won!

Competition closes on 4th June 2012

The Prizes:
  1. 1st Prize: 7 nights’ accommodation in a luxury Spanish villa in Mallorca for 4, including flights and transfers (terms and conditions apply).
  2. 50 x runners up prizes: Cuddly ‘Bruce the Moose’ toy

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Disclaimer:  I was sent this product to review but all the comments and opinions are my own. 

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