If you have a child in nursery or school you’ll know that when your child goes to school the teachers aren’t allowed to apply sunscreen to them and if you’re anything like me you’ll worry that just putting sunscreen on in the morning before they go won’t be enough to protect their sensitive skin. I’ve seen plenty of children coming out of school on hot days with red faces and burnt noses or worse.
If there was a product that a child could use to do it themselves wouldn’t that just be amazing? Well good news! The Solar Buddies sunscreen applicator is award winning, easy to use, child friendly and the brainchild of two Mums – Laura and Kelli who wanted to help children / teachers to be able to apply sunscreen and still comply with the no touch policy that schools adhere to.
It comes as an empty unit for you to use your own sunscreen because obviously one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to sun protection. Both my younger children are fair haired and skinned so I like to use a high factor 50 on them. All you need to do is pull off the lid, unscrew the roller ball head then squeeze your chosen sunscreen into the yellow pot. Screw the head back on and away you go.
The Solar Buddies applicator combines a roller ball and sponge for smooth and easy application with no mess, no spillage and is economical as there’s no wastage. We all know sunscreen can be quite expensive. The chunky design means it’s great for small hands to use and is really simple for children which means it can be added to school bags for them to top up whilst at school or out and about.
They are refillable and hold 100ml of sunscreen so you don’t have to lug whole bottles around with you, especially annoying if all family members use a different type of sunscreen.
My daughter is 4 and as always ready to help with my reviews so here she is demonstrating how she uses her Solar Buddies applicator.
I have no doubt that she and her brother are confident in using it so I can rest easy knowing that their skin will be protected even when I’m not there to do it. I just need to remind them each morning to put it on at break and lunch times. There is a space on the applicator for you to write the child (or adults) name on so there’s no problems with getting them mixed up. They are small and light so won’t be heavy in their bags.
The Solar Buddies applicators can be washed out and it’s recommended that the bottle and sponge unit are cleaned and dried thoroughly before re-using. It’s best to not to allow sand into the applicator where possible as this can affect it’s efficacy so rub down the skin before use. During times of constant use the sponge unit should be replaced every 2/3 months.
You can purchase them as a single which is RRP £8.99 or there are many options such as combining with replacement heads .You can also purchase one of their lovely beach ready packs, choose from Disney Princess, Spider-Man and Star Wars. Each pack contains: 1 Drawstring Beach Bag, 1 Baseball Cap, 1 Beachball and 1 Drinks Bottle – all the essentials for a day at the beach (Solar Buddies applicators are not included in these packs but are ideal for carrying a Solar Buddies applicator already purchased).
Overall we think that Solar Buddies Sunscreen Applicators are a must have for applying sunscreen, they are a revelation and there’s no more of that “Mum, get off me” nonsense you usually get when trying to get the wrigglers to stand still and put it on. Instead you’ll have kids all proud as punch to be doing it for themselves.
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*We were gifted a Solar Buddies Sunscreen Applicator for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and our own*