Staying Safe in the Sun with Mustela

While admittedly, the sun hasn’t been out much lately, we did have a good one yesterday.  What to do when the sun is out?  No, this time we didn’t head off to the beach.  We went to the garden centre to buy some pots instead, since some plants of ours urgently needed re-planting.

The sun was out in full glory after lunch, so little T and I decided to do the re-planting in the garden to catch some vitamin D.  Now we all know that catching the sun isn’t safe to do without being protected from its UV rays, but being a mum, I was prepared.

I’ve been shopping around for new sun protection for T and haven’t seen one that I liked, or at least T would like.  We’ve been using a certain product for some time now, while it did protect T, we both hated the smell and the thickness of the cream.  Lathering T with it was always a struggle, because she would always whinge and complain about the smell and the feel of it on her skin.

When I told her that we had to put sun-cream on her face, she began to whinge, I said we were going to use a different product and that it won’t smell like the old one.  She didn’t seem convinced, so I put some of the very high protection sun face lotion on her palm so she could have a little smell before putting it on her face…

And she was convinced!  It didn’t have a funny smell and certainly wasn’t as creamy and thick as the old product we used.  She was a happy little girl and even put the cream on her face on her own.

What We like about Mustela’s Sun Protection Products:

1. Little T has mild eczema.  While it hasn’t reappeared lately, I’m always careful with the kind of products to use on her skin.  That’s one of the reasons why I like Mustela, they only use natural ingredients on their products.  Perfect for kids who have sensitive skin like T.

2.  I like that they have a separate sun face lotion for kids.  It’s handy to put in your bag or even pocket when out and about.  In the summer, you can use this daily on their faces, especially when out and about.

3.  I love that it doesn’t have that icky smell.  It’s really a turn-off and a lot of the sun-creams have it which my daughter hates and I don’t blame her since I don’t like it either.

4.  It’s not as thick and creamy as our old sun-cream, which like I mentioned T absolutely hated with the old product we used.

5.  It has 50+ SPF.

Do we dislike anything about their products?

Not really.  I’ll be honest though, it still has a smell, but it isn’t a strong one and T who is very sensitive to smells, didn’t seem to mind it at all.  And if you know my daughter, that says a lot!  I’m even thinking of also using the sun face protection lotion myself!

Mustela are experts in the skin care sector, they specialise in products for babies, children and pregnant women as well.  Do check them out.

What about you?

What’s your favourite suncream?

Do share.

*PR samples but all views and photos are by Little Steps.


  1. Jessica Harvey

    I have heard a lot about this brand of suncream !. Great to read about it especially knowing that it’s kind on eczema prone skin . I’m completely with you on the smell of suncream I think they try and make it nice
    But sometimes that’s not the outcome .

    • To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with their products either. But I’m liking what they have. I think we’ve found our brand! 🙂

  2. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    We’re using sun cream from Boots at the minute but this one sounds lovely! I hadn’t heard of this brand before.
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    • Neither have I, but it’s nice to try other brands, especially when you’re looking for the right one, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. I’ve used this brands bath products on my son before but not the Sun cream will have to give this a try.
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    • If your son is like T who has sensitive skin, I think this might just be the product for you too.

  4. sharon martin

    We always have to be careful too about the products we use due to Eczema, so it’s great to hear about this.

    • Same here, though we’ve been lucky, T’s eczema hasn’t been appearing lately.

    • Mustela’s sun protection creams are for little ones, but who says we can’t use them too? 😉

    • If you’re into brands that use mostly natural ingredients, this may be the one for you too.

  5. I have a La Roche Posay factor 50. It dries matte and in a little squared off bottle is perfect bag size.

  6. Someone's Mum (Danielle)

    This looks like a great product. Biggest reacts very badly to suncreams, even sensitive and apparently natural ones, so I am always on the lookout for something new to try that might help!

    • T is the same. Was really surprised when she didn’t whinge a single bit when it was put on her. So yes, it’s a winner, at least for us 🙂

  7. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    We’ve been trying out some of the Mustela bath range and I’m really impressed. Looks like I’ll have to give the sun cream a go too! x
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    • We haven’t tried the bath range yet… might give that one a go too, especially since we were really impressed with their sun protection products. x

  8. Fashion and Style Police

    They sound great. I like the packaging. How much are they?

    • I noticed that they were just a tad bit pricer than the brand we used to buy.

    • It’s the smell that really gets to T, luckily this one doesn’t smell much.

  9. Fi Ni Neachtain

    Sounds like a great suncream brand. It’s always great to see SPF 50+ and it’s good that your little one was happy enough to apply it to her face too, my eldest boy hates getting suncream applied to his face.

  10. Newcastle Family Life

    Oh I have never heard of Mustela before, I love that it can be used on children with mild eczema though as my girls have it and I struggle buying sun-cream for them xx
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    • It doesn’t say though that it’s for children with eczema, but I liked that it uses natural ingredients so gave it a go 🙂

  11. Elizabeth

    My kids detest the smell of suncreams too, but I always say the smell is better than skin cancer, the fear monger that I am! Will have to check out this brand as it sounds good.
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    • At least it works! T abhors the smell too, that’s why I was genuinely pleased when this one didn’t have a strong smell. Do try it! Maybe get the small face tube first, before getting the big one.

  12. RachelSwirl

    My daughter also has eczema and we need to find a suntan lotion that doesnt irritate her, must give this a try!

    • This is really working for T. Hope it works for your daughter too, though to be fair, the product doesn’t mention that it’s for children with eczema. But I guess because of its natural ingredients, it’s really working for T 🙂

  13. Sav Chin

    I never use to use sun cream at all until recently my legs got burnt so badly in Barcelona. I’ll have to give this a try.

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