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Brand: Banana Boat / Type: Body Lotion/Moisturiser / Texture: Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      25.07.2013 22:27
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      A good one to keep in the bathroom cabinet.

      I don't often let myself get exposed to large amounts of sun without suncream (and not just because I live in Yorkshire), but sadly in life it is possible to miss a vital spot even when you're being vigilant! On one such occasion with the back of my neck I was looking in the supermarket for something gentle and soothing and spotted a bright green bottle on the shelves.

      I had seen the Banana Boat Aloe Vera gel on the shelves many times before, but had never really thought about picking up a bottle. However, I knew at the time normal after sun was not going to be enough. It's currently selling in Sainsbury's at £3 for a 230g bottle and I've seen it in other places too. It is described as a pure aloe vera gel plus stabilisers and preservatives, so relatively natural for a long life product. The instructions were very simple: "Apply freely on body and face. Reapply as desired." This is one of the things that actually appealed to me about the product. Take moisturiser - they try to sell you separate products for face, hands and body. Oh, and don't forget the instructions that suggest you might like to use each of these products more than once a day. This product leaves it to your own common sense, and doesn't encourage you to overuse as a marketing ploy.

      I took it home and squeezed out a small amount of the clear green-tinted gel that was in the bottle. It was slightly wet at first, but the liquid evaporates very quickly. I guess it is this evaporation that makes it feel so cooling so quickly. At first it felt rather sticky, and for a few seconds after the evaporation it does feel a little like you want to wash your skin, but within a couple of minutes this subsides and leaves the skin feeling cool and soothed. The smell is quite pleasant, and mildly floral. After a small while the smell does fade a little, it reminds me of salad almost, but in no way unpleasant. I was right to only squeeze a small amount. Obviously, if you want to cover your whole body you will need a lot, but a small blob was more than enough for the back of my neck that had been caught. As it is aloe vera, it also doesn't leave much of a chemical feeling behind on your skin, which I always appreciate.

      Overall this is a great little product. It does what it says, and if the effect wears off you can use as much as you feel you need. And at around £3 a bottle it's not going to break the bank to keep yourself soothed.

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        18.07.2013 23:52
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        A great medicine cabinet essential. You won't regret this purchase, and it'll last for a long time.

        I bought this on a whim in Tesco as I have heinously dry skin on my arms. I thought I'd try it because I can't be worse than others I've tried.

        This product comes in a generous sized bottle and a little goes an extremely long way. I'm quite tall and a toothpaste sized amount is enough to cover an entire arm. It's very economical and this is one of the many reasons I've fallen for it.

        I tried to use this as aftersun once because I didn't put on sun lotion and got horribly burnt. The gel is lovely and soothing, and reduced the redness very quickly. It spread well and I could feel almost immediate relief upon applying it.

        This product smells great, though there's only one real smell aloe vera can be, but it's amazing.

        The only real weakness, and this is a personal gripe of mine, is the style of bottle it comes in. The nozzle folds into the cap, which I loathe. It's a personal thing though.

        This is a great product and I would recommend it to anyone, even if just for a quick try. You won't regret it.

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        22.07.2012 10:34
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        Banana boat aloe Vera gel

        Its not big and its not clever but every year I usually get burnt about once in the sun. Its usually the first time it comes out that year and I am not used to it and get a bit blasé with my sun tan lotion usage. I have pale skin and blond hair so although I can tan it takes a long time and usually I just go red first and can go quite badly red even if I am just out in the sun for half and hour or so. I know all my target points that I have to cover with suntan lotion to avoid getting burnt, nose, top of my legs, chest etc but sometimes I forget and they end up getting terribly red and hot.

        I know if I have had too much sun as a few hours later my skin resembles a beetroot and is really hot to touch. I hate the feeling as it always makes me feel a bit unwell so my saviour is this aloe vera gel. I think this is an amazing product and really works well on my skin. What I love about this gel is that it is instantly cooling on my hot skin which is nice. I squeeze out a whole bit blob onto my hands and lightly rub it into my skin. YOu can feel it instantly cooling it down and it really odes soothe it which is a lovely sensation. That initial cooling sensation does not last long however though but whats nice is that the gel then soaks into my skin and you can really feel it working to protect my skin. The gel soaks in fast, I think at this point my skin is literally crying for moisture and it just drinks it up so I normally apply two coats. 

        Banana Boat say that after a day in the sun this gel will help to cool and replenish dry skin which I really think it does. I tend to soak my body in the stuff and it really does make my skin quite smooth after applying it which is nice. It will not take the redness away unfortunately, this will stay for quite a few days until it fades naturally but what I like about this gel is that it really helps to prevent peeling and I find that if I use it I can stop my skin peeling quite a bit. There is always some peeling but this definitely cuts down on the amount. 

        The gel has a slight aloe vera smell but nothing too overpowering and nothing chemical like. The gel is green which makes me think it is quite a natural organic aloe vera that they use in the product and I like the fact that it is something from nature working well on my skin. A 230g bottle costs £5.99 which I think is quite expensive but a little does go a long way and I find a whole tub is plenty enough for the summer and one whole year. A great product is you sunbathe too much!!

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        16.07.2012 11:21
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        soothes, cools and replenishes

        I always have a bottle of Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel in the house, I find that it actually has a multitude of uses. With obviously the most popular one being sunburned skin. I will normally buy it from Boots here in the UK, or if we happen to have run out prior to a holiday I will normally wait and buy it from Walmart or Target in the US as it is much cheaper over there. Boots do currently have a 'buy one get one free' offer on Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic products at the moment though.

        The Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel comes in two different sizes; a 230g squeezy bottle which is the bottle pictured above, I like this smaller size as it is much more portable to carry around with you during the day and just pop in your bag, it's really handy for using on the go, this retails for £5.99 in Boots. And a 453g large bottle with a pump dispenser which retails for £7.99 in Boots, this size is much better value for money, however you can't really carry this one around with you, but it's perfect to keep at home or in your hotel room whilst on holiday.

        Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel is as the name suggests a gel, and it's literally bright green in colour. It has a gorgeous subtle aloe vera fragrance, which does linger on your skin ever so slightly after you've applied the gel. The gel sinks into your skin instantly on application, and it doesn't feel greasy or sticky at all, you can get dressed straight away after applying this, you don't need to wait for it to dry. The gel feels instantly cooling and refreshing on your skin when you apply it, and it does feel very soothing and hydrating. I always keep my aloe vera gel in the fridge for an extra cooling and soothing effect, the only slight drawback to keeping it in the fridge is that it will make you jump slightly when you then apply it, especially if it's onto red sunburned skin.

        Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel contains pure aloe vera which is known for its soothing and healing properties. It has many uses; it soothes dry sunburned skin, it moisturises dry rough or chapped skin, it cools and replenishes dry skin, it helps prevent peeling, it helps soothe sensitive skin problems, it soothes skin irritations, it softens dry rough and weathered skin, it will relieve sunburned or windburned skin.

        I find that the gel is perfect for burns of any kind, not just sunburn, if I've burned myself maybe on the oven shelf or with my ghds then this is instantly cooling and soothing on the burn and really helps to heal it. I also find that this is brilliant on insect stings and bites, it really takes the sting and the itch out of the bite and calms it right down, again helping to heal it.

        I've been buying and using Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel for a number of years now, and I will definitely continue to do so. It's a little miracle gel as it is suitable for so many things, it has superb soothing, cooling and moisturising properties, and it's something that I definitely wouldn't be without.

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        18.06.2012 12:56
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        A handy little gel which can be used in different ways

        When I was in Boots last week I saw that the large 453g bottle of this Banana Boat aloe vera gel was half price, making it £4.99 instead of £9.99 so I decided to snap this up.

        This aloe vera gel really is quite a multi purpose product. I have had it before and used it as an after sun lotion to cool and soothe sunburn. That is actually mainly what I intended it for this time too - not that I have sunburn in our current weather but I will be working at a kids' camp in Austria for two weeks later in the summer and I have sometimes got a bit of sunburn there in the past from being outside so much in the heat.

        Unfortunately, the one thing that lets this product down is the fact that when you release the pump by pulling it up and twisting it, it seems to be impossible to lock it again, so I won't be able to put this bottle in my luggage as the contents would end up pumping out everywhere! If I want to take it with me as an after sun I'm going to have to buy the small bottle with the screw cap. It was a bit annoying when I realised this. I do like the pump bottle generally, as it is quick and easy to dispense the product. As the bottle is clear, you can see the green gel and easily tell how much is inside.

        Since I have opened it I thought I would just have to put it to use at home. Aloe vera gel has been recommended to me in the past as a good product to use after shaving, to cool and moisturise the skin and prevent any irritation from occuring and keep the skin smooth, rather than getting any red bumps. The lotion is lovely to use for this and feels really nice and refreshing on the skin.

        On the bottle it is also suggested that you can just use it as a general moisturiser. They even say it is suitable for use on the face, but I personally I am sticking to hands and body as I am more particular about what goes on my face. As a moisturiser it feels different to most, as it is clearly a gel rather than cream or lotion. Actually when I first pump it out the texture of it reminds me of a disinfectant or something, but obviously without any alcohol and it does not dry out the skin - in fact the opposite. When you squirt it out it feels quite thin and liquidy, hitting you with a fresh blast of the aloe vera scent. It is easy to rub this all over wherever you want it. It feels a little bit greasy when it first goes on, but is quickly absorbed, occasionally leaving a slight tacky feeling on my skin if I put too much on, but that doesn't last too long. It doesn't leave the skin feeling particularly smoothed or softened, but it does moisturise well.

        I got a really good amount of product for my money on the half price deal. I think the full price of £9.99 is a bit expensive, especially if I end up just using it as a moisturiser, as I have plenty of other cheaper body moisturisers. It is a good price for an after sun though. I will definitely look out for offers on this again next time I need to buy a bottle.

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        06.06.2012 14:40
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        a natural product for healing

        Summer is here! Yes following the very wet weekend it doesn't feel very summery! However next week will probably take us by surprise and be a glorious hot weekend and like most people I will probably get caught short and end up with a little over exposure and for me there is nothing better than Aloe Vera.
        What is it?
        Aloe Vera is a plant which has been used in herbal medicine for centuries it has natural soothing properties and is particularly soothing on burns
        Cost and stockists
        There are a wide range of Aloe Vera products on the market and most health stores will stock Aloe Vera Gel. O personally buy the Banana Boat Gel as this is available in both Tesco, boots and Superdrug currently this is priced at £ 7.99 for a small 450 ml bottle but it is offer at buy one get one free.
        Why buy?
        Ok after sun is something in reality none of us should be buying however it is easy to not apply correctly or not enough and so our skin is tight or even burnt Aloe Vera instantly cools the area and moisturises as well I have tried other products and have found that this is the most effective and unlike other products this does not leave a sticky residue.
        Recommendation
        I really rate this product as not only is it a natural product, it also really works. I am so impressed with it that I use it as part of my summer regime as part of the course sunscreen through the day and Aloe vera on returning from the sun keeping my skin looking healthy.
        I have also found other after suns are painful to apply whereas this cools the skin instantly so that even my 4 year old who isn't the gentlest person can rub this in without me wanting to cry!
        Obviously the best course is not to need after sun of any kind but if you do then this is the one.

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          31.05.2012 00:38
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          Aloe Vera gel

          Aloe vera gel is a timeless lotion that has been used to cure many an ailment from burns and scolds to dry or hardened skin. It's main uses have been cited as a soother, healer and a moisturiser and it was definitely the 'soother' element of this product that was in dire need after spending way too much time in the much anticipated English sun over the past few days and accumulating rather glowing red shoulders!

          The Banana Boat Aloe Vera gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with standard yellow text on the front and the Banana Boat logo. The thick green substance inside is visible through the bottle and it contains many bubbles which gives it the look of a lava lamp! On the back is the ingredients and directions for use in simple white text. The spout of the bottle is quite unusual in that a small plastic compartment lifts up in the top of the bottle revealing a small funnel which lets out the gel. The unusual opening in the top of the bottle means that it lets out just enough gel without it spilling out and becoming wasteful. The folding down spout also means that the product doesn't spill out.

          Inside, the gel is very thick and comes out with a green tint. The smell is obviously aloe vera which if your not familiar with this smell is a fresh, leafy, outdoor, natural smell which is not perfumed but isn't unpleasant at all. The smell soon leaves the skin once it is applied. Application is very easy you just put some gel onto your palms and apply evenly on the affected areas.

          As I said my most recent use of the aloe vera gel was sun burn. I have always kept the gel in the fridge so it was very cold when I applied it, the feeling wasn't pleasant as you can imagine touching burnt damaged skin but instantly it was soothed by the immediate coldness of the gel and the burning sensation fizzled out for the night and allowed me to get a decent nights sleep which was much appreciated!

          I have noticed that after using the gel peeling is significantly reduced in the aftermath of burning and my skin doesn't feel as dried out as it would if I hadn't have applied this gel. Therefore I can vouch for the soothing and moisturising effects of this gel. The main advantages are that the gel does not stain clothes and it is isn't sticky once it is applied it is quickly absorbed and then gets to work!

          I picked up this gel about a year ago from Superdrug so I'm not aware of the price I paid but I stilla have 3/4 of a bottle left after using it on 2 holidays as well as sporadic times when we get the sun in England. This product gets 5/5 stars from me!

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          07.05.2011 08:40
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          help protect and moisturise

          There a so many different types and brands of lotions around and it usually takes a while for each person to find a lotion that suits their skin and that they are happy to use again and again.

          When it comes to my holidays and after sun treatment I opt for Banana Boat Aloe Gel as I have sensitive skin and need to take care. Banana Boat Aloe Gel helps my skin after a day in the sun as it soothes and cools dry sunburned skin. It also helps my skin rehydrate so that I do not peel and lose the tan.

          Not only is this a great after sun for your holidays, but you can also use it as a daily moisturiser on your dry, rough or chapped skin as it helps moisturise and soften your skin that has been exposed to the elements.
          This Banana Boat Aloe Gel is great as it contains pure Aloe Vera leaf juice, which in turn gives the gel an ok fragrance. It works well as it is easy to apply and not greasy like other creams.

          The colour of the gel is bright green and it does not look all that appealing, but it works so well you will learn to ignore the colour.

          The gel is sold in small 237g and large 453g bottles, I prefer the larger bottle as it is better value and comes with a pump, so that it is easy to dispense once you have got out of the shower. But for a few days away you may prefer the small bottle so that it can fit into your suitcase.

          The only disadvantage with this gel is that it could use a better fragrance, but I appreciate that with my sensitive skin I do not want all those extra added ingredients that could irritate my skin.

          Overall this is a great product it is one of the less expensive after suns on the market, I recently just purchased some from boots on they were on special offer at buy one get one free, although I am not sure how long this offer was on for.

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          It's 5 out of 5 for me

          Ever since a holiday in Barbados more years ago than I care to remember, I have believed in the ability of Aloe Vera to soothe the skin.

          Like a lot of naïve Brits I had overcooked and was extremely pink in the face. Approached by a salesman on the beach he was carrying some pieces broken off the Aloe Vera plant and he smeared some of the sap on my forehead. It felt so good that I actually bought the grass hat he was selling. I still have it but daren't wear it too often because it's a real babe magnet and you can have too much of a good thing, can't you?

          So...... when some years later we went to The Maldives, I was keen to take some of this Aloe Vera gel with me in case I overcooked again. We bought this in Boots as I recall at the time and we still have half of the bottle of 230g left so I think I must have learnt my lesson.

          It is a convenient size for packing and because it is a gel there is little chance of leakage or spilling. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a yellow top with a push up spout through which you squeeze the product.

          The product takes the form of a violently green gel and is made by Banana Boat, a brand which I have noted has quite wide distribution in the various hot spots around the world.

          It is for the treatment of not only sunburn but also ordinary burns and skin irritations. It will also moisturise dry or rough skin.

          It feels lovely and cool to the touch and has a pleasant though indescribable smell (which I shall now try to describe!)- it smells a little bit like Swarfega only a bit more antiseptic- not a great smell on the hotel terrace but better to whiff a bit than to lose a few layers of skin and suffer the irritation and attendant scratching.

          It rubs in really well and is not at all greasy. As the name suggests, the product contains Aloe Vera, a plant which is widely considered to have a natural soothing, moisturising and healing effect on the skin.

          On a day to day basis at home we use a Palmolive Intensive Care product if patches of skin get a bit rough or dry. We are keeping this stuff for foreign holidays because it's such a handy size to pack and because we feel that it is in the treatment of sunburn that the product demonstrates its greatest benefit.

          This is good stuff.

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            16.08.2010 15:31
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            Fab.

            I bought the 453gram bottle of Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel which has a pump action top from Boots for £6.99. I have to say that it was an impulse buy, because I couldn't resist the colour (I'm weird like that). I got 24 points on my advantage card for this; not to be sniffed at!

            I didn't use the aloe gel for a while because I bought it near the end of summer so didn't have any sunburn to apply it to. The first time I used this gel was actually after I had my eyebrows threaded. The woman put aloe vera gel on my eyebrows to soothe them so I thought hey! When I get home I'll slather my aloe on too! When I got home I washed off the aloe gel that had been applied after my eyebrows were done and tried the banana boat one. It has a jelly like consistency, and looks a bit bubbly in the bottle, like it has trapped air (possibly to increase the volume in the bottle, sneaky!) and is extremely green.. It doesn't look natural - I'd be worried if something that colour came out of the aloe plant! I applied it and it soothed my eyebrows instantly. It was completely non-oily and almost melted when it touched my skin, in the way that alcohol hand gel does. It stung a little bit as well, possibly because it contains alcohol and this was going under my skin where the eyebrow hairs were removed.

            The gel certainly smells nice - basically like natural aloe vera but it may have a bit of perfume in. It's not unpleasant and is actually quite refreshing.

            I read on a website not long ago that aloe vera gel is meant to be good for acne and the scarring which it causes. I was very interested as I have mild acne, which I am on medication for but it hasn't completely cleared up. I began applying it to the worst affected areas of my face (nose and forehead) and noticed that it moisturised my skin without leaving grease, which is a big problem for my skin. I can't tell yet whether it has affected my acne, but here's hoping!

            This summer I used the Banana Boat aloe gel for some extremely bad sunburn I got on my feet whilst on holiday in Germany. As soon as I got home, I applied the gel and it took the sting out of the burn so well. It reduced the redness and my burn healed up very quickly, much moreso than if I'd have simply left it alone.

            Recently I've started using the gel on any cuts and grazes I get because it seems to help them heal well! I don't know if it's proven or simply the placebo affect, but I feel that it helps wounds scab over more quickly and in general heal faster. It is certainly fabulous with burns and the dry skin that comes with them.


            The next bit came off LIVESTRONG's website so full credit to them - it tells you a bit about the ingredients:

            "Banana Boat's Aloe Vera Gel is typically used as an after-sun product for sunburn or after tanning to cool the skin. Many use it as a skin conditioner or to add extra hydration to their skin's surface. Other than water and fragrance, it has 11 ingredients.

            Coloring
            Colors should be certified by the Food and Drug Administration for use in personal care products, according to Cosmetics Info. The two FDA-approved colors in this product are yellow 5 and blue 1.

            Vehicle
            A "vehicle" is an agent that is used to transport ingredients to the skin's surface and have them stay there. The vehicle agent in Aloe Vera Gel is SD Alcohol 40, according to DERMAdoctor. It may also have a secondary effect of killing bacteria on the surface.

            Preservatives
            Preservatives are agents that help hinder the growth of mold, bacteria and fungi. This keeps the product from spoiling quickly. The preservatives in this Banana Boat product are iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, or IPBC, and imidazolidinyl urea. IPBC, according to Cosmetics Info., is generally safe and is a broad-spectrum preservative. Imidazolidinyl ureal, according to Cosmetics Cop, is a formaldehyde-releasing preservative and may be irritating for the skin.

            Sunscreen
            Benzophenone-4 is the sunscreen agent in this product, according to Cosmetics info. It reflects and scatters UV rays from the sun keeping them from being absorbed into the skin.

            Aloe
            Aloe has many different properties. It is antibacterial, an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory uses, provides hydration to skin and it binds with water to lock in moisture, according to Cosmetics Cop. It may be effective for anti-irritation and healing wounds.

            Hydrator
            Glycerin is the hydration agent in this product, allowing the product to glide smoothly over the skin and creating a barrier against heat and irritation, according to DERMAdoctor. It may clog pores if used in a high concentration.

            Thickener
            Thickeners are agents that keep a product from being too thin. The thickener in this product is carbomer, according to DERMAdoctor.

            Surfactant
            Surfactant agents give a smooth surface for the product to glide over and help to give continuous coverage. The surfactant in Aloe Vera Gel is polysorbate 20, according to Cosmetics Info.

            Emulsifier
            Emulsifiers help keep ingredients in a product blended together. The emulsifier in this Banana Boat product is triethanolamine, according to Cosmetics Info. It also reduces surface tension, allowing oil and water products to blend."

            Back to my opinion! For the amount I got (453grams) and the price I paid (£6.99) I'm very happy with the product. I would probably be happy paying more because although 453 grams doesn't sound like a lot, the bottle is absolutely huge and seems to be lasting forever! I'm glad I purchased this, but I believe that if you order the 237ml bottle off amazon for £2.77, provided you get free delivery, if you buy two bottles you will save a bit of money!

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              02.07.2010 12:44
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              Brilliant for sunburn and irritated skin

              Aloe Vera Gel is known to help moisturise and soften skin, and is particularly used after time out in the sun. It is recommended for all skin types and can be used all year round as a body and face moisturiser.

              It is quite usual for after sun products to contain some aloe vera extract, but proper aloe vera gel like this can be quite difficult to get hold of. Banana Boat aloe vera gel is not stocked in supermarkets but can always be found in Boots and also directly from the Banana Boat website. I've just stocked up in Boots, paying £6.99 for a 453g bottle and there is currently a buy one get one free offer, so it was brilliant value! There is a smaller 230g also available for £4.99, but this is not quite as good value. It also doesn't have the handy pump that the larger bottle has, which I find really helpful once you are getting to the end of the bottle. It lasts me a fairly long time, say 2 or 3 months, but I do use a great deal of it! A bottle would definitely last a full holiday though, even with a large family and daily use.

              I have very dry skin, and find that this product is brilliant as a moisturiser all year round, but it is particularly good for use on sunburn, or just skin that has been exposed to sun even if you aren't burnt. The cooling sensation is really strong and takes away the heat and itch well, as well as preventing the skin from peeling. Although the consistency is a very light gel, which may not feel very moisturising, it definitely does do the same job as a thick moisturising cream would - but it absorbs far more easily, so it is quick to apply and leaves no greasy or oily feeling on the skin.

              I've also used it after shaving and on other skin conditions, or just to soothe the itching that a suffer from with my eczema. It can help to clear up minor irritations and just soothes the skin in many situations. I think its a great product, and wouldn't use anything else on irritated skin!

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              A great holiday product

              We have just returned from a one week break in Majorca, myself, husband and the three children, it was half term so decided we would look for a holiday. My children are young so I didn't want long flights, Majorca is just long enough for them not to get tetchy. As part of my preparation for the holiday I bought the usual assortment of sun creams, all high factors as the children are young and also my husband and I are both fair and don't tan easily, just burn so I wanted to keep us all safe. I also purchased some Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel, basically an after sun moisturiser.

              My husband and I had come across Banana Boat a number of years ago, we had purchased some sun cream on holiday and it had the Banana Boat Aloe Vera as a free gift. Because of my hair colour, ginger, and my skin colouring I do try very hard not to get burnt and generally don't expose my skin too much however even if not burnt I do find my skin requires some extra moisturising when on holiday. Since coming across the Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel it has become a holiday staple for us and is always purchased along with the sun creams.

              The Banana Boat Aloe Vera is very distinctive, it comes in a plastic bottle with a yellow top and yellow writing on the front, the gel is bright green, and it reminds me a bit of the colour of the original Fairy Liquid. The gel is not runny, it is quite solid but comes out of the bottle very easily when the bottle is squeezed. I have seen 2 sizes of bottle, the smaller 230gms bottle that you need to squeeze out the gel and the larger 453 gms bottle with a pump. I used to struggle to find Banana Boat Aloe Vera when at home but have been able to buy it recently in Boots, it was with the other sun creams and after sun moisturisers. When I bought it all sun creams and after suns were on buy one get one free.

              The gel has a very distinctive smell, not perfumed as such but quite strong, it does not linger too long on the skin and would be suitable for males and females. The smell is pleasant and not too overpowering. I keep the gel in the fridge so it is cool when applied to the skin, it has an instant cooling effect and the gel seems to absorb into the skin well. I usually apply it at night going to bed or after a shower and I find that in the morning the skin does feel good. The gel goes on very easily and it can be put on quite sparingly. I have had not side effects, the gel does not make me itch or cause any rashes, but you should check the ingredients before using it. My daughter has eczema and she can tolerate the Banana Boat really well, in fact I have used the gel on her skin at home if she has had a flare up, it does really seem cool the skin down and reduce any redness. This is not a completely natural or organic product, there is a short list of ingredients provided on the back of the bottle. Aloe Vera is well known as a skin care product and is often recommended for people with skin complaints

              We have found the Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel to be an excellent product, both as an after sun product and as a general moisturiser, it is definitely on my holiday shopping list.

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                13.04.2010 19:54
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                A brilliant moisturiser, the best thing for sunburn!

                Banana Boat aloe vera gel is used to help soothe and soften damaged skin. It is has been around for a while, but some may not have heard of it as it is not stocked in many places. Only the larger Boots stores might stock it, and i have actually seen it in Matalan, in the sun section.

                This aloe vera gel can be used for a number of things. It is most commonly used for sunburn, as when you put it on it gives such a cooling and refreshing effect. It really takes the heat out of your sunburn, and soothes the skin. It also help stop the skin peeling as it is a really good intense moisturiser and stops the sunburnt skin drying out. I always make sure i take a bottle of this on holiday with me, it beats every after sun lotion i have ever used! This cooling effect is best when you keep the bottle in the fridge. Then the gel is really cold when you put it on.

                You can also use this aloe vera gel as an everyday moisturiser for your skin. I just use it when my skin gets really dry, like in the winter. I like the feel of a proper moistuising cream usually, as this is a gel it doesnt feel like you have moisturised. But it deffinately works just the same way a moisturising cream does.

                If you have any skin irritations such as if you get a rash after shaving, then you can use this aloe vera gel on the irritated skin and it really helps to relieve any irritation or itching, and soothes the rash. It clears any irritations up quick and can also be used on sensitive skin. Sometimes i get a rash when i use fragranced products as i have very sensitive skin, but i just use this aloe vera gel and it helps to relieve itching, and soothes the skin.

                This aloe vera gel comes in a 453g bottle for £6.99 in Boots. I have seen this in Matalan also for the same price. The bottle in the picture above is a smaller version of this gel, im not sure how much this is as i always go for a huge bottle, because i use it all year round. A 453g bottle lasts me all year, i usually use it all up on holiday as this is where it most comes in handy!!

                The bottle i get has a handy pump on the top, instead of having to pour it from the bottle. When it first comes out it is a light green gel, it is very easy to rub in as it is not a thick gel. It rubs in very quickly, doesnt leave your skin oily or greasy. Your skins feels instantly smooth afterwards, and your hands arent sticky either after applying it.

                I wouldnt use any other body moisturiser, especially for holidays, this stuff is amazing!!

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