“ Brand: Boots / Type: Pain Relief / Headache Pad / Dosage Form: Pads „
Headaches are the bain of my life, and for the past few years have been the reason I've missed out on a lot of things. I'm not quite in migraine territory, but the headaches I get are bad enough that one point I was walking round Tesco with my head on the handle of the trolley because I couldn't look up with all that lighting around me. So when I get one of these mega headaches come on, I need to find something to ease it and fast before it takes over my life because they do so easily - anyone that doesn't really suffer with headaches are lucky people! That was me until about the age of 20, since then it's been downhill massively!
~*~ Boots ~*~
Well Boots are a brilliant high street company that has been around for a fair amount of time now, which has a bit of everything in store. From make-up and varying cosmetics, hair dyes, opticians and pharmacies - most Boots stores have more inside than I could fit in my house, doesn't mean that I wouldn't like a lot of the items out of the shop though, they house my beloved Soap and Glory, and the wonderful world of No7, Boots is a big store on the high street especially with their Advantage Card, and they make life much easier than going to my local pharmacy. They're a bit more expensive than Superdrug if you don't catch the right offers, but still it's a shop that I'd miss massively if it disappeared!
~*~ Cooling Headache Pads ~*~
I bought these a few weeks ago, when I was due to go to a friend's wedding and woke up with a stinking headache which no amount of painkillers was really touching - and needless to say I was a bit annoyed I couldn't go and well she was steaming I couldn't go. I sent a friend to grab me a box of these so I could try and ease the pain a little bit, and with a bit of sunburn and swelling over the past weekend they came out again so these pads have had a decent amount of use over the past few weeks, and safe to say I've been pretty impressed with them overall.
~*~ Application and Design ~*~
The packaging says to cut open one of the two sachets in the box, as each sachet holds two cooling pads take one out and then double fold the top to ensure the other doesn't dry out - I'm guessing it's a money saving scheme that means they don't put them in individual packets but it would make life easier. Never mind! Take out one of the pads and you'll find that it will easily cover an adult's forehead, they are only designed for adults and the boxes do suggest they should be kept away from children. Now they do say that these pads can be cut down to size to apply to your forehead - but I haven't and there is a reason for that, due to the design, because once you've taken off the plastic cover on the pad it's got a nice splodge of the cooling material in a rounded oblong shape, but if you cut it you'd expose the blue cooling part and part of me doesn't really like the idea of that - so mine stay in the full area that they come in. However if you don't mind it too much or only have one of those specific point headaches cut them up - just let me know how it works, because I'm dubious. Normally however, just peel off the plastic part on the back and stick it to your forehead in the desired area, blue bit to your skin and you'll be left with a white soft backing that is visible on your head. Yeah you might look a bit of a wolly, but when your head feels better you'll be more than grateful for how daft you looked. The box suggests that once you've taken the sticky backing strip off, and placed it on your skin it won't move - unless you've got wet skin. I wasn't wearing any make up any time I've used this, and haven't ever had wet skin around the area - however unless you're laid down and not really moving this doesn't really stick as well as I'd like unless it's right in the centre of your head even then you can't move too much before it starts to peel away. The thing is when you've got a really bad headache or migraine the chances of you doing much more, than laying down anyway but if you do much more than laying on your back it might well flop off. So the claim of it not moving once it's applied - it's a bit of a lie, but it doesn't bother me because I'm never active when I'm feeling rough from a headache so it makes no difference.
~*~ Do they work? ~*~
When I've used these for a headache I've found them really useful, admittedly though when I get hit with a headache it is incredibly painful and I take as many painkillers as is appropriate to try and get it to go off even a little bit, so using these I just normally use as a top up for painkillers to try and take the edge off the pain. To start with the pads don't feel overly cool on your face, it's not until you actually press them close to your skin that you'll feel the cold on your skin. Having it a little bit away from your skin gives the cold patch a chance to spread the cooling effect out across the area, and although it doesn't feel immediately cold - it does help take the edge the pain you've got. Not sure if it's more because you're concentrating on the fact you've got a cool pad on your forehead, or because it's actually doing something to your head but it really does make things that little bit more bearable. If you're struggling with a headache enough to require using this as an extra with your pain relief you're probably not going to want to get up and run a marathon, or clean the house from top to bottom but with this on I tend to be able to cope with talking to people, or chill out and watch a film. Nothing too strenuous to be fair though these strips are better if you pop them on before your headache takes hold, often I'm nowhere near mine when that happens, but on the odd occasion I have been able to apply one before I'm in agony, the headache has been less painful than usual - I find they calm me down a little bit as well which helps. I don't think they make my headache go away any faster, but they do make it a lot easier to deal with than painkillers alone.
I recently had to use them because I had a massive amount of facial swelling, and cooling strips were the only thing that would bring it down slightly, so I applied one of these to my very swollen brow line and left it there for as long as it would stick. Thanks to the fact the swelling was a result of sunburn my face was ridiculously hot, so the pads wouldn't stick for more than a couple of minutes at a time but amazingly just having them on my face for ten to fifteen minutes really did make my swelling feel better. It's not a permanent solution but it did enough, to make me not feel too self-conscious to go out of the house even though I felt a bit like the elephant man. Reducing swelling isn't a main use for these strips but it's a brilliant side-line if you ever need them. Thing is if you're hot the cooling effect won't last that long, it's advertised for eight hours on swelling, especially hot swelling you'll only find it lasts for a couple of hours I found for me it topped four at the most. On a normal headache provided you're not prodding and poking it all the time you'll easily get your eight hours of cooling, which I think is brilliant considering how cheap they are really.
~*~ Rip It Off! ~*~
Once you've taken the pad off, if it's not already fallen off by eight hours later - you'll be able to pull it off without hurting yourself. It's not overly sticky, enough to keep it on your face the majority of the time - but not too much that it rips your eyebrows off when you take it off! You get a decent amount of cooling time before you need to change them, and if your headaches are normally in one area then cut them up and you've got plenty of bits of cooling pad to go round (I might consider cutting one up one day!) A box of four for less than £3 I think is brilliant value for money, especially if you are one prone to serious headaches because they can be so debilitating. The beauty is you can use as many as you want, as often as you like, because they make no difference to your skin and they aren't limited like pain killers are - I feel less limited when I use these after all, you don't need water to sit with a cold patch on your forehead, neck, or wherever you decide to put it after all no one can tell you where to place it even though it's designed for foreheads!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
These are available in my local Boots for £2.89 for a box of 4, they're currently not available online - so I wonder if they're thinking of discontinuing them or changing them, either way I'm hoping they don't stop making them because they help me and my dodgy headaches - I'm so pleased I invested in them!
I am a big fan of hot and cold therapy and think that when used correctly it can be just as effective as traditional painkillers. Hot and cold therapy not only works on muscle aches but also for headaches. Cold is usually better through hence why you can now buy loads of different brands of cold patches which are specially designed to treat headaches.
I've been buying cold patches for years now and really like them for those odd times I get a tension headache and don't really want to take any painkillers.
The thing about gel patches for headaches is that they can be quite expensive which does put me off using them but I recently discovered that boots did their own brand of them much cheaper than the more well-known brands.
They only cost £1 for two separate patches so they are really reasonable and a good natural option for those people who only suffer mild occasional headaches.
The gel pads are a nice size and cover my forehead without being over my eyebrows or feeling too big. You just need to remove a pad and then stick it to your head and let the coolness soothe your headache away.
They get nice and cool without being uncomfortable and I find that they are really nice and relaxing to use. They are especially good when I am feeling under the weather and my skin is feeling hot and flushed. Do be careful though not to try and stick them to your forehead if you are a bit sweaty as this will make them harder to stick and they are more likely to fall off.
These gel pads do nothing to actually physically take away the pain of headaches and are more used for relaxing and soothing so are perfect for tension headaches.
I was dubious that the coolness would last very long with these as opposed to the more expensive brands but they do a great job of lasting and are right up there with the more expensive ones in terms of how long they last.
They do feel a bit weird to begin with when you first put them on your skin but you soon get used to it and barely notice they are there except for the coolness coming from them. They are supposed to be non sticky but I do notice a slight sticky residue when I remove them but I either just wipe this off or wait 10 minutes or so for it to go away on its own.
For the money these little gel pads can't be beaten in my opinion. They work just as well as the better known branded ones but are a fraction of the price and if you get tension headaches then you should really give them a try and see if they can help you like they do for me.
I have been buying some headache patches from my local Boots as an alternative to popping headache tablets for my constant headaches. They seem to get worse when I am under stress at work and also they don't always work. These patches are not cheap at £2.89 for a measly pack of four, but I was willing to give them a try. I like to use these when I get in from work if I have had a bad day, which has resulted in a throbbing head. Using them as I lie in the bath often has the best effect for me personally.
The pads themselves are approximately 12cm in length and are cool when placed onto the skin wherever the pain is at it's worst. I usually place them right across the centre of my forehead. There is no need to have to put these into a fridge or freezer before first using them as they are cool anyway. They have a cooling blue gel and are an adhesive strip which sticks to the skin but can be removed easily once you have finished with it. They are not designed to be used more than once though, so you can see why they work out so expensive.
The strip sticks well but a word or warning. If you do use these in the bath and if you like your baths hot, as I do, they will not stick to your head due to excessive perspiration. Mine kept on dropping off into the bathwater, which was a complete waste of money. They don't work very quickly either and for a mild to moderate headache they work best. They are simply not up to the job of ridding throbbing headaches and I have even used them in conjunction with painkillers for the best effect.
They have a strange hospital type smell and I can feel them tingling on my skin where I have placed them. I leave them for a minimum of half an hour before I start to feel any positive effects but they are soothing and quite relaxing an if I have used them on the bed, I have been often known to fall asleep with one of them left on my head.
Overall, they have their place and are very useful but not something I can recommend for regular use, simply because they are so expensive.
Stick to a bag of frozen peas.
Because I work in an office environment that can be a little stuffy I am known to suffer from bad headaches from time to time. It is not practical to have a day off work or go home every time I have a headache so I am always looking for solutions to headaches that don't involve taking loads of tablets or resting for ages. I need to be able to carry on with work while the product kicks in.
I have tried a number of different products now for headache relief and these cooling pads, from Boots, are an idea that I have seen and experienced before but I had never used these particular ones until a few months ago when I spotted them in Boots while picking up a wrist support. I paid just under £3 for 4 pads and this seemed like a reasonable price for me, particularly if it meant that I could avoid taking paracetamol or ibuprofen which can upset my stomach.
These are soft gel pads and are designed to provide cooling relief for when you're suffering from a headache. You can just cut open the packet, remove the backing from the pad and then stick to your forehead. The pads can be cut down to required size but I always leave mine whole for the biggest area of relief possible. These pads are very simple to use and they do get to work quite quickly.
Usually when I am suffering from a headache I am at work and it is not unusual for them to strike me mid morning when I have several long hours ahead of me before I can go home, relax in the tub and go to sleep right afterwards. As I am not usually customer facing in my job I decided that I would try these out for the first time at work. As I work with quite a close team of people I wasn't worried about looking stupid in the slightest and promptly slapped one of these on to my forehead.
These cooling pads are incredibly large and covered the whole of my forehead. They stick on quite well, for me anyway, and stick better if I have made sure that my forehead is dry of any perspiration or make-up before applying. I am often sat at a desk when wearing these so I don't really have any worries about running around, sweating and then making this fall off. I will say that the cooling sensation of these pads and their minty cooling fragrance definitely helps significantly with my headaches.
After around 1 ½ hours of wearing this pad, if not sooner, I find that the cooling sensation and the minty scent wear off and are no longer strong enough to really have much of an effect and so I discard them around this time, sometimes up to 2 hours after I first applied them.
In all I will give these 4/5. The price is quite reasonable and the cooling relief meant that I did not always have to take tablets as well. On occasion I found that these were not strong enough to clear my headache completely, or even take the edge off, and this was when I resorted to Nurofen or another strong painkiller. I would definitely buy these again but would probably only use them for the days when my headache is just caused my dehydration rather than a bad headache that makes me feel sick or like I want to go home from work.
I really liked the idea of this product, pain relief for headaches without the need to take a painkiller as I prefer not to take tablets or any medicine if I can avoid it, i would much rather try a natural or herbal alternative to modern pharmacuticals and while these pads do provide some pain relief they are not as fast acting as a tablet and also they are not cheap. A pack of four costs £2.89 in my local Boots so they work out a lot more expensive than a generic brand paracetamol.
They are basically a gel pad that provides a cooling effect when applied to your forehead or back of the neck, wherever the pain is located. I used them on my forehead as I tend to get headaches at the front of my head. They can be used straight out of the box, there is no need to store them in the freezer, they are basically a strip of white adhesive plastic with a blue gel layer and they are about 12cm long.
They are reasonably adhesive however the first one I used tended to fall off after a while however this was not repeated when I used a second pad on another occasion and has not happened since so I have put that down to a one off faulty one or maybe I did not apply it with enough pressure. It is certainly a strange feeling when these begin to work, there is a feint medicinal smell to them and the tingly cooling sensation certainly works its way into the skin quite quickly and there is certainly some pain relief afforded to me. With a mild headache they work perfectly well but for anything stronger they do have their limitations.
You can cut the pads to fit and there is no impact on effectiveness, after use there is a little bit of residue left which you need to wipe off but they do not leave your skin feeling sticky. I find that they last for up to two hours which is the longest I have kept one on my head and that was while I was lying down watching TV, they do not seem to stay as long if you are moving around and talking. Plus they are not the sort of thing you are going to go out in public wearing.
For an alternative pain treatment they are useful however they do not work out very cheap and a cooling ice pack would probably do a similar job I guess. They are useful to have around and these ones from Boots are a lot cheaper than the name brands.
~Cooling gel pads~
These simply made and easy to use cooling headache pads produced for Boots Stores, are a good quality cheaper alternative to more expensive branded products that I have found work just as well. The cooling pads come simply packed inside easy to open sealed pouches, which help to keep the cooling gel coated pads moist and ready for use. There is nothing fancy about the packing that I recall as it really is rather minimal in terms of its design, with it being presented in a basic yet clean and clear looking blue coloured pack, with some text on the front which explains what the product is. There has been some degree of thought that has gone in to the make up of the product pack though, as after opening it by cutting across the top with some clean scissors you are able to re-seal the pack if wanted (which keeps the 2nd cooling gel pad in the pack fresh and ready for use at a later date).
~Using the product~
Each of the cooling pads that you get (2 cooling pads per pack) are ready to use straight from the pack as required and can be used alongside a range of tablet type headache medications if wanted. I have used these pads both with and without paracetamol and found that depending on the severity of the problem they can sometimes be of enough help on their own. This means that they can be used in a wide variety of situations to good effect and makes them a very helpful product to keep in a basic home first aid kit. I have used these gel pads to help with headaches and fevers and found them to be effective for a number of hours.
When one of using the cooling pads I find that they stick on to the skin easily without leaving any residual marks when removing them. The pads can be left on the skin to give a light cooling effect for a number of hours before they begin to dry out a little and they can be rinsed lightly with cool clean water and then placed back on to the skin again to give a further cooling effect if wanted, although they should not be re-used again afterwards. If a slightly more intense initial cooling sensation is required, I have found you can place the whole pack in the fridge for a short while before taking out one of the cooling pads and using it as you would normally (this is optional though, as you can use the product straight from the pack without cooling it, which is why these are so handy to have around).
~Price and rating~
The cost of a pack of 2 Boots cooling pads is usually around £2, although they are often reduced due to Boots in store promotions and having checked most recent prices it seems they are reduced to £1.64 at the moment. Having used these cooling pads as well as more expensive branded products that do the same thing, I can say that there seems to be no real difference in how this product performs when compared to more expensive products. In other words they are equally as good. The beauty of these cooling pads is that they can be used by a wide range of age groups, making them an option for children and adults alike and in my experience they work well enough when in use.
I feel these cooling pads are worthy of a 4 star product rating based on ease of use, effectiveness and price.
Headaches aren't pleasant but thankfully, there is a wide range of products available to relief headache pain. Aswell as taking tablets such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, you can now buy cooling pads, gels and sticks for instant relief.
~Cooling Headache Pads~
These pads are exclusive to Boots. They are gel pads which claim to provide instant cooling relief once placed on your forehead. They are ready to be used as they do not require to be put in the fridge and are perfectly safe to use whilst taking medications. Boots claim once in place, the cooling sensation will last for several hours and once removed, there will be no stickiness remaining on your skin.
The pads can be used either on the forehead or the back of the neck depending on where you are suffering with the most discomfort. They can be cut to size and each pad can only be used once whilst any remaining pads can be stored in the pouch until needed.
There is nothing fancy about the packaging. The pads come housed within a dark blue, plastic like pouch with all the relevant information in white writing. The pouch can be resealed for freshness. There are 2 pads in each pouch with each being approx 10cm in length and 5cm in width. They resemble waxing strips to be honest. A white plastic base with a thick layer of blue gel and then covered with a transparent piece of material.
~Availability and Price~
The 2pk of pads are priced at £2.03. Alternatively, you can opt for similar Boots ones priced at £2.54 for a 4pk.
I suffer with mild headaches occasionally and most often when Mother Nature is due to bring me a monthly gift. Thankfully they aren't too strong but do cause some discomfort. Depending on the severity of each headache, I will take some painkillers which usually clears it up within an hour or so. I don't normally purchase things like this as usually they are gimmicks (in my opinion) but I spotted a pack of these Cooling Pads in the clearance section of my local Boots for 51p and decided to keep them in the medicine cupboard "just in case".
Unfortuantely, I have had to use both pads over the course of this week so they did come in handy! In the past week, I have suffered with a bout of flu and also a sick bug which has left me drained, sore and with a thumping headache. Whilst I am normally ok to wait for painkillers to kick in, I felt like crap and decided to call in the big dudes aka "Cooling Pads"!
The first occasion I used these, I was a bit confused as I hadn't tried anything like this before. The pads are really big and have a light, minty aroma to them. Thinking it would be best, I peeled off the protective strip to reveal a sticky gel substance. I placed it across my forehead and it did initially stick quite well. I found the heavy menthol aroma a bit much considering it the strip was so close to my eyes but the relief it provided was very soothing. The gel penetrated the whole of my forehead and around the sides of my face..oh and the top of my nose..with a cool, light tingly feeling. I could feel the immediate cooling sensation attempting to blast the thumping inside my head until...
As much as I would like to sit and not move at all, I have a toddler to look after and a house to run and I need to express myself through facial expressions but no..you aren't permitted to do so when one of these strips inhabits your forehead. With every movement or forehead wrinkle, I could feel the edges of the strip starting to pull away from my head. I tried to smooth it back over but it kept happening so after 30mins, the pad was removed. My forehead wasn't sticky but did have some level of residue on it which felt icky! My head was almost soothed though and the painkillers kicked in sending it to another planet (perhaps it took my mind with it..I'm not sure).
~You Don't Need To Go To The Hairdressers For a Cut and Style~
So the first try wasn't amazing but I still had one pad left which came in handy yesterday. This time, I took a different course of action and decided to cut the pad in half. The pads kept their fresh, mintiness whilst stored in the pouch and were fairly easy to cut through with a decent pair of scissors. My headaches usually linger around one side of my head so I placed the half a pad onto that area and it smoothly contoured to my natural head curves!
I found the pad stayed put so much better when cut to a smaller size. It didn't send cool shockwaves across my full face and appeared to concentrate on the area which was giving me bother and really, provided more localised and cooling relief. The scent wasn't as powerful which I preferred and the pad remained put for around 2hours. I actually couldn't feel it on my skin and kept checking to make sure it was still there and hadn't fell into the loo or the sink!
After the 2hours, I found the stickiness of the pad had started to fail and the cooling nature of it had began to dwindle but it still offer a minimal, gently cooling sensation which actually felt relaxing and my headache had gone. This could be down to the painkillers I took but for immediate relief, these kick in faster!
~Recommendation and Conclusion~
Compared to the branded pads, these are more affordable but are far from being cheap at over £2.00 for 2. You can only use them once but to be honest, if you suffer with regular headaches I would recommend you see your doctor and also invest in a cooling pad you can put in the fridge and reuse as it would work out more cost effective.
I had mixed experiences with these pads and am happy I picked them up on clearance as they did help sooth my head but I don't think I would be happy to pay full price for them. I didn't experience any side effects with these pads.
Thanks for reading x