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In my last review on dooyoo I wrote about the sun cream which I have been using on my children, during our recent heat wave in England, so today I thought I would review the sun lotion which I have been using myself. Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera SPF15 Sun Lotion is the lotion which I have been using, I decided to go with this one, because my sister in law told me that this was a really good sun lotion and it was the one she was using, after hearing how good it was, I decided to pick up some myself and give it a try.
This sun lotion has four stars for UVA protection and as well as having aloe vera, it also contains jojoba and chamomile, and a great thing is that all products which are within this range are colour and perfume free, which was a the deal breaker in me buying this lotion. The lotion that I bought came in a 200ml squeezy tube, and has a screw on lid, I would have preferred a flip lid really because I think they are easier to use, especially when out and about and busy with the children, but its not really a problem as it is still easy to use.
The lotion itself is a thick texture, but once applied it does blend in to the skin really well, so do not be put off by the thick texture of the lotion as it absorbs much better than most other lotions I have tried, even one's with a thinner texture. The smell of this lotion is not to overpowering either, which is great for me as it leaves me able to put other things on my body such as perfume and deodorant without the smells blending together into one big horrible smell.
One of the main reasons why I have continued to use this lotion through out the summer is because of how it feels once I have applied it, unlike other lotions which have tended to leave my skin feeling oily and uncomfortable, this one, once applied absorbs in fast leaving me unaware I am actually wearing it. This is a great sun lotion in my opinion, I have been using it now for over four weeks and there is still more than half the bottle left, so I would say you get your money's worth, even though we have been experiencing one big heat wave, I am yet to be burned by the sun, so this lotion has certainly been doing its job.
When it comes to sun lotions this one is not the cheapest, but it is also no where near the most expensive one on the market either, I paid £10.17 for this item and got it off Amazon but it is sold in chemists and shops such as Holland and Barrett as well.
I highly recommend this lotion, it does a wonderful job at protecting your skin from the sun and also lasts well.
I normally buy Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Sun Lotion online in time for summer, but this year I forgot to do so - the winter seemed to last so long - and I ended up having to make do with a different one for a while. I can say then that I definitely prefer the Aloe Pura brand because of the way it feels on my skin, which is probably because they use minimal harsh chemicals in their products and of course the organic certification means no or fewer pesticides are being absorbed into my skin. This may sound paranoid to some but I do suffer from allergies and they were a lot worse years ago before I started examining the things I put on my skin, so I am more vigilant about that now and especially when it comes to my daughter.
The Aloe Vera Sun Lotion comes in a large triangular plastic tube which a large screw cap. You can buy this product in SPF 15 and SPF 25, and I have the SPF 15 as my skin does not burn easily. I also prefer not to have a thick greasy layer of cream on my skin as I already have to moisturise it daily, but with the Aloe Pura sun cream I have discovered that I can use it as a moisturiser as well as sun block. This is probably because it contains aloe vera which is meant to be very good for skin complaints - in India where it grows wild people actually apply the gel in the plant directly to their skin for moisturisation and treating burns, and they cook with the gel and eat it too. The suncream also contains no nasties like artificial perfume scents which tend to set off my eczema, which is noticable with the smell too - this product does not have a strong smell, which makes a change from the sickly sweet smells of most common suncreams.
This sun lotion is very easy to squeeze out of the tube and this is helped by the fact that the lid is on the bottom of the tube, so even when it is almost finished it is easy to get the lotion out. It sits upright nicely because of the shape and design, and the screw cap is great because there is no chance of it coming off and spilling everywhere in your bag as has happened to me in the past. The cream itself is quite thick too so it doesn't gloop everywhere when I am applying it to myself and my daughter's skin, and thankfully it doesn't leave those horrid white streaks on my skin either. It feels slightly cooling when I put it on which is probably due to the aloe vera which is naturally soothing to the skin. It also feels quite light despite being a thick cream in appearance, and isn't greasy at all. In fact it is more akin to a gel than a cream in the way it feels and looks.
This suncream is certainly effective as I have used it many times over the years, but it isn't super strong so you do have to reapply it if we're going through a heatwave like we are now (which of course only happens every 8 years or so in this country..). As an eczema sufferer I can assure you that the cream feels really nice on my skin, causes no itching or irritation, in fact I think it perhaps soothes my skin more than any other cream I use. I think this makes is a bargain for only £7.99 for a 200ml as that is how much I have paid for more chemically heavy suncreams in the past which have caused me some irritation. If you are lucky your local healthfood store or Holland and Barrett might stock Aloe Pura, mine doesn't but I have asked them to order it in as that will work out cheaper for me without postage costs to pay.
Recommended, 5 stars.
As I spend a lot of time outside, I get through plenty of sun protection lotion. I take the precaution of wearing it in the summer even on cloudy days, as I am quite fair skinned. At the end of last year I bought a tube of Aloe Pura's Organic Aloe Vera Sun Lotion from Holland and Barret after recieving a recommendation from a friend. She told me that it was easily absorbed and non greasy which are two qualities that I am most looking for in a sun protection product, other than a reasonable ability to protect me from sun burn of course!
I did not know much about the Aloe Pura brand prior to buying this product, although I had seen their products in places such as Waitrose and independent pharmacies. They make several different skin care lines, all based around the use of organic aloe vera. The sun lotion is available in both SPF 15 and 25, and there is also an aftersun product. I bought the SPF 15, because I understand that higher SPF's allow you to apply less frequently but do not necessarily afford better protection in the short term. Therefore I opted for the lower SPF as it was slightly cheaper - £7.99 for 200ml. In addition, it is rated 4 stars for UVA protection. As well as aloe vera, this lotion contains jojoba and chamomile. All products within the range are free of perfume and colour.
The lotion comes in a large tube, which I find slightly simpler to use than bottles because they are easier to squeeze. This helps you dispense the lotion once the bottle is less than half full. It has a screw on lid, which I also think is better than a flip top cap, because I am more likely to put it back on properly. Sun lotion is one product that I do not want to find spilt in my bag! The label is light orange and green with a picture of the plant on it. It looks simple and fresh which suits a lotion based on plants.
On opening the bottle, I was surpised not to meet with the usual sun lotion aroma but I shouldn't have been as no additional parfum has been added. It has a light and fresh scent, which reminds me of a basic moisturising lotion. I like this, as it makes it easier to mix with other scented products such as deodarants or body sprays should I wish to.
The lotion has the texture of a thick moisturising cream. Because of this, I thought that I would find it hard to blend in, but this is not the case at all. It looks dense at first, but it absorbs faster than most lotions I have used. It has an surprisingly light feel, considering it's appearance and there is no greasiness. The initial thick look does make it easier to see where you have applied it, and as it does not last to make me look paler and streaky, I don't mind it at all. It feels cool and soothing, especially when you are applying it during the day once your skin is already hot. For the first application, it is recommended that you put it on liberally half an hour before use. This is common to most products that I have used, as is the advice to re-apply the lotion after swimming. I do not buy waterproof lotions because it usually states on the packet that you must in any case re-apply after towelling off.
I have used this when working outside all day, and I have never experienced any sun burn or discomfort. I re-apply it every few hours, with the exact frequency depending on how hot it is or high the UV forecast goes. I feel perfectly happy with this aspect of it. What impresses me the most is how my skin feels afterwards. Far from feeling dried out from the sun, my skin feels moisturised and soft. I can even use this regularly on my face without suffering from from any spot breakouts or blocked pores. As someone who suffers from large pores around my nose area, I really appreciate this in a product I need to put on more than once or twice a day. The skin elsewhere feels soft and smooth. I also like the fact that if I apply it when out and about, it doesn't leave an oily residue on my hands. This makes it convenient to use as I don't need to find a tissue to get rid of the mess.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?
I definitely would. It isn't the cheapest sun lotion, but it isn't the most expensive either. It leaves my skin feeling cool and moisturised, so I rarely feel the need to use aftersun. This makes it even better value. I mainly use sun lotion to simply prevent skin damage or sun burn. This product does that, but has the advantage of also leaving it in a better condition after use. I think it will especially appeal to those who do not like artificially or highly perfumed skin care.
Available from pharmacies, Waitrose and Holland and Barrett.