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This is another of the products I took on honeymoon with me, after reading a very positive review of it. I picked it up as part of a 3-for-2 offer on No 7 products at Boots, which brought the price down. At full price it costs £8.50 for a 50ml tube. Incidentally, when I made a visit to Boots to purchase this product, I had a list of items I wanted for my holiday and was expecting this to be with the other No 7 products. After a while I gave up looking and asked an assistant, and it turns out it was stored with all the other branded aftersun/sun protection products. So, if you go to Boots looking for this and have trouble finding it, check both places just in case. Anyway, the lotion comes in a tube with a flip top lid which is useful for storage. I stored this in the fridge in holiday, as I liked the cool soothing sensation on my face after being out in the sun all day. The packaging is designed so that it can stand freely, and also the product is easily accessible without too much squeezing when you get near the bottom. The lotion itself is white in colour, and quite thin in consistency. It has a very delicate smell to it which is quite pleasant. It absorbs reasonably well into the skin, but feels heavier than my usual moisturiser. I guess this is a good thing as it has an important job to do repairing your skin after a day in the sun. Personally, I used this after being in the sun and washing my face, and then in the evening before bed I applied my usual moisturiser. I just feel that this leaves the face a little too greasy to sleep with it on. My husband also started using this on holiday, as he had forgotton to apply sun lotion a couple of times and had a bit of a red face. He seemed to think this did a good job of cooling his face down. I didn't experience any burning or redness myself, but instead my face went a nice healthy colour instead of the usual ghostly pale. Even so, I felt happy that this lotion replenished the moisture I had probably lost during the day from the sun (and sweating!), and helped my skin recover more quickly. We used the whole of this tube during our two week holiday, but as I mentioned this is partly because my husband got in on the act and started sharing it (what's mine is his now I guess!). Although it was more expensive than normal aftersun, it's designed especially for the face and I think represents good value for money when bought on offer. I would recommend this aftersun product to give your face some much needed TLC after exposure to the sun. I will definitely be buying this again. (This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
We all know by now the importance of wearing adequate sunscreen to protect our skin, especially when on holiday in sunny climes, and I always like to wear a special suncare product designed for use on my face. I also like to use a specialist facial aftersun lotion, and my current favourite is Boots No7's Facial Aftersun, which is available in a 50ml tube. Because this product is OK for 24months after opening, I have been able to keep the unused portion of the tube I bought last summer, and will use the second half when I go to Greece in June. The lotion comes packaged in a light blue box, which I no longer have, but the tube itself gives all the information you need. The tube is the same light blue, and stands on its white, flip-top lid so that the product is always easily accessible. On the front of the bottle is the information that this product is hypoallergenic, and that it provides 'Conditioning moisturisation to help skin restore its defences'. You are instructed to apply the product liberally to your face after exposure to the sun. You should avoid contact with eyes and fabric. This aftersun comes in the form of a light lotion that spreads easily across my skin. It is absorbed quickly, has a delicate fragrance, and the cooling effect on sun-heated skin is very pleasant. Because the lotion contains 'colour corrective particles', it helps lessen the redness of skin that has seen the day's warm sun. In fact it gives a very slight 'shimmer', like a light-reflecting moisturiser. The information on the back of the tube also tells us that 'Shea butter and our antioxidant complex provide long term moisturisation and help skin rebuild its defences against the ageing effects of the sun'. I apply this lotion after showering and cleansing my face, and find that it helps calm my skin, both in its feel and appearance. However, I also make sure to apply a good night cream when it is time for bed. I appreciate the (mild) colour correction that this aftersun supplies, because although I have fair, freckled skin, I also tend to have quite rosy cheeks (and some small broken veins which don't help). As you can imagine, this rosiness increases in a warm or hot climate, even though I always use a good facial sunscreen and am careful to wear a sunhat with a broad brim. Since my teens I have always tried to take good care of my skin, with a regular beauty routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise. My fair-skinned family have all suffered from some form of skin cancer, possibly caused by the time we spent on RAF postings to the Mediterranean and the Far East when I was a child. Although my parents took great care to make sure that my brother and I didn't burn, especially when we lived in Singapore, we were not aware at that time (about 46 years ago) of the need for further protection in the form of sunscreen. In late 2010 I was diagnosed with a (non-malignant) morphoeic basal cell carcinoma on my nose. The little blighter had been lurking there for some years, so I was extremely relieved that it was found before it could cause any further damage. After the biopsy and diagnosis, I then saw a specialist surgeon who performed three surgeries in one day. The first two were to make sure that all cancerous cells had been removed, and the third was a skin graft to cover the wound - the graft was taken from the side of my face. These procedures were performed under local anaesthetic, so I was aware of what was going on the whole time. When it got a bit much, I used some creative visualisation to take myself somewhere else - and decided to sit on a shady terrace in our favourite spot in Greece, overlooking the sea, and waiting for my husband to bring me a strawberry sorbet from the hotel's bar! In fact my current profile photo shows me happily ensconced on one of these terraces. After the surgery I was sent home with a huge padded dressing over my nose. Seventeen months later, I have a round, pale pink scar on the side of my nose - the scar is, thankfully, not too noticeable, and can be disguised with make-up. I've included this personal information here because I think it is terribly important to be aware of what can happen if you do not know - or choose to ignore - the dangers of too much sun exposure. I'm sure you can understand how careful I am to protect my skin when I go on holiday, and also on sunny days in the UK (a rare treat at the moment!). I use Boots No7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection, which comes in different levels of protection - I use both SPF 30 and 50, depending on the situation and the strength of the sun. I also think it's important to use an aftersun product made especially for your face, rather than just relying on a normal moisturiser - the formulations of these products are designed specifically to counteract the effects of the sun. Using aftersun on your face will also help prolong any tan you get - and even I come home with a very light tan/healthy glow - because it provides moisture to dehydrated skin. On a side note, don't forget to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and your skin supple. Boots No7 Facial Aftersun costs £8.50 for a 50ml tube. At the time of publishing this review (9th April), Boots are running a special offer of 3 for 2 on selected No7 face and body care. Alternatively, you could use one of their regular £5 vouchers - this would bring the cost down to £3.50, which I think represents excellent value for money. I consider this product to be one of my holiday necessities, and from previous experience I know I will find it a pleasure to use. I am more than happy to give No7 Facial Aftersun five stars.