“ Brand: Boots / Type: After Sun / Subcategory: Spray / What it does: Hydrates, „
The Soltan After sun comes in a light blue coloured bottle with a choice in sizes. I bought the 200ml size bottle. The front of the bottle has the Boots logo nearer the top, the word 'Soltan' just underneath and 'after sun' underneath that. The front is pretty plain and doesn't appear to stand out but against the usual bright yellow of the Soltan sun tan lotion range you can clearly see which type is the after sun just from the front of the bottle and colour. The back of the bottle has the usual information that you would find on this type of product: ingredients, information about the company and information about the product.
I bought a single 200ml bottle, which is the smallest bottle that was available from the store, to last a week long holiday and to use for two people but I was the only one that ended up using it. My other half was adamant that he wouldn't need it as he doesn't burn and wouldn't listen about the fact that this product is also an insect repellent. I also don't burn but after care is always a good routine to get into and a couple of hours in the sun still makes my skin hot to the touch. This after sun was nice and cooling and you didn't need much for it to work and I was the only one who didn't get bitten the whole week. The holiday I was on was in Spain and was in early September a few years ago so I don't know how this product would stand up to a hotter climate with a more intense heat (I have used the product since but only in England on the hottest days) but it would be my first choice of product if I was ever going away again. The cost of the product is not cheap but no suntan lotions or after sun products seem to be nowadays so always look out for the offers. I bought mine at half price and it cost £2.99. This after sun also lasts longer than other variants on the market. On the back of the product look for the little open tub looking symbol and the number next to it tells you it's shelf life from the day it is opened, Soltan products are still O.K. to use for 18 months after opening.
Overall this is my after sun of choice. It is cheaper than any equivalent product that I have seen when it is on offer, I barely used half a bottle in a week's holiday and the insect repellent is a great added bonus.
The one thing that you never think about when you go out in Northern Ireland is sun burn, however apparently I sun burn quite easily. A few days ago, I decided to catch a few rays between thunderstorms, not thinking about sun cream, and ended up quite burnt on my arms and head.
Unfortunately there wasn't much I could do for my head, but my arms were killing me when it came to bedtime and I decided to go to the cupboards and find my after sun from last years holidays.
To apply this after sun, you simply smear it over the affected areas. It isn't that sticky or messy when applying and it sinks in and is absorbed quite quickly.
What I Thought
This is really easy to apply, it has quite a nice texture to it and feels amazing when it has been applied onto burnt, itchy skin. I really felt loads of relief when I applied this at night time and in the morning, my skin did seem to feel a little better.
I found that this after sun is a really good moisturiser, my skin didn't peel when I used this, and I had taken quite a burning. Also my skin wasn't as angry and inflamed the day after using this and it was much easier to fall asleep at night after a bit this was applied.
This after sun apparently protects you from bugs, which I think that is be really handy, especially when you are away, last year I brought mine to Florida and didn't have any problems with bugs.
This after sun didn't have a really offensive scent to it, which is probably one of the best things about it. I hate trying to sleep with really perfumed products on and this one isn't strong or of putting.
Price and Availability
You can buy this after sun in Boots for around £6 from memory. I think that this is quite a good price as a bottle lasts ages and it is so soothing on my skin. I would definitely buy it again when my bottle is finished.
I think that this is a great after sun, it gets the job done, feels lovely and soothing, doesn't smell bad and is reasonably priced. Overall I would give this 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I love you the sun, when it is sunny I am out in it all day gardening, or relaxing with a nice cold beer, it is my favourite time of year. My problem is that I tend to be very tasty to bugs and my normal pre-sun ritual is as follows:
- Sun cream
- Bug repellent
When I saw there was an after sun with a bug repellent I had to try it for my holiday to Crete (it helped that I managed to get it for half price at £3.49!).
The first day, I used my normal bug repellent and then after a day in the sun I used the product for the rest of the holiday and managed to escape with just one bite! This is a record for me, a normal trip to Crete would result in 7 or 8 nasty bites, what can I say, the bugs love me!
I opted for the spray version as I find it covers me better where the lotion I find I miss places. Not once did the nozzle become blocked which was a nice surprise, I normally find myself struggling to get the spray out after 5 or 6 days.
The Aftersun product also soothed my skin after a long day of sun bathing. On day 2 I was suitable burnt but using the Aftersun cooled my skin right down and worked in a similar fashion to other products reducing the pain over a day or two.
My opinion is that if you get bit by insects on holiday, this Aftersun product will help you and save you from applying 3 different sprays and lotions.
However, if you don't and are just after an Aftersun product then I wouldn't bother, it isn't any different from other Aftersun products I have used, it just has the added benefit of the insect repellent.
I will be buying it again, if I can get it cheaper than the normal price, if not I will stick with my old routine of sun cream, bug repellent and Aftersun.
After all this lovely sun, I have been trying out plenty of different after sun products in a bid to cool down my skin and to keep my new tan for as long as possible. My other half has also been getting bitten a lot as we are sitting out later in the evenings and so I decided to buy the Soltan Aftersun Hydrating Lotion with Insect Repellent by Boots.
What does the product do?
The product promises to intensely hydrate the skin after sun exposure while cooling it down. It contains Cocoa Butter to deeply moisturise the skin while nourishing and protecting it. The formula claims that it will reduce any dryness and peeling, leaving the skin soft and allowing you to hang onto your tan for longer. It also promises to keep pesky insects away using a gentle and odourless formula. It promises to be non greasy and quickly absorbed by the skin.
How do you use the product?
The product should be applied to clean, dry skin. It can be used on both the face and the body. It should be applied generously to the skin and massaged into the skin until it has been fully absorbed. You can reapply as often as needed.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a pale aqua colouring plastic bottle and there is little decoration on the bottle other than a picture of a crossed out insect. Some extra information is given about the product on the back and front of the bottle. It has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close even when you're hands are sticky or slippery. It will cost you around £4.50 for 400ml and it can be bought from Boots department store, as well as from a range of online supermarkets. Smaller bottles are available and these cost less.
Application and Performance
The product is white in colour and it has a thin and runny consistency. I am unable to stand the aroma of most insect repellent products. I hate the smell of citronella after overdoing it on the Limoncello one evening in Italy and now the scent makes me feel sick. This however doesn't have that aroma. It isn't a lovely summery aroma unlike most after sun products but it is quite sweet and it isn't enough to put me off using the product.
The consistency of the product means that it is easily absorbed by the skin and it glides over my sore skin without having to massage it in for too long. Despite the runny consistency, it doesn't come pouring out of the bottle too quickly. It is instantly cooling on the skin and it does soothe my skin straight away. The effects are obviously applied when it has been stored in the fridge. It is very moisturising it removes feeling or tightness and dryness straight away making me feel more comfortable.
It doesn't make my skin feel greasy or unclean, and other than a healthy sheen on the skin, people won't know that you are wearing it. You can dress quickly after application and it won't mark or stain your clothes. Despite the formula containing insect repellent, it doesn't irritate my sometimes sensitive skin, even when it is applied to my burnt bits. I am prone to getting blemishes but this worked well on my face too and it didn't cause me to develop any spots. Soltan state that it won't clog your pores and I have to agree. I doesn't make my oily complexion look greasy but it does give my skin a slight shine.
The product leaves my skin feeling much softer and smoother. The formula keeps my skin feeling moisturised all evening so there is no need to reapply as the night goes on. It has so far preventing my skin from peeling or flaking and it must therefore be prolonging my tan, yey! I only get the odd insect bite but my partner gets covered in them. Although he does still get bitten while wearing this, the amount that he does is considerably reduced and he was very pleased with the results. I didn't get bitten at all.
All in all, this is a good after sun product which instantly cools, soothes and hydrates my skin. It keeps my skin moisturised for hours which prevents it from peeling or flaking, and it leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It doesn't come with the usual insect repellent aroma which is a relief and it doesn't make you feel greasy or unclean. It didn't stop my partner from being bitten but it did reduce the amount of times that he was bitten by quite a lot. I would happily repurchase this product once it is all gone.
I got sore over the last week. Bears fighting bees over honey might be less sore than my skin. I chose tops that covered me up from the sun, except for one that had a low back. Ouch! My back began to itch, and I knew worse would follow, but I was on the field in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to cover up with.
Next my back felt a sore rather than itchy and rough to the touch. All this is really bad as I know all about the dangers of sun exposure to my skin. I never expected to be burnt and assume the long delay before summer reached the UK meant my skin didn't have time to gradually get used to the sun.
Back in civilisation, three hours later, and I found Boots, the chemist. I didn't spend any time pondering, just grabbed the blue bottle that read 'aftersun' on it and paid my money of about five pounds which is half the normal price. I think full price for many sun related products are overpriced because poor people should be able to afford to protect themselves, and for many, even half price might be too much to pay. However, for me this bottle became value for money given the suffering it relieved!
I lightly rubbed in, a small amount, after being exposed to the sun. Boots claim that the cream is easily absorbed and I can confirm that it is cooling and moisturises well into the skin without leaving that horrid greasy residue. There is no scent which is meant to prevent insect bites. I didn't get any new insect bites when using this cream. I did get bitten three times on one leg from prior to use, in the field, and not since, which might suggest that this cream really does deter blood-sucking insects.
I'm really happy to have a cooled down, smoothed out, non-peeling back. I think I owe this outcome to Boots Soltan Aftersun. I'm really impressed to discover that it acts as a two-in-one insect repellent and aftersun treatment. It will not prevent sun damage but it does ease the problem. This makes the half price particularly good value, as two separate products would cost more, whilst also being a nuisance to have to apply both and lug around.
Boots get extra bonus points for making a cream which does not ruin my clothes.
Below is the list of what you're rubbing into your body just in case it matters to you. I am usually concerned about the chemicals but the relief this lotion gave to me means I don't care!
Aqua, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethyl butylacetylamino propionate, Cetearyl alcohol, Parfum,Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, Theobroma cacao butter, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Allantoin, Potassium hydroxide, Glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, Propylene glycol, 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, Propylparaben
This product is demertologically tested and hypoallergenic. I am pleased to report that there were no ill effects from the use of the cream on my sensitive skin. In fact, it was so good, I would purchase again at the sale price.
I am always very careful in the sun and insist my children use a high factor sunscreen. However I still like to have a bottle of after sun handy especially when we go on holiday. I have tried several brands of after sun but recently purchased a bottle of Boots own brand after sun spray with insect repellent as it was on a half price offer at £3.49.
The spay version of this after sun (it's also available for slightly less in lotion form) comes in a blue plastic bottle. It has a pull off plastic lid that protects the spray nozzle from getting dirt inside. The information on the bottle tells me that the spay is hypoallergenic and so should be suitable for sensitive skin like mine. It also claims to be odourless and easily absorbed. I have to admit I was dubious about the insect repellent claims!
I opted for the spray version as I find it easier to apply than a lotion, especially for my back. The spray mechanism works well and delivers a fine mist of the product. It is suitable for use on both your face and body although you should never spray the after sun directly onto your face. I spray a little into my hands and then gently massage my face avoiding the eye area. As I have indicated I am very careful in the sun, but despite my best efforts I did manage to go a bit pink over the last weekend! I found that this spray gave instant cooling relief from that sore, tight feeling that indicates too much sun. I like to keep the bottle in the fridge and this makes it even more effective at cooling hot skin.
And what about that insect repellent claim? Well I used the spray just before going out for an evening barbecue. I would usually have ended up with several bites as I seem to have the sort of skin that biting insects love! However I am pleased to say that I didn't have one single bite! This is unheard of for me, so I can only assume that it was the spray doing its job.
The information on the bottle claims that this spray is odourless. However it does have a pleasant light scent. The spray is quickly absorbed and feels light and leaves no greasy residue as with some other brands I have tried. It also helped my skin to feel a lot more moisturised. I have continued to use the spray for the past few days and the soreness has all but gone.
Overall I really rate this after sun highly and will definite be buying it again.
I can be remarkably stupid on occasions.
Take the other day, for instance. The sun was beating down relentlessly (You'd think it would get tired. If I were the sun, I couldn't do more than a couple of hours beating before I had to pop behind a cloud for a breather). It should have been obvious even to the densest of individuals that this was going to be a scorching day and that the danger of getting sunburnt was very, very real.
In those circumstances you'd think that a follicly challenged ginger would stay inside and do something constructive, such as make a parasol out of matchsticks. But no. This follicly challenged ginger decided to go out for a game of golf, exposing himself to the cruel sky for four hours.
"What's wrong with that?" I hear you saying. "He'll wear a hat, surely?"
Mm. No. You would think so, but no.
"Then he'll smother his head in sun cream, won't he?"
Errr, no. You would think that too. But no.
It was a glorious day, and I was lucky to be playing a spectacular course. I strode its little hills and dales like a man without a care in the world. A soft breeze ran through any hair it could find, applying a soothing balm to arms, face and head, and winnowing away all traces of common sense I might have had.
By the way, never trust a soft, winnowing breeze. Give it half a chance and it will con you into believing that your head isn't being burnt to a crisp after all. No matter how many times we're told and no matter how many times we experience this, some of us find it very difficult to accept that we can still get sunburnt when we don't feel hot.
As I trudged into the clubhouse afterwards I began to feel an uneasy sense of having been betrayed. I tried to blame the breeze, but I knew deep inside that I had been betrayed by my own idiocy. Even raising my eyebrows was painful. Slowly another awful truth dawned on me. Not only was my head going to be raw and sore - it was only a few days to my daughter's wedding and I was facing the prospect of leading her down the aisle with an embarrassingly flakey scalp.
Thank goodness for Boot's Soltan Aftersun Hydrating Spray!
***** Balm in a Bottle *****
Whereas you apply suncream BEFORE you go out in the sun, as I should have done, Aftersun is applied......afterwards. The intention is to soothe and to re-moisturise skin that has become burnt, easing soreness and preventing flaking.
The spray on application feels good and may be a better way to get an even spread on larger sections of the body, but in my case I needed to apply it with my hand anyway, to do my face. I did spray my head directly, because it felt good. You have to be careful not to get it in your eyes, as it can sting. In those cases, you should wash it away with clean, cold water.
I was able to get some on within a couple of hours of coming off the course and I felt an immediate effect in terms of soothing. In fact I went out again later, but wore a hat and then applied it again before bedtime. It's non-greasy so there was no issue with getting it on clothes or pillow. The following morning I used it again and knew by that time that it had quickly helped to prevent soreness. The next question was "Would it flake?" Would Daughter Number Two ever speak to me again?
I'm relieved to tell you that our relationship, her marriage and my scalp are still intact.
***** What's In It? *****
Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol denat., Ethyl butylacetylamino propionate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Parfum, Methylparaben, Theobroma cacao butter, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Ethylparaben, Potassium hydroxide, Glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, Propylene glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylparaben
Something in there is also an odourless insect repellent. I don't truthfully know how successful that it, but I can tell you that I haven't been bitten recently. Not by an insect, anyway.
***** Cost *****
Boots are selling this for £3.49 per 200ml bottle.
I must say that I am very impressed by this. I wouldn't normally care if my scalp did peel, but on this occasion it was important and this stuff delivered. It also delivered on pain relief, as well, and I would always care about that. It's easy to use, pleasant smelling, non-greasy, non pore-blocking and hypoallergenic. I initially bought it as a precautionary measure for my granddaughter, but I think I shall be keeping a bottle handy for the next time I make this mistake. Oh yes indeed, no sensible person could possibly make the same mistake twice, could they? Precisely. We can be quietly confident.
I'm not much of a sun worshipper - my dads ginger genes have left me with lily white skin that doesn't tan well, it just goes straight from bright white to angry red, and even with a good spf protection, I do tend fairly often to have hot uncomfortable skin, simply because with relatives down on the South Coast, as a family we spend most of the summer outdoors.
Therefore, it's important to have a couple of bottles of decent aftersun - one to keep on my person for immediate soothing, and one chilling in the fridge, the coolness waiting to be slathered on. I have quite a selection of the Boots Soltan range, with my favourite after sun being this hydrating spray with built in insect repellant, which is normally 6.99 for 200ml, but is currently on offer at £3.49.
This pale blue bottle has a semi transparent lid that just pops off, and beneath is a small spray nozzle, which dispenses fine droplets of this fairly runny, almost milky lotion. Being so thin, and dispensed so finely sprayed, I find it very easy to rub in without having white streaky arms, and having to blend it in for ages. It's nice and soothing, particularly if it has been chilling in the fridge, when it feels like an absolute dream on the skin. It doesn't feel at all greasy, and doesn't leave any visible residue on the skin.
It does have a slightly chemically smell - the packaging claims it is odourless, which is not the case, but the smell doesn't last too long. I do find it is quite effective at keeping bugs away - the beaches aren't particularly buggy anyway, but when we've been in the woods, or sitting outside in beer gardens, I have noticed we don't tend to be bothered as much by those annoying tiny bitey flies.
I really like this particular product - it cools down overheated skin, and keeps it moisturised. On the rare occasions I have gotten slightly burned, I've found I don't tend to go as scaly when using this, and that generally my skin returns to normal a lot faster. I'd definitely recommend using this, along with of course a nice SPF protection cream used before sun exposure. 5 stars.