“ Brand: Boots / Sun / Type: After Sun / Subcategory: Lotion „
I have just got back from a two week honeymoon in Florida which means I have spent a hell of a lot of time in the sun. I'm one of those people who sometimes burns and sometimes tans but either way, my skin definitely needs rehydrating after being in the sun so much. Peeling looks extremely unattractive so after sun is a must have for me.
I'm not picky about which brand of sun care I buy and before we went away, I found a family pack in Boots for £14.99. This included 2 sun creams, 1 for children and a bottle of after sun. However, if buying the Boots Soltan Aftersun Hydrating Lotion separately, it will cost £4.99 for a 200ml bottle. Although we didn't use the children's lotion, we still got a really good deal considering the full prices of each bottle. As this is a Boots branded product, it is only available from Boots stores or online.
The after sun comes in a lovely, light blue bottle which is made from plastic. The bottle has a lid on the bottom which is flipped open in order to dispense the cream. I like that the lid is at the bottom because it makes squeezing the cream out easy. The bottle has a rounded shape to it which makes it comfortable to hold in your hand while applying to your body or squeezing into your hand. I also really like that the plastic isn't too hard, as this makes it possible to get the most out of it unlike harder plastic bottles which hide product in the corners.
After squeezing some cream out for the first time, I was surprised to see how runny this product was. Don't get me wrong, it isn't so runny that it would drip or spill everywhere but it also wasn't nearly as thick as a good cream - it was somewhere in the middle. Maybe this is because Boots claim that it is easily absorbed and a thick cream won't do this. However, although the after sun does spread over the skin well, it does not absorb easily at all, at least not into my skin. Even after rubbing the lotion in for a good few minutes, I was left with white patches all over the place which took a lot of work to get it to seep into the skin. I was pretty disappointed with how this product absorbed considering the claims that Boots make.
Even though this after sun is not easily absorbed, it is extremely soothing on the skin after being out in the sun all day. The lotion is quite soft and gentle when rubbing it into the skin and it doesn't irritate at all. My shoulders can get quite red at times and this product really helped to bring down the heat a little bit and to make them feel less uncomfortable. The lotion doesn't really have much of a scent to it which I also find to be a plus. I didn't want to use anything too heavily perfumed on my skin, all I wanted was to rehydrate. Even though there isn't much of a scent, what you can smell is pleasant enough.
I should mention that I was using this product each night after being out all day and also now that I am back home. Soltan After Sun has helped me to keep my skin tanned, cool down any burning and also prevented my skin from peeling which means it hydrated extremely well. Even with the absorption being a little bit of a problem, I have been really happy with this product and would definitely buy it again.
Last summer, I got very badly burnt on whilst working on an archaeological excavation at univeristy, I really I didn't have any after-sun lotion with me. I probably should have taken more care, but it was one of those days where it is quite windy and cold, so you don't notice the sun, and quite a few of us made the same mistake that day! So despite wanting to stay in bed drinking lots of water, I dragged myself down to Boots, to pick up something to soothe my poor, reddened skin.
I chose Boots own brand, Soltan, purely on the basis of price. It was on offer at the time, so I paid £2.50 for 200ml, the usual price being £4.99. You can also buy bottles of 400ml, which work out at slightly better value, but I didn't feel I needed that much, There is no advice on the bottle as to how long it lasts for, so I didn't want to risk buying too much and having it go off. Compared to the other branded names available, this was a bargain, as some cost as much as £20. I chose the type that is just after-sun, but you can also get hold of a type that includes insect repellent, for a little bit more money; I've bought this for working abroad before, and it does a pretty good job of keeping the insects away.
When it comes to its main purpose, of soothing sunburn, this does an excellent job. Of course, when skin is really badly burnt, there is little that over-the-counter lotions can do, but I found this provided me with temporary relief. It felt wonderfully cooling when first applied, and this sensation lasted for around an hour on the lighter burns, although the relief wore off much quicker on the very badly burnt areas. There is no limit given on the bottle on how much can be used, so I presume it is safe to keep topping up as often as necessary. The lotion also did an excellent job of moisturising my skin, and I experienced very little peeling after using it; impressive given the extent of some of the burns.
The lotion smells slightly fruity, which I found quite pleasant. It doesn't linger for very long, however, so even if you're less keen on it, you won't have to put up with it for long. The consistency is of a light cream, and it absorbs into the skin quickly, without leaving any grease, just as the bottle promises. However, I have found that the consistency can change quite dramatically in high temperatures. There are no instructions on the bottle about how to store it, but I would suspect it is meant to be kept at low temperatures. This is an issue when taking it abroad, particularly when I've gone on excavations, where we often stay in very basic accommodation. Without air-conditioning, I cannot keep the lotion cool, and it quickly becomes very, very runny. This doesn't seem to have any effect on its performance, but is does make it difficult to apply, as it's very easy to tip the bottle up and have far too much flow into your hand.
I have also found that this lotion is excellent for moisturising my skin on an everyday basis. I have quite a lot of difficulties with dry, flaky skin on my face, but this offers me far more relief than many facial moisturisers have, and I now use it as part of my daily routine.
I don't recognise many of the ingredients on the back, but the bottle tells me it is dermatologically tested, so shouldn't cause irritation. However, given that it doesn't specifically say 'suitable for sensitive skin', I would be careful buying it if you have this issue.
Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this product, both for relief of sunburn, and for normal moisturisation purposes. I've deducted a star for its tendency to change consistency, and for the limited information on the bottle, but for the price paid, I think this is a bargain.
As I purchase my summer sun products at Boots, I always buy their Soltan Aftersun Lotion in combination with a sun protection cream. I see it as just as important as the sun cream itself. It is very soothing on the skin after a hot day out in the sun, and it helps the skin to stay moist and not dry out. Concerning sunburn, it seems to help relieve the dryness of the skin and assists in the healing process.
The bottle is blue as opposed to the yellow sun care products. It has built in insect repellent, which is great. This means you can come home from the pool/beach, shower and go out that evening having applied this and be protected from nasty mosquitos and similar insects!
I usually get the 400ml bottle, which costs £8.99, but is currently on offer at £4.49 (and usually is on some sort of offer). Considering the quality of the product and that it is usually on offer, in conjunction with the boots card reward points, the price is not bad compared to other products.
I much prefer the lotion bottle as opposed to the spray. It is easier to get the cream out, and I usually apply a fair bit of the cream so this speedier process than spraying it on certainly helps. The cream is reasonably runny and translucent with a white touch to it. Although they claim it is odorless, it does have a very light aroma, which is fresh.
The cream rubs into my skin very well, although it does require a bit of effort and time to fully be absorbed. Otherwise you will be left with a shiny sheen on your skin. I do not mind this and I often apply quite a bit so that my skin has a lasting supply of moisture (don't know if this actually helps). You have to rub the cream in quite a bit to get rid of the sheen. Also it is a little bit sticky until fully absorbed (and even when absorbed), which is annoying when it comes to putting clothes on. After a while you do not notice this anymore and you feel fine.
In terms of product quality, I would say it is pretty good. It feels great and soothing to apply. It usually feels cool in temperature itself, which is nice on skin that has been in the sun all day. It moisturises well and gets rid of that stretchy dry skin feeling. It does not combat sunburn as well as you may wish, but it certainly helps keeping it moist. When I was last burnt, it was actually Savlon antiseptic cream that helped heal my burn and it worked far more efficiently than this aftersun. I usually apply this aftersun however for many days/weeks after being in the sun, as it help to maintain a tan by keeping your skin moist.
Overall, I have always been pleased with this product and will continue to use it. You can usually buy it for a reasonable price, it is of good quality and contains insect repellent too as an added bonus. It has great moisturising effects and feels like a quality aftersun once applied compared to cheaper moisturisers/aftersun creams.
Whilst I am always careful to protect my skin with a high factor sun lotion when I am out in the sunshine, I am equally as careful at the end of the day, finding it necessary to moisturise my skin fully to prevent it from drying out as a result of the sun's strong rays. I find that a good quality body lotion is often useful, but I have recently been using up some assorted 'After Sun' products that I had lying around, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion."
Soltan is Boots own-branded range of sun care items and accessories, with the range containing several Aftersun products such as a version containing insect repellent. My own lotion is the 'basic' Aftersun, which is available in a choice of two sizes; 200ml which normally costs £4.99 or 400ml which costs £7.99. I have the smaller, 200ml bottle and I believe I paid around £3 for this as part of a promotional offer. Indeed, as @ the time of writing, this product is available for the discounted cost of £2.49 which is excellent value in my opinion.
The packaging for the Soltan Aftersun Lotion is fairly attractive, comprising of a sturdy plastic bottle that is coloured in a pale blue shade. Whilst the product resembles that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here, the bottle's shape has changed, and the dispenser is no longer on top of the bottle as shown. Instead, the lid is on the bottom of the bottle which makes it a little easier to dispense all of the lotion until the last drop. Also, the bottle is much more 'rounded' than it was previously, with the shape being quite contemporary in its design. I have found too that the bottle's plastic is not overly robust, so I don't find it too difficult to dispense the lotion inside. Other, similar products seem to be housed in plastic bottles with particularly 'hard' plastic, and I confess that these are often difficult for me to use by myself as a result of my hands being quite weak as a result of my having mobility issues.
The lotion comes out of the bottle quite easily as it is not overly thick. I do think the product is best described as a lotion as it is slightly runnier than a 'cream' product, but that is not to say that its consistency is so thin as to spill or drip during application; the product stays in my hand quite neatly without spilling all over the place.
I do find that the product spreads and smoothens over the skin easily, allowing it to feel soft and quite gentle on the skin. I do find that there is something of a 'cooling' quality to be experienced to the skin, which is particularly pleasant if I am using the Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion when I am on holiday in a hot climate. I like too how the lotion doesn't feel 'heavy' which is probably down to it having a non-greasy formula, as this allows it to feel quite 'light' on the skin during application. In addition, I find my skin will often feel hot after I've been out in the sun's rays, and I like the way the Boots Soltan Lotion feels quite calming. Even though I am very careful when applying sun lotion, there will be the occasional instance of my catching a little TOO much sun, and if my skin has been slightly burned, I am able to notice a pleasant cooling sensation to the hot, burning skin. Whilst this is a rare occurrence for me, I do find that this aspect of the product works exceptionally well when required.
I find too that the Boots Lotion absorbs fairly easily into the skin, without continued rubbing being required, although it is fair to say there is something of a slight 'tackiness' experienced afterwards, so I need to wait for a short while before dressing, otherwise my skin feels quite 'clammy' which I don't particularly like. This tackiness is not greasy, however, nor does it feel unpleasant on the skin. This little 'niggle' is easily remedied by applying the Boots Lotion at the beginning of my 'getting ready to go out' routine; by the time I have finished applying my make-up, the lotion is completely absorbed and I can get dressed. To be quite fair, I do find this issue is common practice with most other Aftersun Lotion products that I own, so I think it is something to do with the ingredients contained in the make-up of such products. Certainly, I don't find this issue to be too extreme, and can't say that it would deter me from repurchasing the Soltan Aftersun Lotion again in the future.
There is a very pleasant aroma to be experienced from the Soltan Aftersun Lotion, which is quite 'generic' I suppose, in that it does smell like your average sort of 'lotion' product. Although it is quite pleasant and not overly 'chemical', I do feel that the smell is probably suitable to the tastes of most people. I find too that the smell is not offensive, nor does it interfere with any other scented products I am wearing at the same time, such as body sprays, scented body lotions or even perfumes.
I find that with repeated applications of the Soltan Aftersun (which I usually apply at night time on holiday, after being out in the sun all day) my skin is softened and moisturised fully. I find too that the lotion allows me to keep any colour I may have developed on my skin for a little longer; keeping the skin moisturised with a good quality Aftersun seems to make my tan hang around a little longer than it otherwise would. Similarly, I find that any skin that HAS unfortunately got sunburned is very reluctant to start peeling, probably because it has been so moisturised from the Boots Soltan product. If the skin DOES begin to peel, it doesn't last for too long, with it usually only being affected in this way for around a day. I do think that these results have occurred as a result of the Boots Soltan Lotion being of such a high quality; I can't say that cheaper, or more 'budget' Aftersun products have performed as well as the Boots one has.
I do also feel that the Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion carries a rather mild formulation as I have never experienced anything in the way of sensitivity or irritation to my sensitive skin during or after use. This is a significant point to note, I think, particularly as I find Suntan Lotion and similar products are one of the things that can cause significant irritation to my hyper-sensitive skin. Indeed, there are certain brands that I must avoid like the plague, otherwise my skin will break out in a light covering of small red spots... at the very least. I have never experienced any such side effects from using the Boots product, and I do therefore recommend it for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I can't really think of anything negative to report about the Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion and I would repurchase it again in the future. The product comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the product rating score.
I always try to be as safe in the sun as possible but as I have quite pale skin inevitably find that I miss a bit with my suntan lotion and end up with a few slightly burnt patches. It always amazes me what random parts of my body end up burning and how I can never prevent this. I therefore always have a few aftersun lotions on hand to try and soothe any burnt skin and help it to heal as quickly as possible.
The Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion is meant to be gentle and cooling and provide intensive hydration to sun-exposed skin. It is enriched with aloe vera and soothes, reduces dryness and helps to prevent peeling, for a long-lasting beautiful tan. It is also dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic so is suitable for all skin types.
Boots Soltan have a whole range of sun care products and the aftersun lotion is in a blue coloured bottle so it does not get mixed up with the suntan lotion which is in a similar shaped yellow bottle. The bottle is plastic and looks fairly cheap and is not particularly stylish but I guess this is OK for the price that you pay. It has a flip lid which when opened reveals the hole through which you can dispense the aftersun.
To apply I tend to dispense some of the lotion onto the palm of my hand and then massage it over my body. It is a white colour and has a good consistency - not too runny but not too thick which makes it easy to spread over my skin. It also has a pleasant fresh smell, a bit floral and citrus, which adds to the idea that it is cooling.
The minute I apply this lotion it feels really soothing and it sinks into my skin easily leaving it moisturized and soft. It does not feel greasy at all. It helps take the sting away from any sunburn that I may have and the soothing feeling lasts for several hours. You can also apply it to your face if you need to and it does not irritate at all.
The aftersun can also help to prolong your tan even if you have not burnt at all as it helps keep it moisturised so it is recommended to use on all occasions after sunbathing.
The lotion costs £7.99 for 400 ml but it is currently on offer for £3.99. A bottle tends to last several applications (depending how much of your body you are using it on) and although not looking particularly stylish it certainly does the job so is good value for money.
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When going on holiday one of the brands of sun protection that I always consider is the Soltan range from Boot's because it is really good. I also really like their after suns. I usually use the one with Aloe Vera when I am actually on holiday and their tan prolonger when I am back in the UK to keep up my tan.
I am pretty fanatical about using sun screen so I very rarely get red or burnt so I tend to use this as more of a moisturiser after a day at the beach as I think it is really important to moisturise regularly when in the sun to stop my skin from drying out and I also think having moisturised skin helps me keep my tan for longer. It also just feels really nice and cooling when my skin is hot.
This is a gel instead of a cream and I think this works better at cooling and soothing skin as it really does refresh my skin and leaves it feeling so much nicer after I have used it.
For an even nicer and cooler experience it is lovely to keep this in a fridge and use it on hot skin to really soothe and cool it down.
When I have used this after sunbathing and my skin is feeling a little bit stingy this immediately cools it right down and takes away the stinging sensation.
Usually though I am not burnt but it still feels lovely as a moisturiser and keeps my skin feeling soft and conditioned.
It soaks in to my skin really quickly so I can apply this in the evening when on holiday and can get dressed and ready for dinner almost straight away without having to wait ages for it to dry.
I also found that this was really good at soothing my insect bites and taking a lot of the itch from them much more than a normal moisturiser would do.
This gel is just a lovely aftersun to use and makes my skin feel lovely and cool afterwards which is what I want after a day at the beach. It also works well as a moisturiser and also as a soothing treatment for insect bites. It costs £6.99 when at full price but to be completely honest I have never had to pay this as the Soltan range is always on some kind of offer.
I am very safe in the sun. With fair skin and blond hair I can't afford not to be and so will always apply sun tan lotion and wear a hat etc but sometimes the sun is just a bit too powerful and I'm not always as careful as I should be and I end up with a few red patches after I have been out in the lovely sunshine. It's always the same places and I know my target areas that the sun likes to burn, my nose, my shoulders and my neck and chest.
I find that the best way to combat not only the burning and the stinging but to also prevent peeling after a few days is to use an after sun lotion. An after sun lotion basically is a cream or gel that offers long lasting moisturisation to sun-exposed skin and reduces dryness and helps to prevent peeling. In the past I have used pure aloe vera gel which I love but I decided to try this Boots Soltan aftersun as it was on half price offer (and still is) and is enriched with aloe vera also so I thought it would be a good product to try. The cream cost me in the £3 region for a bottle which I think is a good price although do remember it is on sale.
The lotion is described by Boots as a, "gentle cooling after sun lotion with Aloe Vera from Soltan which offers long lasting moisturisation to sun-exposed skin and is easily absorbed." The lotion is white and is much like a sun tan cream really, it's got a nice thick consistency to it and I find it soaks into my skin well. Thankfully so far this year I have not had any bad sunburn so I cannot comment on how well it has been for sun burn but I have had a few days where I've caught some rays and been a bit red and this cream was a welcome cooling lotion on my skin (I even used it on my face as well) and afterwards I felt my skin was nice and smooth and not tight like it can get after I've been in the sun. The cream is not greasy at all which is why I decided to use it on my face and what I like is that its non-pore blocking either and is dermatologically tested.
I do like this cream although I think if I was looking for a pure after sun with aloe vera to really smooth burnt skin I think I would stick with an aloe vera gel which I much prefer but for a nice cream to add moisture to your skin after time in the sun then this is one I would recommend.
In case you hadn't guessed by my name, I've got red hair! Red hair + fair skin + freckles = a very careful redhead78 in the sun. From March (yes, even in the UK I've been burnt in March before!) until October, every time I go outside for more than a few minutes I religiously apply copious amounts of suncream to stop my skin being damaged by the harmful suns rays. Growing up, my mum instilled in me the importance of being careful in the sun and, knowing several people who've suffered from skin cancer - and fortunately come through the other side - I am now verging on paranoid about not getting burnt.
Obviously, no matter how careful you are there are still instances when you end up getting a little burnt - that little patch just next to your vest top strap that you didn't quite reach, that little patch on the back of your leg that you just missed, that great big patch all over your back and shoulders that husband applied the wrong factor too! So a staple in my airing cupboard collection is a bottle of after sun. To be honest, I don't just use it when I've burnt, in the summer months when it's been hot (ok, IF it's been hot) I tend to use after sun as a moisturiser after showering whether I'm burnt or not.
My after sun of choice, and the only one I can remember using for many many years is this Boots Soltan 12 Hours Moisturising Aftersun. As I have been using it for so long it is a product I now trust implicitly and so see no need to try any others. Obviously with it being a Boots own brand product it is only available in their shops or online store (Advantage points can, of course, be collected on purchase). It is currently £7.99 for a 400ml bottle or £4.99 for a 200ml bottle. Clearly the larger bottle is better vaue for money and as I go thrugh quite a lot of this I would only ever buy the larger bottle anyway. Luckily, it is often on special offer and I got it on a BOGOF offer which meant they cost me the princely sum of just £4 each - great value if you ask me!
The aftersun did used to come in a bottle like the one pictured above but it has now changed to a much more practical bottle (well done Boots!). Instead of having a flip top lid on the top of the bottle (meaning it was very difficult to get the last drops out of it unles you stood it upside down, in which case the next time you opened it they all came flooding out at once) it now stands upside down on its lid and requires a bit more of a squeeze to get any product out. The shape of the bottle has also changed so that it is now more rounded and consequently much easier to grip when you have hands that are coated in aftersun and so very slippy.
As with many ranges of suncare products, the aftersun is differentiated from the suncream on the shelf be being presented in a blue bottle, maeaning it is difficult to confuse the two. The information on the bottle tells us that it will cool and soothe skin and is hypoallergenic. It contains cocoa butter for its skin conditioning properties and allantain to soothe your skin. There are also directions for use (basically to apply to your face and body and gently rub it in!), further advice such as it's not meant for use as a suncream, and a list of ingredients. There is also contact details for the Boots company. All in all I quite like the bottle, it's not too fussy and there isn't an inordinate amount of printing on it.
I think over the last few years Boots might have changed the formula for this aftersun slightly as it used to be quite thin and runny and I often had problems with it running out of my hand if I put too much in at once. Now it seems to be considerably thicker and so this is no longer a problem. It's now just a good consistency to stay in your hand without fear of covering your carpet in it, but it's not so thick that it takes an age to absorb into your skin.
As I said previously, I generally use this after showering during the summer months 2 or 3 times a week and I ALWAYS use it if I've been out in the sun. If I have been silly enough to get burnt, applying this aftersun instantly soothes my skin and, as it's so cool on application, it doesn't make it a painful process. If I'm feeling really indulgent I'll keep it in the fridge too which makes it feel even better to apply to burnt, red, angry skin. It definitely makes any burnt bits feel calmer and soothed. Whilst it doesn't get rid of the burnt bits altoegether it makes them much easier to live with, less painful and almost totally relieves the itching that comes along a few days after burning.
Being a red head I don't tan easily, I tend to just go from white to red and back to white again but using this aftersun really does help prolong any colour that I may have caught. At the moment I still have some colour left on my shoulders, chest and across my back which is leftover from our holiday which we returned from at the end of June. As we've had very little sun here since we returned I feel safe in saying that the colour I still have is definitely leftover from the holiday and so must be a direct result of applying this aftersun.
The formula of this aftersun means that it's more of a lotion than a cream and so is very light and non-greasy. Once applied to my skin I hardly need to leave it any length of time before I can put my clothes back on again and it just leaves my skin feeling soft and and smooth with greasy or sticky residue left behind. Because it is such a light formula I have no qualms about using this as a general moisturiser either when I've run out of my usual one, or just for something different in the summer.
As it a thinner lotion than many, you don't really need to use a lot of it and so a 400ml bottle lasts for ages. As I said, I bought 2 at the start of this summer and, despite every day application during our 3 week holiday and using it at least three times a week since the end of June I still have quite a bit left of my first bottle. I think the second one will just get put away for next summer now. Two 50p piece sized blobs is usually enough for me to get a nice coverage ona general day, although if I've been out in the sun and ahev caught some colour i tend to apply a little bit more.
One of the things I like most about this aftersun, and one of the main reasons I wouldn't consider sqitching to any other, is the fact that it smells so good! It has a really nice, light, fresh fragrance to it which has a slight hint of citrus and something slightly softly floral, magnolia possibly, or gardenia. The fragrance lingers really well on my skin too meaning that every so often after I apply it I can be found trying to surrepticiously sniff my own arm!
Overall I am more than happy with this aftersun and will continue to use it for the foreseeable future. I did have a few slight niggles with it in the past (bottle shape, lid design, thin consistency) but Boots seem to have read my mind in this regard and all of these have now changed over recent years meaning it is in a very practical bottle and is easy to apply. These combined with the fact that it really does soothe my skin when burnt and just leaves it feeling fresh and moisturised when not burnt, and of course the dlicious smell, means that I highly recommend it, and even more so if you can find it on a BOGOF offer too.
The Boots Soltan range is exclusive to Boots and can therefore only be purchased there. It is currently £4.99 for a 200ml bottle and there is an offer on buy one get one free on soltan products and this is included which, in my opinion, is very good value.
I got my 200ml bottle in a family pack, it came with 3 sun tan lotions, factor 15, factor 30 and kids spf 50. The 4 bottles cost £12.99 and came in a waterproof plastic zip bag, these bottles work out at good value.
The blue bottle has a flip lid with a small hole to squeeze the product out of. Unlike some lotions I find this one easy to squeeze out the required amount without wasting any. The top part of the bottle can also be removed for cleaning, although my bottle has never clogged up. The bottle isn't too large and is easy to wipe clean.
I have used the product often after being in the sun, the white lotion is soothing and moisturising and rubs in easily without leaving your skin feeling oily or leaving any residue. Even though the lotion is quite thick it is easy to spread around and a little amount goes quite a long way.
The lotion contains aloe vera for added moisture and works well at keeping the skin moisturised and avoiding peeling.
I recently got quite badly burnt attempting to play golf in Ireland (it wouldn't happen in Spain!) and used the product after showering when I got home. The lotion felt very cold and soothing on my skin and provided some relief. Unfortunately it didn't prevent peeling on this occasion but I wouldn't have expected any product would have done as the damage was already done. Although it still peeled I applied this product often for the coolness and moisture in it and it did seem to help as my skin felt extremely soft and healthy around the peeling area.
On other occasions when I have not burnt and just got a bit of tan, the product left my skin feeling nourished and not at all dried out by the sun. The
The scent of the product is pleasant and fresh, I would definitely recommend the product. It is as good as any of the more expensive brands I have tried and definitely smells better than most of them.
I will be taking advantage of the buy one get one free Soltan offer that's on at the moment as any of the products in this range have really impressed.
I am, apparently, pretty incompetent when it comes to applying suncream, and I therefore get sunburnt on a fairly regular basis. Soltan Aftersun, however, almost makes the pain and the embarrassment worthwhile. It's not something I would normally admit to, but applying this aftersun is one of my guilty summer pleasures. It's ridiculously cool and soothing when applied to hot, pulsing sunburn, and it takes the pain away almost instantly. Its also the only product I know of that converts raspberry-red, shameful sunburn to glorious brown tan within just a couple of days (although nothing can fully make better some of the tan-lines I've managed to achieve in my time).
I love the smell of this product, although some may not. But hey, surely anything's better than the smell of freshly singed skin? Either way, the smell is faint and definitely not overpowering. The product is light and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky, which is great. However, the main downside to this product is that it is more liquid than you would normally expect from a cream or lotion, and therefore doesn't rub in that easily - it tends to sit on the surface of your skin. This means it can be annoying to put clothes on after applying the cream. Personally, it doesn't really bother me: I generally apply it before going to bed and then just wear a loose t-shirt or whatever, which works fine. I have fairly sensitive skin and this product has never irritated it in the slightest: on the contrary, it soothes cools and moisturises angry skin really well. On occasion, I even use it instead of a normal moisturiser as it's so gentle.
The product also claims to act as an insect repellent. I can't actually comment on whether this is true, as if I'm in a place where I'm likely to be bitten by insects, I always use a proper repellent. However, I imagine insect repelling properties would be useful in a product like this, as you are more than likely to be using it in a hot, insect-ridden area.
You can get this product in boots for £5.99, although it is often on offer as it is such a large brand. I think that this is pretty cheap compared to other brands, and would definitely say that it is worth the money - it is extremely effective and every bottle I've ever had has seemed to last forever (because it is so liquid in consistency, you don't need to use much at a time). All in all, Soltan Aftersun is a pleasure to use: I've never used any other aftersun, and I don't see any reason why I would ever choose to.
I am a long-term die hard fan of Avon suncream and aftersun but as we weren't going abroad this year, I decided not to purchase the aftersun from Avon this summer. How wrong I was to do that after the last few weeks of scorching hot weather in the UK! (Yes, I know it's back to rain now!). My husband and myself, who don't usually burn, got burnt. Mine wasn't too bad, hubby peeled like a snake. Anyway, the upshot was, we needed a new aftersun and couldn't get hold of an Avon one so decided to give Boot's Aftersun a try.
==Packaging and Value==
The aftersun comes in a blue bottle (different shape to the picture - the bottle is now upside down which is better as you can get all of it out of there) - the same blue colour as in the picture which in my opinion seems a bit cheap and nasty. However, at £4.99 for 200ml, I guess it is quite cheap. Boot's had (and still have) an offer where this actually cost me £2.49 as it is half price at the moment. For 200ml I can't complain at the price and think it offers good value.
==Scent of lotion==
The smell of the lotion is a bit non-descript. It smells like body lotion without any perfume in. I think that is good, mainly because my already irritated skin doesn't need additional perfume from products in the heat as I tend to get prickly heat when abroad from perfumed products so I am glad to see this doesn't have a strong scent.
==Did it work?==
The aftersun was nice and cool compared to my burning skin (tip: pop it in the fridge for half an hour first for extra cooling soothing!). I found that it rubbed in easily and was quite viscous, unlike other body lotions. I do find myself wondering what the difference between aftersun and body lotion is, I do realise aftersun is designed to deal specifically with burnt skin, but with a house full of body lotions, I do feel it is a slight waste of money to have yet another product, however, needs must I guess here. The lotion didn't feel very greasy and was lightweight to rub in. The aftersun did feel soothing on the skin and after using it only a couple of times, my skin didn't peel luckily and the redness died down after about 3 days. My husband's skin did peel but I do suspect he burnt rather more than I did as he was in the sun for longer.
The aftersun has soothing aloe vera in it and it did work for me. It also claims to be:
- Easily absorbed
- Non-pore blocking
- Dermatologically tested
I can definitely vouch for the first two.
Despite being a packaging snob and loyal to Avon, this aftersun is of good value and does the job it says it is going to. For those reasons I would buy it again. I do wish they would make smaller versions which are more helpful when travelling. On a two week holiday, we would never use 200ml between two of us so I usually decant half the bottle to save on the weight when packing. The other half usually gets wasted which is a shame. However at £2.49 for 200ml it won't break the bank.
In March last year I went on a two month trip to Australia and having heard that the Australian sun is notoriously harsh I decided to invest in some sun care products. I bought simple sun cream and this Soltan Aftersun lotion which is currently about £9 in boots for 400ml.
I always use sun protection and at the end of every day I would apply liberal amounts of the aftersun lotion. It's quite greasy but it rubs in really easily - it doesn't leave grease on your clothes or bed sheets and it doesn't stain if you do accidentally splash some on fabrics. It smells a bit like sun cream, but with Aloe Vera as well - a very pleasant and summery smell that doesn't really linger on you once applied.
This is honestly the best moisturiser I've ever used - I even ended up using it at home when I hadn't seen the sun for months just because it works so well. It feels really soothing if you've ended up a bit pink. I have quite sensitive skin and had no problems with this cream - I even used it on my face with no problems. I found it really cemented my tan and I ended up having an even tan for about two or three months after I got home. For best results keep using for over a week after you return because otherwise you might still end up flaky, dry and peeling (especially if you've been flying because the air cabins are extremely dry).
Just bear in mind that this is not an alternative to sun block - always use in combination for healthy skin and stay out of the midday sunshine.
I bought this product with some other suncreams from my local boots store to take away with me on holiday to Tenerife. I loved the scent of this product and that is why I choose to purchase it.
It is a cooling aftersun that is a very smooth and thin texture so it makes your skin feel refreshed after being in the sun for the day.It also has insect repellent in it so it is good for in the evenings when you do not need sun cream but would want to have an insect repellent on. It is a 2 in 1.
I have found that (with any aftersun really) it is best to put it into the fridge and then put it on your skin when it is very cold. This is meant to help keep your tan longer and it also has a cooling effect to all your skin but especially any parts that may have had a little bit too much sun.
I recommend this product to anyone who wants a cooling and soothing cream to put on your skin after you have been in the sun. I think it works great and would use it again.
We've recently returned from a week's holiday in 30 degree sunshine. One of our holiday essentials was a bottle of after sun. I was determined to make the most of any tan than I gradually built up over the week, and also I wanted something to cool my skin at the end of each day.
I chose the Soltan range from Boots purely because they had a large bottle of 400ml after sun on offer at half price. The usual retail price is £9.22 and I think this bottle is more than ample for a family of four on a foreign holiday over two weeks. I have plenty left in the event we get some super nice days to take advantage of the sunshine here in the UK now.
Packaged in a blue bottle, the after sun range stands out well against the sun tan lotion packaging in contrast. You shouldn't ever get confused between the two and I think this is a good idea from Boots, as the after sun doesn't contain any protection against the sun's rays.
The lotion is dispensed from the base of the bottle via a flip up lid. I prefer this design to the previous one by Boots as pictured in this review as the lotion comes out a lot easier and with better control than trying to apply from the top of the bottle.
The lotion itself is a fairly thick consistency and doesn't run around in your hand or on the body should you apply straight to the desired areas.
As for the amount of lotion you need, this will depend on the areas you need to cover. Personally I found a little to go quite a long way and I used this as an all over body lotion regardless of whether my skin had been exposed to the sun or not.
Boots state that this is a gentle cream that is easily absorbed. I found that the lotion did sink into my skin but perhaps not as quickly as I would have liked. It seemed to take a good five minutes to be able to get dressed after applying to my body. I could easily tell where the lotion had been as there was a slight sheen on my skin until it had disappeared. Much like when I applied the sun lotion.
There is a gentle aroma to this lotion. Whilst it's not unpleasant, I didn't find it particularly appealing either which was a shame. Nothing lingered on my skin for too long so I wasn't too displeased with it overall.
As for taking any heat out of my skin where the sun had been, I found the lotion to work quite well. There was an instant relief from any heat and itchiness that excessive sun can cause. The heat returned quite quickly to any covered areas of my body however, but it did well to stave off any itchiness for quite a while.
The lotion that I bought didn't provide any extra insect repellent at all, but there is a variety available should you require it for this purpose as well.
As we all used this lotion on a daily basis, I felt that it goes a long way to lasting well as you really don't need a huge amount to get good coverage.
Overall I have been pleased with the product and would consider buying again if required.
The Boots Soltan range of sun lotion and aftersun has been going for yonks. It is a well established and excellent value for money option, offering quality products.
The product states that it has been 'formulated to provide lasting moisturisation after sun exposure'. It contains aloe vera to help soothe the skin and moisturise to reduce dryness and peeling. It can be used on the body and face and has been dermatologically tested and is hypoallergenic. It comes with or without insect repellent.
I have used Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion for many years on holiday and this latest version of the aftersun is, in my opinion, excellent. It smells pleasant and is easily absorbed. It tingles sometimes a little on your face. It does quench over-exposed skin very well, although I luckily haven't burnt recently to see how it handles that! When you are hot and sticky after a day in the sun it does cool your skin nicely. Another bonus is that Boots usually have buy one get one free or 3 for 2 offers on the whole Soltan range in the run up to summer holiday season, making this product really good value.