Product Type: Boots Sun Care
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Bye bye burnie
Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion
Member Name: redhead78
Boots Soltan Aftersun Lotion
Advantages: Great price, great smell, easy to apply, soothes sunburn, softens skin
Disadvantages: None for me
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.
Summary: A great product from Boots which i've been buying for years and will buy for many more to come
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