One of the nicest things in the world is coming back to the apartment after a day at the beach or round the pool and slathering yourself in aftersun. I am in two minds whether I prefer after sun gel or lotion. The lotion seems to be more moisturising but the gel is just much more soothing especially if you have kept it in the fridge when you are out. Soltan not only do fantastic sunscreens but they also do a really good range of aftersun lotions and like their sunscreen counterparts they too are nearly always on a 2 for 3 offer in the summer so it pays to stock up on them if you are planning on going on holiday.
The aftersun gel contains aloe vera and is incredibly soothing and cooling on skin that has been out in the hot sun all day. It is also more hydrating than I expected it to be and moisturises my skin nicely. Putting some of this on after being out in the sun will not only help hydrate your skin but it will sooth it and hopefully stop any peeling.
The gel feels immediately cooling on my skin and it absorbs really well. It sits on skin for a couple of minutes soothing it and cooling it down and then sinks in to the skin to hydrate it deeply. After putting this on straight from the fridge you are immediately cooled down and skin is less flushed.
It doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky either.
The aloe vera in it really helps to keep skin in ti top condition and leave it soft and smooth.
This is a brilliant aftersun and one that I loved using straight from the fridge. It is perfect for use when you are going on holiday as it not only does sooth skin but it really does cool it too and takes away a lot of the redness that you get from sitting in the sun.
We've been back about 6 weeks now from our main holiday for this year, which was a month in the US. We had fabulous weather during our holiday, in fact the highest temperature we had one day was 112 degrees Fahrenheit! We knew to expect high temperatures before we went and so I packed accordingly, taking plenty of sunscreen for both of us, and a couple of bottles of after sun just in case either of us did end up getting sunburnt.
I don't normally need an after sun, as I don't put myself in the position where I've had too much sun and burn. I do always take after sun on holiday with us though as occasionally my husband will burn, he isn't quite as careful as I am in the sun. One of the bottles of after sun that I took with us was the Boots Soltan Aloe Vera Gel Aftersun. This was on offer in Boots at half price. I bought a 200ml bottle which was £3.49 rather than £6.99, and they also had a 400ml bottle available which was £4.99 rather than £9.99. It's actually still on offer at half price now.
I took an aloe vera 'gel' aftersun with us as I normally find that a gel is extra cooling and soothing on red and sore skin, and normally just seems to melt into your skin rather than having to rub it into your sore skin.
This is the first time that I've tried the Boots Soltan Aloe Vera Gel Aftersun, and it will certainly be the last. In fact I threw most of it away on holiday as it was fairly rubbish. The gel itself was a bright blue colour, which shocked me initially as aloe vera gel products are normally green in colour. The gel was actually quite a liquid gel, it certainly wasn't a thick and gloopy gel like other aloe vera gels that I've used. It had a really odd chemically fragrance to it too, I certainly couldn't smell the aloe vera in this at all, in fact the chemically fragrance was really quite overpowering and sickly. The really odd fragrance lingered on my skin as well, and actually made me just want to jump back in the shower and wash the gel back off to get rid of the smell.
The gel seemed to only sink into my skin so far and then just sit there leaving a sticky coating on my skin which never seemed to dry completely. If I used this before going to bed then I would find that I would 'stick' to the bed sheets, and If I used this before getting dressed then I would find that my clothes would 'stick' to my skin. It didn't leave my skin greasy at all, just sticky.
The gel also didn't seem to feel as cooling and soothing on my skin as other aloe vera gels that I've used previously. I always keep my body and face products in the fridge on holiday, as I like the extra cooling effect that the fridge cold lotions and potions provide, however even keeping this aloe vera gel in the fridge didn't really improve its cooling and soothing properties.
I didn't burn at all on holiday, but my skin does tend to redden if I'm too hot, and in 112 degree temps I was waaaay too hot! I can look like I'm sunburnt when my skin goes so red, and my skin can sometimes take quite a while to calm down and go back to my normal very pale milk bottle white look with tonnes of freckles. There were many days when my skin was very red as I was so hot, and applying this gel in the evenings made no difference whatsoever to my hot and red skin. I very quickly gave up using this gel and swapped to other products that were much better and calmed my skin right down.
As I said I ending up throwing most of this away, I found it to be fairly rubbish, and I wouldn't buy it again.
Thankfully the sun is finally out and I am enjoying it enormously. As a stay at home mum I have plenty of opportunity to be out and about in the sun, whether it be picking the kids up from school, playing in the garden or playing in the playground and as a fair skinned person I have caught the sun already in quite a few places. I am good at applying sun cream but every once in a while the sun is so hot that it really feels like it dries my skin out so whether I am red or not I always like to apply an after sun to my skin after I have been in the sun to really put the moisture back into it.
One of my favourites is this aloe vera after sun gel from the Soltan range at Boots. I have been really impressed with the Boots sun care range this year. They have been selling their products at half price for quite a while and so I have been able to stock up on lotion for me and the kids and some after suns as well so I am prepared for the weather here and also for our upcoming holidays (one is in America so I am guaranteed sun, thank goodness!)
Boots describe this after sun as, "An extra cooling after sun gel from Soltan which offers long lasting moisturisation. The non-greasy formula helps reduce dryness and prevents peeling."
This gel is great because it really is very cooling on the skin. I can't tell you what an amazing feeling that is when you have quite red, burnt skin, it seems to take all the pain away straight away and does keep it cool for quite a while afterwards. I find I do have to reapply now and again but only if my sunburn is really bad. If I am just applying it after a day in the sun then it's really the moisture I like as I find this gel really hydrates my skin and keeps it nice and soft afterwards. In fact, I would say it's often softer than if I have used just a regular moisturising cream so I really do like using this gel.
I find the gel soaks in fairly quickly and is not sticky or goopy like some gels can be. It's light enough to use on the face which is great because not all sun products are and end up making my face greasy but this again just adds moisture but doesn't make my face and pores clogged. I really like the face that I can apply it to my face because there is where I catch the sun quite often, especially on my nose!
Obviously this product does not protect you from the sun as it has no SPF and is not a sun tan lotion, just a gel for using after the sun so always use properly. A 400ml bottle costs £4.99 at the moment at Boots which is a really good price in my opinion for a really good product.
I am a sun worshipper, and love to spend time outdoors but as a sensible mother of two I also look after my family's skin; however there are always times when we have a little too much sun normally my hubby who works outdoors and doesn't reapply! I also find that being outside can make your skin dry and so I use after sun to re-hydrate as well as cool and sooth the skin.
What is it?
A after sun is a product which is designed to cool and hydrate skin that has been exposed to the sun, choosing one with Aloe Vera aids the cooling process and so aids skins re-hydration.
Cost and stockist
This is only available from Boots either in store or online at www.boots.com at the current time this is available in 400ml and 200ml currently this is on offer at £4.99 for 400ml and £3.49 for 200ml.
At the moment this is extremely good value and I have found this product is easily absorbed it isn't greasy and whilst I would normally choose aloe Vera gel this still contained enough Aloe vera to have instantly cooled skin and also seemed to moisturise more and both my daughters didn't react to the product which is almost unheard !
With the recent hot weather, we've been spending quite a bit of time at the beach, that's the beauty of living in Cornwall. Unfortunately on one occasion, I forgot to take my sun cream, whoops! I didn't feel like I was catching the sun too bad but that night I was in agony, a quick trip to my mums for after sun left me with this Boots Soltan after sun to try and stop the stinging sensation I was getting.
The Soltan range is a Boots own brand product so this after sun is only available to purchase from Boots stores or online from the Boots website. It has a full price of £6.99 for a 200ml bottle but is currently on offer at half price.
The after sun gel comes inside a pale blue, plastic bottle which features a flip top lid located on the bottom of the bottle. As I pinched my mums after sun, I was pleased that the lid was on the bottom as there wasn't much gel left and it makes it so much easier to get the last bits of product out without having the fling the bottle around. After opening the lid you are met with a smallish round hole for the gel to be dispensed. The after sun itself has a gel like consistency and is almost clear in colour, the aloe vera contained in the gel is evident from the scent of the product.
I was wearing a dress when I burnt (I even burnt my legs and that never happens!) so I applied the after sun to everywhere that was exposed to the sun. My worst affected areas were definitely my shoulders so I concentrated on these first, as soon as the after sun gel was applied I felt the cooling sensation immediately, applied to my bright red shoulders it very almost stung but the relief was amazing. The after sun doesn't soak into the skin completely, it leaves a little on top but it does end up soaking in eventually after around 15 minutes. Although the cooling sensation goes after the 15 minutes, it leaves the skin feeling better and my shoulders didn't have the burning feeling anymore. I found that once application of this was perfect for my less affected areas but for my shoulders I reapplied after a couple of hours as it did start burning again but had the same results after reapplying.
I'd definitely recommend this Boots Soltan aloe vera after sun gel, it works well at cooling skin and the instant cooling sensation feels amazing at the time. It helped me with my sore shoulders with ease and a little goes a long way so you do end up getting your monies worth.
My family and I all have quite pale skin and I always try to be very careful about ensuring that we all use high factor sunscreen whenever the sun is shining. However I also like to make sure that I have a bottle of after sun in the cupboard for those rare instances when the sunscreen has rubbed off or the sun has caught one of us unaware.
Last year I purchased a bottle of Boots Soltan aftersun gel with Aloe Vera, the 200ml size. The product has been repackaged for the Soltan relauch this season but the product itself has remained the same. The 200ml size usually retails at £5.99 but is often on promotion.
The product claims to provide long-lasting moisturisation to help prevent peeling and to prolong a tan. It also claims to be non-greasy, easily absorbed and hypo-allergenic.
I was lucky enough to have several lovely, sunny holidays last year and I took this bottle of aftersun with me on every trip. As I mentioned I am usually very careful with sunscreen and rarely get burnt but my skin can still feel a little dry after a day in sunnier climates. I often just use a general moisturiser to relieve the dry feeling but if I feel there has been any excess sun and my skin feels tighter than normal then I reach for the Aftersun.
Squeezing the bottle released an adequate amount of gel. I much prefer using the gel over a lotion as it is not at all runny so is easier to apply directly to the required area without it immediately running everywhere. The gel is an attractive turquoise blue colour, the colouring is very clever as I think most of us associate blue with cooling water so the immediate impression is that this product is going to offer a soothing effect. The gel has a refreshing fragrance which I find very hard to describe. It doesn't smell sweet or particularly perfumed; it is more fresh with a very slight medicinal smell.
The gel should be rubbed in gently. I found that as soon as it was applied to the skin there was an immediate, noticeable cooling sensation. The product contains denatured alcohol, pharmaceutical alcohol evaporates when in contact with the heat in the skin and it is the evaporation which helps the product to produce a cooling effect. I found that the gel rubbed over the skin smoothly and was absorbed slightly but it did leave a damp film over the skin which disappeared within a couple of minutes. The drying of the gel provides a lovely cooling sensation without making the skin feel tight. It is nice that the product does not have to be thoroughly rubbed into the skin because if the skin has suffered any burning it is often too sensitive to have much pressure applied, this gel can just be spread over the area and left to work.
Once the skin felt dry (this happened very quickly) there was no residue left and I was able to put clothes on and found there was no sticky feeling and also no stains or marks left on my clothes afterwards which I have found with some other aftersun products.
The cooling effects only last for about ten minutes but my skin did feel soft and moisturised for several hours. I do not suffer from extremely dry skin but I do tend to use a daily moisturiser and I think this gel performs as well as my normally moisturiser does but also has the added soothing effect. I can't tell whether it prolongs a tan as I rarely progress past the stage of off-white!
Once the product had dried on my skin there was very little fragrance left, if I put my nose close to the skin I could smell it but I didn't feel like I was walking around followed by a strong aftersun aroma.
I found that a little gel goes a long way. The bottle I have has about a third left and my family and I have used it fairly frequently on our holidays. When we have found that we have developed a sore area from too much sun and poorly applied sunscreen we have used the gel every couple of hours in the evening and have found it extremely soothing. However a small amount seems to spread a long way and I feel it seem to be much more cost effective than lotion as we seem to get through far more of that.
Looking at the other ingredients in the gel I noticed Panthenol, this is used pharmaceutically to treat mild burns as it penetrates the skin and helps to accelerate healing whilst reducing discomfort. The product states that it contains Aloe Vera which is well known for its healing effects on damaged skin as it acts as a skin conditioner.
One of the complaints I would have made about the product was the bottle design. Although it has proved hardy when travelling and has not leaked I prefer a product that sits "lid-down" so that the product is always available rather than having to shake and squeeze the bottle to get the gel to the nozzle. The new bottles appear to have addressed this problem although they do not appear to be transparent and I do like transparent bottles as you can always see how much is left.
I must admit my teenage son got his first (and hopefully only) case of proper sunburn this year, having assured me that he had used sunscreen (he won't lie about that again!). His shoulders and back have been very red but fortunately haven't blistered. The aftersun gel was brilliant at really cooling the skin (and stopping him moaning) and kept it soft and moisturised and although the skin did peel, it seemed to recover well.
I have been really pleased with this gel, it smells nice, it is a great consistency and it does a great job of calming the skin.
Soltan aftersun gel with aloe vera
On a recent holiday we needed an after sun lotion suitable for all ages and skin types, as we had with us grandson and Little Miss. I have bought the Soltan products for a number of years and always think they are good quality.
The product promises to provide long lasting moisturising to reduce peeling and drying and to prolong a suntan. It contains Aloe Vera to condition the skin and is apparently non pore blocking- handy for when it's hot at night.
**Product and Packaging...**
The product comes in a clear 400ml bottle with all of the information on the back and a flip up/down lid.
Looking through the bottle, the gel looks blue.I give the bottle a bit of a shake and the gel is easily dispensed; fortunately once out of the bottle, it's not blue! The gel applies easily to the skin and has a faint fruity smell which does linger for a while on the skin; this I like as it's definitely a summery smell. The gel has an almost instant cooling effect on the skin and even after a day in the sun, I am left feeling refreshed. It does absorb easily into the skin and even though it's definitely the texture and consistency of a gel, it does leave my skin feeling moisturised.
**How to use it...**
Apply liberally to face and body after skin exposure.
**Price and Availability...**
Normally £9.99 it is available at the moment for £4.99 so worth stocking up on the stuff for next holiday.
The gel is available in Boots stores and online at www.boots.com
This was a definite winner and proved itself to be suitable for the whole family. It felt cooling on the skin, left skin moisturised and no one suffered any adverse reactions. We were away for 2 weeks and because a little of the gel goes a long way, we found that 2 bottles were adequate for us. After using the product daily, none of us suffered from peeling or dry skin, which is always a bonus.
Given that it's on offer right now I will definitely be buying more
Thanks for reading
If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I always take care with looking after my skin. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I suffer with Lupus, which is currently in remission, my skin is extremely sensitive to the sun and combined with the fact that I am fair skinned, I have to be very cautious when venturing outside in extreme heat. However, approximately ten years ago I decided to ignore these facts and excessively used sun beds until I discovered a suspicious mark on my back. My GP suspected that it was a melanoma and I was placed on a ten day NHS waiting list for a consultant's appointment. As you can image I was absolutely frantic and simply could not wait what seemed a lifetime, so I paid privately and was seen the following day.
Fortunately, a few days after the removal of the lump I was relieved to receive the results informing me it was benign. The reason I've included this information in my review is that I am now extra cautious when going out into the sun and you will never find me lying on a beach. Whilst I have had a few mishaps over the years where I have failed to apply sun creams and aftersun, I now try to be more careful, as I do not wish to go down the same road as I did with my suspected melanoma. A product that I regularly purchase, which has had considerable use over the last few weeks is Boots Soltan Aftersun and this review discusses my experience with the product.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The packaging has been considerably updated from Dooyoo's image and is quite eye-catching. As Boots currently have a good offer on this range of sun products I recently replenished my stock and found no difficulty locating it on the shelf. In my opinion the light blue colour of the bottle is perfect for after sun, as I always associate the colour blue with coolness. The bottle I own contains 200ml of product and is slightly glossy in appearance. It sits on its' easy to open and close flip top lid and is oval shaped with the upper section narrowing to a sleek curved point. The familiar logo of Soltan is located underneath the Boots logo and my two reasons for initially purchasing this brand is that it contains aloe vera and is a gel, which I felt would be more cooling on the skin as opposed to a lotion.
There is a little information contained on the reverse of the bottle where we are advised that the gel will provide "intensive hydration to sun-exposed skin", as it is enriched with Aloe Vera, which is well known for its' superb properties for treating minor infections and burns.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING BOOTS SOLTAN AFTERSUN
Each time I expose myself to the sun following a session of gardening or shopping I ensure that I apply this product to the areas in question. There is a good size opening to enable the gel to easily dispense and only a small amount is needed, as otherwise it becomes too thick on the skin, so it's best to apply small amounts and dispense more if required. The gel is fairly thick and light blue in colour to mirror the outer packaging. The fragrance is simply delightful with its' very strong aroma of aloe vera, which I find extremely refreshing and clean. As soon as I apply the gel to my sun exposed skin it offers a very cooling sensation and begins to melt when contact is made. However, my husband always moans when I apply it for him, as he always states that it's too cold, so I find myself having to warm the gel between the palms of my hands.
The gel absorbs within approximately five minutes of being applied to the skin and initially feels a little greasy and sticky, but thankfully this disappears quite rapidly. However, the texture always feels very sticky on my hands and I cannot wait to wash them when I have finished applying the product to my skin. As previously advised the aloe vera aroma is considerably intense when the gel is first applied to the skin, but it is almost undetectable after a few minutes unless I lift my arm to my nose. I frequently catch a little too much sun around my neck and chest despite regular use of sun creams. However, the soothing effect of this aftersun is absolutely wonderful, as I can feel the burning sensation being instantly lifted away, as the aloe vera sinks into my skin. When I touch my skin after applying this product I can feel a very slight coating, but this totally vanishes after approximately an hour after application, but I would advise that it is not unpleasant.
The purpose of aftersun products is their ability to replenish moisture that has been lost from the skin following exposure to the sun's rays and whilst this gel hydrates my skin and subsequently prevents peeling, it is not a replacement for a moisturising cream or lotion. Consequently, I will always apply my favourite body butter or lotion following my bath or shower, which is part of my normal beauty routine. Through regular use of this product after exposing my skin to the sun, I am able to minimise the risk of peeling and subsequent sore skin and cannot see myself ever purchasing any other brand. Consequently, Boots Soltan Aftersun gets a thumbs up from me, together with 5 stars.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
I do not intend copying the lengthy list of ingredients into this review, but would advise that the aloe vera content make this an extremely effective after sun product. The gel has been dermatologically tested and is hypoallergenic. The blurb contained on the reverse of the bottle advises that the product is non-pore blocking, although this is a claim I am unable to evidence. The beauty of this product is that it is not solely for use on the body, as it is suited for the face, although care should be taken not to make contact with the eyes. I have never experienced any adverse reactions when using, but I am of the opinion that the aloe vera content may sting slightly if it makes contact with any open skin. The product should be used within 24 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Boots Soltan Aftersun Soothing Gel with Aloe Vera is available in most Boots stores and is available in two sizes, namely a 200ml bottle and a 400ml bottle, which retail at £3.99 and £2.49 respectively. However, at the time of writing (27 April 2011), the entire Soltan range can be purchased for half price, so I've taken advantage of this great offer and stocked up in readiness for our hot and sunny summer, if we're fortunate enough to receive one!
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My boyfriend's life saver on our latest holiday to Cyprus! This worked wonders but his shoulders did go very blistered which needed medical attention after a little while!
I brought this from Boots this summer and it was a great buy...
This comes in a 400ml clear bottle with a flip up lid and a small hole to squirt it from. The bottle offers a cool blue shade which reflects the liquid inside and the effect it has on your skin- I thought this was very good!
On the front of the bottle there is the soltan and boots logo and a little bit of information.
On the back of the bottle there is the extra benefits of using this and general advice and information.
This is boots soltan after sun gel with added aloe Vera which gives extra cooling and soothe to the skin with long lasting moisturisation and it is easily absorbed. It prevents peeling woohoo... It also prolongs you r tan making your look sexier for longer!
It does not protect the skin from the sun, this is only after the sun has gone in or when you are away from the suns rays! It has a sell by date of 24 months so this should last for a fair few holidays-depending on how many you go on!
How much is it?
My mum bought me this one and it was around £7.00 but it is definitely worth it and lasts ages!!
* Absorbs easily
*Soothes your skin
*Added Aloe Vera- hydrates skin
5/5 From me just because it really helped and it does soothe. It feels cold but soft on your skin. It is really worth the money- you should try it.
This aftersun gel is from Boots, as all Soltan products are. It is currently retailing for £4.62 for 400ml, but this is on offer and is usually £9.24. It is also available in a 200ml bottle, which is ideal for travelling.
The gel itself is blue, and in a translucent bottle it gives it a blue appearance. The bottle has a white lid. Due to the pleasant "cooling" shade of blue, it does make the product look attractive.
The gel smells very pleasant, perhaps due to the aloe vera. However, you can also smell the alcohol present in it.
The aftersun is used like any other, including lotions: apply to the skin after being exposed to the sun, and gently rub in. I find this aftersun very cooling and soothing, especially on sunburn. It moisturises very well and stops the itching. It does also prevent peeling, but of course there is still some peeling if you are very burnt. The gel is absorbed very quickly into the skin, soothing it instantly. As it states on the back of the container, it is also non-greasy. As for the claim it prolongs your tan, I have to admit I haven't seen evidence for this whilst using it.
Like other aftersuns, this one doesn't have an SPF factor. Therefore, it should be used after sun, not during as it provides no protection against getting burnt.
I find this product does last a long time, but of course that would depend on how often you go out in the sun, get burnt and how bad your sunburn is - therefore how often you need to use it.
To conclude, this is a very good product - the best aftersun I have ever used. Although perhaps expensive at full price, it is definitely worth the money.
I discovered Boots Soltan aloe vera after sun gel when is stupidly allowed myself to get burnt one day in my friends' garden and she gave me this after sun gel to put on to ease the pain and redness!
For those of you that aren't aware, Soltan is a Boots own brand of suntan lotion and is a lot more reasonably priced than some of the competitors on the market, as I didn't buy this I have looked on Boots and they sell a 400ml bottle for £8.99, as the bottle is very big I don't feel that this is too expensive.
The bottle is clear so that you can see the after sun inside, the after sun is bright blue and you can see bubbles throughout the gel. It has a white top with a lid that flicks back to reveal the opening. On the front it has the Boots and Soltan logo at the top, at the bottom it states it is Aloe Vera after sun gel. It states it is extra cooling, soothes skin. It also states it has long lasting moisturising and is easily absorbed.
For those of you that are unlucky enough to have experienced sunburn, you will know that it is not a very pleasant feeling at all. Your skin feels as if it is on fire and all you want is something to cool down the flames enough for you to sleep!! I am happy to say that I found this with this after sun. After trying lots of other after suns I find that they just tend to make your skin warmer and not many of them cool your skin down as much as this does. It must be because it is a gel rather than a cream that it works so well.
From the minute you apply it to your skin you instantly feel the aloe vera and gel working to cool down your skin. The one thing I will say is that the bottle is quite stiff and I found it quite hard to squeeze the gel out of the bottle. I managed, but I think that people with weak hands would find it a struggle.
The gel absorbs into your skin straight away and leaves it feeling lovely and soft. It doesn't leave it feeling greasy in any way, shape or form. I also found that the redness from the sunburn had definitely reduced by the next morning and within 2 days the redness has gone completely. I found this great as after using other suntan creams I found that the redness stayed for sometimes a full week afterwards.
his extra cooling gel provides long lasting moisturisation to reduce dryness, help prevent peeling and prolong your natural tan / Contains Aloe Vera and Natural Moisturising factors to condition and gently soothe the skin /