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Despite frequent application of sun protection products and trying to remain in the shade when I can, I still have a tendency to suffer from the odd patch of sunburn (usually caused by lack of care when applying sun cream). I have quite sensitive skin so if I catch the sun, it can flare up to quite an angry red colour. For these occasions, I always ensure that I have a bottle of after sun lotion to hand - especially when on holiday abroad, where this is a must have for my suitcase.
Most recently, I chose this cooling spray from Nivea. This was part of the 3 for 2 promotion on sun care at Boots at the time so I picked up two factors of sun cream and a bottle of this for a relatively decent price. A 200ml bottle usually retails at around £5-6. The bottle is a light blue plastic with indentations on the sides for your fingers so that you can grip this easily and comfortably. The dark blue lid pulls off to reveal a trigger spray that you compress to apply the spray. The pump provides a generous squirt of the lotion, so you need to apply at a fair distance from your skin. The lotion itself is a white colour and quite runny in consistency. It can be rubbed easily into the skin and is absorbed quite quickly too. It instantly feels cooling on the skin (we keep in the fridge for added cooling effect) and moisturises well too. It feels light and non-greasy and leaves the skin dry to the touch rather than tacky like some after sun lotions that I have used previously do. The smell is pleasant and not overpowering, it is not overly perfumed but does leave your skin lightly fragranced with what I would describe as a 'clean' scent.
The lotion contains Aloe Vera, Provitamin B5 and Vitamin E to 'help restore skin's lost moisture, soothe and protect against premature skin ageing'. Whilst time will tell as to whether this has helped protect my skin against ageing, it certainly works well to cool and soothe my skin after exposure to the sun (whether sun burned or not). It also replenishes the moisture that the skin has lost due to sun exposure so helps to prevent/reduce peeling and prolong my tan. I would definitely recommend this as an effective after sun lotion that is good value for money. Always worth packing a bottle when you are off on your sunshine holidays!
We've been back around a month 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 Nivea Sun Moisturising After Sun Spray. I picked this up from Boots, and it was on offer at half price at the time - £3.99 rather than £7.99 for a 200ml bottle, it's actually still on offer at half price now.
I bought a spray after sun rather than a rub in after sun as I think that if you do have sunburnt skin that's sore and tender to the touch, then it's much more soothing to just spray a mist of after sun lotion over the affected area rather than actually having to massage the after sun lotion into your sore and tender skin.
Normally my husband will burn his head and the back of his neck, and surprise surprise it was his head and the back of his neck that he burnt this time. It was my job to then spray the after sun over the bright red areas. To use this after sun you just give the bottle a good shake, and then spray over the affected area and then smooth the lotion into your skin. My husband is a bit of a wimp and so wouldn't have the lotion massaged into the burnt areas at first, I don't blame him as his head was very very red and sore! He said that it gave him enough relief to just have the after sun lotion spray lightly sprayed over the burnt areas. I always kept the after sun spray in the fridge so that it was especially cooling when sprayed onto his sore and burnt skin. After the first day or so the redness had calmed down an awful lot and he then let me massage it in after I'd sprayed his skin. His skin didn't peel at all after burning with using this after sun until his skin had turned a golden brown, and he also said that his sunburn didn't hurt half as much as he expected it to when he looked in the mirror and actually saw how red it was.
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 I found that spritzing this fridge cold after sun over my skin in the evening after a cool shower was the best solution. I would spritz it over my hot skin, and then massage it in. It rubbed into my skin really easily and it would completely disappear and sink into my skin leaving no greasy residue or stickyness behind at all, it just seemed to melt into my hot and red skin. It very quickly would cool and calm my red skin down and ensure that I was back to pale and white in no time at all.
This is quite a lightweight lotion, but it does contain Aloe Vera to cool and soothe your sunburnt and hot skin. It is very quickly absorbed into your skin, and it doesn't feel heavy or too rich at all. It's cooling and soothing properties are pretty fast acting, even more so if you keep this in the fridge. It's suitable to use on your face as well as your body, but obviously you do need to avoid your eyes.
I really like the shape of this after sun bottle as it has ridges down each side to enable you to grip the bottle and spray it without it slipping out of your hands, this makes it easy to grip and hold even when you're mid application with slightly greasy hands (if you happen to be massaging the after sun in to your skin after you spray it).
This after sun spray has a gorgeous subtle creamy fragrance, a typical 'Nivea' creamy fragrance. My mum always used to rub Nivea creme into my skin if I got sunburned as a child, and the fragrance in this after sun reminds me of that. The 'Nivea' fragrance seems to linger on your skin for a little while after you've applied the after sun.
I'd definitely recommend this after sun, it's always handy to have a bottle of after sun in - just in case, and it's worth picking up while it's still at half price.
Just as Nivea sun care products are my preferred products when it comes to protecting my skin from the sun's harmful rays, their after sun products are also my first choice too and I have been buying this Nivea Cooling After Sun Spray for a few years now.
I always wait until I spot Nivea sun care products on offer before buying, as I usually find they are on promotion in supermarkets or branches of Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons etc. Indeed my latest buy was a 50% off promotion at my local Morrisons. This meant I paid just £3.50 for a 200 ml bottle of After Sun Spray instead of the £7.00 RRP. Indeed this was a great price to pay for this product, especially when also buying some sun protection spray at the same time for just £5 in the same half-price deal. £8.50 for a bottle of sun spray and an after sun spray was a big saving when compared to the RRP of £17.00 for both.
This particular Nivea After Sun Spray comes in a chunky 200ml bottle with grooves on the sides to make it easy to grip when spraying. It is specially formulated to cool and soothe sun exposed skin and Nivea state it helps ensure a long-lasting, beautiful tan. It contains Aloe Vera to help soothe your skin, but please note this does not mean it will cure the effects of sunburn and you should always ensure you use adequate sun protection and remember to reapply at regular intervals on skin that is exposed to the sun, especially when going in and out of a swimming pool or the sea when on holiday for instance. It is all too easy to forget to reapply sun protection after taking a cooling dip and this after sun will do little to help sunburned skin, so protection is always the best form of treatment for your skin.
What I do like about this product is its soothing, cooling properties as it helps hydrate my skin. After spending time in the sun when on holiday I always spray this lightly on my skin. Like many people, I do like to get a tan and I build this up gradually using adequate protection so I do not burn, but develop a gradual tan. I think we have all been there and overdone it in the sun or not used enough protection, so I always try to make sure I get it right.
Applying this after sun spray cools down my skin instantly and sometimes when I have overdone it slightly in the sun, I find this spray does have a soothing effect, but like I mentioned before, it will do little to help more severe sunburn. Also you have to massage this product lightly into your skin and if you are really burnt then you know you can't bear to touch your skin and wouldn't be able to do this. The lotion itself is white and so some rubbing into the skin after spraying is always required. Maybe an 'invisible' version like Nivea have introduced in their sun protection range would be a useful addition here too if your skin is too sore to touch.
You are advised not to spray this product on your face, but it is fine for use everywhere else. I personally find it very easy to use, it has a lovely fragrance and cools and hydrates my skin.
I have never had any problems with the spray function on this product, although I did recently on another Nivea sun care product, which resulted in me removing the top completely to use the remaining product inside. I find it awkward to use the spray at certain angles, so it is easier if you have someone to help you apply this product at times, but I still find I prefer the effects of a cooling spray rather than a lotion when it comes to after sun products.
Overall I am happy to recommend Nivea Ater Sun Spray with Aloe Vera. It is a permanent fixture in my sun care products. I have bought nothing else but this over the last few years which shows how happy I am with it, but shop around to get the best price when looking to buy as usually always on offer somewhere.
Item: Nivea After Sun Spray
Bought in: Asda
This is in my bathroom cabinet for taking away on holidays and for after the rare days we get a super sunny afternoon in Scotland! :-)
Design and packaging:
This after sun is a spray and comes in a 2 tone blue bottle. The lid is dark blue and the main bottle is pale blue. It is quite distinctive and the blue colour in this range denotes that it is an after sun product rather than a sun protector. The lid does not click on all that securely so when I have this on holiday I like to pop it in a zip lock sandwich bag in case it pops off and leaks out. The bottle has 4 indentations down each side that your fingers slot in to, to make a good gripping device. The labels on the front and back are actually clear and have details of the product over them. The front of the bottle has "Nivea Sun" under this is has "Moisturising After Sun Spray With Aloe Vera. Cools and soothes the skin. Quickly absorbed", This is really all I need to know and if there wasn't any more info on the back that would be enough to help me deice if I wanted to buy it. On the back it has the full details of the ingredients, size, company info and some reiteration of the soothing qualities of the spray. The lid also mentions that it is "24h moisturisation". Not sure of that's a real word but it gets their point across haha The spray is easy to press down on and for the most part you can manage to do this one handed. The head of the spray twists round to let you point it in the required direction. I took the spray out to check the length of the spray and it reaches right down to the bottom of the bottle so will get nearly all of the spray out.
Smell test, coverage and does it actually moisturise you?
I really like the smell of this, if you spray it on its own and without any other scents about you can get a nice scent of baby lotion mixed with old school aftershave. That may not sound like a great combo but the combination if the adult and baby scents really comforts me. Anyways its not the smell that is this products strong point, it is the cooling effects. The spray comes out really light and covers a decent size of skin, it would take around 6 sprays to cover a full leg to give you an idea of who much spraying is required. As it sprays out in a really fine mist I have often just sprayed it over my full body and let it settle in on its own, saves rubbing any delicate skin. If you do like to rub it in, it dries in nice and quick and doesn't leave you feeling greasy. It does make my skin feel really moisturised and I think it makes my tan last a lot longer as it stops me peeling.
* I like to keep mine in the fridge if possible as it feels lovely when you spray the cool lotion over your body after a day in the sun.
* If you are using this in a room with wooden floor or tiles lay a towel down as the spray will go over the floor and on those surfaces will become VERY slippery. But if you lay a towel down it will catch any of that.
* Like I say the lid doesn't stay in that well so when packing it or taking it in your beach bag, pop it in a sealable plastic bag to keep it away from your clothes etc.
Overall this is my favourite after sun. I like the smell and it makes my skin feel nice and extends my tan. Even though the lids not the best I'm not taking any points off as the main bottle design and actual lotion are great.
I have quite pale skin and I burn easily. On our last family holiday abroad I caught the sun quite badly, even though I took great pains to ensure I was wearing a high protector sun tan lotion. However, I did find some relief in the form of Nivea Cooling After Sun Spray. I have used Nivea products for years and I do find that their range of sun care products are second to none.
This spray wasn't cheap (nothing in this range is) and it cost me £10.99 for a 200ml spray bottle. It lasts for ages, however, as there is no need to have to use lots of it in order to achieve the desired affect. This spray works wonders on hot sun burnt skin and it is also a fantastic way of ensuring that the skin doesn't dry out as it is very moisturising and soothing.
I like to keep my bottle of after sun spray chilled, for maximum effect, and this way it feels really lovely when sprayed onto sun damaged skin at the end of the day. This lotion contains lots of goodies for the skin by way of Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and pro vitamin B5. It's easy to use myself and there is no real need to have to ask anyone else to help apply it as it is in the form of a spray.
I simply press down lightly and the spray is delivered in a nice fine mist onto the skin. I only apply about two sprays and this seems to cover a large part of the upper body. The spray is quite thin but it rubs into the skin quickly and is rapidly absorbed. I am sure I can feel this actually sinking onto t my skin and it really does help to both cool and soothe the skin at the same time, as well as adding precious moisture, which may have been lost.
The smell is light and fresh and after application I love the fact that my skin doesn't feel sticky or tacky, just well nourished and well moisturised and a lot cooler than it was before. I really do think this was an absolute godsend during my holiday and I also used it on our daughter. It is fine for the most sensitive of skins and I have had no adverse reaction at all from using this product.
I would definitely recommend it for holiday skin and though it seems pricey, my own bottle is barely half way down and it was used for over two weeks on two people every single day.
Well worth it and highly recommended.
When on holiday, I always like to buy Nivea sun care products as for me, these have always been a great brand to use and very reliable. I usually use their sun tan lotion as it is very easy to apply but on the last holiday I went on, I bought the cooling after sun as it was a good size to put in my case and it looked like a good product. There were quite a few promotions on when I bought this on sun care, I always ensure I take one with me as you just never know when you can catch too much sun and end up with sun burn and atleast having a brand you trust with you can put your mind at ease in healing the burn.
The Nivea cooling after sun comes in a light blue rounded bottle, it is in a 200ml size which to me usually lasts me fine the whole time I'm away on a typical two week holiday unless I am really badly burnt but this hasn't thankfully happened to me. The Nivea logo sits on the front with a warm sunshine glow and an image of aloe vera which of course is an essential ingredient to any after sun product. It is a simple design but works well with a spray pump head and a dark blue lid on it. On the reverse are directions of use and a list of ingredients, enough information to tell you exactly what you need to know when using this.
NIVEA COOLING AFTER SUN SPRAY
So, when packing this for my holiday, it always slots into my suitcase fine as it is a good size, what I like about the bottle is the wavy groove on the sides as it makes it so easy to hold as my fingers just sit in the grooves of the bottle. This after sun obviously aims to cool and soothe skin, it is quickly absorbed and it is dermatologically approved which is always a reassurance for my sensitive skin as I don't want an after sun which brings my skin out into an itch. It is a very light formula and aloe vera brings back the moisture into the skin and at the same time it helps to cool the burn which is exactly what you want.
I usually catch sun burn ever so slightly in the first days of my holiday but on my last trip, it was my feet that seemed to get it the worst and they were quite red, no doubt from me running into the water and forgetting to reapply. Thankfully, I had this spray with me so found it easy to treat the burning, this has a lovely smell, mainly of aloe vera hints and a slight Nivea scent there too, very fresh and cooling. This should be given a shake before it is used and should be sprayed onto the skin smooth and evenly. It is good applying this as I sometimes hate creams as they can be greasy but with this a few sprays on the burnt area should do it.
Once sprayed onto skin it makes it feel cool right away and then I usually just massage it into skin, it may sting slightly but it seems slightly greasy at first and then it is absorbed so quickly into skin that it has a healthy 'just moisturised' glow to it. I tend to apply this a couple of times a day if I am really suffering with sun burn and after a good few days it starts to really take the redness down, of course depending on how red it was in the first place. It won't miraculously clear the burn over night but it does gradually bring down the sting and redness and at the same time it is moisturising and cooling skin which is good for it.
I'd say maximum of five days I have ever used this and it gets my skin back to normal again where I am happy to go out into the sun. This has always been great for me and the ease of just spraying it on makes it so much easier to use, even on kids this would be good as you could easily spray it on if they won't sit still. I find that the 200ml will last me well on holiday and it doesn't irritate my skin in any way while using it and it also smells very nice which does help. Everytime it has always made my sunburn go down and gotten me back to normal and at the same time moisturising my skin, I am always pleased with this product.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Parfaffinum Liquidum, Alcohol Denat, Glycerin, Cera Microcristallina, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Methylpropanediol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate, Citric Acid, PPatassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Citral, Evernia Prunastri, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Parfum.
This after sun can be purchased from anywhere, places like Boots, Superdrug as well as all supermarkets. Tesco are selling this currently on offer at £4 for the 200ml bottle, Boots are charging the exact same price.
The official Nivea website is http://www.nivea.co.uk/.
Last year I went to Majorca with my husband and just before we set off on our holiday I ended up with a large amount of sunburn on my shoulders and on my face too. Because of this when we set off on our holiday I wanted to have some after sun as well as sun protection just to ensure that I was taking care of my skin as best I could. It was my husband that picked up this Nivea cooling after sun spray and I believe he did so just because it was half price, costing around £5.00 instead of around £10.00.
The sunburn that I incurred was not something that happens to me regularly and it was just because we had a fantastic day in the sun with our family and friends and so before we knew it the night had drawn in and my shoulders and face were beginning to burn, along with those of several other people from our party too!
The packaging for this spray is very simple. It is a bottle with little waves in it and a large plastic cap. This is a good bottle to hold and whatever angle I try to spray myself from it still works very well and allows me to hit those difficult to reach places such as the back of my shoulders or the lower part of my back. The spray of this bottle is easy to use and pressing it down doesn't require a huge amount of thumb power. I've never had any problems with this opening and even one year after purchase, when I finally finished this, the spray still worked well and not once did I have to clean the nozzle.
Obviously this is simple to use and the concept is simple too. After sun is for use after you have been in the sun and if you are forgetful enough to get burned then after sun can be used to provide relief from some of the burning or stinging pain associated with sun burn. Just spray on and lightly rub in to affected areas to start feeling the relief immediately.
This after sun is one that I have really enjoyed using. The added aloe vera has a lovely scent to it and it makes me feel relaxed and refreshed as soon as I start to spray it. The scent lasts a good hour or maybe two before it fades completely and often I've reapplied by this point just to keep up the coolness and refreshing feeling I get after using this spray. This spray leaves my skin feeling moisturised after use and for a day or two afterwards too and the spray has a lovely cooling effect when it hits my skin too. Once this soaks in to my skin, with the help of an occasional rub it does absorb quickly and it doesn't leave a nasty greasy film on my skin at all.
Because I don't use this on a daily basis this has lasted me for a whole year, basically, and I've been very pleased with this. I would firmly recommend this after sun as it has done wonders for my sometimes almost chargrilled skin and has meant that I can get some relief from the burning pain of sunburn and because of the spray bottle I can even apply this myself and leave it for a few minutes to soak in naturally before putting a loose layer of clothing back over the affected areas.
Should you be looking for a new after sun lotion you can find this reduced from £9.00 down to £4.50 at present in Sainsburys stores and on the Sainsburys website.
If you are like me and have quite pale skin you will know that after sun sprays and lotions can be a god send. This was the case recently when I had been outside all day and ended up with quite a red and sunburnt back. As soon as I got home I reached for my nivea sun cooling after sun spray to provide me with some relief.
The after sun itself comes in a blue plastic bottle that has several grooves down the sides. This makes it very easy to hold and spray the product even at an angle. I found that I was able to grip the bottle tightly even when trying to get the middle of my back. The nozzle on the top of the bottle is fairly loose and can be pressed down easily. I was surprised when I first used this product several years ago as I was able to get to hard to reach places and use the product at various angles and it still squirts out easily. The lid is extremely secure so is perfect for putting in your handbag or suitcase if you are going on holiday.
As with all after sun creams and lotions this product is designed to soothe your skin, this particular product contains aloe vera which has these soothing qualities without having an over powering scent. I quite like the scent but if you are not a big fan of aloe vera it tends to unnoticeable after about an hour.
As soon as you spray this product you can feel it working and cooling your skin. It absorbs easily to provide relief from the pain of sunburn without leaving any grease or residue on your skin.
I used quite a lot of this product over the space of several days to avoid any skin peeling and I have to say it done a great job. It moisturised my skin and kept it hydrated well enough so that I didn't peel at all. The cooling effect is fantastic and I've found it to be especially beneficial when trying to sleep and am really uncomfortable due to sunburn.
This is a great after sun product and much prefer it to lotions that I have used in the past as it is just so easy and convenient to use as well as the fact that it has a great effect on my skin. Highly recommended.
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The other week when we had that hot few days, I was unfortunate enough to get extremely, extremely sunburned. I am usually exceedingly careful with sun protection, wearing factor 50 religiously, but I went on a day out the first hot day not expecting the temperature to jump 10 degrees overnight. My outfit didn't help, as I had to walk around wearing a vest top, having not expected to take the top over it off, and quite frankly I got absolutely fried.
That night feeling particularly glum that I, the careful sun-screen-wearing one, had got so burnt, I searched the cupboards for an aftersun. Usually being so careful, I don't get burnt at all, and so use my normal moisturiser after a day in the sun rather than an aftersun. My dad handed me this Nivea spray for me to use.
I have previously used the matching sunscreen and found it absolutely awful, even though I wore, of course, a high factor, I still got burned after only a little time out in the sun. So I wasn't expecting this to be much better.
And I was right. I was surprised when coming to write this review to see that everyone else seemed to think so highly of it. Perhaps they were satisfied with something to just add some moisture to their dried-out skin but I was really and truly sore and seeking relief. I needed something that would go beyond what a normal moisturiser would do, which this sadly did not deliver.
I do like the spray application, which makes it very simple and it's not so greasy I feel like I need to wash my hands afterwards. It also means it is easier to rub into skin which is sore than a thick lotion would be, as it rubs in easily.
Sadly the spray didn't at all cool my sunburn like it promised. I realise I had a severe case, and wasn't expecting miracles, but if anything I felt it irritated my skin even more. A quick scan of the ingredients, which are all exceedingly chemical, showed that it contains alcohol. I'm no expert but I think putting alcohol onto already sore skin is maybe not the best idea, especially since it can be so drying. The second job of an aftersun, after making life more comfortable, is surely to replenish the skin which has been dried by the sun.
The product does claim to contain vitamin B5, which "protects the skin against UV-damage and premature aging". I'm sorry but if you're using an aftersun, chances are you've become sunburnt to an uncomfortable extent and, sadly, the damage is already done, vitamins or no vitamins. I'd also be really interested to know which of this ridiculous chemical names the B5 is hiding in.
Now for more bad news, the price tag. As with many suncare products, this does come for a hefty price, around the £7-8 mark. I would absolutely never pay that much for this product which, essentially, did nothing. I had to go out the next day and purchase some aloe vera gel, which even though it was from an organic health food shop was still cheaper and gave me immediate relief.
As far as I'm concerned, you'd be much better taking a really thick or nourishing moisturiser you already owned and popping it in the fridge for a while than shelling out to use this spray. Not recommended for this summer I'm afraid!
Last year I became intimately acquainted with this product and I can assure you that it proved to be an absolute godsend. I was working in New Zealand and decided to go to the beach on my first weekend in New Zealand. As I positioned myself on the beach, directly under a huge whole in the ozone layer which sits over New Zealand, I tried to decide between factor 8 and factor 12 sun screen. I opted for the factor 8 and then stretched out for a snooze in the sun. This turned out to be a massive mistake as, unbeknownst to me, everyone else was using minimum factor 30. Needless to say I woke up with the worst sun burn I have ever experienced in my life. I was literally bright scarlet in colour and in complete agony.
Luckily I had packed a bottle of Nivea Cooling After Sun spray. I think I must have used about half a bottle of it on that first day, but it really did help to sooth and cool my burnt skin. To use this product you simply spray it onto the affected area and wait for the soothing Aloe Vera and vitamin E to work its magic. As well as cooling the pain of my sunburn, it also seemed to reduce the time it took to heel. Normally I would have expected the sunburn to have lasted at least a week but it seemed to disappear after 4 days. Also my skin didn't blister or peel very much which must surely be due to this awesome product, as I was completely fried!
The product comes in an easy spray bottle. When you push down on the button it squirts out a fine mist which immediately soothes your skin on contact. It is attractively packaged and is convenient to carry around, due to its compact size.
I paid around £3.50 for my bottle and it was certainly worth the investment. If you are holidaying somewhere sunny I would recommend this as an essential product to bring along, even if you don't usually burn.
During last summer's heat wave I stupidly went out in the garden without any sunscreen and ended up a shade similar to a lobster. I had a Tesco own brand after sun in a cupboard at home but it never really made any difference so I just had to bare the pain and peeling until my skin healed. Then a few weeks later I was stuck in a two and a half hour queue for the 'Saw' ride at Thorpe Park. It was another scorching day and the sunscreen I had applied earlier that morning had worn off. My fair hair and complexion seem to attract the sun's rays and again I was very badly burned.
On the way back to our hotel I popped into the local Tesco but instead of buying Tesco's own brand I decided to try Nivea Cooling After Sun Spray with Aloe Vera. As soon as I sprayed the lotion onto my face I could feel it cooling and soothing my skin. I honestly couldn't believe how much better I felt after using the lotion. It was as if my face had been dipped in iced water. The next day I noticed the redness had faded dramatically and although my skin was still be bit raw to the touch it wasn't half as bad as my previous sunburn.
After a few days my skin was back to normal and it didn't even peel so I was left with a nice healthy, moisturised and tanned face.
The only negatives about this product are the spray dispenser and greasy texture. As the sunburn was on my face I didn't want to spray the lotion on as it would get into my hair. I ended up spraying it into my hands and then rubbing it on which wasn't easy as the lotion is very runny; to allow it to spray easily. It also leaves a greasy layer on the skin.
I am so relieved to have found this product and will always have a bottle in my cupboard in case of emergencies.
Cool After Sun Spary from Nivea Sun is a pretty good product. I bought it for our honeymoon in the maldives a while ago now. The bottle is a nice size for travelling as it appears smaller than other brands.
The lotion contains Aloe Vera, Provitamin B5 and vitamin E which all help to restore the skins moisture and claim to protect against premature sking ageing.
After being out in the sun you simply spray it onto your skin and lightly rub it in.
The product has a 12 month lifespan, but I have had mine a bit longer than this now and it still soothes me nicely.
I use it after spending time in the sun - not just if I have been careless enough to burn. I find that even getting a sun tan dries my skin out a little bit to begin with, and this lotion definately makes me feel revitalised.
Quite often I spray it on and don't rub it in much at all so that the skin can soak in as much as it needs. Oh, and it smells pretty good too.
All in all a good product for a reasonable price. I think it costs about 5 or 6 pounds, but you can usually find a special offer.
NIVEA - Cooling After Sun Spray
*WHAT IT DOES*
Nivea after sun spray helps cool your skin and sooth it after it has been exposed to the sun. It is particularly helpful if you have gotten sunburnt as it helps restore your damaged skin. The Aloe Vera soothes the skin, whereas the Provitamin B5 and Vitamin E helps repair your skin and store lost moisture. This will help make your skin be in better condition and protect against premature skin ageing due to sun damage.
I have very fair skin and burn easily, so I decided to buy aftersun as I am in the sun a lot and was anticipating the worst. Thank goodness, so far on my travels I have only been burnt badly once so I was very thankful of having this product. I will stress to anyone who is going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time to cover up (wear lose clothing), put on a hat (covering your ears and neck), wear suncream (with a high UV factor), wear sunglasses and stand in the shade as much as possible. This product should only have to be used if all else fails. Skin cancers are on the rise especially in Australia (Queensland) where I am currently living and in some cases it can be prevented. In some places around the world it only takes a few minutes to burn and you never realised that you are burnt until it's too late.
The aftersun comes in a light blue plastic bottle which has the Nivea logo on it and in blue writing it tells you what the product it. There is a dark blue cap. It has a spray pump so you can spray the aftersun onto your sunburn without having to touch the burn. A cap goes over the spray nozzle, it is also dark blue. This is to help protect the nozzle from getting dirt onto it. As the bottle is plastic it is waterproof even the labels are waterproof so even if it fell into water it would not be damaged. This is great if you plan to take it to the swimming pool or beach.
On Amazon it costs 11.29 pounds for a 200ml bottle of this aftersun which personally I think is expensive.
*PRODUCT AND USAGE*
To use spray onto areas which had sun exposure and smooth evenly. Make sure to avoid contact with eyes as it will sting and burn them. If contact occurs with eyes rinse immediately. You can either spray it directly to the area which has been sunburnt and avoid having to smooth it in it its too painful or spray over your body and rub in. Make sure you shake the bottle well before use.
The product itself is white when it's sprayed but clear once rubbed into your skin. It has a pleasant smell which is of Aloe Vera. It seems watery to me but that may be because it's a spray and only small amounts are being sprayed on each time. If it was a lotion it would be thicker I would imagine.
It cools the skin instantly when sprayed on (sometimes making me jump it's so cold compared to my skin) and it absorbs quickly. However it only absorbs properly if you put very little on and even then your skin can be sticky which means your clothes will stick to you. I would advise you to use it at the end of the day when you don't plan to go back out into the sun. When you get burnt (if you are like me) you tend to put the aftersun on very generously. If this is the case don't expect it to absorb as it wont. I have put some on burns on my shoulder (I have to admit it was a lot) and it hadn't absorbed by the morning. I think I put on too much but as it cools your skin so well I kept putting it on to cool my burns more and more.
I have found this product better than others as it has a spray nozzle on it and it means that I could spray it on my burns and never have to touch them causing me further discomfort. You can spray it roughly over large surface areas and rub it in. It moisturises your skin making it feel softer and smoother. Also it has a great cooling effect however it does ware off after about 5-10 minutes and you do find yourself putting more and more on so you feel your skin getting cooler instead of heating up.
The only downside is that it makes your skin feel sticky and feel that you need to have a shower especially if you have used a lot of it. It wont stop your skin from being damaged it can only help repair itself once the damage has been done. I do like the smell of the product but it can make your skin feel greasy. I never like getting sunburnt but if I do think this is a great product to help ease the pain and cool down the sunburn as well as moisturising your skin too.
Specially formulated to cool and soothe your skin while leaving a long-lasting, beautiful tan / This easily absorbed product is enriched with Aloe Vera and ProVitamin B5 which help moisturise and calm sun exposed skin /