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ABOUT: When it comes to sun care products I do generally prefer Nivea or the Garnier brand as I find their products reliable and good quality. This after sun lotion has been specially formulated to cool and sooth sun exposed skin and helps to ensure a long-lasting tan. The lotion is enriched with Aloe Vera and Avocado oil to moisturise and calm the skin. It’s apparently easily absorbed and is an intensive moisturising formula. The lotion comes in a tall light blue coloured bottle which is made from plastic. The lid to the bottle flips back and this is dark blue in colour. It clearly states what the product is on the front of the bottle and it also have the Nivea logo as well so you can clearly see the brand of the product. On the front of the bottle it states that the product is a moisturising and soothing lotion. On the back of the bottle is tells you a little about the product and how to apply it. You can also find a list of ingredients as well.
PRICE: A 200ml bottle of the lotion will cost you £5.00 and a 400ml will cost you £5.50.
IN USE: To use the product simply apply generously after sun exposure and smooth in evenly. You can re-apply whenever your skin feels dehydrated. This lotion has been dermatologically approved. I unfortunately managed to get a little sunburnt over the weekend on my chest and slightly on my back so the first thing I wanted to do was to apply this lotion. The lotion dispenses out of the bottle easily and is white in colour. It does have a slight glossy look to it and seems a reasonable consistency not being be too thin or too thick.
I applied the lotion to my skin and as I did so I could smell the light scent that the lotion had to it which was nice and refreshing. As I smoothed the lotion into my skin it felt slightly cooling and as though it was giving my skin some moisture back. A little of this lotion goes a long way so you really don’t need to use that much when applying it. After applying the lotion my skin looked and felt moisturised. The lotion wasn’t too greasy and didn’t feel heavy on the skin which was good as some. I found that it absorbed into my skin reasonably quickly leaving my skin feeling moisturised for the majority of the day. I sometimes pop this product in the fridge to make it feel even more cooling and soothing on the skin.
OVERALL: A good after sun lotion.
I always use aftersun when I have been out in the sun even if I don't feel particularly burnt as I like to look after my skin. This makes me feel as though I am repairing my skin and putting some moisture back into it and think there is nothing nicer than having a shower and then applying some cool aftersun.
I love Nivea and have used many of their products for years including a variety of their sun creams and body creams. I have used this aftersun with Aloe Vera previously and bought this 200ml bottle for £4.49. They also do it in a 400ml size but I usually buy the smaller sizes as I find this size easier to take on holiday with me.
The bottle is a light blue colour and has the usual Nivea blue yellow and orange logo. It has a flip top and it is a plastic bottle which is firm but easy enough to squeeze the lotion out easily. It contains Aloe Vera which is lovely and cooling on my skin and it smells clean and fresh.
The lotion is quite creamy and thick which I like as it doesn't run off your hands when you are applying it but it does rub in to your skin easily and smoothly. I don't find that it is greasy at all and doesn't leave a film on the top of my skin like some other aftersun products I have used.
I read quite recently that if you put your aftersun in the fridge before you use it that it does feel lovely and soothing on your skin, and I tried it first with this aftersun and can say that it does honestly feel fantastic. I will have a shower and then lie on the bed with my undies or a towel wrapped round me and apply the cold aftersun and it feels so cooling and soothing. I make time to just lie there and let it soak in and have a chill for a while which I think is very important to do with my busy lifestyle.
I love this aftersun as I find it really does soothe and moisturise my skin after being out in the sun and stops the sting of sunburn. As long as I can get it on special offer I will continue to buy it as it is a good quality product and works well.
As summertime approaches, I have been sorting through my cupboards and taking stock of what summer-related beauty and sun-protection items I might need over the next couple of months.
I have been using this Nivea aftersun lotion for many years, having first discovered it one summer when I was less generous with sunscreen than I am now.
Sold in a typical-looking plastic bottle that is slightly different to that depicted here, this lotion is designed to soothe sun-exposed skin and to prolong the user’s suntan. This lotion has aloe vera as one of its ingredients, and it is this that is supposed to soothe the skin. The typical ingredients such as paraffinum and glycerin provide the moisturizing components of this product.
In my opinion this is an aftersun skin care product that is easy to use and generally does what is aims to do. I tend to use it after my evening shower on days that I have spent either at the beach or by our pool. The product is easily dispensed; a little too easily at times as it is quite runny, so I have to be careful not to waste it.
The lotion does feel soothing to me whilst I am applying it, however this sensation does soon disappear. The skin on my legs feel well hydrated. The lotion soaks in well and there is no apparent bright sheen to my skin on the evenings that I use this lotion. It smells pleasant enough.
In terms of enhancing or prolonging a suntan, well I feel that I simply cannot comment on this as I have not attempted to obtain a tan for years. That said, presumably moisturizing agent slows down or reduces skin dryness and peeling.
I certainly recommended this inexpensive aftersun lotion. Just make sure that you store it in a cool place - try the fridge for an extra soothing sensation on application.
The aftersun comes in a bottle that looks very similar to that of the standard Nivea flip top sun lotion except this bottle is a paler blue colour (I would describe as a baby blue). There are two different sizes available, 200ml which has a RRP of around £6 and 400m which retails for around £10, both prices I think are inline with other brands of aftersun. I will say that keep your eyes open for reductions, quite often throughout the summer, the Nivea sun range is subject to lots of promotions such as half price, 3 for 2 so I would always stock up then. I find the aftersun is widely available is most supermarkets, high street chemists and even shops such as Home Bargains, B&M etc.
I really like that the lotion contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, these are designed to sooth and repair my damaged skin. The lotion is white and of quite thick yet easy enough to rub in (the last thing you want to do on sore skin is have to rub too hard!) and I find it absorbs really easily and it doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or greasy like some creams can, like a lot of Nivea products, the cream does give my skins nice sheen, making it look in good condition.
As soon as I apply, I do find the cooling properties work quite well, it soothes my skin immediately and stops the burning sensation (there is nothing worse than that stinging hot feeling) and immediately after applying, my skin does feel a little better. Although the cream isn't a miracle worker and doesn't stop the burning fully, it helps to sooth. I like to keep mine in the fridge as I find that it just feels nicer when applying and soothes better too, I have done this for several years and never experienced and problems.
The lotion has a slight scented fragranced to it which I really like, I cant pick out exactly what it smells of, but it reminds me of holidays! The fragrance isn't too overpowering and doesn't clash with any of my perfumes and I would say it is quite a unisex aroma, my other half uses this when he catches the sun too much and doesn't complain he smells like a girl.
My mum always moans at me for buying aftersun as she says any moisturiser will do the same but I actually disagree, I am yet to find a cream that feels as nice and soothes as good as this one does.
Overall, I would recommend this and give 5/5stars.
Whoosh – I’ve plunged into the middle of a giant creamy avocado minus its stone, which has an aloe vera juice lake! I’m lying in this very comfortably. This is the feeling I get when I use Nivea Moisturising After Sun Lotion; which contains avocado & aloe vera juice. Many products seem to include the aloe vera/avocado combo including: hydrating facial masks; some shampoos/conditioners [including a Tresemme one] & Dead Sea Minerals face cream.
I have fair skin inclined to burning but can tan slightly, after a while in the sun. Unfortunately, however wisely I spread my protecting sun cream, I nearly always manage to burn; usually on the bits where my bones stick out. Nivea After Sun is one of the few products I can apply before going to bed & it manages to soothe my skin all night!! Doesn’t seem to stain my clothes & even when I’m sleepy, is easy to apply, as doesn’t come out of bottle too quickly.
Nivea Moisturising After Sun comes in a summer sky coloured waterproof bottle, decorated with an icy aloe vera leaf. The slight curve in the top of the bottle plus flip lid makes it easy to use, even if you have wet hands. The lotion is of a medium creamy consistency, again an aid to use. Its 200ml. seems to last a long time; not vaporizing away too quickly. Scent of it could be described as unisex; sadly not the usual Nivea cream aroma which I adore.
I think it is good value for money at £8 for 200ml [in Boots] & prob. suits all skin types, male & female. My only experience of the product is in England so far. I do prefer to use a Shea butter product on my skin for winter weather conditions though. You can buy from most major chemists & www.nivea.co.uk, a v.informed site.
I do love Nivea products. Nivea sun care and after sun care products have been around for years and I use them annually for hot weather in this country and whenever we go away on family holidays – especially abroad. I am really looking forward to our next family holiday in Morzine at the end of this month and I have already stocked up on my sun lotions and after sun lotions because if it was as hot and sunny as it was this time last year, then I know I will need to use them.
I love Nivea Moisturising After Sun Lotion. Nivea make a few different types of after sun lotions, some of them in bottles such as this one, and others which come in spray format. This particular lotion also contains Vitamin E alongside Aloe Vera, which is known for its healing, calming and skin soothing properties. It’s a joy to use after a hot day spent in the sun and it’s suitable for use by the entire family. I use it myself, as does my husband, and I have also used it many times on our daughter, Sarah.
This lotion’s easy to apply. Consistency wise, it’s neither too thick nor too thin and it’s white in colour. I like to keep mine quite cold in the fridge, so it feels even nicer when applied to hot sore skin. I use this also as a general moisturiser throughout the year and I don’t just save it for those days when we have been out in the sunshine.
The fragrance is light and fresh and it lingers quite subtly on the skin for a while afterwards. It’s very easily absorbed, it doesn’t feel oily or greasy whatsoever and it really seems to hydrate and moisturise parched skin. It dries very quickly so that if I am getting dressed either to out for the evening or for bed, I am able to dress pretty quickly after it’s been applied.
The added bonus is definitely the addition of the Aloe vera and the Vitamin E which really do help to soothe, calm and restore dehydrated skin. A bottle costs around £4 (for 200ml) but a small amount really does go a long way so it will last for ages.
It works a treat for all of us as a family and I really do recommend it.
If you have never used an after sun product then I think you should give this a go after a day out in the sun. Whether it's a beach holiday or a day spent in the garden or at a BBQ, if you've been out in the sun treat your skin to some moisture with this lotion.
And if you are a regular after sun user and haven't given Nivea a go then I'll say give it a shot, Nivea is known for it's quality products and I would highly recommend their suncare range.
This products comes in 200ml or 400ml bottles and can generally be found on offer in drugstores and supermarkets so do shop around. They cheapest I have found the 400ml was £4. And that will be enough for the whole family on a sunny holiday.
Like so many after sun products this contains Aloe Vera, know for it's hydrating qualities. It also soothes the skin and cools it nicely. Apply the milky lotion generously after sun exposure to rehydrate your skin and keep your tan for longer. And anytime your skin feels dry reapply. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky and it is being absorbed quickly and you don't feel greasy and sticky covered in a white film. There is also a very nice, fresh smell to this lotion, it always reminds me of being on holiday.
What I found with this product is that when I've been in the sun and have ended up looking like a lobster, I apply it once or twice at the end of the day and it instantly cools my skin and I had no trouble with peeling skin. But do reapply it every night for at least a week. Keep giving your skin that moisture so it doesn't get a chance to peel.
Ingredients: Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Tocopheryl Acetate, Persea Gratissima Oil, Sodium Carbomer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Linalool, Limonene, Parfum
Overall I would highly recommend this as an after sun product, having tried many others on the market it has the best texture, smells lovely and keeps your skin hydrated and from peeling.
I love to sit in the sun, I find it so relaxing, and the weather the last week or so has been absolutely fantastic. After a session outdoors in the sun I generally always apply a bit of after sun to soothe and cool my skin.
Nivea after sun with Aloe Vera is the lotion that I'm currently using. I purchased it last summer in preparation for my summer holiday to Turkey where it got used a lot!
Nivea After Sun lotion comes in a light blue coloured plastic bottle with a flip open lid. The bottle is well designed in an easy to grip shape, and the lid opens and closes with great ease, whilst offering a secure seal.
The lotion flows from the bottle easily, and is a nice bright white colour. It has the standard 'Nivea' smell which I find appealing as a man, due to it not being too scented, but just smelling fresh and clean. The smell of this stuff always makes me think of hot summer holidays.
The lotion is very creamy, and not greasy at all, unlike some other brands, and I find that it soaks into my skin quickly, and does not sweat back out again, even in very hot conditions. It has a thick texture to it, which I find helps to make a small squirt of this lotion go a long way, meaning the bottle lasts for a long time.
Nivea After Sun lotion is available from most pharmacies and supermarkets, and is available in a variety of sizes. I personally have the 200 ml container size, and this has lasted a while, although I will need to buy a replacement before my next trip to Turkey later this month.
For around £6 though this stuff is well worth its money, and it is worth grabbing a bottle during the winter months when it is often on special offers.
This lotion does last a while and gives the skin some well needed moisture after the sun has worked its magic. I find that it helps the sun tan last longer, whilst moisturising the skin to most importantly stop the skin from peeling.
Recommended by me!
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My mother first bought this product for my older brother when I was a child. Everyone in my family is very pale and sun lotion and after sun are a must in the lowest of sun degrees. As a child I also used this after sun and found it worked. However, I started using this product again last year as now that I am an adult I like to stay protected. The product itself smells absolutely amazing and I find myself indulging in the scent often in hot weather. The lotion itself is white and of a very runny consistency. A lot runnier than the matching sun lotion. I find that this after sun moisturizes well but at the same time I find it burns rather than soothes. Though it cools at first it soon makes your skin feel raw. I like to use Coca Butter now as I find it soothes the burn better. I also find this after sun very greasy and I can't use it without needing to wash my hands directly after.
The front of the bottle has the branding logo of Nivea and the word sun from the line this product comes from. It states on the front of the container that it is after sun which means this product is not to be used as a sun lotion. It just helps to keep your skin moisturized after. The front of the bottle states that it has Aloe Vera. The whole bottle itself if baby blue and so is the lid apart from the dark blue cap. The lid has the words cools and soothes written on it. The back of the bottle has the important usage instructions. It simply states to apply generously whenever your skin feels dry.
This product is £1.00 cheaper than the matching sun lotion in Superdrug as it stands at £4.48. However, it can be found in many other stores. I would recommend this to anyone as long as you can handle the burning sensation.
I have very fair skin and am easily blushed in the sun. The problem with this is that sometimes its difficult to tell the difference between rosey cheeks and actually burnt cheeks. Two weeks ago I discovered that difference. I'd been working in car parking as a temp job and so was out in the very hot, direct sun for a fair few hours and when I got home my face was still red. I was surprised but whatever, I'm often very red anyway so I didn't really mind it. It was only after 4 hours of sitting at home in my house out of sunlight doing very little and that I was still red that I became aware I'd burnt my face. Upon proper inspection I'd burnt it badly, on the cheekbone under the eyes and also around the edge of my ears. The pain was awful, particularly to touch, in fact even if my hair happened to fall across my face it would sting. As a result I regularly applied after sun and did feel it really alleviate my pain.
I've always trusted Nivea and have many of their products sporadically placed around the house. Their products are always very gentle on the skin and at a time when my skin felt like it was actually on fire, this was a much needed assurance. This after sun has moisturising qualities and aloe vera which felt very gentle on my skin and also helped to restore some moisture where it had become a little dry and flaky in places. I applied it liberally and it was still absorbed easily into my skin without leaving any greasy residue. The cream is quite water based which makes application much easier and also means you don't waste loads of the bottle contents applying it a few times, or your money for that matter.
The lotion itself comes in a bottle different to the image depicted. It has a more sleek, curved container with a light pale blue that mimics the cool, refreshing nature of the product. It has a shut down lid which means the contents don't leak out around the sides and stay firmly enclosed within.
There is a slight fragrance to the lotion that has a very fresh, light feel to it. I like this as sometimes lotions such these are very sterile and clinical smelling, which isn't all that pleasant to have on your face where you can't really avoid it. It is a pleasant, not necessarily enjoyable, but easily mild enough to not be offended or distracted by.
A 200ml bottle of this can be bought on Amazon for £3.14 which I think is very reasonable and I bought mine in Boots for a little more than that at about £3.50 from memory. You can also buy a larger 400ml bottle although I have found that the smaller one lasts me fine and have got plenty of use out of it so far. The soothing effect it gives me after being out in the sun often has encouraged me to be a little more over cautious with my skin care regime also which I am grateful for and so I have been known to apply this also when I get in from the sun now that its summer, in addition to the sun cream I wear in the day time.
Overall I would recommend this product as it does exactly what it says and is very effective also. The aloe vera and avocado oil help to sooth and moisturise the skin which is much needed after being out in the sun, particularly for younger children who may be arguably more susceptible to sun damage. It is relatively cheap, and I never really mind spending a little more for trusted brand when it comes to skin care as I feel it is important to look after your skin, and with Nivea you do get that confidence. It is fast absorbing, but you still feel all the benefitial effects of it on your skin. It has so far helped my skin with the flakines from the sun and also prevented it from worsening as I've yet to go out for long hours since. This product does actually work and isn't just an after sun product, the moisturising benefits are worth paying for.
I'm reviewing NIVEA SUN ,moisturising after sun lotion,with Aloe Vera
My bottle cost £5 in Tesco and contains 400ml .
I'm posting the ingredients since this can be important in these kind of lotions.
Aqua,Paraffinum Liquidum ,Glycerin ,Alcohol Denat. ,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride ,Cetearyl Alcohol ,Glyceryl Stearate Citrate ,Dimethicone ,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice ,Persea Gratissima Oil ,Tocopheryl Acetate ,Sodium Carbomer ,Methylparaben ,Propylparaben ,Linalool ,Limonene ,Parfum
***WHY I BOUGHT THIS***
When I told my niece that I'd be picking up sun protection cream for her two toddlers (whom I child-mind) she reminded me to get some after sun lotion as well.
I opted for Nivea for both items since niece was paying and uses the best, and in my opinion Nivea are among the best .
***USING and MY OPINION***
This lotion comes in a plastic bottle slightly different from the one depicted above.
Ours is a nice curvy wavy shape and there is a sprig of aloe vera leaf depicted on the label to indicate that Aloe Vera is one of the ingredients.
It has a flip top lid.
Using is simple and basic. You simply drip enough onto your hand or directly onto the area to be moisturised and massage it in lightly but thoroughly.
The lotion itself is quite runny and that's actually my preference for something like this, because a runny lotion is easier to spread and massage in while thicker creams need more intense work .
It smells nice , lightly perfumed in the manner these things are but nothing to rave about or be disgusted by either. Pleasant is the word I'd use for the fragrance.
It is very easy to work with and work into the skin and I think that the fact that it contains Avocado Oil as well as the Aloe Vera helps make it really creamy and moisturising.
I find this a very easy lotion to use and both toddlers seem to enjoy the massaging .
It gets used at the end of a long day of play,so they tend to be more amenable to sitting still for application in a way they rarely are for the sun PROTECTION cream early in the day when their energy levels are high and the paddling pool is calling to them.
Conal also likes this used on him just before his afternoon nap, and I think it helps sooth him into his sleep.
Personally I find the massaging very pleasant to do, because I adore the feeling of baby skin and love the silkiness of using this to help keep it moisturised and perfect.
After almost two weeks of intensely sunny days spent 90% out in the garden both children are sporting a healthy tan now with no red damaged areas, and that is down to Sun Protection and careful after sun moisturising in my opinion.
This isn't JUST for kids though, it is for all ages and promises to help protect against aging, retain the skin's elasticity and prolong your tan, so of course I've used this on myself and so far it seems just as effective as any of my own daily moisturisers.
This Lotion cost £5 for this size (400ml) , but a smaller bottle (200ml) is available for £4 ,which is the average price in Chemists and supermarkets I believe.
Would I recommend it ? Yes.
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"Springtide move that fender, Springtide, move that rope! Springtide, move that dog!" Here we are on a peaceful, well it was before we arrived, Sunday morning, in Queensway Quay Marina in Gibraltar, on a photo shoot of a boat. The owner wants lots of photos of the boat but the problem is he wants them with all the grotty canvas that protects the varnish off and the posh, blue canvas, the sunshade bimini and the dodgers on. Then, after the photos it has to revert to posh off, protective on! This is a lot of work and we had been waiting for a quiet day wind wise and some sunshine to do the shoot, Jess the dog came along to help too!
Working with canvas is really hard on the skin but luckily I had taken along a bottle of Nivea Sun Hydrating Lotion which is marketed as an after sun but I use it as a general purpose moisturiser. It had been very useful in the two previous weeks when I was looking after a friends two dogs as well as our own and was out in the wind and weather a lot. Don't feel too sorry for me though, I do live in Southern Spain!
Nivea is a very well known range and I have always found their products to be of a high quality. Nivea Sun comes packaged in a pale blue plastic bottle, slightly shaped with a dark blue flip up top on which there is a small sticker saying 24hour hydration. The top closes well and has never opened in my bag whilst moving it around. Under the Nivea logo is a bright yellow, hot sun and below which is written "Hydrating Lotion After Sun". Next here is an ice cube and a pair of green aloe vera leaves enforcing the fact that this soothing after sun contains aloe vera, one of my favourite ingredients in a skin lotion. Below the cool ice cube it reads "Refreshes and helps to calm the skin. Rapid absorption" On the reverse, (I have the Spanish version), it claims to rehydrate the skin for 24hours and that regular use will leave your skin hydrated, soft and silky. Another favourite ingredient is avocado oil which improves the elasticity of your skin and claims to extend the life of a tan if you are lucky enough to have one. So a good, versatile all rounder containing proven ingredients.
What's it like to use?
The bottle is slightly squeezy so you can control how mush you need from the small hole in the top. The lotion is white in colour with a light floral scent and a hint of citrus. The consistency is is smooth and slightly runny but not out of control runny. It smells and feels fresh as you apply it to your skin and it is instantly soothing and is absorbed, yes I've timed it, in under a minute! This is important to me as I can't have hands slipping on rope or rigging or marking someones varnish with sticky fingers. A small blob will do my hands and face, more of course for other bits but it does slide on easily and a small amount can cover quite a large area making it good value even though the initial cost of nearly 10.00pounds for 400ml is in my opinion, high.
Do I like it?
Yes, it is a very pleasant after sun and my skin feels so much better be it used on hands face or the rest of me. It is as good on wan, white, hidden winter skin that needs some care as it is on summertime suntanned skin. The light scent makes it suitable for all the family particularly as it is dermatalogically tested. It is quite difficult to be exact as to the claim of 24hours hydration but I can say that with continued use my naturally pale and rather dry skin which needs a lot of moisturising, feels and looks better.
In my opinion this is a good quality after sun which you can use for all the family all year round which I will continue to use and buy. Mine was bought in our local Spanish Supermarket but I see on the Internet that it can be bought for 6.49pounds for 200ml and 9.99pounds for 400ml. The bigger size would, I think, last you for a reasonably long holiday in the sun which is always the time to treat yourself with a lovely after sun such as this.
4 stars from me as I still think it is a bit pricey, got to go, Mr Spielberg wants to take some more photos!
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The bottle is recyclable and the contents last for 12months after opening.
I took a bottle of this aftersun with me during my honeymoon in Cyprus a couple of months ago. Being fair skinned and dark haired, I always seem to burn on holiday despite using the highest factor sun protection I can find, so we always stock up on aftersun just in case.
This aftersun is from the Nivea range of sun products, and there were a few different types to choose from, including lotions and sprays. I decided on this lotion because if I'm using aftersun I tend to like to smother it on, and this is easier to control with a lotion than a spray. It also contains aloe vera which in my mind is one of the most nourishing ingredients which can be used on your skin. It also contains avocado oil which provides extra moisturisation.
I can't remember exactly how much we paid for this product at the time, as I think we picked it up from Home Bargains or somewhere like that when it was on offer. On Boots it currently retails at £6.49 for 200ml, but they also have a Buy One Get One Free offer on some suncare products, so I would always advise shopping round on this kind of thing as it seems to be perpetually on offer.
The aftersun comes in a bottle with a flip top lid. This can get a bit annoying as you get towards the bottom of the bottle, as you end up having to store it upside down to get maximum value for money. I tend to keep my aftersun products in the fridge, as I like the cooling effect of the cold liquid if my skin is a bit hot or just generally after being out in the sun all day and the body needs cooling down.
The product itself, like most aftersuns, is white in colour and quite runny in consistency. It spreads across the skin really well, and takes a little while to sink in. It doesn't feel particularly greasy or heavy, but I did find I was spending a few minutes walking around the apartment with no clothes on to allow it to sink in (well, we were on honeymoon after all!). It also has quite a pleasant smell, more like body lotion than aftersun. It does feel very cooling as you apply it, and cools the entire body down after sun exposure.
I was quite fortunate this year that I didn't really burn on holiday as I usually do. I wore factor 50 suncream, stayed out of the sun during peak times, and covered up if I felt over-exposed. I did get slightly red on the arms, but mainly I had a healthy glow to my skin. I did get caught out at the tops of my legs one day after swimming, as I'd missed a big section with the suncream, so ended up a bit red and sore. Still, even if you haven't burnt, I think it's important to apply aftersun after exposure to the sun, to rehydrate your skin.
This product also claims to give you a longer lasting tan. I did notice by the end of the holiday that it was the first time ever I'd actually TANNED rather than going bright red and then peeling. I usually always peel after being on holiday, but I applied this lotion religiously every day, and continued to do so when I got home. I had a nice bit of healthy colour for a good few weeks after returning from holiday, but more importantly my skin didn't start to peel as the tan faded.
Overall, I would say that aftersun is an essential holiday product, and this one in particular comes highly recommended.
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When I booked my holiday last year, I set about getting the essentials week by week so it wasn't one big expense nearer the time. As the holiday was in May this year I had plenty of time to stock up. One of the things I bought was this after sun from Nivea, I thought going abroad this was one of the most important things I'd need.
The bottle is a little different from dooyoo's picture, it has a more curvy appearance now and seems a little more modern. It is mainly pale blue in colour with a small picture of an aloe vera plant. The bottle contains all the normal information and states on the front that it cools and soothes the skin and is quickly absorbed.
I didn't think I would need to use this after sun before my holiday but low and behold I did. With all of the sun we had in April, I accidently forgot to put sun cream on and my chest and shoulders ended up ruby red. They were so sore and I just couldn't get comfortable, I didn't really want to use the after sun but I was desperate.
The after sun is a nice consistency, when it comes out of the bottle it seems quite thick but as you apply it to your skin it is quite runny and is easy to spread over the affected areas. There isn't a strong scent to this lotion, even though it contains aloe vera, I would say it's a fresh, outdoor type fragrance.
As soon as the after sun touches the red area, it stings a little but it isn't a bad sting, it's like a sting of relief if that makes any sense. It instantly cools the area and leaves the sun burn feeling soothed and refreshed. This is obviously because of the aloe vera ingredient, it is known to help soothe sun burn. I applied this after sun before getting into bed and it did help me relax and drift off to sleep even though before applying, I was in agony.
I took the bottle on holiday with me, but to my disappointment the weather wasn't nice enough to catch the sun and need to use this after sun. I haven't had to use it since that horrible sun burn in April, the bottle is still pretty much full, around three quarters if not more!
Nivea after sun is widely available to purchase around the summer months from supermarkets and places such as Boots and Superdrug. A 200ml bottle will cost around £6.
I'd, without a doubt, recommend this Nivea after sun with aloe vera, it's soothing effects are amazing and instantly cools reddened areas that are, without any after sun, very painful. Although the price is a little expensive, the amount in which you use definitely makes up for this and makes it good value for money.
So a few weeks ago I did a terrible thing, I went to the beach and forgot to put on suncream :/ my shoulders were red and painful for days. At the time I was using a Tescos own after sun cream which I found didn't have any calming and soothing effect on my skin whatsoever and dried out within 10minutes. I complained about this to my mum and the next day she came home with a bottle of this Nivea. The bottle I own is a different shape to the picture above and looks a lot better, I know from many adverts and magazines that Nivea is a trusty skincare brand and must have been quite cheap if my mum was buying it (she always looks for the best bargains!).
So anyway I put this on and instantly felt it calming my skin, it felt moisturising and it I could see it sinking into my skin really nicely, unlike my tesco one which just sat on top of skin making me greasy and sticky and kept the heat in! You also don't need to apply it too often as it keeps you moisturised for a long time and makes the skin feel really soft.
When the red faded I was left with a few days of ugly sore peeling (I as really grossed out by this as I've never sunburnt myself enough to peel) and used this after sun on it as it still had a cooling moisturising effect and no one actually noticed I was peeling because it kept my skin so well moisturised and again I didn't have to apply it too often and it seemed to help my tan stay. The smell was lovely too, which is the aloe vera and felt very calming to put on my skin and wasn't overpowering at all.
This is one of the best skincare things I own now and is definitely a necessity, especially for us England people who never know when we're gonna get caught out by the sun showing its face and burning us! I think the bottle was only about £5 and I often see the Nivea suncare stuff on offer and it's defiantely one of the more cheaper suncare ranges out there.
Also I keep my after sun in the fridge so it's extra cool when putting on sunburn... does anyone else do this???
Formulated to cool and soothe sun exposed skin while making your beautiful tan long-lasting /