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I won't lie I do get sun burnt, beginning of July I really hurt myself when I changed sun creams for just one day - so there was an inevitability that I was going to need some after sun and fast. For the first night I just used the bottle that we already had in the fridge that was made by Wilkos and just left it at that, but I got up the following morning and since I was still burning I decided I needed something that I trusted, made by a company I already knew worked. So I nipped to Asda to get a bottle of what I should've already had in the house and now wouldn't be without!
~*~ Piz Buin ~*~
Piz Buin is a bit of a leader when it comes to sun cream if you know the history of the company, which until about two minutes ago I didn't. I did know that it's a Swiss company and that the sun cream was named after a mountain range but I wasn't aware that they were the first company, to introduce the SPF to the world - so that in itself makes me quite a big fan of the company since they seem to know what they're up to. It's a company that's been around for a good amount of time now, so they seem to be somewhat of a leader when it comes to sun protection and after sun protection - which is why although sometimes they might seem a little overly priced they are more than worth their money, you just have to try them to see why. I got this after sun purely because I'd had such a good time with the sun cream to start with!
~*~ What Does it Claim? ~*~
Be the envy of the beach, with this revolutionary After Sun Lotion to facilitate a more intense natural tan. Its Tanimel ingredient has been shown to help the body more than double its production of natural tanning pigments. Moisturises and revitalises sun-stressed skin. With Vitamin E to help prevent premature skin aging and is quick to absorb.
~*~ Application ~*~
Application of this is nice and simple once you've got it out of the bottle, with it being an upright bottle if you're running out it takes a while for it to come to the top even if you place it upside down. Even when my bottle was full it was still being a pain and coming out in splats rather than one fluid amount. Once you have finally got it out though, it's a lovely thickness so that you can feel you've got it there, rather than it being a really runny after sun that doesn't seem to do a lot for your skin. It's billed as an easily absorbed after sun, and it really does work nicely - it does need rubbing in, it's not quite that easily absorbed but it doesn't really take a lot of effort to rub it into skin. Which considering what you're rubbing it into is quite a blessing because, there is nothing worse than having to rub really hard on an area of sun burn that is really quite sore. When the after sun has been in the fridge it's even better, it provides an instant cooling effect when you put it on - however it does take a little bit longer to rub into skin. However, because it's such an instant relief when you put it on it's nice to rub the cool feeling into red hot skin to be honest. My other half doesn't like having this on his skin particularly, because he feels that he's never really burnt enough to need it and compared to the sun cream to start with it's a bit thicker and it annoys him because he doesn't like the feel of it on his skin - so I normally just have to put normal moisturiser on him, so the feel of the cream might not be for everyone. However it is your regular cream, its thick enough but it's also smooth so you're not rubbing anything coarse into your skin.
~*~ Smell and Feel on Skin ~*~
This doesn't smell quite as nice as the sun cream does; this has more of a citrusy aloe Vera or tea tree type smell to it, so it's not a scent I really like, but given what it does to my skin I'm more than happy to use it. It feels really refreshing and cool on the skin even when it hasn't been in the fridge so it's a nice cream to use on your skin after you've got burnt. For larger burns I've noticed it doesn't sting at all, something I have experienced before with cheaper after suns. This one though is very calming and kind to your skin, especially when it's burnt - which is a very sensitive time. The smell of this seems to stick around for hours though even once you've rubbed it in, and even got redressed and gone out, you can still get a whiff of it every now and again. It's not horrible, don't get me wrong it just isn't as warming and a scent that you'll enjoy as much as its counterpart sun cream.
~*~ Behaviour as an after sun ~*~
I'm quite a big fan of this after sun because it really does make my skin feel better, when I had some really serious sun burn I used this on my entire body, and as a result of being so burnt it really did need some moisturising and drank the cream when I applied it really. So I can definitely say that the after sun is really easily absorbed, the cream although an after sun isn't like the usual gel style it's actually thick cream so although it is absorbed quickly you can rub a lot into your skin before it does absorb. I can't say it prevents peeling all that much, but then again regardless of using any after sun or not, my skin will peel any way it's a natural reaction to get rid of the dead skin - but instead of being really flaky peeling skin it will just peel a small amount, so it is an improvement on other after suns I've used but my skin isn't perfect and well if I didn't want it to peel I shouldn't get burnt - or go out in the sun! However even if I'm not burnt I still do apply this to any skin that's been exposed to the sun purely to protect myself just in case there is still some damage there. It does help me keep a bit of tan because in the past when I've burnt and tanned, the skins then peeled off and I've gone back to being a milk bottle, but with this I do tan, and I will peel a little bit but the tan underneath remains enough to leave me with tan lines so it must work to a level. I'm definitely happy to keep using this, whack it in the fridge before use and it feels even better on hot skin, it does its job and when it's on offer it's not too overly priced, well my skin feels better for it!
~*~ Longevity ~*~
When I'm burnt quite badly I tend to apply this every couple of hours, if I'm not at work - if I'm at work I try to apply it as often as I can to stop my skin drying up and tightening up, which I always find very uncomfortable with uniform rubbing on the burns. So using it every couple of hours you might find you get through it quite quickly if you're burnt in quite a few places; admittedly though, one weekend of getting very burnt I've still got a good half of the bottle left - and thankfully I've not been burnt majorly since, but I will use it on little patches of red where I might have been caught, so I'm only using little bits here and there at the minute. I've had my latest bottle since the beginning of July and I've got plenty left so can't see that I'm going to run out any time soon this season, one bottle will last a good couple of months. It just depends how much you apply as always with Piz Buin items they seem to be a little goes a long way so you're not using a lot when you need it. If you're using it on a few people you'll probably get through one or two bottles a season, me and my other half have used this bottle between us and around seven weeks later we're only half way down so it's good value for money in that respect.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I bought my latest bottle of this after sun from asda at just £5 for the bottle, but it is available in Superdrug at the moment of £5.24 a bottle as of 14/08/2013 - but it is available in other places for varying prices it's always worth doing a price comparison if you're looking for the cheapest bottle.
I was unsure about buying a more expensive after sun, (Piz Buin rather than Boots own brand) but was pleasantly surprised.
It stays on the packaging that it is not a tanning product, so whether some people have bought it thinking that it is also a bronzer/shimmer effect - it's not! I have very pale skin and after burning my shoulders, it worked well to moisturise my skin. I kept using it a few times daily when I was first burnt and now still use it daily (ish) and after being on holiday. The burnt areas have mostly browned with a small amount of peeling (more down to my skin type I think than the after sun).
It states that it contains plant extracts and it does smell slightly 'plant-y', a bit like an aloe vera smell and is fairly inoffensive.
The consistency is also thicker than other aftersun products (Piz Buin and other brands) that I have used, but it is still easy to apply. It applies as a moisturiser and doesn't feel greasy or sticky.
The product seems (always some subjection with tanning) to have worked well, but I did also buy it when it was on offer. It is a bit pricey for general after sun use, but it worked well when I had been burnt and would recommend it for that.
Piz Buin After Sun Tan Intensifier Lotion
I am just back from my holidays in Portugal where for the first three days you couldn't even see the sun for the clouds. However eventually the sun did come out and obviously we made the most of it and of course overdid the sunshine a little. I had a tub of Piz Buin's After sun lotion with me in preparation.
The After Sun cream comes in a tall rectangular plastic bottle which is a slightly dark turquoise colour. The top of the bottle has a flip open cap with a hole underneath where you get the lotion out of. The lid feels pretty secure and I've have carried this about a lot with no spillages or accidences occurring in my bag. The bottle has the Piz Buin orange branding in bold font across the front and After Sun Tan Intensifying Moisturising Lotion written below. The bottle holds 200 ml of after sun lotion.
This Piz Buin product is intended to not only care for your skin after being in the sun, but it also claims to intensify your tan. To do this Piz Buin use Tanimel, which is an active ingredient taken from the restharrow plant. This ingredient helps to maintain the body's natural melanin production both in and out of the sun, so the tan that you develop lasts longer. It also increases the production of melanin by 133%, resulting in a deeper tan.
I did not buy this solely for its intensifying properties, I genuinely want to look after my skin and know Piz Buin to be a reputable brand of which I have used of their products over the years. This after sun lotion also claims to give 24 hour moisturisation to restore the natural moisture balance of sun-stressed skin. It also uses Vitamin E to help to prevent aging of the skin.
Using the Lotion
The after sun cream is very much like any other sun cream/after sun product that you will buy. It is a bright, clinical white colour that is quite thick and viscous which makes getting it out of the bottle and applying much easier than a runny thin cream I find. You give the bottle a quick shake before use and squeeze the lotion onto your hand. It needs to be applied all over the areas of your skin that have been exposed to the sun.
The lotion soaks into my skin quickly and easily without leaving white marks all over me like some creams do so it has good absorbent qualities and is not too oily. Even though this is a thick lotion I found that a small amount of this went a long way and could easily do my arms, legs and torso with three smallish squirts. The lotion smells of summer and heat and does really help to improve the feel of my skin, making it silky and most importantly moisturised.
As for the tan intensifier properties in this lotion I have no idea if this helped to increase or maintain my holiday tan. I am still tanned a week later but I would expect it to last a month or so post-holiday anyway, so I can't really rate the product on this.
This is a great quality after sun cream and I can definitely feel the difference between this and other brands I have used. It is more expensive than some that you can buy at £11.49 full price, however I got it on a half price offer at Superdrug for £5.24. I wouldn't buy this for its tan intensifier claims, but for a good quality and highly moisturising lotion it really is very good.
I always use an after sun lotion when I've been out in the sun, even if I haven't been burnt. Piz Buin is my sun lotion brand of choice so when I needed to replace a bottle of after sun recently I went for the same brand. I purchased this 200ml bottle of lotion from Tesco for £5 which I feel is about average price for such a product from a big, respectable name. It can also be purchased from the majority of other supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug for the around the same price.
A few days ago I was stupid enough to spend the majority of the day at an outdoor event in twenty-eight degree sun without wearing the right protection. A porcelain white girl like me usually requires a factor 50 for such occasions; I'd ran out and thought I'd make do with factor 20 - idiot! My back was left so badly burnt it actually blistered! I wasn't quite so unfortunate with the rest of my body but was still left fairly badly burnt along my shoulders, all down my arms and my legs. I would clearly be needing this lotion!
The After Sun Lotion comes in a slightly metallic blue plastic bottle with flip top lid. The recognisable orange Piz Buin logo can be found in that big, curved font on the front along with the product name and a few bits of information. This one apparently contains 'tanimel' - a 'tan intensifying plant extract'. It claims to offer twenty-four hour moisturisation and 'enhances the natural tanning process'.
To be perfectly honest I wasn't holding my breath when it came to the tanning claims. I never, ever tan. I can't recall ever having a tan, I just burn, burn, burn. If it did help me to tan then lovely. Well done! If it didn't, I wasn't going to be too fussed. I was more interested in the restoring 'natural moisture balance of sun stressed skin to help prevent peeling' claims personally.
The lotion is fairly thick, quite a lot thicker than their sun protection lotion, and white in colour. After you've gotten about half way down the bottle you do need to give this a few good squeezes before the lotion runs down to the opening for you to gain access to. I found a grape sized blob for each arm and two for each leg sufficed although during the first few days of sun burn but I did find myself needing to apply this fairly regularly and I'd say I've used half the bottle in less than a week!
It does absorb nicely into the skin though. Once you start rubbing the lotion turns to a more gel like consistency and requires little effort to rub it into the skin completely. It leaves a light, refreshing and slightly sweet scent on the skin too which is nice! It isn't greasy or sticky and dries pretty much instantly.
I found the coolness of the lotion soothed my hot sun burned skin instantly and eased up any discomfort it was causing me. It definitely cleared my sun burn up quicker than usual as well. Within two days it the affected areas of skin had lot the majority of their redness and where not sore in the slightest, a mere three days and my burns had completely cleared up. I wasn't left peeling either which is always a massive bonus.
I personally find this lotion to be far too light to offer me twenty-four hour moisturisation. It is adequately moisturising for my sun burn and did dull the tightness and pain of the affected areas rather well but I found the effects wore off pretty quickly and I did need to apply this continuously to ease up the damage.
As expected this didn't do much in the way of tanning me either. Five days after the original sun burn and my arms are as pale as my stomach again, much better than being bright red of course but there's not the slightest hint of tan.
Ignoring the tanning claims this is a lovely after sun lotion. It soothed and cleared up my sun burn quickly and effectively leaving my skin looking and feeling healthy again despite its lack of colour. You do have to keep applying this fairly regularly to get the desired results from it but then I think that's the case for most after sun lotions. I'd recommend it either way.
I tend to buy Piz Buin products because I am attracted by the smell of them! I went for this one because of the 'tan intensifier'. I don't tan very well anyway and I was definately after something that could keep me tanned for a bit longer - especially when it doesn't add any tan (so no streakyness, no lines) it works with the tan you already have.
The product --> It comes in a gorgeous dark blue colour, with a tan colour with the products name. The cream itself is white, and is absorbed easily. The size is 200ml, which lasts too!
The other benefits of this particular after sun lotion are:
- The moisturising effects which are included with the aid of the vitamin E
- The anti ageing effects, which aim to help with signs of sun-stressed skin
It is able to call itself a tan intensifier lotion because it contains an ingredient to help the body produce double the amount of natural tanning pigments. It is also suitable for sensitive skin! At the time I had heat rash, and I did not find that this product made it worse. It did moisturise my skin very well, and I would recommend it!
I was also burnt a few times, and after applying this it did not seem to hurt as much as before. So yes, very happy with this!
It also doesn't cost much either, I've seen it vary from £4 to £6 so it is worth looking around to see where cheapest is from.
I bought this after-sun lotion last summer when it was quite hot to try and help me get a tan. I do naturally tan a little bit, but I'm hardly going to be golden given the amount of time I actually got to spend in the back garden so I decided to try and get a bit of natural help.
The bottle says that the lotion contains the ingredient 'Tanimel', which is said to encourage more of the skin's natural tanning. The lotions also contains vitamin E to help anti-ageing in the skin and moisturise it.
The cream itself is quite thick and creamy, not runny at all. It is an off white colour and has a nice smell to it as well.
I did have high expectations really of this lotion, because of the well known name and because of the way it said it has the added ingredient 'tanimel' which other lotions don't have.
To be honest, I don't think this lotion made any difference at all to the colour of my skin. I did tan a little bit because I was spending time in the sun, but I didn't tan any more than I had the previous year. I can't honestly say that the lotion made any noticable difference to my tan as it had promised to do.
On a more positive note, the lotion did help me to keep my skin moisturised and smelling nice during the time that I was exposing it to more sun than usual. I think that the company should have just called it a moisturiser rather than being misleading and promising to help you build more of a tan.
I paid about £7 for a 200ml bottle of this. Not the cheapest of moisturisers, but I did buy it because of what it promised. Overall, I was disapointed with this product. I didn't expect to become a bronzed beauty from a £7 lotion, but I had hoped I'd see some effect from it's use. Neverming though, just know that it doesn't help you to get a tan, so don't buy this if that's what you're hoping for.
My friend used to always rave about Piz Buin. She was always going on about how good their products were. However, I was a bit of a sceptic as I didn't believe the cost would be worth it though was persuaded to buy it after she came back off one holiday looking particularly tanned. After buying it I proved myself wrong and now regularly buy Piz Buin products and one of my favourites is the tan intensifying after sun lotion.
Piz Buin normal comes in brown bottles. However, the after sun bottles are a dark blue colour. A 200ml bottle of the tan intensifying lotion will cost around £8.00. However, between the various stores that sell it, such as Boots, you can usually manage to find Piz Buin on buy one get one free offers.
So what makes this lotion tan intensifying? The bottle states that the lotion contains Tanimel which helps to double the production of the bodies natural tanning pigments. The thing to remember with this product is that it won't prolong your tan, there's a different product that Piz Buin sell that does that.
The lotion itself is not particularly thick, though nor is it runny. It rubs in easily and has a nice smell to it. I'm not sure how to describe it but it smells of holiday! The smell lasts on your skin for quite awhile which is very pleasant. The lotion is a treat to use after sunbathing as it does soothe the skin and what I like about this product is that is contains Vitamin E to help premature skin aging.
Does it work? Well I think so and I think it works in two different ways. I am prone to getting sunburnt. I don't consider myself to be as fair skinned as I actually am and this often leads to me sitting out in the sun too long without any cream and getting burnt. This lotion is a treat to put on if this happens, nice and cooling, though so should any normal after sun. However, when I use this after getting burnt I find that I don't stay as red as I normally would do and the red fades relatively quickly and turns to a tan colour without peeling.
On the odd occasion where I do come from the sun a nice tan colour this product does help to intensify my tan. I think I look a lot browner when I use this compared to when I use normal after sun products.
I would recommend this product as it does what it says on the bottle. It intensifies the tan you have and I find it helps my sunburn turn in to a tan quicker. The only way they could improve this product is by including a tan prolonger in it. However, as they sell this as a different product, which is more expensive, I doubt they would combine the two as they would probably loose money! This tan intensifier is quite expensive, but can be found on offer which makes it even more worth purchasing, particularly as I find it works so well.
I find this product does actually do what it says, it shouldn't be applied before you go on holiday but just used as a normal aftersun. It doesn't make such a difference that you look like you've been away for two months and not two weeks, but my tan is definitely deeper and I continued to use the product on my return and my tan lasted much longer. Even hepls improve your tan after sunbed use.
I tried this product a few years ago before I went on holiday to Cyprus. I got it from Boots on a 3 for 2 offer at the time but to buy it on its own it is about 8 pounds (so quite a bit more tehn normal after sun). I decided to try it as to see if the claims that it would intensify your tan would really work and the answer was no in my opinion.
On the bottle Piz Buin claim that because of the added Tanimal your tan will be intensified without the need for any fake tan products. I applied it religiously every night for 2 weeks and i really did not notice any difference to how I normally tan.
Secondly it smells quite chemically when you apply it which I really didn't like. One plus point is that it is colling and soothing on sun stresed skin but this could be acheived by a much cheaper after sun.
I bought this sun lotion before I went on holiday to see if I could boost my tan that extra bit. The product claims to have an ingredient 'Tanimel', whihc is supposed to encourage more of the skin's natural tanning. It also contains vitmain e and of course also claims to do all the normal things an after sun does such as cool the skin, moisturise etc. The lotion itself is quite thick and creamy and has a nice, almost serumy feel to it. It is an off white colour.
So did it actually intensify my tan? No, I slathered it on at the end of every day, but I couldn't really notice a deeper or more intense tan in the morning. If it did make a difference it was minimal. My tan obviously deepened over the course of the holiday but this was due to the sun not the lotion. I did not notice that my skin went any darker than I ususally do using normal after sun. Perhaps it did make a slight difference, but for £7.99 a bottle I expected to end up like a sun kissed goddess with one application. Although it moisturised really well, I didn't really notice that it had much of a cooling effect either. This isprobably becuase it is focusing on being a tan deepening lotion rather than a cooling lotion. It does claim to cool the skin but this is not it's main selling point. I have tried other after suns that have small amounts of actual self tan in them, and I think this is the only real way to make a noticable difference to your tan.
I am quite olivey skinned to start with, so people with pale skin may well notice more of a difference, as I may not notice a difference as much as my skin is that bit darker already. But, for £7.99, I think the best advice is just to pick up some moisturiser with self tan in it.
Helps restore sun-stressed skin /