Soothing Aloe Aftersun Gel by Banana Boat
Usage: apply as needed
Contents: 16 fl oz (473 ml)
Ingredients: Water, Denatured Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4 Laurate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-4, Benzophenone-4, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl, Butylcarbonate, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Blue 1.
Available at: Amazon.com
Price: $ 9.97
Don’t Mess with the Sun!
One thing not to be messed with in Suriname is our sun. Since we are located at just 6° from the equator, the heat of the sun can be intense. Our skin is our largest organ. It is our buffer to the exterior. Make sure to protect your skin against the sun at all times! Use a high SPF sun screen as well as a cooling after sun lotion.
I really love out of town trips! I recommend them to visitors here on this website and I enjoy taking them myself. For my latest trip, I went to the Amerindian village of Galibi, along the Marowijne river. If I show you a picture, I am sure you will understand why I love this place.
See what I mean? Does it look like a dream, or does it?
So, I am in Galibi with a friend, who came over from the Netherlands and she is having a blast. The bus trip from the city of Paramaribo to Albina went smoothly and the boat ride on the Marowijne river, with Suriname on the left coast and French Guiana on the right coast, is just amazing! Especially when you get to see a sloth up in a tree, as we did.
In the evening, when we hit the shower to get ready for dinner, it appears my friend’s back looks like this:
It would have been so much better had she worn a shirt that covered her back and arms!
However, now that we were confronted with her roasted back, it was a good thing that I brought my Banana Boat aftersun. I use it to cool my skin after being hit by the sun, even when there are no signs of sunburn showing – check my half full bottle.
And, wow! Did it work fast on my friend’s back! Her picture was taken after we applied the Banana Boat aloe lotion. Pretty soon we noticed the bright redness fading into a more pinkish hue. Yes! The picture shows an improvement already – it looked worse before! I seriously regret not having taken a Before and After picture!
This whole thing came as a surprise and since the Banana Boat soothing gel worked so well, I decided to tell you about this product. Let’s have a closer look at it.
I have listed the Banana Boat Aloe Vera gel ingredients at the top, for you to see. I copied this list from the bottle and, unfortunately, it does not say just how much Aloe Barbadensis the product contains. As we should all know, aloe vera is the absolute best when it comes to sunburn. I took a picture of my aloe vera plant to show you what it looks like. Should you ever get burned and there happens to be an Aloe Vera Barbadensis plant around, grab a leaf, cut or tear it open and sooth your skin with the cooling leaf gel. Repeat until it stops burning. The same way, we applied Banana Boat’s Aloe Aftersun to my friend’s back and repeated this as needed. And, even though we do not know how much aloe vera Banana Boat puts into this product, it probably contains a fairly good amount, since very quickly the redness calmed down and – even better – my friend did not feel a thing – no pain whatsoever!
By the way, I have a light tan skin color myself and do not easily get burned by the sun. The two times it did happen, I was on my way to Galibi! No kidding! I really love the boat ride: feeling the breeze through my hair, and the warm Marowijne river water splashing up – one tends to forget about the sun! The first time around, I was wearing bermuda shorts and by the time I got off the boat my knees were the color of Christmas hams. This time, with my friend, my nose had become a fluorescent red!
I am just saying: don’t mess with our sun, especially when traveling to Galibi – read: whenever traveling in an open boat or hiking in open air. Bring a strong sun screen and a cooling aftersun lotion!
To tell you the truth, I bought my Banana Boat Aloe Aftersun randomly – I was already familiar with the powerful benefits of Aloe Vera Barbadensis and so out of a tremendous amount of products to choose from, I just grabbed that aloe vera one with the nice color. In the meantime, I have come to really like this product – I love the fresh smell (Alcolado Glacial-like), it is easy to apply, it is not greasy and gets absorbed into the skin right away.
There is just one suggestion that I have for the Banana Boat people – now that I am halfway down my bottle, I wish it had a dispenser instead of the regular nozzle cap. That would be so much easier. Perhaps the next edition could be a refillable bottle with a dispenser! That would make it a 5 Star product for me! But hey, I just store it upside down and rate the product 4.95 the way it is today. Get yours now!