If you've been to a Four Seasons Resort (not hotel), you'll be very familiar with the After-Sun Cooling Gel they provide at their beaches and outdoor pools. It's their own, homemade concoction. But I wondered if it was worth slathering on your skin, so I did some research and found the ingredients. I have to say, it's not all that bad and, in fact, one of the better cooling gels I've used.
Four Seasons Resort After Sun Cooling Gel can't be bought so you actually have to visit a resort to try it out (you can go my route and just crash their pool party). I have to warn you: there are two cooling gels, and the one in the smaller packaging yields better results. This, I found out with my trip to Four Seasons Nevis, which just reopened a few months ago after being closed a few years due to hurricane damage. Nevis happens to be my favorite island in the Caribbean and the Four Seasons Nevis is truly a special place. The main ingredient in the After Sun Cooling Gel is aloe vera
, used to sooth and heal sunburns, moisturize and reduce perspiration. It's the best antidote actually for too much sun exposure. In addition, there's Vitamin E and Vitamin A, both of which restore, heal and give your skin some antioxidant bliss. Another great component is allantoin
. It's known to speed up the growth of new skin tissues and protects your skin from sunburn. In fact, he helps mollify chafed, chapped and cracked skin and lips, so if your sunburn is severe, this definitely speeds up the recovery process.
Your skin is definitely going to be dry after being exposed to the sun, so the chamomile and rosemary extracts are beneficial for soothing and basically restoring peace to your skin. I also love the antiseptic qualities of lemongrass extract.
If there is a downside to all this, it would be the parabens
and polysorbate 80
, a surfactant known to be moderately hazardous depending on usage.
Anyway, I'm actually glad Four Seasons Resort After Sun Cooling Gel wasn't entirely full of crap. It's also comforting (for me) to know what's actually in it, as the product is in a jar at the watersports hut without any ingredients listed. What I like about it, other than the feeling of refreshed skin, is that it's not completely sticky like other cooling gels on the market. I'm betting it's the lack of packed in chemicals.
Purified Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerine, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Carboxymethyl, Betaglucan, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Allantoin, Yarrow Extract, Matricaria Extract, Rosemary Extract, lemongrass Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Carbomer, menthol Crystals, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Methylparaben(and) Propylparaben, Tiromethamine, Sodium EDTA.