Aloe Up Test Review
Aloe Up Suncream
Aloe Up Ultra Sport
TYPE TESTED Ultra Sport Pro, SPF 15, SPF30, SPF 50
RETAIL PRICE 30ml £5.99, 118ml £12.50, 946ML pump bottle £75.00
TEST DATES Jan 2013 to present
TESTERS Jay, Leigh , Geoff, Michelle, Silas , Angela
Aloe Up Ultra Sport is one the first of the sports specific sunscreens we field tested and reviewed. We first got hold of it because one of our team were already using and swearing by it. Over the last six months we have lathered up our trail runners, cyclists, climbers, triathletes, and skiers. We also dished out eight big 946ml bottles to eight sporty families to give us some honest feedback.
Our conclusion, for the outdoor athlete spending a little extra to get a decent outdoor sports sunscreen is a must. look for an outdoor sports sunscreen that;
- lasts well
- doesn’t sting your eyes when you sweat
- doesn’t clog up pores and lets you skin perspire
- feels lovely and moisturizing on the skin
- is hypoallergenic, kid friendly and generally a good healthy product
- gives at least SPF15, preferably SPF 30 and is broad spectrum UVB and UVA
- is water and sweat resistant
Aloe Up Ultra Sports does all those and definitely gets both thumbs up from us !
LASTS ALL DAY 4/5
The reality with extreme outdoors sports is that you get one chance in the day to apply sunscreen – before you set out for the day. After that it is just not practical to carry sunscreen or to re-apply it. Sunscreen will be the last thing on your mind when you are going for a summit, flying down a switchback or clinging to a cliff.
DOES HAPPEN ..In the Tour du France the yellow jersey can call a group toilet stop, occasionally you see the whole peloton lined up against a fence.
DOES NOT HAPPEN Never in the Tour de France History (or any bike race) have I heard of the peloton stopping to re-apply sunscreen.
A sports sunscreen must be resistant to water and sweat. In our Aloe Up tests our team were applying it only once before going into the field. We found it protects all day even when sweating hard on hot sunny days. Swimming will slowly wash off any sunscreen. For Aloe Up we found that if you spend more than an hour in the water you should re-apply.
Note we always used SPF30, believing this to give the maximum protection. In some countries it is not legal to advertise SPF greater than 30 because its false advertising
DOESNT STING EYES 4/5
Some sunscreens when they mix with sweat and get into your eyes sting like hell. Its a terrible experience ever to have your vision taken away in pain just when you are doing 80kmph on a tricky descent, or looking for a desperate crimp on a new climbing route.
Sounds a little bit mean, but to test eye sting, we actually put a bit of Aloe Up in one of our testers eyes. The Aloe Up doesn't sting, but the trouble is sweat does. So it is never possible for a sunscreen to stop eye sting, but bad sunscreen will make it worse.
FEELS GOOD ON THE SKIN 5/5
Aloe Up went down well with our rock climbers cause it’s not greasy and doesn’t leave you with slippery fingers. The Aloe Vera gel used as a carrier absorbs into the skin. While most other creams use an oil carrier that sits on the outside.
A pleasant surpise for us was when our teenage daughter started stealing our big bottle of Aloe Up sunscreen. Up to this point it had been near impossible to get any sunscreen on her. Now her and all her friends have the bottle in the middle of them at the beach. Why? because it makes skin look and feel better. Aloe Vera heals blemishes, the hydration feels smooth, mostly it doesn’t block pores.
Our runners and bikers liked the way Aloe Up Ultra Sport sunscreen lets the skin sweat freely. Some other sunscreen under test conditions give a blocked sticky cloggy pore feeling.
HEALTHY PRODUCT 4/5
There is loads of discussion about possible risks of different chemicals in sunscreens. From possible links to nanoparticles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide potentially activating free radicals, to mothers with high levels of oxybenzone in their bodies were more likely to give birth to underweight baby girls. There is even concern about too much sunscreen causing problems with reduced vitamin D.
At the end of the day there is NO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS NOT TO USE SUNSCREEN, quite the opposite! For the adventure outdoor athlete spending hours in baking sun you would be mad not to use it. Some good sun advice;
- Use a broad spectrum SPF30 when you are out for long periods in the sun.
- Wear a cap to keep sun off your face and head
- Wear sunglasses eyes get damaged.
- Wear clothing when you can. Some modern fabrics protect and cool the skin.
- Let the skin build up immunity to the sun through short periods of exposure without
- Do your sports in the morning or evening. The sun's radiation intensity is a lot less.
- Try a sunblock if you are going into high mountains on sunny days.
Did you know UVB rays cause the skin to burn and go red. SPF measures how many times longer it takes your skin to go red with a protection compared than without any protection. So if your skin burns in 30 minutes without a sunscreen, then in theory with an SPF30 it should take 900minutes (15hrs) to burn. In Europe, Sunscreen manufactures are limited to claiming a Sun Protection Factor of 50+, the Aussie’s are even more strict – they can only claim an SPF 30+.
The problem is it is UVA damage, which we don’t feel, that causes wrinkles and skin cancer. SPF doesn’t measure UVA and there is still no official UVA protection measure.
broad spectrum sunscreen gives both UVB and UVA protection.
We love it so much you can buy it in our shop!