Won't burn eyes!
I put this on my face and hiked up a mountain, sweat pouring down my face and into my eyes (requiring some wiping of sweat from brow and eyes). This is the first sunscreen I've encountered that doesn't burn your eyes (that includes popular products like Coppertone Sport that says "won't burn eyes" right on the bottle). When you put sunscreen on your face, it may not "run" into your eyes, but it will eventually get rubbed there, so it's important that it doesn't burn when that happens. Aloe Gator works!
The main drawbacks of this product are its greasyness (I can live with that in such a well performing product), and that it's so viscous that it's hard to apply evenly and you may irritate your skin with rubbing (I left some red streaks on my face and neck that lasted an hour after application). Next time I'll apply it more heavily to provide more lubrication and ease spreading. This also means it takes a bit longer to apply.
I still prefer sprays or lotions for arms/legs/torso because they go on faster (I could spend an hour applying thicker stuff like this to my whole body), but Aloe Gator is now the only product I'll use on my face and neck if I can help it.
Excellent protection and lasts!
I have used Aloe Gator 40+ gel since decades ago and couldn't find it for a long time. It was great to see it at REI. This gel isn't really greasy, although many experience it as such. It's really like a flexible wax coating once it's on. Pat with a kleenex the overly-thick spots and you'll be as protected as you can be. I've never gotten a sunburn with it.
But, sad to say, this is goodbye to my favorite sunblock. I finally looked up every one of the ingredients and was horrified (not that it's very different from others). Some of that stuff worries me. Also, often I would turn uncomfortably red, though it wasn't a sunburn, and the reason dawned on me when I read that some of the ingredients are suspected by some of being photosensitizers. But I might use it again briefly if I needed something heavy-duty in a pinch.
Simply the best sunscreen ever!
We are a family with very fair skin. This sunscreen is amazing! I cannot imagine another beach trip, boat outing, a summer camp without Aloe Gator. It is an oil based sunscreen but it dries very quickly, adding moisture to dry skin. I put this on my daughter at 7 AM, send her to a camp in which she is constantly in the sun and water - until 6 PM. With no reapplication, she comes home completely sunburn free. I tell everyone about Aloe Gator. It is guaranteed for eight hours, but it lasts longer. While it may be a tad pricier than what you get in the grocery store, with only one or two applications each day versus four to six with other brands,it is a cost saver! I highly recommend this product.
Industrial Strength Sunblock
One of the best sunblocks available. I've taken this on 4 day trips through The Lost Coast (no shade) and through Arizona canyons (barely any shade) and made it out with zero burns. After days on the trail I come home with a light golden tan while less fortunate companions get turned into tomatoes. I've taken it out to the river where I've spent long days getting in and out of the water. This stuff never seems to lose it's strength throughout the day.
The only downside is that it is quite thick and greasy. When wearing it backpacking I find that dirt tends to stick to me very easily as a result. But I would rather deal with that than a sunburn any day.
I've used Aloe Gator 40+ for many years. The secret is to apply it everywhere that the sun will get to with a thin rubbed on layer. It takes a little patience to thin it out on your body but it works even on your scalp, even if you have just thinning hair. If it is sticky and will rub off, you have put on too much. Daily use on face, head, neck and hands will allow a 4 oz tube to last for months. Full body coverage for swimsuit and beach use will last for at least two weeks. If don't want to get sunburned this is the answer.
Good Water Resistant Sunscreen
This is the best water resistant sunscreen I've found. All the others I've tried are only good for an hour or so in the water. Aloe Gator lasts much longer. I started using it in the 80's on surf trips to Hawaii. That was when I discovered that it also softens rough skin. I was living in Fairbanks, Alaska at that time. During the winter my hands would get dry and cracked from the extreme cold. However on each trip to Hawaii they would heal quickly. Eventually I realized that it was the sunscreen.
Full On Sun Protection
I started using Aloe Gator gel over 12 years ago, as an ocean lifeguard. I wanted something that I could apply once in the morning and know that I would be covered the rest of the day, no matter how many times I was in and out of the water.
It stays where you put it (which keeps it out of your eyes). I surf, swim, dive and paddle....and can be outside all day. With one application I know I am good all day.....even under the Hawaiian sun.
Aloe Gator Waterproof
My friends and I went to Rocky Point in Mexico for 4-5 days. We were out in the sun on the beach (in and out of the water) all day. The first day one of my friends only applied the gel on his shoulder. That night we could clearly see where he had stopped applying because he was burnt everywhere else.
The gel is a bit greasy. It might makes you feel uncomfortable if you are in humid weather and is not anywhere near water.
REally greasy but the best EVER!
I have been using aloe gator for well into 15 years and it is theeee best sunblock for me. No tears and stays on for up to eight hours in the surf. Best if reapplied after 4. Glob that stuff on it's great!
AND if you do get burned because you didn't use it, glob it on the burn for the next 3 days and it heals and soothes like magic! It's mega greasy tho, so keep that in mind.
Long lasting and Great protection
This sunblock may be a little much to spread over large areas before a casual day of beach tanning, BUT it works fantastic if you really need protection on specific areas (under your nose, on the tops of your ears, back of neck and your face in general). It's waterproof, stays on all day and works great for climbing and mountaineering, plus it's tiny tube fits nicely in easy-reachable spots on your pack or person!