06.13.2014
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Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15
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6 fl. oz. for $8.99
Category:Skin Care > Sunscreens (including Kids) > Water-Resistant Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.13.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This water-resistant sunscreen is a very good option for normal to dry skin. The formula is truly moisturizing, feels quite nice (though you won't mistake it for an elegant body lotion) and provides broad-spectrum sun protection from its in-part avobenzone sunscreen.

The lotion texture is easy to apply and contains a tiny but respectable amount of antioxidants, including vitamins E and a form of vitamin C. We also like that this is affordably priced and generously sized, which will hopefully encourage you to apply liberally and reapply often during long days outdoors.

One more comment: Although this deserves its rating, research has shown that SPF 15 is now the minimum sun protection rating you should be using. A product rated SPF 15 isn't what to choose for long days outdoors. Instead, look for SPF 30 and up, which Banana Boat offers plenty of, or consider applying an SPF 15 sunscreen like this over another product rated SPF 30 or greater.

Pros:
  • Moisturizes + provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Affordable and generously sized.
  • Easy to apply + water-resistant.
Cons:
  • Formula would be better with a higher amount of antioxidants and more elegant moisturizing ingredients.
  • SPF 15 is now the minimum sun protection rating to use; ideally, for long days outdoors you should be using SPF 30 or greater.
Claims

Banana Boat® Sunscreen Protect & Hydrate SPF 15 goes beyond sun protection to keep skin 100% hydrated for moisture that lasts all day. This unique 2-in-1 sunscreen lotion combines Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection with Aloe Vera and Antioxidant Vitamins C & E to leave skin feeling soft and healthy-looking.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (1.5%), Octocrylene (2.5%), Oxybenzone (1.5%); Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Diisopropyl Adipate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phenylethyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polyethylene, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Coco-Glucoside, Triethanolamine, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Mineral Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides, Chromium Hydroxide Green

Brand Overview

Banana Boat At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; various textures to please a wide variety of skin types and preferences; great selection of self-tanning products; some good sunscreen options with avobenzone or titanium dioxide (check labels carefully); excellent lip balm.

Weaknesses: Several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; several sunscreens carry SPF ratings that are miserably low; clear spray sunscreen products include iritating alcohol; a selection of products that promote tanning; no sunscreens for sensitive skin; problematic sunscreens for kids and babies (due to their mild-as-water and gentleness claims).

As the summer months approach, Banana Boat's sunscreens are often seen lining drugstore and supermarket shelves along with those from Coppertone and Neutrogena. It's puzzling how many retailers choose to spotlight sunscreen during the few warmest months of the year even though the need for daily, year-round sun protection is well-established. Yes, people do spend more time outdoors and at the beach when the weather is sunny and warm, but if your goal is to avoid wrinkles, discolorations, and the potential for skin cancer, daily sun protection is a must, because sun damage occurs whenever skin is exposed to daylight and the sun’s cancer-causing rays travel right through windows.

That said, does Banana Boat have you covered? Despite the fact that the majority of their products were reformulated in late 2006 with ongoing reformulations throughout the next two years, the answer is "No." It is shocking to me that cosmetics companies (especially those whose entire marketing angle is sun protection) are still launching new sunscreens without suitable UVA-protecting ingredients. Many of Banana Boat's sunscreens include avobenzone (and, to a lesser extent, titanium dioxide) for sufficient UVA protection—but why not follow suit with all of them? As is, the company's mantra of "Celebrate the Sun" will leave your skin vulnerable to cumulative damage unless you choose their products very carefully. Several of the sunscreens that get the critical issue of UVA protection right suffer from a drying alcohol base or problematic preservatives. Then there's the fact that Banana Boat believes that part of celebrating the sun involves promoting products that encourage you to tan. When it comes to a making a clear statement on safety under the sun, these products really miss the boat by trying to appeal to sun worshippers and those who take sun protection for themselves and their children seriously!

Note: All Banana Boat products contain fragrance unless listed otherwise.

For more information about Banana Boat, call (800) 723-3786 or visit www.bananaboat.com.

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