06.04.2014
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Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Lip Balm SPF 45
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0.15 fl. oz. for $2.99
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm With Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

More lips balms with reliable broad-spectrum sun protection are needed, and here’s an excellent one to add to your list. UVA protection is assured from avobenzone, and the emollient, balm-like base is ideal for keeping lips protected from chapping and moisture loss. This fragranced lip balm is flavored with the artificial sweetener saccharin.

Claims

Aloe Vera with Vitamin E SPF 45 Sunscreen Lip Balm helps prevent sun and wind-chapped lips. Apply this balm for moisture and protection to your face's sensitive skin: your lips.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (2%), Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%) Other: Petrolatum, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Isopropyl Myristate, Cocoa Seed Butter, PEG-8, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Butylparaben

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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11.07.2013
Bad tingling

While I'm sure this product offers great sun protection I found it to be really irritating to my lips, to the point where I can't really use it.

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Sarah
09.17.2013
bad taste

Although this product is moisturizing and provides sun protection there's a bitter taste that lingers in my mouth. It's so unpleasant, I only use this product when i'm desperate.

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DINA H.
03.09.2013
Good but...

Very good balm with excellent sun protection. Since smooth texture. The only bad thing is that after about half an hour, the flavoring wears off and you can taste the bitter sunscreen component.

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