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Banana Boat
Baby Tear-Free SPF 50 Lotion
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8 fl. oz. for $9.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > Kid's Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.04.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Although it’s great that this sunscreen lotion contains an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, the claim that this formula is “mild as water” is completely wrong. Several of the sunscreen actives have the potential to cause irritation on baby’s skin, whereas plain water has no such concerns. Your child will get broad-spectrum sun protection if this is applied liberally, but the risk of skin stinging and problems with eye contact are real.

Claims

No Stinging, no tearing. As mild as water.

Ingredients

Active: Homosalate (15%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Titanium Dioxide (2.4%), Other: Water, Isohexadecane, Ozokerite, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-8, C30-38 Olefin/Isopropyl Maleate/MA Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isopbutylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Alumina

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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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Gentle

They must have updated this formula b/c the one I have lists the active ingredients as 3.1% Titanium Dioxide and 4.0% Zinc Oxide. I cannot use chemical sunscreens b/c they burn my skin and make it very red. This Banana Boat Baby sunscreen is perfect for me!

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