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Deep Tanning SPF 8 Lotion with Green Tea
Rating
8 fl. oz. for $9.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This sunscreen is similar to Banana Boat’s Deep Tanning SPF 4 Lotion with Green Tea. As such, the same review applies: this unethical sunscreen encourages tanning and its woefully low SPF rating coupled with a meager percentage of active ingredients will definitely allow tanning, which is always damaging to skin. Why doesn’t Banana Boat just hand out cigarettes with this product; that would seal up the damage inside and out. This emollient lotion is suitable for dry skin, but the amount of green tea is tiny and clearly only an afterthought. Besides, if you’re going to encourage tanning, why bother including antioxidants, they won’t change or reduce the damage getting a tan of any kind can cause. Clearly, the goal is to encourage damage rather than to protect skin.

Claims

Deep Tanning SPF 8 Lotion with Green Tea absorbs quickly and moisturizes your skin for a long-lasting tan. The seductive, original banana coconut rum fragrance will leave you feeling like paradise.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (0.5%), Octocrylene (2%), Oxybenzone (1.5%) Other: Water, Diisopropyl Adipate, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), PEG-8 Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol

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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