This product is nearly identical to Banana Boat’s Babies SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick. As such, the same review applies: This is a very good sunscreen stick that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA protection. Although too waxy for allover use, it can be spot-applied to areas more prone to sunburn (e.g., bridge of nose, tops of the feet and ears) after you’ve applied another sunscreen evenly. This contains some good antioxidants as well as a selection of exotic fragrant plant extracts. It is best for dry to very dry skin and not recommended for use on breakout-prone areas. The active ingredients aren’t the best for kids, but most adults will tolerate them just fine.
Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen SPF 50 Stick is always handy. Protect your kid's ears, nose, lips or face with this convenient application. Very sweat and water resistant. Great for Sun-sensitive areas – Ears, Nose, Lips and Face
Active: Avobenzone (2%), Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%) Other: Ozokerite Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diisobutyl Adipate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane., Cyclohexasiloxane, Cocoa Seed Butter, Simethicone, Isostearic Linoleate, PEG-8, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Plumeria Flower Extract, Mango Fruit Extract, Guava Fruit Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Passion Flower Extract, Dasheen Root Extract, Sodium Saccharin, Fragrance, BHT, Propylparaben
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.
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