Kids Tear-Free SPF 30 Continuous Lotion Spray
6 fl. oz. for $9.49
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > Kid's Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Moms, rejoice! This is a great sunscreen to use on your kids (and yourself on long days outdoors)! UVA protection is assured thanks to the maximum permitted amount of avobenzone, and this alcohol-free spray-on sunscreen has a light, silky feel. Antioxidants are plentiful and the formula is fragrance-free, which is a benefit for everyone. Although the tear-free, won’t-sting-skin, and waterproof claims are without basis (the active ingredients in this sunscreen can definitely irritate the eyes if contact occurs, and some people’s skin cannot tolerate these sunscreens without a stinging sensation), that doesn’t change the fact that formula-wise, this sunscreen is one of Banana Boat’s very best.


Banana Boat is the first and only widely available brand to offer a tear-free continuous spray. Waterproof. Tear-Free. Alcohol-Free. Won’t sting skin.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2.5%) Other: Water, Isobutane, Isohexadecane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Adipate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glucose, PEG-8, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA

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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So far so good

I too could only find SPF 50 but that's fine by me. I use this on my 4 yr old and 14 mo old. Both have sensitive skin, eczema and so far no reactions, sunburns, or stinging. Application is easier than a thick lotion. I often spray it into my hand then apply, especially for their faces.

Reviewed by
Lisa L
No stinging!

I could only find the SPF 50 version. I buy SPF for my face only and cover up as much as possible.i checked with the pharmacist it says alcohol free but it does have alcohols.she said.Confusing!i like how my skin looks.

Reviewed by
Annette D.
I will buy it again

I have been using Banana Boat's "Kids Tear-Free SPF 30 Continuous Lotion Spray" for 2 weeks now. It's easy to apply, and leaves a light and (if you wait for a couple of minutes) non-oily feeling. It is fragrance-free but has a mild sunscreen smell to it (that I don't mind). I've been making sure to only use it on my body since the active ingredient avobenzone stings if I use it on my face. It's one of the better sunscreen I've used and for the price I will for sure buy it again.

Reviewed by
Tilde C.
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