02.25.2013
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Banana Boat
Kids Tear-Free SPF 50 Lotion
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8 fl. oz. for $10.49
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > Kid's Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.25.2013
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 a child’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

Tear-Free. Fragrance-Free. Waterproof. 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, Dibutyl Adipate, 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, Isobutylparaben, 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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Thursday, January 22, 2015
New formula is really nice!

This product now contains titanium dioxide & zinc oxide as its sole sunscreen agents. It's thick but once rubbed in well dries down in 10-15 minutes to a finish / feel similar to PC's Clear sunscreen for oily skin; in other words, feels like nothing on skin. Plus, no fragrance whatsoever! Once rubbed in I don't see much of a white cast but I have very fair skin. And, for about $12 I got a huge bottle! I'd like to see the PC team re-review this one to see what else it has (or doesn't have)!

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Paula's Choice Research Team Response
Replied on: Friday, January 23, 2015

Hello, and thank you for contacting us about the formula change! We'll check it out and revise the review if necessary.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
Friday, August 23, 2013
changed the formula

theyve changed this to titanium/zinc oxide only and changed several other i gredients. could you rereview this product too?

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Paula's Choice Research Team Response
Replied on: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thanks for the heads up! We'll check out the new ingredient list and post an updated review of this product as soon as we can!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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