Ultra Defense SPF 30 Continuous Clear Spray

by Banana Boat   Ultra Defense
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$9.99 - 6 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/13/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This spray-on sunscreen with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen contains too much drying, irritating alcohol to make it worth considering over several other spray-on options, including those from Banana Boat. In an alcohol-free base, this spray-on sunscreen would definitely be worth considering.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (8.7%), Octinoxate (5%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2.5%), Oxybenzone (5%), Other: SD Alcohol 40, C12- 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Capryl Glycol, Dimethyl Capramide, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Fragrance

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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