Although this sunscreen contains a hefty amount of active ingredients, including avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection and octocrylene to keep it stable, its base formula is mostly alcohol. That means it is too drying and irritating for all skin types, though it certainly dries fast and feels light. Other sunscreens achieve these tactile benefits without resorting to skin-damaging alcohol, so this isn’t the sunscreen to choose for any skin type. High SPF numbers may sound impressive, but SPF is about time in the sun, not about “better quality” protection. There are some dermatologists who feel it is better to wear sunscreens with high SPF ratings due to application concerns; that is, they believe that no one really applies sunscreen liberally enough, so if the product is loaded with sunscreen actives, then they’ll get more protection even though they’re putting a lesser amount on). If you want a sunscreen with a high SPF rating there are others to consider that don’t contain alcohol.
One touch spray for quick, easy coverage! This quick-dry, rub-free formula with patented AvoTriplex technology protects in 3 ways: against sunburn with high UVB protection, against the effects of aging and long-term skin damage with high UVA protection and lasts longer than ordinary sunscreens since it doesn’t break down.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: SD Alcohol 40, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Trimethylolpropane Tricaprylate/Tricaprate, Dicapryl Carbonate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Dimethyl Capramide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol
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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