This is a good sunscreen whose lotion texture feels light and is best for normal to oily or combination skin. As for the claim that this sunscreen combats odor from sweat, it's just fragrance. That works to cover up sweat-induced odors, but not for long, and it's not a replacement for deodorant (although Banana Boat isn't going that far). In short, nothing about this sunscreen formula is more suited for a man's skin or how a man sweats vs. how a woman sweats. It's merely gender-based marketing tactics, not some revolutionary "men only" sunscreen.
Also, if you intend to wear this while perspiring or getting wet, the fragranced formula isn't ideal due to the potential for irritation if this should get into your eyes (aside from the fact that fragrance isn't good for skin in general!).
The ActiveProtect technology mentioned in the claim is said to kick in when you need it the most, but we're not sure what Banana Boat means here. All well formulated sunscreens kick in to gear when skin is exposed to UV light; that's how they work to protect skin from UV damage. Sunscreens can't instinctively tell when skin is being exposed to more intense sun, and then somehow shift gears so as to work even harder. It's nice to think sunscreens could do that, but it's not reality, at least not from the research we've seen or the sunscreen chemists we've consulted.
Banana Boat® Triple Defense Sunscreen Lotion for Men SPF 30+ is formulated for men's unique sun care needs. The Triple Defense sunscreen with ActiveProtect technology provides heavy-duty Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection that kicks in and stays strong when the sun's rays are most intense, combats odor even when while sweating, and contains Aloe and Vitamin E.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 1.2%, Homosalate 10.0%, Octisalate 5.0% , Octocrylene 0.8%, Oxybenzone 4.0%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Hydrogenated Dimer Dilinoleyl/Dimethylcarbonate Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate, Lauryl PEG-8 Dimethicone, Phenylisopropyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate/Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
Banana Boat At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; widely distributed; various textures to please a wide variety of skin types and preferences; some good sunscreen options with avobenzone or titanium dioxide (check labels carefully).
Weaknesses: Several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; clear spray sunscreen products include iritating alcohol; a selection of products that promote tanning.
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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