Banana Boat

Simply Protect Sport Sunscreen Lotion 50+

6.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Banana Boat’s Simply Protect Sport Sunscreen Lotion 50+ has good intentions and gets some things right, including its affordable price, but sometimes going too simple can backfire, especially if the aesthetics aren’t excellent.

This water-resistant, fragrance-free sunscreen provides broad spectrum sun protection from its blend of mineral (zinc oxide) and synthetic actives. Although it doesn’t leave a white cast, it takes longer than usual to blend in.

Another issue: Even after several minutes, this sunscreen leaves a thick, somewhat greasy-feeling film on skin. Such problematic esthetics won’t do much to encourage liberal application or reapplication, which is essential for the success of any sunscreen on long days outdoors.

Even though “Simply” is part of the name, the formula ends up being too simple in terms of cheating your skin of the antioxidants research has shown improve its environmental defenses. The best water-resistant sunscreens contain such ingredients, so no need to settle for one that leaves them out.

Note: The sweat-resistant claim is a bit misleading because sweat, like water, can and does cause sunscreens to break down. If you wear this and sweat, you still need to reapply at regular intervals to maintain the stated level of protection.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance free, water-resistant formula.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Takes longer than usual to blend in.
  • Leaves a thick, somewhat greasy film on skin.
  • Bare-bones formula lacks antioxidants for environmental defense.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Designed for those who lead active lifestyles, Banana Boat Simply Protect™ Sport delivers sport-strength protection with fewer ingredients to stand up to all your outdoor activities. Water and sweat-resistant formula provides lightweight safe and effective broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with 25% fewer ingredients – giving you just what you need to keep up with your family.

Active Ingredients: Homosalate 9.0 %, Octinoxate 1.0 %, Octocrylene 6.0 %, Zinc Oxide 7.3 %. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Beeswax, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA.

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 irritating 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 suns 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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