As a Florida girl, I am no stranger to the sun. Enjoying the outdoors is a way of life here in the sunshine state. Trips to the beach, to Disney, to the park — there is always a reason to be outside in the sun.
But this Florida girl also understands how important it is to protect myself, and my family, from the sun. We all have very pale skin — the kind that makes strangers question if we are really from Florida. When I was young I longed for a nice golden tan, but these days I know better. I know covering up my fair skin and keeping it pale is the way to keep my skin healthy, and the same goes for the rest of my family. (This pale Florida girl married a pale Florida man, and we have two pale Florida daughters.)
When an outdoor trip is planned the check list includes hats, sunglasses and sunscreen (bottles of water too, but that’s another story). I was recently sent several Banana Boat products to review, and a few days later a trip to Kennedy Space Center was the perfect opportunity to put the products to use.
Banana Boat (a very familiar brand in our house) offers products for the whole family, and because I am a firm believer in having the right product for every occasion I packed something for everyone.
Natural Reflect Baby is a tear-free, sting-free lotion that is pediatrician tested, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation to protect mild on baby’s delicate skin. It is also water-resistant up to 80 minutes making it perfect for water play too.
Last summer I discovered Banana Boat Natural Reflect, and I really liked it for me. But this was the first time I tried Natural Reflect for babies. Formulated with naturally sourced sunscreen actives that deflect UVA and UVB rays, I like everything about this sunscreen.
It doesn’t matter how often we slather up with sunscreen, each time my girls turn into squirmy wormies, especially the baby. Wiggling and writhing away from sunscreen torture. When we applied the Natural Reflect Baby we discovered that it was very thick. While I don’t like thick sunscreen for me, it is very helpful when it comes to putting it on baby – we can see where we have gotten the sunscreen on as we rub it in. It doesn’t stay white all day, but it is creamier and stays white long enough to see that we have covered each tiny spot.
Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free Sting-Free Lotion is also pediatrician tested and hypoallergenic, but the part my daughter likes most is that it is tear-free and sting-free. And, of course, it is also water-resistant up to 80 minutes. (I like that it also comes in a giant family-size pump for home use.)
I remember that awful feeling of sunscreen in my eyes as a kid — man it stung. So I feel better about putting tear-free sunscreen on my daughter. No, it still doesn’t feel good if you get it in your eyes, but it doesn’t burn the way sunscreen did when I was a kid. Because it is a thinner, more traditional sun lotion than the baby sunscreen it goes on quickly and smoothly. My husband even used it on his face and it didn’t leave any white streaks in his stubble.
Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone Clear UltraMist is an invisible spray-on sunscreen that feels cool when applied. And like the others is water-resistant up to 80 minutes.
This is my husband’s sunscreen of choice and has been for the last several summers. We are big fans of the spray-on sunscreen, and he really likes the cool mist. I have to admit that on a hot day, like at KSC, it was refreshing to spray the cool sunscreen. If you have never tried it, you might wonder how much cooler it is than other spray-on sunscreens, and the answer is very. In fact, my daughter doesn’t care for it because she says it is too cold.
We had a great day at Kennedy Space Center, and even though we spent a great deal of our day outside the family stayed sunburn free.
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