Protecting My Family From The Sun With Banana Boat Sunscreen


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 Sunscreen

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 Natural Reflect Baby

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 Kids Sunscreen

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. 

Need some sunscreen for your next outdoor adventure? Grab a printable coupon for $1 off your next Banana Boat purchase

Banana Boat Cool Zone Sunscreen

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat. I received product samples and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

41 thoughts on “Protecting My Family From The Sun With Banana Boat Sunscreen”

  1. I haven’t tried this brand yet on my grandsons but it sounds like it works great and it’s definitely a trusted brand!

  2. My husband loves the spray on sunscreen. We still use the lotion for the kids. They don’t like it either but have learned from experience that a burn is worse then getting lathered up.

  3. Banana Boat products are so good at protecting my family form the harmful affects of the sun. They go on smoothly and have different SPF which are great. This is the only brand that I use!

  4. I too am fair. I have never tanned in my life. I freckle. My husband freckles and then burns. and then tans. He works outside a lot for his job so I have to hear him whine when he burns his neck shoulders and my personal favorite his lower back from where his shirt lifts up and his pants ride down when hes bending over. ( he bends over a lot for his job) We got banana boat and I spray him down every morning. its helped a lot. My daughter wants to wear it all the time too.

  5. Living in Florida it is very important to teach the importance of using sunscreen from a young age. We love the Banana Boat baby sunscreen!

  6. I love Banana Boat Natural Reflect Kids. The best thing about the Banana Boat brand is that is is not heavily scented. I have allergies and asthma so I cannot be slathering something all over my kids which has a strong smell. Even some of the other natural sunscreens have very strong scents from the plants used in them which will irritate my asthma.

  7. May sound funny, but I get sunburn on my scalp, and I’m waiting for the day that they come up with something suitable for the scalp without greasing out my already oily hair and skin. If anyone is aware of something along these lines, PLEASE let me know. I have a some bald patches where I have been burned so bad in the parts of my hair and bangs, and I’d really like to keep the little bit of hair that I have left up there. Thanks!!

  8. My mom always used Banana Boat on my and brother and me, now I use it on my kiddos. Even put the spray kind in my husbands truck so he can put it on himself when he’s out working.

  9. Sunscreen is necessary almost all year long and we love Banana Boats products. Especially the Natural type because my son has sensitive skin and it works great. We love the spray as well.

  10. When we buy sun screen we almost always get Banana Boat. If you are worried about protection for kiddos then Banana Boat is the best product

  11. Sunscreen is soooo important. So many people think it is no big deal to get a sunburn but it may have some very bad long term effects.

  12. I a fairly pale skinned too – and the more I learn about how the sun can harm your skin, the more I really stress sunscreen with my kids – and my hubby (who is not as fair skinned and doesn’t care for sunscreen).

  13. sounds like a great product – tear-free, sting-free lotion that is pediatrician tested, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation

  14. We love the Banana Boat Sport Cool Mist in SPF 50. All of my kids are darker than I am thanks to their father’s genetic makeup, but I still make sure that we all have sunscreen on if we are going to be outside for any extended period of time.

  15. Sunscreen is really important when going outside to play, swim, or for other activities ,this is the only brand I use my kids have never burned with this brand but have with other brands

  16. Banana Boat Natural Reflect (the regular, not the baby variety) is my absolute favorite sunscreen. The whole family uses it – it goes on smoothly, it doesn’t feel greasy and it WORKS. No sunburns all summer. We usually take the CoolZone spray for touchups if we’re going to be out all day.


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