The Bottom Line: Excellent product that doesn't clog skin, and is extremely effective at preventing sun burn. Great for fair skinned.
When it comes to fair skin, I think my family could potentially be over qualified. I know that myself, I have always been extremely fair skinned and could burn just from being out in the sun for less than 15 minutes. When I went to Florida, i would find that I would have sun poisoning from even the small amounts of sun if i wasn't careful. My dad was the exact same way and often times we would find ourselves sitting around in the hotel watching sports while everyone else was out enjoying the beach, because we just couldn't go out in the sun for longer than a short period of time. My son has unfortunately been passed on this wonderful gene, however, it appears as if he has taken it a step further to being almost see through, especially when he is sick. I am sure that him being in Alaska, doesn't exactly help him, especially during winter months when we get virtually no sunshine at all.
Because of my faint skin, it is a necessity that we always have some sort of sunscreen around the house, and now that my son is old enough to go outside, it is becoming more and more important that we ensure that we always have something around the house to keep the two of us protected, otherwise it could make for some extremely ugly burns or bouts of sun poisoning, which I would rather not have to deal with on a toddler. I just don't know how I would be able to explain to a toddler that it was fine that his skin was itching and burning at the same time, but he shouldn't touch it. It was hard enough for me as an adult to deal with the issue, let alone try to have a toddler deal with it. So, to avoid that, I make sure that we always have something on our bodies whenever we go out in the sun for any period of time.
One of the products that I use on my son is Banana Boat Baby Block. I have always been a huge fan of Banana Boat products and use them for myself almost exclusively.
The Product Banana Boat Baby Block is a very strong sunblock rated at 50 SPF. For those of you that are familiar with your SPF, you realize that this is substantially higher than the 15-30 that doctors generally recommend for the average person. However, since we aren't exactly average people, we have to kick everything up a notch or three when it comes to skin protection.
The product itself is a very lightweight, non oily product that is fairly easy to apply. I found that my biggest issue was that I was always pouring far too much onto my son's skin, but since it rubs in so easily, it really didn't matter. The product would easily massage into the skin and I think the extra product was probably for the best, since it ensured that I covered every visible inch of his body with multiple layers of the product, probably saving him some pain later on.
The product massages entirely into the skin, only leaving a very mild glimmer on the outside skin, which dries up after being in the open air for a half hour or so. This is great since most products that I have tried weren't as good and would often times make you look extremely shiny and would feel horribly oily in the process.
Effectiveness Some people would assume that just because I live in Alaska that a sunblock isn't needed. Well, when you have 24 hours of sunlight and you are outside the large majority of the time, you find that you need it substantially more than you would ever think. Most people don't think about needing sunblock at 2 in the morning, but in Alaska during the summer, it's necessary.
The product is relatively easy to apply and makes a huge difference. I would find that with this product I would have absolutely no issues with sunburn and neither would my son. We would generally apply the product once over a period of an hour and a half at most. We would both get a tiny bit of color, but only once we started to pass the hour mark. So I would think that if you have extremely fair skin as we do, it would be a good idea to reapply this product past the hour mark or at least at the hour and a half mark, but I would assume it would be different dependent upon your location, and the time of day. In Florida, I wouldn't recommend going longer than an hour before reapplication, but in Alaska, we have a little more of a buffer to work with.
In comparison to other similar products, I found that we had much better coverage and much less sunburn than we would obtain from the use of this product. In fact, even with the use of other products, I found that while our sunburns were minimalized, we would still obtain at least one stinging sunburn a month, even with careful application. However with the Banana Boat Baby Block, we experienced no real complications.
Skin Issues Unlike with other sunblocks where I found myself breaking out after using the product on my face and back, this was extremely gently on the skin. It felt more like applying skin lotion, than anything else. It was very lightweight so it didn't clog up the pores, and was still able to hold up to sweat and water. In fact, I would be likened to say that this product actually had somewhat of a moisturizing effect on my son's skin, and my hands felt somewhat less dry than before using the product.
This product is also great because it doesn't create the shine that a lot of the more oily products create. This of course is great for women who strive for that perfection, regardless of whether or not they are at the beach or not.
Where to purchase In Alaska, I haven't seen this in too many stores. This of course is probably due to the fact that sunblock just isn't as popular out here as it would be in the hotter climate areas. I have seen the product at Wal-Mart during the summer months, but during the winter, when you have snow shine, which causes far worse sunburn than the summer sun, it's impossible to find. During the winter months, I have found that it's easier just to go online to drugstore.com to purchase the product. Just plan a bit ahead of time, because it takes a few weeks to get the product to Alaska, so I would assume it would take at least a week to get it to the lower 48 as well.
Safeguard your baby's delicate skin with Banana Boat® Baby Sunblock SPF 50. This ultra-gentle lotion contains Titanium Dioxide, recommended to protect baby's sensitive skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Non-Irritating, Non-Stinging, PABA-free.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product as a safe and effective UV sunscreen.
Made in Canada
Comments or Questions? Call 1-800-Safesun, Mon-Fri. or visit our website at bananaboat.com
Indications Helps prevent sunburn.
Directions Apply generously and evenly to all areas 15 minutes before sun exposure Reapply at frequent intervals and after swimming and towel drying Ask a doctor before use on children under six months of age Sun Alert: Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreens may reduce the risks of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects of the sun.
When using this product avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation or rash develops.
Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Final Thoughts This is an excellent product for anyone that is fair skinned, regardless if you are a baby or not. It massages into the skin very easily and doesn't leave your skin looking oily like many competing products. Provides an excellent all around protection that is difficult to find on a product that is also gentle on the skin.
I just can't see purchasing or using any other product personally!
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