Product Type: Barefoot Doctor Sun Care
Newest Review: ... SPF of only 4, but we only had a few days to go so for my wife it was a case of splashing this thin dark brown liquid all over her body an... more
The sun worshipper's equivalent to Spry Crisp'n'Dry!
Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray
Member Name: Bellroyd
Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray
Disadvantages: Provides little protection at such a low SPF
We bought some of this on holiday in Egypt last year. We had taken with us copious supplies of nice creamy Cien sun cream from Lidl - very good value and rubs in a treat. However, my wife decided with 4 days to go that it was doing too good a job and she just wasn't going brown enough.
So, off we toddle to the souvenir shop just outside the hotel where we found this stuff, which my wife recalled having used in Barbados many years ago. It was only a small bottle, with a SPF of only 4, but we only had a few days to go so for my wife it was a case of splashing this thin dark brown liquid all over her body and gently frying in the hot Egyptian sun. She is annoyingly olive-skinned and tans really easily on a low factor oil such as this, although she moisturises for Britain to part compensate for offering up skin sacrifices to the gods.
I am much fairer in complexion and my experience of using this is that it just didn't stop me from burning, even after several and repeated applications. Unlike the cream product which I felt provided a good barrier against the sun's strong rays, this stuff did just seem to baste you like a fat turkey and all the thin skinned bits got frazzled - ankles and knees were the worst for me and a couple of my necks got a bit burnt too.
Maybe I just wasn't using enough. However, using this product reaffirmed my view that at this low SPF, it just isn't good enough to give adequate protection from the sun. I don't subscribe to the view that we should all stay out of the sun - many of us do like to have a bit of colour to our skin and provided you don't overdo it, I don't see that it does much lasting damage. That said, the medical evidence is strongly stacked against the sun worshipper so to me it makes sense to use a decent sun protection product and let our natural melanin do the bulk of the work. Light brown is better than dark brown for us Palefaces.
So in summary, I think this Banana Boat product is dangerously ineffective for most of us and I wouldn't buy it again. It will make a good job of shallow frying your hash browns though. A splash of Lea and Perrins Worcester Sauce will take away the perfumed taste.
Summary: I couldn't recommend this, unless you want to be a chip off the old block
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