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It's rather ironic that I'm writing a sunscreen review whilst suffering from sunburn, but I spent too long in the garden yesterday reading (sans cream) and lost track of time. Oops!
I have very fair, freckly skin so I have to be very careful about burning. I love the warmth of sunshine so I live in a tank and shorts whenever possible in the warmer weather. In the UK (when I remember!) I always wear an SPF20 whilst out and about to protect my skin. When I visited a friend in Texas (35C+ and in the tropics!) a couple of years ago I knew that wouldn't be enough, so she took me to a big US superstore to choose something industrial strength.
I hadn't heard of Banana Boat before purchasing this cream, and yes, the bright orange bottle certainly drew my eye! But it was the claims on the bottle that made me choose to purchase this particular sunscreen.
First off, it's water resistant for up to 80 minutes. I love to swim outside when I can, plus I sweat a lot, so water resistant sunscreen is a must.
Secondly, the bottle claims the product won't run into eyes. Again, due to sweating, sunscreen often does run into my eyes and it HURTS! Since I wear glasses I then have to go through the annoying fiddle-faddle of removing glasses, finding someone to hold them, cleaning my eyes, finding my glasses and putting them on again.
Thirdly, the bottle claims the sunscreen is non-greasy, meaning it shouldn't smear on clothes or any other fabrics (car seats for example).
It's SPF 30; not the highest on the market but more than adequate for me. I knew if I was outside long enough to need something higher than SPF30 I'd probably be at risk from heatstroke anyway! This cream is also available in SPF 15 and SPF 50 variants.
Banana Boat Sport SPF30 comes in the aforementioned bright orange bottle, in a 235ml (8 fl oz) size. It's contoured for easy grip and has a bright blue snaptop lid on the base. It's a stable structure and stands up easily.
The cream itself is white and quite thin. It inevitably smells chemically, but much less so than many other sunscreens.
I found that the cream rubs into my skin very easily and is fully absorbed in no time.
Banana Boat products are quite hard to find in the UK. Boots sells a selection of their products, but I usually purchase my bottles from Amazon where it can be bought for around £11.
This is the best sunscreen I've used, bar none. I gave myself one good application about 20 minutes before leaving the house with one more main application at lunchtime and light touch-ups on my bare legs once or twice in the afternoon. I spent 8 hour days in June Texan sunshine and didn't burn!
The product held up to its claims of not running and being waterproof. Whilst I didn't go swimming wearing the product I did go on several water rides in a theme park and still had enough protection to avoid burning for the rest of the day.
I use this cream in the UK when I remember to buy some off Amazon. As soon as I use some of the cheaper generic stuff I'm jolted into making a note of it on my Amazon wish list!