One of the main reasons I’m not a ‘beachy’ kind of person has a lot to do with sand – billions of grains of the stuff that sticks like glue on a hot Perth day and keeps falling out of your shoes five days later. And don’t get me started on the sunscreen – the ultimate sand-magnet that only makes the problem worse. Seriously, it ends up in eyebrows, earlobes and even under the eyelids.
Banana Boat has developed a new range of sunscreens.
When I discovered that sunscreen icon Banana Boat has developed an innovative lotion to make sand easier to brush off, I was immediately keen to try it, even through I did feel a little sceptical about whether or not it would work.
I tried and tested Banana Boat’s SunComfort Sunscreen lotion and the inventive Banana Boat SunComfort Clear Spray, both of which are SPF50 for maximum sun protection. Both are four-hour water resistant, provide UVA and UVB protection and both claim to relieve dryness, which was another facet of the sunscreen I was keen to test.
My daughter and I were headed to a playground on a sunny morning so I decided to cover her with the spray (except on her face) and myself with the lotion. She wriggled a bit when I gave her arms and legs a spray, which I later discovered was probably due to the initial cold tingle it provides. The spray smells a little bit like a mild insect repellent at first, but it only lingers for a few seconds. It dries fairly quickly too, which is always a plus as opposed to the slick residue of most sunscreens, which hang around all day.
Banana Boat SunComfort Sunscreen.
I like the design of the spray bottle – it has a handy lock feature on the lid and two clear settings – open and locked. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when you have curious little kids rummaging through your bag, any bits of help are welcome.
The Spray lid has a great lock feature that actually works.
The sunscreen lotion rubs quickly and easily into the skin. It has a really pleasant smell that I can’t quite put my finger on – almost like a body moisturiser and it’s a lot less potent smelling than traditional sunscreens. I applied the lotion to my face and arms and also to Olivia’s face.
A great place to test out the sunscreen.
Once we got to the playground, I actually forgot we were wearing sunscreen. There was no greasy residue on our skin and I wasn’t walking around with blatant bits of white sunscreen covering my face. I also didn’t feel myself burning at any stage, which is another good sign. Is has helped moisten the dry skin on my arms, which is also a plus.
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So does it actually work? Olivia spent an hour and a half frolicking in and around the playground sandpit and basically, had very little sand stuck to her.
Olivia had a little bit of a red nose, but that was most likely due to mummy’s sunscreen application efforts.
I couldn’t believe it. I even smeared some sand on her chubby little legs and it brushes right off. I’m not saying it will repel every single grain of sand at the beach, but it sure wipes off easily. It’s genius. Plus, we didn’t get burned, so it also lives up to its SPF50 rating.
Banana Boat’s fantastic new SunComfort sunscreens are an inventive product that are perfect for beach and playground-loving families to stay sun safe.