We went to Cancun last week. And since it’s significantly closer to the equator than, say, Philly, we figured we better be prepared when it came to protecting ourselves from the sun.
Luckily, the good folks at Banana Boat offered to help us out. They sent us three tubes of the new Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion with an SPF of 50+.
The Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen is free of oxybenzone and paraben. It is gentle on your skin and contains 100% naturally sourced mineral sunscreen actives and zinc oxide. As a result, this Banana Boat Sunscreen deflects UVA and UVB rays. Dermatologist tested and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, this sunscreen has undergone testing in seven conditions — sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand, and even 100-degree heat. The good news: It protects your skin in all sorts of outdoor activities, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes!
Since this was how we spent most of our time in Cancun (either at the pool or the beach), sunscreen was uber-important. The first time we used the Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen, we noted that a) a little bit went a long way (although you still want to be sure to use enough and not skimp!) and b) it took a little more effort to rub in, due to (we assumed) the zinc oxide in the sunscreen. But it wasn’t something that was a problem. In fact, it was a little reassuring, in that it made you feel like you were really getting some extra protection. I’d much rather take a few more minutes to thoroughly apply sunscreen that works than to slather on sunscreen that leaves us red at the end of the day.
So, how did Banana Boat hold up near the equator?
Pretty darn well.
Let me start out by saying that we have never seen the sun outside of Wildwood (the good ‘ole Jersey Shore, folks)…and we have, on occasion, gotten so burnt after spending a day at the beach (after consistently applying sunscreen all day, honest) that we have to slather ourselves in aloe, take Tylenol and/or Benadryl, as well as spend the next day indoors as we recover. So, needless to say, we were a tad apprehensive about how we would fare while basking in the Cancun sun.
Can you imagine getting a bad burn while on vacation in Cancun? Not a fun time. But it turned out there was no need for that apprehension…because I didn’t burn at all. And, believe me, we were in the sun all. day. long. I got a little pink at my hairline where I inadvertently missed applying sunscreen. Oops. W got pink…but not burnt, but that was to be expected. For starters, he’s not a sun worshipper like I have been throughout my life (I know, I know) and he’s mostly of Irish heritage. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! He just tends to burn whereas I tend to tan. Not a judgment. Just an observation.
Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen SPF 50+ is also available in two other varieties: Kids and Babies! The Kids’ version is tear-free, sting-free, and hypo-allergenic. The Babies’ version features the benefits of the Kids’ version and is mild for your little one’s delicate skin, fragrance-free, and pediatrician-tested.
Will we use Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen again? You better believe it. It’s delivered the best sun protection to date. We’re sold!
I was not compensated for writing this review. Banana Boat provided product for review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.