Today is Sunscreen Protection Day and I have to admit that as much as I understand the importance of sun safety, I am leery about some commercial sunscreens. I don’t like exposing my boys to harsh chemicals any more than I have to and since there are great natural sunscreens available, I prefer using them when possible. So when I learned that Banana Boat had a brand new naturally sourced sunscreen available, I was thrilled. I recently got the chance to be one of the first in Canada to test out new Banana Boat Natural Reflect Kids sunscreen and since the boys and I were getting ready to jet off to sunny California, the timing couldn’t have been better.
The weather in California was just as warm and wonderful as I could have hoped for and I knew we’d be making good use of the sunscreen on the trip. The boys actually use less than I do for the most part since their t-shirts and wide-brimmed hats just leave their arms and legs exposed to the sun. Since I prefer tank tops, my shoulders tend to get a lot of sun in the course of a day and I actually forgot my sunscreen and burned them a bit on our first day in Disneyland! After that, I made sure to apply our sunscreen every morning before we left the hotel.
The Banana Boat Natural Reflect sunscreen uses zinc and titanium to protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays and as far as the texture and consistency of the sunscreen, I found it to be very similar to most other sunscreens I’ve tried. It was thick, creamy and took a little extra rubbing to absorb into skin without leaving white residue behind but once it had absorbed completely, it left my skin feeling smooth and not overly sticky, which is always a plus for me. And after spending the next few hours in the afternoon sun, I was delighted to see that the boys’ arms and my quick-to-burn shoulders hadn’t gotten red at all. The sunscreen provided great gentle protection all without parabens, PABA and oxybenzone!
If you’d love to be one of the first to try the new Banana Boat Natural Reflect sunscreen and share your thoughts with the rest of Canada, you’re in luck! Banana Boat is very generously offering 25 Mommy Kat and Kids readers the chance to test out and review the new Banana Boat Natural Reflect sunscreen for themselves. To enter to win, just leave a blog comment below about whether or not you regularly wear sunscreen. Winners will be asked to submit a review of the sunscreen within two weeks of receiving the product and then I will publish select reviews in a special reader review post and randomly choose one lucky reviewer to receive a $50 Visa gift card!
I am so excited to have found a sunscreen with natural ingredients that protects my boys and me from the summer sun and I love the rich and creamy formula that absorbs without feeling too greasy! Enter for your chance to give this new sunscreen a try and see how it compares to your current favourite!
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