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Staying Safe in the Sun with @bananaboat #BananaBoatBrand #sponsored #MC

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 19, 2013 | Categories: Children, Family and Health, Fun, Health and Beauty
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat. I received product samples and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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I cannot believe that for all intents and purposes, our summer ended here for us last week. My son finished his first week of school already. He is officially a 5th grader.


We did have a fun summer. Lots of fun in the sun! From our beach vacation to our days spent at the pool we happily, and lazily (for me) enjoyed the sun. Especially since it has been a rainy summer, we got outside and enjoyed every single sunny day.

I haven’t always used sunscreen. I grew up in a time of “sun worshiping”. You didn’t hear the words… skin cancer. I had friends who used butter and motor oil on their skin while tanning. Seriously. I think I even used motor oil a time or two. I just never thought about staying safe in the sun.

Crazy. I know.

But as Oprah Winfrey says, “When you know better, you do better.”


I am adamant about sunscreen on my son. He has a pale complexion and well, I want to keep it that way. I may still have that mentality that you look healthier with a tan for myself, but for the most important person in my life… I’m fine if he never, ever, has a tan.  I don’t want him to ever get skin cancer.

Do as I say, not as I do. Oh, Lord, I’ve turned into my Mom.

So I slather the sunscreen on my son. I’m a big fan of Banana Boat sunscreen products.

About Banana Boat Brand

The Banana Boat® brand offers a wide range of product options that provide today’s busy family with reliable sun protection without worry, so the fun can go on.  The advanced technology in Banana Boat® sunscreen products provides effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that won’t break down in the sun.  Banana Boat® products have carried The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for almost two decades.

And Banana Boat is what you’ll find in my beach tote at any given time. I recently received 4 Banana Boat products to try….

Banana Boat Sunscreen #bananaboatbrand

Banana Boat® Sport Performance CoolZone™ Continuous Spray Sunscreen

I love the Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone Continuous Spray for my son. He hates lotion sunscreens. He is ten and lacks patience. He loves the spray. On a hot day, he really loves the coolness. There’s no need to shake or rub it in. Just hold it 4-6 inches away and spray. It comes in SPF 30 and 50+.

Perfect for athletes or those impatient ten-year-old boys.

Banana Boat Protect & Hydrate #bananaboatbrand

Banana Boat® Protect & Hydrate™ New 2 in 1 Lotion

The Protect & Hydrate lotion is my favorite. As I mentioned above, I’ve spent a lot of time in the sun and tend to have very dry skin. It definitely needs hydrating. The Protect & Hydrate 2 in 1 has Aloe with Antioxidant Vitamins C & E to maintain 100% of your skin’s natural moisture. Not to mention SPF recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Comes in SPF 15, 30, and 50.

Banana Boat® Kids Tear-Free Sting-Free Sunscreen

I love this lotion for my son’s face (and mine, too) because sunscreens can actually burn and irritate your eyes, especially when your in the sun and sweating. My son doesn’t complain about his eyes burning, now. Comes in SPF 50.

Banana Boat® Sunscreen Baby Natural Reflect

This gentle lotion provides protection from the sun’s harmful rays for the most precious of skins. It comes in SPF 50+. I don’t have a baby anymore, so I’m giving this tear-free sting-free lotion to my niece, I know she’ll appreciate it.

I’m going to tell you what I tell my son, it is so important to apply sunscreen before going out into the sun, apply liberally, apply often.

Even though my son is back in school, I’m still hitting the pool with some of my BFF’s donning our hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

What do you do to protect you and your family and staying safe in the sun?

Be sure to get a coupon for a $1 off Banana Boat products at the Banana Boat Facebook page.


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15 Responses to Staying Safe in the Sun with @bananaboat #BananaBoatBrand #sponsored #MC

  1. Colleen says:

    I grew up a sun worshiper too! I remember my dad use to put baby oil on him. Now I’ve scaled back. The only reason I live to lay in the sun is to get a tan. I wish you could get a permanent tan that didn’t harm you at all.

    But even if you could you would still need to use sunscreen. I wish I would have taken a little better care of my own skin when I was younger.

  2. Lisa says:

    I love this sunscreen.

  3. I grew up in the bake yourself days too, but not with butter or motor oil. I used that silver tanning blanket and baby oil. I can’t even believe how dark I was. One day I’ll have to post a pic. Needless to say, I’m all about the SPF protection now. I won’t go out without some!

  4. We love Banana Boat! And we pretty much only use SPF products too.

  5. Jenn says:

    We’re almost out of sunscreen. Time to stock up on some Banana Boat!

  6. Marcie W. says:

    Our entire family uses the Natural Reflect from Banana Boat. It’s free from all of those harsh chemicals and works wonderfully!

  7. Corina Ramos says:

    We use Banana Boat here too and we love it :). No worries, I thinking I’m warping into my mom too :)! Happy Monday Donna!

  8. Joy says:

    Love Banana Boat. Great company and thanks for the coupon link. 🙂

  9. I use sunscreen almost everyday on my face. I wish I had when I was younger.

  10. LyndaS says:

    My son is VERY white and likes to stay that way. I like to use the Banana Boat spray sun screen. We have been able to enjoy the local water park and my son has not gotten burned once.

  11. I have to remember to put this on my sons…they have such fragile skin!

  12. Tammy says:

    I actually put a timer on my phone to alert me when I need tor reapply sunscreen.

  13. Maureen says:

    my father and some of my sisters have had some form of skin cancer. I have had precancerous lesions so this is important.

  14. Courtney says:

    I even used the banana boat baby for myself. Love the smell of sunblock – summer!!

  15. HilLesha says:

    This is a great brand!