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What sunscreen is right for you?

SPF factors, UVA or UVB coverage, spray on lotions or creams, water resistance or sensitive formulas — the choice goes on. With the wide range of sunscreen options, find out how to choose the right one for you and your family.

Family with sunscreen

The two most important factors to consider when choosing the right sunscreen are your skin type and how you will use the sunscreen.

The right sunscreen for your skin

When it comes to sunscreen, one product doesn’t always cut it for the whole family. With different ages come different skin conditions. For this reason, many top brands, such as Banana Boat, offer a wide range of sunscreens to suit any age and any skin type.

Young children

Children under six months of age should be kept out of the sun and you should consult your doctor before applying sunscreen to an infant. For toddlers and young children, adequate sun protection is vital for the prevention of sunburn and long-term skin damage. The best way to ensure your little one gets adequate sun protection while out and about is to use a high SPF factor, broad spectrum sunscreen. But lathering sensitive little bodies with sunscreen every day may make some parents feel uneasy. Choosing a brand that offers sunscreen specially formulated to protect young, sensitive skin is important. Banana Boat’s SPF50+ sunscreens for baby and kids are designed to be tear-free and gentle on young skin.


It can be difficult getting teenagers to accept the dangers of overexposure to the sun. But choosing a sunscreen that is oil-free can help. Teenage acne-prone skin can benefit from oil-free sunscreens and those designed for sensitive skin. Why not try Banana Boat’s SPF50+ sunscreen for sensitive skin for your teen this summer. With soothing aloe vera and vitamins A and E, its lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy residue.


As we age, sun damage becomes more and more obvious, with wrinkles, age spots, skin pigmentation and potential skin cancers becoming more apparent. Adequate daily UV protection continues to be important as we age. Lightweight, non-greasy formulas that nourish dry skin are ideal. Be sure to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF50+ rating to ensure your skin is well protected.

The right sunscreen for your lifestyle

Not all sunscreens offer the same amount of protection. Some sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, while others need to be reapplied every four hours. Some sunscreens lose their effectiveness through perspiration, while swimming, or when combined with the use of some insect repellents. To ensure adequate UV protection, you should buy a sunscreen to suit your particular lifestyle. When hubby heads out on the boat for a day’s fishing, send him off with Banana Boat’s Sport Performance coolzone. This fine mist spray instantly cools the skin for maximum comfort in the hot Aussie sun. When spending the day at the beach with the kids, you want long-term water-resistant protection. Choose a sunscreen specifically designed to offer maximum protection in and out of the water.

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