Review: Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Ta-da! I have another sunscreen stick! This time, it’s not a physical sunscreen stick. It’s a chemical-based one from Banana Boat. It’s the Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+! What caught my eye about this product is that it comes in a larger size. It’s 1.5 oz. My other sunscreen sticks (Blue Lizard, Cetaphil) are only 0.5 oz. each. They’re a bit more expensive too for the amount of product. I’ve been using Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+ on a daily basis, and I’m so close to being done with the whole stick! It hasn’t even been a month yet! 😵 It’s going down real quick. So, I think it’s time to venture out to other sunscreen sticks to see if they’re any good or not. Just because something costs more, doesn’t mean it’s better, right? This one could work just as well or even better. We’ll have to see! Here are my thoughts on Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+!
The first thing I noticed about this sunscreen stick was that it was larger in size (1.5 oz.). I thought it was nice, since my other sunscreen sticks are much smaller in size (0.5 oz.). They seem to go down very fast, and I feel like…is it worth it? lol. Sunscreen gets really expensive over time too, since I use it more often compared to other skin care products I have. Especially with reapplication. So this sunscreen stick goes on the skin clear. There’s no white cast. There shouldn’t be a white cast. It’s a chemical based sunscreen. It contains 2.7% avobenzone, 9.0% homosalate, 4.5% octisalate, 9.0% octocrylene for UV protection. I don’t have any problems with chemical-based sunscreens. They seem to work a tad better for me compared to the physical-based ones. Physical sunscreens tend to dry my skin out most of the time and irritate my skin. Leaving my skin feeling itchy. I have to make sure I layer on moisturizer before using a physical-based one. Sometimes it dries out my skin regardless. But that’s just my skin…
The texture of this sunscreen is very soft and smooth. It glides on the skin effortlessly. It leaves the skin feeling a little sticky, but a lot of sunscreens do anyways. I think I’m pretty much used to that. I would put up with it if it’s working to protect my skin from skin damage and skin cancer. Since I don’t use this product on my face, I can’t say much about it clogging my pores. From my experience using it on my body, it feels like it would clog my pores, since the texture of the product feels dense and heavy. I don’t think it would work for my face due to how thick it feels (and it’s sticky). I don’t use sunscreen sticks on my face anyways, just my body. So the product itself is good. It works for what it is. My only issue is the cap of the product. There’s a clear lid inside of the cap. Product gets mushy around the lid, and it looks so messy. I just don’t like looking it, but that’s just me. haha. Also, with this sunscreen, make sure to twist the stick all the way down, so the cap can close properly. That gets annoying sometimes because even a little bit of the stick poking out prevents the cap from closing properly.
This is what the sunscreen stick looks like. Clean and new. 😍
Pros & Cons
- Contains SPF 50+ (2.7% avobenzone, 9.0% homosalate, 4.5% octisalate, 9.0% octocrylene)
- 1.5 oz. sunscreen stick!
- Soft and smooth texture
- Glides on the skin easily and effortlessly
- Goes on clear, no white cast
- Water resistant (80 minutes)
- Reef friendly
- Feels a bit sticky
- Annoying cap
This sunscreen stick wasn’t too bad. It’s different in texture when compared to my physical-based sunscreen sticks. It has a smoother feel to it when applied to the skin. It goes on clear and doesn’t leave a white cast behind. The final application is invisible. I don’t have to blend it into my skin too much. Saves more time since I don’t have to worry about a white cast. But I think I’m pretty neutral about this product. It’s not amazing, but it’s also not terrible. In a way, I do like my zinc-based sunscreen sticks. ha! 😆 This is a tough one. It all comes down to if you prefer chemical-based or physical-based sunscreens. The chemical ones are less expensive from my experience. They give you more product from what I’ve noticed too. Soooo I think I would purchase this one again if I ever run out of my physical-based ones. They all work the same to me, since I’m not using it on my face. It’s entirely based on which one you prefer. Taking out my preference for zinc-based sunscreen sticks, this one is good to go! It works like it’s supposed to, and it’s bigger and cheaper. lol. This is a good way to save a little bit of money. But overall, it works. It was nice to try out something new and different. 🙂
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Review: Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+
Hey everyone! I’m back with another review on another sunscreen. This time it’s Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+! I’ve used this sunscreen before in the past. I thought I would give it another shot again. It could work out this time. Who knows. This is a sport sunscreen. It’s sweat and water-resistant (80 minutes). It’s oil-free, broad spectrum SPF 70+ (Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%), formulated with helioplex, oxybenzone-free, and won’t clog pores. Oh, really? 🤔 That sounds pretty good, but I don’t know. It didn’t work for me in the past (obviously). If it did, I would still be using it. haha. But it’s not going to hurt to give it another chance again. The high SPF in this sunscreen is very attractive. I’ve been using SPF 50 sunscreens, and my skin isn’t burning or freckling as much anymore. The change is very noticeable. 😋 I would like to improve and maintain the results I have too. But before I purchased this product, I checked the ingredients. The ingredients in this product is not the same as before (in the past). I glanced over the ingredients online beforehand, and it said that it contains these ingredients:
Saccharomyces/Calcium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Sea Salt Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment
Umm, fermented ingredients. And I know how my skin reacts terribly to fermented ingredients. Like Benton Fermentation Essence & Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop 👈🏻 Don’t forget to check out my reviews on these skin care products!
Apparently, that’s the old ingredient list. The new version does not contain fermented ingredients. The actual ingredients of this product is listed on the official Neutrogena website, which matches the ingredient list on the product I have. I’m very happy that there’s no fermented ingredients in the new version! I was a bit worried about it at first. It would have prevented me from using it. Since everything is good ingredient-wise (I hope), I proceeded to use the product. This is what happened…
This product comes out the tube very nicely. I love dispensing it, haha. It comes out easily and smoothly. It’s not messy at all. It comes out very clean. 👍🏻 I have a couple of sunscreens where the cap gets super messy with product each time I use it. It’s just not a pleasant sight. The product itself is soft, and it feels (and smells) like your typical sunscreen. Mmm, chemicals. 😂 It glides on the skin nicely and smoothly. It’s very easy to apply to the skin. It just glides over the skin effortlessly. But it does make the skin look a bit shiny after application. I didn’t mind this, since it settled into the skin after a few minutes leaving my skin looking smoother than before. This is coming from someone with excessive oily skin. Honestly, it didn’t bother me at all that it made my skin a bit shiny, lol. As long as it works, right? The sunscreen feels like it sticks to the skin pretty well without budging. So where I applied the sunscreen, it stayed put. It didn’t run or pill. I actually liked that. But, all good things must come to an end. On to the bad parts…yeah…I know…
After a day of using this sunscreen, yes a single day (lol), I noticed clogged pores. I scanned the list of ingredients once again. It says beeswax. Yep, I think that’s the culprit. It must be the beeswax. I try to avoid beeswax as much as possible, but I had hope for this sunscreen because it contains SPF 70+!! So it looks like this sunscreen is too occlusive for my skin. It traps oil, bacteria, dirt, debris into my pores and makes me break out. Also, I think it’s because it’s sweat and water-resistant too. It sticks to my skin too well. My skin needs to feel free and can only tolerate lightweight sunscreens and other skin care products that aren’t too heavy on my skin most of the time. Well! I really wanted this sunscreen to work. It didn’t work as I had hoped for. It contains SPF 70+. No oxybenzone. Oil-free. Is sweat and water-resistant. Formulated with helioplex. Won’t clog pores? Boooo, it actually did. 😭 It didn’t work on my oily, clog-prone skin. I’ll use the rest of it on my body but not my face. My face hates it, apparently. 🤷🏻♀️
This is what Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ looks like. I loved the texture of this sunscreen so much! It’s tamed! It’s soft, creamy, and feels smooth on the facial skin. I enjoyed applying it to my face, but my face rejected it. ha!
Pros & Cons
- Contains SPF 70+ (Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%)
- Sweat and water resistant (80 minutes)
- Doesn’t contain oxybenzone
- Sticks to the skin very well
- Soft and smooth texture
- Glides on the skin very nicely
- Nice packaging. Product comes out smooth and clean.
- Comes in a 2.5 fl. oz. tube
- Too occlusive for oily, acne-prone skin. Clogs pores.
- Leaves the skin looking a bit shiny. It didn’t bother me much, but I’m sure most people would not like it.
Another sunscreen down. If it didn’t work in the past, it’s not going to work now. 😆 Even with the new ingredients, my skin didn’t like it either. haha. Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ goes straight to my body. This sunscreen had a lot of good benefits, but it just had to feel too occlusive on my skin. I can’t imagine reapplying this sunscreen throughout the day. All of that oil on my skin plus bacteria and gunk from the day being trapped in my pores. Ugh, breakouts! I don’t think this is a bad sunscreen. I think it’ll work better for people without any skin issues like acne. This isn’t something I would purchase again even though I’m using the rest on my body. The bottle is only 2.5 fl. oz. It’s more of a facial sunscreen than a body sunscreen. It’s just too expensive for the body alone for that size. Well, it’s time to move on to something new…
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