I’m a Banana Boat® Mom, are you? #BBBestSummerEver

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Living on a farm in the middle of a National Forest resort area certainly caters to our love of the great outdoors, particularly in the summer time! We are drawn to every water source from the creek in our back forty to the lake and the local swimming pool where we love to spend our free time cooling off.

While I absolutely love to spend all day playing in the water with the kids or sunning with a good book as they enjoy the waterslide or hanging out with their friends, I’m always concerned about the effects of the sun. As we all know water + sun = increased risk of sunburn.

The number one tool in my summer sun protection line-up is a reliable sunscreen and year after year, I’ve turned to Banana Boat® for its excellent track record of keeping my children (and myself) from having to deal with the pain of sunburn.

Every year I head out to pick up my favorite Banana Boat® products and to check out what is new. The Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Clear UltraMist® Sunscreens with PowerStay Technology™ is one of my favorites as it absorbs quickly and is water resistance for up to 80 minutes. Perfect for spending a day at the pool!

I generally choose SPF 50 or above. The SPF number tells you how much sun protection a particular sunscreen offers. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection from the harmful effects of the sun.

As faces, ears, lips and eyes are highly vulnerable spots, I also love using the Banana Boat® portable stick sunscreens. My children can easily apply them themselves and we all like the ease of application.

In addition to using a great sunscreen, there are a few more sun safety tips we follow like:

Reapply sunscreen every hour: though the coverage may last longer, it’s a good habit to have. At our swimming pool, they have hourly breaks for the staff, so we use that as our indicator that it’s time for a new application while we are waiting to get back into the pool.

Apply liberally: I’m of the “too much is better than too little” camp of thought. Take your time with sunscreen application and make sure every part of the body is covered.

Keep your sunscreen cool: Over-heated sunscreens can deteriorate over time and lose their effectiveness. We keep ours in the cooler with snacks and drinks when possible or under towels in our swim bag so that they remain out of direct sunlight.

Use caution on cloudy days: It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that when the sun is covered by clouds, you are protected from harmful rays or sunburn. This just isn’t true, you still need to use a good sunscreen even on an overcast day.

Are you a Banana Boat® Mom? What’s your favorite Banana Boat® product?

For more on how you and your family can have fun and be safe in the sun this summer, visit here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • Stephanie
    • July 2, 2015
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    I had no idea that you were supposed to keep sunscreen cool! I’m very pasty and burn easily even with sunscreen. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

    • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    • July 2, 2015
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    I have been using Banana Boat as long as I can remember. It’s what my mom always used when I was a kid, too!

    • Jeannette
    • July 2, 2015
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    We always make sure we have our Banana Boat on whenever we go outside during the summer! I’m like you where we love being outdoors but I really want protection for our all skin that I can trust! Thanks for the reminder to reapply – I sometimes forget that…

    • family
    • July 2, 2015
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    I love Banana Boat too! I’ve used it forever, so I feel like I can trust it. Your summer looks awesome so far!

    • Chubskulit Rose
    • July 2, 2015
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    I am too, we always have banana boat during summer time especially when we go to the beach.
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    • Wendy
    • July 2, 2015
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    Just bought some of the Banana Boat improved Sports spray. Have been using their products for years. Love the sprays they have now!

    • Ourfamilyworld
    • July 2, 2015
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    Yes, I am. Summer or not, I always make sure my kids’ skins are protected.

    • Penny Struebig
    • July 2, 2015
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    We’re a Banana Boat family too. Seems like we run through so much during the summer. My favorite is the spray on — you can actually get your back all by yourself.

    • Michele
    • July 2, 2015
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    I keep hearing about how good Banana Boat sunscreens are. I really have to pick some up the next time I am in the store–cause I always get sunburned DRIVING around!

    • Angie@chasingmyhalo
    • July 2, 2015
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    I love your tip about being cautious on cloudy days. I’m fair skinned and some of my worst burns have been on cloudy, grey days!

    • Sophie O'Reilly
    • July 2, 2015
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    I absolutely love swimming, whether I’m at a Water Park or a Pool, It’s definitely important to protect your skin from the Sun!

    • Angie@chasingmyhalo
    • July 2, 2015
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    I loved your point about cloudy days. I am pretty fair-skinned but some of my worst burns have been on grey,cloudy days!

      • Barb Webb
      • July 3, 2015
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      So true! It’s easy to be lulled into thinking that you are safe as the sun is under cover but just simply not so!

    • Jacob Fu
    • July 2, 2015
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    Nice! We’ve been trying to use natural sunscreens, which are hard to find in big box stores but supposedly better for you.

    • Jaime N.
    • July 2, 2015
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    It’s so important to protect your skin during the summer! We actually use sunscreen year round, but we are extra diligent in the summer!

    • chbernard
    • July 2, 2015
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    Looks like your family will definitely be well protected from the sun this summer! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Fi Ní Neachtáin
    • July 3, 2015
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    It’s so important to look after your skin, not just in the summer but all year round. I haven’t used many Banana Boat products in the past. I think I’ve only ever tried their Aloe Vera aftersun gel but it was great.

    • Danielle K
    • July 3, 2015
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    We go through a lot sunscreen all year long since we live in Florida. Banana Boat is always our go to brand 🙂

    • Franc Ramon
    • July 3, 2015
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    I like the spray sunscreen as it’s easier to apply and you can apply it evenly. It’s also best to reapply frequently within the day.

    • Angelic Sinova
    • July 3, 2015
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    Banana Boat has always been a go to in our family! If June (which was our hottest June on record) was any indication of Summer, I know I’ll need to stock up on sunscreen <3

    • Tyra
    • July 3, 2015
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    I love been Banana Boat products. Grew up on them.

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