Too much unprotected fun in the sun causes skin problems. The skin will redden, burn, become painful and then peel. Over an extended period of time, overexposure to the sun leads to premature ageing and wrinkles, but worst of all can cause skin cancer. Suntan lotions protect the skin by absorbing or blocking ultraviolet (UV) and visible light. Look for brands that protect you from both UVA and UVB sun rays.
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Banana Boat suntan lotions are tested in the Florida sun, and provide up to five hours of protection. The lotions block both UVA and UVB rays. Banana Boat uses AvoTriplex technology to provide enhanced UVA protection.
Aveeno suntan lotion products use natural ingredients such as shiitaki mushrooms and oatmeal. They block both UVA and UVB. While many company products smell of cocoa butter, Aveeno products do not contain a fragrance.
Coppertone products offer UVA and UVB protection. They are sweat and water resistant. Coppertone brands itself as child friendly with lotions that don't burn your eyes. In addition to suntan lotions, the company offers a smart phone application that provides the local UV index.
Neutrogena skin care products are made by the Johnson & Johnson Co. Its sensitive skin sunblock lotion contains zinc oxide as well as UVA and UVB absorbers. This product is oil free, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free.
Hawaiian Tropic markets itself as the "beauty of sun protection." However, not all of its products are listed as providing UVB protection. The company's sensitive skin product is not scented, but other products contain a coconut fragrance.
Bain De Soleil
Bain De Soleil means "bath of the sun." The company has a limited merchandise line, only a couple of products still in production. Bain De Soleil markets itself as the luxurious suntan lotion, and urges consumers to treat themselves to a unique and sensual experience.
Australian Gold adds an enhancer to its suntan lotions to give you a darker tan. These lotions offer UVA and UVB protection. The lotions also contain aloe and Vitamin E. Australian Gold does not use para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) or mineral oil in its products.
Bull Frog sunblock provides long-term sun protection, up to eight hours. It provides UVA and UVB protection. Bull Frog Mosquito Coast includes an insect repellent. Bull Frog suntan lotions do not come off during physical activity.
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