Protecting Your Skin with Sunscreen: Banana Boat, Bethesda, and Azur

Protecting your skin from the harshness of the sun is extremely important if you want to avoid skin cancer, dry skin, and even the terrible pain of severe sunburn. While dressing properly and avoiding the sun during the peak hours of 10 am to 2 pm can help, using sunscreen products is certainly the best way to go. I like to use a variety of products simply because my need for sunscreen varies according to the plans of my day. Sometimes light protection is sufficient, while other days, a stronger level of protection is merited.

Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 80
Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 80 offers long-lasting UVA/UVB protection. The packaging states that this product is absorbed quickly and in fact, it actually is. This gives it 5 stars in my opinion as I despise those cheaper sunscreen products that seem to take forever to become absorbed by the skin. Of course, sunscreen should be applied about 30 minutes prior to the time when you are going to need full protection.

Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 80 is sold in the convenient size of 3 fl oz. It comes in a tube that is easy to tuck away in your purse, tote bag, or even in the pocket of a jacket or bathing robe. Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 80 has been designed to provide strong protection that is waterproof, offering excellent cover from the sun. It includes the benefit of having Aloe Vera as one of its soothing ingredients so it also hydrates the skin. I like the fact that this sunscreen product absorbs into the skin quickly and effortlessly.

Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 50 Ultra Mist Clear
Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 50, an Ultra Mist Clear product that offers a continuous spray sunblock featuring long-lasting UVA/UVB protection is sold in a 6 fl. oz. size. The container is attractive and perky so it tempted me to pick it up to look at it right away. Once I did so, I quickly discovered that this sunscreen is enriched with Aloe Vera, an ingredient that I have a lot of respect for ever since my dad told me as a child to break open a leaf from the Aloe Vera plant and rub it on my skin to soothe my poison ivy problems. It really worked, so I have been a fan ever since.

The Banana Boat Ultra Defense Ultra Mist Clear SPF 50 Sunblock product sprays on easily, quickly, and evenly. I like its nice, clean scent and the fact that I do not need to rub it on or into my skin. The spray is absorbed by my skin quickly, giving me the protection that I need. Since it is a spray, you can easily use this sunscreen product to cover hard-to-reach areas of the body. Plus, it is waterproof so if you have children or decide to go swimming, your skin continues to receive the protection it needs from the sun even on pool days!

Bethesda Sunscreen Soap
Bethesda sunscreen soap protects while it nourishes the skin. The protection aspect begins immediately as washing with this bar of soap provides a layer of invisible protection from the sun. Bethesda offers an SPF of 10 so it helps to protect your skin from the harshness of the sun. One of the reasons that I like this particular soap is that I can use it in the morning when I get up and my skin is protected without the need to spray, spritz, or rub lots of sunscreen on my skin just to let the dog out or step outside for a few moments of peace and quiet to get me ready for my day.

I liked the smooth feeling that Bethesda sunscreen soap gave to my skin when I used it. The all-natural ingredients include Aloe Vera gel, glycerin, chlorophyll, and healing balm of Gilead. Each bar of soap is supposed to provide more than 50 minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. By the feel of my skin, I have to say that I think this is definitely true. The soap lathers with a rich, creamy substance that simply glides onto my skin. The bar is oval-shaped and comes in a calming, light-green color. Even if Bethesda sunscreen soap hadn’t been designed to offer sunscreen protection, I might find myself using it anyway simply because my skin felt better for it!

Azur SPF 40 Face and Eyes
Another of the really nice sunscreen products that I feel have been designed with women in mind is Azur SPF 40 Face and Eyes. It comes in an attractive, blue 0.5 fl oz container. This product has been designed for use with the face and eyes. In addition to being water resistant, it also offers moisturizing and anti-aging elements that the face can definitely benefit from when using it. After all, the face receives sun on it almost every single time we step outside our doors. While wearing a hat can help to dissuade the sun from damaging our faces, a reliable sunscreen product such as Azur SPF 40 Face and Eyes can certainly go a bit further toward that end.

One of the added benefits of using Azur SPF 40 Face and Eye crème is that I can wear it underneath my makeup. Plus, while I like to think of it as a product for women, it can be worn by anyone except children under the age of six. The tube is small, so it is easy to cart it along with you wherever you go so you can reapply it as needed.

Products provided free to writer for reviewI received all of these products for the purposes of reviewing them. I’ve used Banana Boat before, and I already knew that I like it. These two products offer exceptional protection since they have SPFs of 50 and 80. The Bethesda Sunscreen Soap is just so nice, that even with a low SPF of 10, I intend to continue using it for the protection that it does offer. The convenience of getting under-makeup protection from the sun is just too good to be true, so the opportunity to continue using Azur SPF 40 Face and Eyes is definitely a welcome one. Remember to protect your skin as well as the skin of the ones that you love this spring and summer, and well, every season.

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