Once again we skipped a season. Our weather went from record-setting cold to above-average highs in the span of a week. We actually had a freeze and frost on May 17th, two days after our supposed last freeze date! Luckily the forecast for Memorial Day weekend was much better, with the highs in the low 80’s and only a few thundershowers predicted. In previous years our Summer weekends were typically spent indoors at a local school, thanks to weekly swim meets. Here in Iowa there aren’t very many outdoor competition pools, so worrying about their Irish & Norwegian fair skin was never an issue. This year is different as we took a break from the rigors of being on a competitive swim team and traded it for 8-10 weeks of track & field. All of a sudden we had a new worry – sunburns! Thankfully Walmart had us covered – a full island of every sunscreen under the sun (ha!) right as you walked into the store! Even better is you have the chance of winning $100 in their giveaway!
Lately we’ve been really bad about forgetting to print coupons before going to the store, but not this time. Banana Boat had some right on their web page that would save us $1.00 per bottle! We knew Banana Boat had a number of different products formulated for different uses (Kid’s Alcohol-Free SPF 50 Clear Spray, a Protect & Hydrate 50 Lotion & Protect & Hydrate 50 Spray, one especially for men called “Men’s SPF 50 Lotion” and even some specifically for sports aptly named “Sport SPF 50 Clear Spray), so multiple coupons were needed!
When I was much younger, the only sunscreen options we had were the filmy, sticky lotions that you had to rub and rub to work it into your skin. Today’s products are so much more convenient; spray it on and go! Even better, the kids can self-apply it!
Now I won’t make any claims regarding the effectiveness of this product in relation to on-track performance, but even though this was their first track meet ever, the girls did come home with a handful of ribbons! Increased aerodynamics maybe? Reduced drag?
I also picked up the Men’s SPF 30 Clear Spray, having never used a gender-specific sunscreen before. Alas, the team brought pop-up tents so I was able to rest safely in the shade all day. But now I have it on hand for next week’s (and the week after, and the week after) competitions. They also had a Men’s SPF 50 Lotion that I may try next time when I anticipate more time in the sun for myself, and a new Sport SPF 50 Clear Spray that looked promising as well.
To help celebrate the coming (finally) of warmer weather, Banana Boat is having a “Wheel of Fun” contest on their Facebook page. You might also enjoy seeing what else they’re up to by following the hastags #BBBestSummer or #CollectiveBias on all of your favorite social media sites.
Since we’re competing outside, Banana Boat sunscreen will now be a staple in our sport bag this season. What sports do your kids participate in during the summer and what special items do you pack in your bag?