I find that sunscreens which are actually matte (e.g. Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch, Nivea Light Feel) have some sort of ingredient in them to make them matte which always causes the same following reactions in me no matter what: balling on my face, stinging esp if close to the eyes, and facial breakouts. This sunscreen was no exception. So nicely matte without that yucky sunscreen look and feel but I won't be repurchasing due to the problems just mentioned. This would be good as a sunscreen for the body though, especially to take to the beach so there's none of that sand-sticking-to-sunscreen issue.
This product looked so promising at first -
a) contains powder and controls my oily skin
b) fragrance-free and thus hurray for sensitive skin
c)a loyal banana boat user for years
BUT I WAS SO DISSAPPOINTED!
a) it burnt like hell, and increased with each daily application
b) it gave me pimples when i have been free of them for a while
c) once the product dries, if you rub your face, it comes off in this stringy-dusty form - just like pencil eraser residue!
Definitely not buying it again!
I have been using this on my face daily for a week so far. CIBA puts the PPD at about 5.7 IIRC.
Dries to a really nice powder finish which is great under makeup.
Keeps me pretty matte on my nose which tends to grease up.
Slight tingly feeling on application similar to a mentholated product, but which fades very quickly.
It stings like crazy if you get it in your eyes, I was out of action for 5 full minutes when this happened.
I am getting some new breakouts but I think that they are caused by the sunscreen I was using prior to this one (Hamilton daily faces matte 30+) and I am hoping that they will stop soon. I will update in a week or two when I have a better idea how this particular one is going. I don't have any new breakouts or clogs on my chest where I am also using this which is a good sign because the Hamilton broke me out there too.
I am still clear of new breakouts from this product. 06nov. I still like it a lot and find it is keeping me very nice and pale.
My big fat zits have cleared up after the bad sunscreen but the cloggage is getting worse and I think it's this product causing it. Also the sensation I described as menthol-like above is now rather burny. My SO was using heaps of it too, but now he has come out in a rash in his inner arms from it, and he has pretty tough skin, so i think this stuff is actually rather awful. It also irritates his eyes quite badly as well. We are not amused- sensitive, what a joke!
I love this product! I use sunscreen all year round, and is always on the search for something that's non-greasy, not sticky and minimal smell.
Many sunscreens claim to be non-greasy, but i find they are sticky, or leave a sheen/film. This one lives up to its claims! It dries down to a matt finish and doesn't leave a white cast. No scent at all.
Matt finish is great, because most other sunscreens end up picking up lots of dust after walking around (especially my feet/legs - they get so dirty!).
I was so pleased that I started using it even on my face- this is even better more comfortable on my skin than my usual face moisturiser with sunscreen. (Except it made the skin around my eyes sting a bit) No need to blot my face with oil blotting paper! (Although when i did blot, there WERE oil soaked up, despite feeling and looking dry). The only downside - it does emphasise any dry skin you already have.
Retails around Aust $13 for 175ml, which is not cheap (Sunscreens should be used liberally), but I got it on special for $6.
Since i'm looking to use it on my face more often (even to replace my regular moisturiser with SPF), I called Banana Boat for a full list of ingredients to scrutinise over. I was disappointed with their response - they cannot disclose the full list, because it's a 'secret'. However, if I'm allergic to something in particular, they can tell me if it contains that ingredient. Too bad. I may not be allergic to alcohol, but many products contain irritating ingredients such as alcohol denat, which I dont want to use on skin on a regular basis. But guess I'll never know!
The Powder-Dri range are relatively new products in Australia. In general they cost about $12-14AU for a 175ml bottle, but this week Coles had the Sensitive lotion, which is fragrance free, on special for $7.50. About 18 months ago I developed an allergy to chemical sunscreen ingredients, however I have since discovered I am fine as long as I avoid octyl methocinnamate. Most sunscreens in Australia contain it, including the rest of the Banana Boat range, but the Powder-Dri range doesn't. The active ingredients are:
Homosalate 15%, Octyl salicylate 5%, Oxybenzone 4%, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane 2.5% and Octocrylene 2%, along with the preservative idoproprynol butylcarbamate.
I have used it three days in a row while outside from 10am-1pm on my face, neck, hands and arms. There is no irritation or redness and it does what it promises, which is to go on like a lotion and dry quickly to a powder. Skin looks matte without feeling dry. I haven't used makeup over it, but given the finish I believe makeup would go over it just fine. It is fragrance free and if I put my nose right up against my skin I can smell a very faint chemical smell which goes away very quickly. Although I will continue to use my zinc oxide sunblock for days when I am going to be outside in strong sun all day, I will use this on those days when I want something cosmetically elegant that doesn't make me look like a greaseball or a ghost.