Long time, no blog.
The crew went to North Topsail, NC for a week. We used ounces and ounces of spray sunscreen and lotion sunscreen. Just as expected with 5 children everyday for a week going to the beach twice a day for 2-3 hours at a time.
I am amazed with the different brands of sunscreen we used.
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We are also full Filipino with lots of melanin. So we tan but we can also burn if not enough sunscreen applied. We have used some brands with my niece and nephew who have fairer/lighter 1/2 German 1/2 Filipino skin. They get red before they tan.
here we go
Coppertone SPF 50
Application: continuous spray
Scent: okay, no strong odor
Effectiveness: This works the best for our children and my nephew. We had to reapply around 60-80 minutes of sun exposure to be safe.
Overall grade: A+
Banana Boat SPF 50
Application: Thick lotion so it's not as easy to spread around body
Scent: usual sunblock smell, not overtly strong scent
Effectiveness: It protected my children. They were still tan but we prevented redness on their cheeks and shoulders.
Overall grade: B
Application: Thick lotion but not as thick as the banana boat
Scent:usual, not overtly strong
Effectiveness: I used it on my already tan children. My nephew burned his fair skin.
Overall grade: C
Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30
Application: easy to apply, lightweight lotion
Scent: coconut, sweet smell
Effectiveness: Effective but must be reapplied every 60-80 minutes. If you plan on staying at the beach 5-6 hours per day, you will need a higher SPF. I do not think Hawaiian Tropic has anything higher than 30 though. Effective ~2 hours per day with infrequent visits. I have to give it a C if planning to stay in the sun 5-6 hours/day 6 days in a row. SPF 30 was not enough for me.
Overall grade: A/C (see above)
Aveeno baby SPF 55
Application: easy to apply
Effectiveness: perfect! We use aveeno baby products for our babies < 1 year old. Lucy could have burned without this. I also used it on my face every now and then.
Overall grade: A+