ON THE SHELF: Banana Boat, one of a host of companies that sell sunscreen, has introduced the Sport Performance CoolZone brand to the skin-protection aisle. On top of providing the broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, it says the product instantly cools and refreshes skin, has a new crisp, clean scent that invigorates and is waterproof and sweatproof. It comes in a 180-millilitre spray-on bottle and in SPF50 and SPF30 formulas.
Sport Performance CoolZone sprays are available at most pharmacies and supermarkets that sell sunscreens. Online, for example, it sells for $11.99 at amazon.ca and $7.97 at walmart.ca.
FEATURES: The SPF50 version certainly prevents sunburns. Sprayed on before a round of golf on a blue-sky day -- and then before the back nine a couple of hours later, as the product label suggests -- it kept all the symptoms of spending too much time in the sun away. Its sweatproof feature kept it from pouring and stinging the eyes and it has a pleasing aloe scent that isn't overpowering. It wasn't so slippery that swinging a golf club shortly after applying it was a problem. It certainly had a cool feel during the back-nine reapplication for a few seconds
FAILURES: It's more difficult to discern if you missed a spot with spray-on sunscreens compared with lotions, so many hard-to-reach spots can get missed or double-sprayed. Your friends will quickly notice where you missed the next day.
BUY or BYE-BYE?: Go get it when the price is right -- there are plenty of sunscreens to choose from at a variety of price points. Sunburns are painful, but the real scary damage from being outdoors without sun protection is melanoma and other skin cancers, which can be fatal. It's a good idea to pair it a wide-brimmed hat.
-- Alan Small