Life is full of facts.
Fact #1: If your children go out in the sun, they must wear sunscreen.
Fact #2: Sunscreen is a rip-off.
Fact #3: Getting a good deal is a good thing.
Bottom line…the facts do not always add up.
I needed sunscreen for trip to the beach. I was at the dollar store (not planning to buy sunscreen) and saw SPF 30- Banana Boat Sport Performance sunscreen on sale for $3.00. The label even boasted “Three-way Protection: Sun-Tested, Sun-Proven” and “Very Water/Sweat Resistant”. Wow. Sounds impressive.
But give me a little bit of credit. I’m not that easily swayed by catchy advertising! The wise woman in me stopped the deal-hound fool from making a rash, yet frugal, decision. This is the dollar store, after all.
Brand name? Check.
Expiration date? Check.
Great. Get it. That’s one more thing I can cross off my list!
Fast forward to yesterday at the beach: 92 degrees and sunny. No clouds. No shade. For 4 hours.
Now, mind you, I’m a good mother. I know that just buying the sunscreen isn’t enough. You actually have to apply the sunscreen in order for it to work. And apply I did…exactly as instructed. “Apply generously and evenly to all areas 15 minutes before sun exposure” and “Reapply at frequent internals and after swimming”. This particular child doesn’t stop swimming when he’s at the beach. So I reapplied. Generously. And regularly. But after a few hours I went to the car to feed the parking meter and got a glimpse of myself in the tinted car window. Yikes. I was starting to sport quite a burn. Hmmmmm….that shouldn’t be happening. So I reapplied again.
Fast forward to bedtime: OUCH!!!!!
Fact #4: It’s only a good deal if it works.
So today, I did what any good mother would do. I threw two cans of mostly unused sunscreen into the trash and went to Lands’ End and spent significantly more than $3 to be sure that my boy doesn’t ever get sunburned like that again!!