Clearly Sheer Whipped Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
New sunscreen textures have been launching with much greater frequency than in years past. You can easily find lotion, cream, gel, spray, and now mousse, which is where this Coppertone sunscreen fits in. Clearly Sheer Whipped Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a very good water-resistant sunscreen for all skin types.
Its silky, whipped cream formula feels luxurious as it's blended over skin, and is housed in a pressurized metal container with a lockable dispensing top. The hydrating formula isn't reminiscent of a standard "beach" sunscreen; once set, it feels more like a smooth body lotion, a trait we expect most people will prefer!
We appreciated how easy this sunscreen was to blend, although it does take a bit more time than spray or gel formulas. This whipped option provides broad spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening (the sun's aging rays).
On the downside, this product contains only a small amount of antioxidants, and is also fragranced. The fragrance isn't overpowering, but in any amount can pose a risk of irritating skin. Otherwise, this is an intriguing sunscreen to try, especially if its texture and finish will make you more likely to apply liberally and reapply as needed!
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Creamy yet light mousse texture feels indulgent and hydrating.
- Leaves skin soft and smooth like a body lotion, not a sunscreen.
- Easy to blend, won't leave skin greasy.
- Only contains a tiny amount of antioxidants.
- The fragrance poses a risk of irritating skin.
Strengths: A few effective, basic sunscreens with various but typically lightweight textures (especially the Ultra Sheer); all recommended sunscreens are also water-resistant; inexpensive, which should encourage liberal application and reapplication; reliable self-tanners tailored to various skin tones.
Weaknesses: The majority of their sunscreens lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients, even though Coppertone clearly knows about this and routinely reformulates; all continuous spray products contain irritating alcohol.
This ubiquitous sun-care line has been around for over sixty years and is almost as synonymous with sunscreen as Kleenex is with facial tissue. Yet despite their longstanding history, there is something wanton about a corporation so recognized as a sunscreen manufacturer selling such an abundance of pathetically formulated sunscreens. Although more Coppertone sunscreens than ever include avobenzone or zinc oxide for UVA protection, most of them are still lacking, making this a line to shop very carefully. Ironically, Coppertone includes a fair amount of accurate, sun-smart information on their Web site, but their products aren't following the same advice! For example, they recommend you apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher whenever you go outdoors, but then they sell several sunscreens with SPF ratings well below that. That's sort of like your personal trainer puffing on a cigarette while encouraging you to go another ten minutes on the treadmill. They also correctly advise consumers to reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, or toweling off, yet sell products they claim are waterproof and "ultra sweat-proof." Don't they realize that is likely to be interpreted by most people as 'one application and you're good to go no matter what outdoor activity is planned'? Regardless of the type of tenacious claim made, all sunscreens need to be reapplied at regular intervals if you are swimming or engaged in strenuous physical activity.
Coppertone also boasts that its sunscreens for kids are the ones recommended most by pediatricians. If that's true, and your child's pediatrician recommends this brand without being specific as to which sunscreen to choose and which to avoid, be sure you find another pediatrician right away. It would mean your child's doctor doesn't know about the cumulative damage from UVA rays, and we would worry about what else he or she wasn't up to date on.
For more information about Coppertone, call (866)-288-3330 or visit www.coppertone.com.
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