Defend & Care Face Clear Zinc 50 Advanced Invisible Protection
Very rarely, when all but one aspect of a sunscreen comes together, we make an exception to the rule and grant it our highest rating. Such is the case with Coppertone’s Defend & Care Face Clear Zinc 50 Advanced Invisible Protection. It lacks antioxidants for enhanced environmental defense, but everything else about it is must-try!
Housed in a standard soft plastic squeeze tube is an in-part zinc oxide water-resistant sunscreen. The fragrance-free formula works great on face or body; its beautifully smooth formula is a joy to apply. Blending this in reveals Coppertone made good on its claim of no white residue, a common issue from zinc oxide.
This feels unlike most sunscreens, leaving a smooth finish that doesn’t develop a lingering thick or tacky feel that constantly reminds you you’re wearing sunscreen. In turn, this will encourage you to apply it daily, which is exactly what’s needed—and the price should encourage liberal application.
No sunscreen is perfect, so we don’t expect this one will meet everyone’s personal preferences, but it certainly stands a better chance of gaining broad acceptance compared to lots of other sunscreens in all price ranges. Well done, Coppertone!
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Beautifully smooth formula is a joy to apply and blend.
- Doesn’t leave a white cast once it sets.
- Feels great on skin, very “un-sunscreen-like”.
- Fragrance free, water-resistant formula.
- Lacks antioxidants for environmental defense.
Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc Face Sunscreen helps protect skin against the sun's most damaging UVA/UVB rays - in a breakthrough zinc oxide lotion that rubs in clear with no white residue. Its proven sun protection in a lightweight formula helps maintain vibrant, healthy-looking 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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