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Coppertone

Oil Free Foaming Sunscreen Lotion SPF 75+

6.00 fl. oz. for $ 7.99
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This spray-on aerosol sunscreen SPF rating is overkill because there isn’t enough daylight in most parts of the world to merit even an SPF 50, let alone SPF 75+. Also, because of the high amount of active ingredients needed to reach this SPF rating, it can pose a risk of irritation or a sensitizing skin reaction.

Beyond the high SPF rating, this sunscreen has a thin lotion texture that sprays on and blends easily. It is water-resistant (not waterproof as claimed, because all sunscreens must be reapplied after swimming or perspiring heavily) and best for normal to oily skin. It provides critical UVA (anti-aging) protection via stabilized avobenzone.

Coppertone included a few antioxidants, which is great because they help boost the skin’s environmental defense. However, the concern about irritation from the high amount of actives needed to reach SPF 75+ should give you pause. Plus, Coppertone offers other sunscreens whose antioxidant content bests this one.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for UVA (think anti-aging) protection.
  • Lightweight, spray-on lotion is easy to apply and blend.
  • Water-resistant so can be used when swimming or active outdoors.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • The SPF rating is overkill. A sunscreen rated SPF 30–50 applied liberally will work just as well for a day in the sun in almost every part of the world, without the added risk of irritation from the high level of active ingredients.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Oil free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, photostable broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, waterproof.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%). Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Isobutene, Sorbitol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Retinyl Palmitate, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA

Coppertone At-a-Glance

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 irritatingalcohol.

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 lackingmaking this a line to shop very carefully. Ironically, Coppertone includes a fair amount of accurate, sun-smart information on their Web sitebut their products aren't following the same advice! For example, they recommend you apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher whenever you go outdoorsbut 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 sweatproof." 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, andwe 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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