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Coppertone

Sport Lotion SPF 30

8.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Sport Lotion SPF 30 is nearly identical to Coppertone’s Sport Lotion SPF 15. Other than a higher percentage of active ingredients necessary to reach its SPF 30 rating, the same review applies: this has been reformulated and now includes avobenzone for reliable UVA protection. This is a good, lightweight sunscreen for normal to oily skin, but it doesn’t have the same dry, non-greasy finish as the Ultra Sheer sub-brand from Neutrogena.

This could be made even better for skin by including a range of antioxidants to boost skin's defenses. However, we can't deny that it is a very pleasant texture for skin, and when worn over an antioxidant rich moisturizer or other treatment, it is certainly an effective, and inexpensive, option with an excellent amount of sun protection.

Pros:

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA screening.
  • Sheer fluid feels light and applies easily.
  • Cons:

    • Contains a small amount of antioxidants.

    More Info:

    Sunscreens That Lack Antioxidants: While this sunscreen goes the distance in terms of providing broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, a high SPF rating and unique aesthetics (making it one you’ll actually wear and apply liberally every day), it lacks a comprehensive array of added antioxidants. Research has demonstrated that antioxidants, when formulated into a broad-spectrum sunscreen formula, boost its effectiveness in defending your skin against UV and other environmental free radicals (Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants, 2004 and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2012).

    Thus, if you decide to try this sunscreen, we would strongly recommend you layer it over a well-formulated antioxidant rich serum. Serums are available in water-light textures for oily or combination skin, or hydrating formulas for normal to dry skin. Wearing one under your sunscreen every day will pay dividends in defending your skin against free-radical damage and inflammation that destroy the skin’s ability to heal, remain healthy and firm over time (Journal of Pathology, 2007 and Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012).

    Don’t have a favorite serum yet? Check out list of top recommended serums to find one that suits your skin type and concerns.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Waterproof and ultrasweatproof, so it won't run into eyes and sting. Ultradry formula allows for no-slip grip. Oil free. UVA/UVB protection.

Active: Avobenzone (2%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (4%), Oxybenzone (5%), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Bis-Stearyl Ethylenediamine/ Neopentyl Glycol/Stearyl Hydrogenated Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylate C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Oleth-3, Tocopherol, Fragrance, 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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