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Coppertone

Ultraguard Lotion SPF 70+

8.00 fl. oz. for $ 10.99
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This fragrance-free sunscreen is identical to Coppertone’s Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70+. As such, the same review applies: this is an excellent, affordable way to keep your skin protected while in the sun. This in-part avobenzone sunscreen comes in a lightweight base suitable for all skin types, and it contains a handful of notable antioxidants. Also worth mentioning is that the SPF 70 is overkill. There isn’t enough daylight for this SPF rating to make sense, and the amount of sunscreen ingredients needed to obtain this level of protection (based on time, not quality) can cause skin irritation.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Screens out the sun's burning rays to help prevent sunburn. Provides protection from UVA rays that may contribute to skin damage and premature aging of the skin. Higher SPF gives more sunburn protection. Waterproof formula retains SPF after 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating. Non-greasy and moisturizing.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Diethylhexyl Syringylidene-Malonate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chlorphenesin, Cellulose Gum, Butylated PVP, 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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