CoppertoneKids Sunblock Stick SPF 55
0.6 fl. oz. for $4.99
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There is nothing about this fragrance-free, portable stick sunscreen that’s special for kids. If anything, the high amount of active ingredients can be extremely sensitizing, especially on young skin, and can irritate the eyes if you’re sweating or inadvertently rubbing your eyes, as kids are prone to do. Adults will do better with this broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains avobenzone for critical UVA (anti-aging) protection. It is a good option for use on sunburn-prone areas such as tops of the ears, bridge of the nose, and tops of the feet.

The water-resistant formula is best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts, although most of the areas this is best suited for don’t typically break out. It contains a small, but potentially helpful, array of vitamin-based antioxidants.

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Ideal for use on sunburn-prone areas such as the tops of the ears and feet.
  • Portable so you won’t forget to reapply.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Despite the name, the active ingredients aren’t the best for use on kids or babies.
  • Wax-based stick is not suitable for application to the entire face, as its texture isn’t comfortable when applied over large areas.

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Generally speaking, kids (and especially babies) do best with sunscreens whose only actives are titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. Both of these mineral sunscreens provide gentle, effective broad-spectrum protection and do not irritate skin or eyes.

Last Updated:03.07.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Designed to provide spot protection for exposed areas such as ears, nose and face
Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, Waterproof


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Lauryl Laurate, Ozokerite, Cetearyl Behenate, Polybutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Myristyl Myristate, Tocopherol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C)

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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 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 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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