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Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50
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2 fl. oz. for $7.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.07.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This sunscreen isn’t suitable for sensitive skin in the least. Although one of the active ingredients is zinc oxide (a mineral sunscreen that is great for sensitive skin), Coppertone also included synthetic sunscreen actives that tend to be problematic when sensitive, easily irritated skin is the concern. Mind you, these synthetic sunscreens are effective and just fine for the majority of people, but a sunscreen being marketed to those with sensitive skin shouldn’t contain them. It is good news that Coppertone omitted fragrance, but they also left out anti-irritants and helpful antioxidants, which all skin types need, especially those with sensitive skin when it comes to anti-irritants. This provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection in a lotion base suitable for normal to slightly dry skin, but that’s all the excitement you’ll get. For the money, it’s not a bad deal, but it must be said that better sunscreens exist from Coppertone (and Banana Boat and Neutrogena).

Claims

Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion is clinically proven appropriate for sensitive skin, including rosacea. It provides powerful, yet extra gentle broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Free of alcohol, dyes and oils. Non greasy, won’t cause breakouts or irritate skin. Photostable. Waterproof.

Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Zinc Oxide (14.5%), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride

Brand Overview

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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