While this is a good option for sun protection, 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 for a formula marketed towards sensitive skin, it must be said that if that is your concern, better sunscreens exist from other brands. If you're in the market for an ordinary sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection, this is a great option to consider for the price.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA screening.
- Sheer fluid feels light and applies easily.
- Despite claims on the label, this is not appropriate for sensitive skin, much less those battling rosacea.
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).
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