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Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
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6 fl. oz. for $11.99
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 is identical to Coppertone’s Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50; it merely has a different marketing angle. Either way, this is not appropriate for those with sensitive skin; in fact, just the opposite is true. While Sensitive Skin Sunscreen is fragrance-free, has a relatively silky lotion texture, and contains a generous in-part zinc oxide base, it also includes synthetic active ingredients, which make it not so helpful for sensitive skin. Yes, it contains zinc oxide (quite a bit—enough to leave a visible white cast on skin), but that and/or titanium dioxide are the only actives that should be in a sunscreen designed to be as gentle as possible. Synthetic sunscreen agents are very effective, but are not the best for those with truly sensitive skin. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is worth considering if you have normal to dry skin, but it’s a shame the name and claims are so misleading.

Claims

Gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Contains Zinc Oxide. Free of dyes, oils and alcohol. Absorbs across 100% of the UVA/UVB spectrum. Won’t irritate or sting eyes. Fragrance-free. Non-greasy.

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, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, 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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02.14.2014
Worst sunscreen ever!

I disagree completely with Paula on this one. It goes on thick and heavy, is hard to wash off (an oil-based cleanser is necessary), does not "mesh" with skin, it took a long time to even remotely absorb, and if you need a white mask for Halloween, look no further! Just because it has good sun protection and it's cheap, doesn't mean it's worth it. This is one to leave on the shelf!

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