05.19.2014
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Clearly Sheer for Beach & Pool Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
5 fl. oz. for $9.49
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Community Rating (2)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:05.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

This water-resistant sunscreen has a fluid, lightweight formula that provides broad-spectrum sun protection and may be applied to the face or the body (indeed, the ingredient list for this body sunscreen is identical to Coppertone's facial version!). Truly sheer and light, it sets to a soft, shine-free matte finish and contains stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening.

Although the formula contains a good water-binding agent and skin-repairing glycerin, it's lacking notable antioxidants beyond a token amount of vitamin E. Also, the clean scent Coppertone boasts about poses a risk of irritation that's compounded when you use a product that also contains non-mineral active sunscreen ingredients.

Note: The company's claim that this won't clog pores or cause breakouts is not substantiated. Yes, this has a light texture which minimizes the risk, but there's no way to say for certain that any given product won't clog pores or cause breakouts. It's good marketing copy and what lots of consumers want to hear, not a guarantee.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight texture and matte finish work great under makeup.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance, which can potentially make the active ingredients more sensitizing.
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Claims

Broad Spectrum SPF 50; Won't Cause Breakouts; Won't Clog Pores; Helps Leave Skin Soft; Fast Absorbing; Water Resistant (80 Minutes); Refreshing, Clean Scent

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 4.55%, Octocrylene 9%, Oxybenzone 5%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beeswax, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Fragrance

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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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.