Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days Continuous Spray SPF 30
5 fl. oz. for $9.49
Last Updated:05.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days has a misleading name, because in truth sunscreen is a skin care staple that should be applied to all areas of exposed skin every day, not just when it's sunny. Sun damage is really about daylight damage from ultraviolet (UV) light. The sun need not be shining in order for UV rays to penetrate and stealthily damage skin, so daily sun protection is about far more than sunny days at the beach!

This spray-on, water-resistant sunscreen is easy to use and feels wonderfully light due to the amount of alcohol it contains. Unfortunately, the alcohol presents a risk of irritation and free-radical damage, so despite this sunscreen providing broad-spectrum protection, it's not the ideal choice. Rather than rely on this as your sole sunscreen, it's best to use this to reapply sunscreen after sweating or toweling off. That means at home, you can apply a sunscreen lotion or cream (which don't contain alcohol) and then tote this spray for reapplications without needing to spend time rubbing in more cream or lotion.

Coppertone added a couple of vitamin-based antioxidants, which is great—but we wish the fragrance this contained wasn't so strong and lingering! This is not a sunscreen for sensitive skin; it's best for oily skin and is well-suited to breakout-prone skin.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Easy to apply, fast-drying formula.
  • Contains vitamin-based antioxidants.
  • The amount of alcohol puts skin at risk of irritation.
  • The fragrance is strong and tends to linger on skin (fragrance isn't skin care).

Broad Spectrum SPF 30; Helps Leave Skin Soft & Smooth; Fast Absorbing; Fresh, Clean Scent; Won't Cause Breakouts; Sheer, Light Formula for a Matte Finish on Skin


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Octocrylene 9%, Oxybenzone 3%; Inactive Ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B (51.5% v/v), Isobutane, Dimethicone, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate, VA/Butyl Maleate/Isobornyl Acrylate Copolymer, 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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This is hands down the worst sunscreen I have EVER used. I would like to preface this review by saying I have dark hair and eyes, naturally olive skin, and at this point in the summer a solid base tan. I was out in the sun for 4 hours and reapplied with this sunscreen 3 times within that time period. By the end of the day I was fried. I have never experienced a sunburn like this-lathering up in grease would've been more effective than this product. If you treasure your skin at all DO NOT BUY.

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