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Kids Continuous Spray SPF 70+
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8 fl. oz. for $10.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > Kid's Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.07.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Parents may think the continuous spray action of this in-part avobenzone sunscreen is a quick and convenient way to protect their kids from sun exposure. However, the fine mist, which sprays from any angle, propels a hefty amount of skin-damaging alcohol onto your kid’s skin, and that’s not the way to set them up for a lifetime of healthy skin-care habits. Given the number of broad-spectrum sunscreens that don’t have this drawback, Kids Continuous Spray SPF 70+ is not recommended. Also worth mentioning is that the SPF 70 is overkill. There isn’t enough daylight for this SPF rating to make sense, and the amount of sunscreen ingredients needed to obtain this level of protection (based on time, not quality) can cause skin irritation.

Claims

This clear, no-rub, no mess spray provides quick and even coverage. Designed to reach hard to reach places. Exclusive twist-and-lock cap means no cap to lose. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Waterproof. Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist tested.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Alcohol Denatured (63.7% v/v), Acrylates/Acrylamide Copolymer, Glycerin, Diethylhexyl Syringylidene-Malonate, Fragrance, Caprylic/Capric Stearic Triglyceride

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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