The goal of this Coppertone sunscreen is to provide broad-spectrum sun protection enriched with antioxidants to further help skin. For the most part, they achieve that goal. We wish they’d included greater amounts of antioxidants, but some are better than none when it comes to giving skin a boost before it will be exposed to sunlight. As far as sun exposure goes, this in-part avobenzone sunscreen for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin has you well protected, though the SPF rating is needlessly high. Consider that SPF 70 means you can stay in the sun for 1400 minutes without turning pink. (The formula is: 20 minutes [before you would normally turn pink in the sun without sunscreen] x 70 = 1400 minutes). There are only 1440 minutes in a day, so that works out to be almost 24 hours of protection, which is way more time than the average person’s skin sees the sun anywhere in the world. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a sunscreen to consider, just that its SPF rating is a bit much. On the other hand, given the fact that most people tend to under-apply sunscreen, it can be construed as a positive because at least you will be getting a lot more sunscreen ingredients on your skin even if you don’t apply it liberally.
Combines superior, photostable UVA/UVB sun protection plus nourishing antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals that contribute to the visible signs of aging. The ultrasheer formula moisturizes your skin yet won’t clog pores so it’s perfect for daily use. Dermatologist tested.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Diethylhexyl Syringylidene-Malonate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chlorphenesin, Cellulose Gum, Butylated PVP, Disodium EDTA
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.