This is a basic, but very good sunscreen capable of providing broad-spectrum protection. It provides critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection by stabilized avobenzone, and has a lightweight lotion texture those with normal to oily skin will appreciate.
Even better, this sunscreen is fragrance-free. We wish Coppertone had added antioxidants to boost skin’s defenses when exposed to sunlight. However, we can't deny that it is a very pleasant texture for skin, and when worn over an antioxidant rich moisturizer or other treatment, it is certainly an effective, and inexpensive, option with an excellent amount of sun protection.
- Provides broad-spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for UVA (think anti-aging) protection.
- Lightweight lotion doesn’t feel slick or greasy.
- Lacks antioxidants to boost skin’s environmental defenses.
Sunscreens That Lack Antioxidants: While this sunscreen goes the distance in terms of providing broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, a high SPF rating and unique aesthetics (making it one you’ll actually wear and apply liberally every day), it lacks a comprehensive array of added antioxidants. Research has demonstrated that antioxidants, when formulated into a broad-spectrum sunscreen formula, boost its effectiveness in defending your skin against UV and other environmental free radicals (Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants, 2004 and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2012).
Thus, if you decide to try this sunscreen, we would strongly recommend you layer it over a well-formulated antioxidant rich serum. Serums are available in water-light textures for oily or combination skin, or hydrating formulas for normal to dry skin. Wearing one under your sunscreen every day will pay dividends in defending your skin against free-radical damage and inflammation that destroy the skin’s ability to heal, remain healthy and firm over time (Journal of Pathology, 2007 and Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012).
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