Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
8 fl. oz. for $10.99
Last Updated:03.07.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Lacks antioxidants to boost skin’s environmental defenses.

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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).

Don’t have a favorite serum yet? Check out list of top recommended serums to find one that suits your skin type and concerns.


Pure and Simple Sun Protection means: Oil free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, with photostablized Avobenzone, helps prevent premature skin aging from the sun.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Bis Stearyl Ethylenediamine, Stearyl Hydrogenated Dimer Dilionleate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Oleth 3, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA

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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I took this product to Aruba, and burned twice while using it. I had reapplied several times. It had absolutely no water resistance - I applied 3 times in 2 hours, and still burned. I would not recommend this product at all.

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