This spray-on sunscreen gets its broad-spectrum protection right thanks to an in-part avobenzone blend. However, the amount of alcohol present (it is the first inactive ingredient) makes it too irritating and problematic for most skin types, although it’s less of an issue from the neck down than for the face depending on your skin type. But, because alcohol is so problematic for skin, it is best to let this one stay on the shelf.
In terms of the SPF 90+ rating, just be aware that the amount of active ingredients required to achieve that number is extremely high, which can make it irritating for many skin types. SPF 90+ may seem impressive, but there isn’t enough daylight in most parts of the world to make products like this worthwhile. Remember, the SPF number is about length of time (how long you can stay in the sun without burning), not about the quality of protection. For example, someone whose skin turns pink after 10 minutes without sun protection would be protected for 900 minutes, or 14 hours! One more point: Despite the very-water-resistant claim (incorrectly labeled as sweat resistant), you still must reapply after two hours of sweating or swimming.
Specially formulated for active adults, this clear, no-rub, no-mess spray goes on quickly and dries in seconds. Ultra sweatproof so it won’t run into your eyes and sting. Sprays on at any angle for quick and even coverage, even in hard to reach places. Replenishing antioxidants help fortify skin’s natural defenses depleted during sun exposure.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Octocrylene (10%), Other: Alcohol Denatured, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Peg 15 Cocamine, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance, Retinyl Palmitate
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.