Tested on animals:Yes
Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen Lotion SPF 4 is an embarrassing product not only because it actively encourages the skin-damaging practice of tanning, but its SPF rating is well below the minimum SPF 30 recommended by dermatologists all over the world.
Its active ingredients combine to provide broad spectrum protection, but SPF 4 is such a short duration for most people, you'll likely need to reapply this every half hour to maintain the already-too-low level of sun protection.
The other issue is the outdated formula which is mostly void of anything truly helpful for skin and instead subjects skin to a lot of fragrance, which isn't skin-caring in the least.
The price is great for a large bottle of sunscreen, but if you want a bargain, minimalist formula, we strongly urge you to pick one with a much higher SPF rating that doesn't encourage tanning, the fastest way to see early signs of skin aging and other side effects no one wants.
- Inexpensive and generously sized.
- Encourages tanning, which is always bad for skin.
- SPF 4 is embarrassingly low.
- Fragranced formula poses a risk of aggravating skin.
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30:
An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
While a sunscreen will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad spectrum protection, we will always point out when it doesn't meet the standard of being an SPF 30 or greater because of how important it is for the health of your skin.
References for this information:
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, issue 4, pages 212-219
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, issue 5 supplemental, pages S149-154