Coppertone

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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Good Water Babies Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Kids Continuous Spray SPF 50 Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70+ Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Water Babies Quick Cover Lotion Spray SPF 50 Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Kids Sunblock Stick SPF 30 (Discontinued) Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $5.99 0.60 fl. oz.
Poor Water Babies Lotion SPF 70+ Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Water Babies Sunscreen Stick Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $4.99 0.60 fl. oz.
Poor Water Babies Stick SPF 30 (Discontinued) Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $4.99 0.60 fl. oz.
Good Water Babies Lotion Spray SPF 50 Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Kids Continuous Spray SPF 70+ Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Water Babies Pure & Simple Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 (Discontinued) Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good NutraShield Faces SPF 70+ with Dual Defense (Discontinued) Coppertone Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $10.99 3.00 fl. oz.
Good Clearly Sheer Faces for Sunny Days Face Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Coppertone Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $8.99 2.00 fl. oz.
Good Gradual Tan Moisturizing Lotion Coppertone Self-Tanners  $10.29 9.00 fl. oz.
Good Gradual Tan Continuous Spray (Discontinued) Coppertone Self-Tanners  $10.29 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Dry Oil Continuous Spray SPF 4 Coppertone SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Dry Oil Continuous Spray SPF 10 Coppertone SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Lotion SPF 4 Coppertone SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen  $8.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Lotion SPF 8 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $8.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Average Oil Free Lotion SPF 15 Coppertone SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $11.19 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Ultraguard Continuous Spray SPF 15 Coppertone SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Sport Continuous Spray SPF 15 Coppertone
- Sport
Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Ultraguard Lotion SPF 15 Coppertone SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
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