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 Clearly Sheer Faces for Beach & Pool Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 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.
Average Clearly Sheer for Beach & Pool Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Average Clearly Sheer for Beach & Pool Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Clearly Sheer for Beach & Pool Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Average Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days Continuous Spray SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Dry Oil Continuous Spray SPF 10 Coppertone SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Dry Oil Continuous Spray SPF 4 Coppertone SPF 14 or lower Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Gradual Tan Continuous Spray (Discontinued) Coppertone Self-Tanners  $10.29 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Gradual Tan Moisturizing Lotion Coppertone Self-Tanners  $10.29 9.00 fl. oz.
Poor Kids Continuous Spray SPF 50 Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Kids Continuous Spray SPF 70+ Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 (Discontinued) Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Kids Sunblock Stick SPF 30 (Discontinued) Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $5.99 0.60 fl. oz.
Good Kids Sunblock Stick SPF 55 Coppertone
- Kids
SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $4.99 0.60 fl. oz.
Good Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70+ Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 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.
Good NutraShield Faces SPF 70+ with Dual Defense (Discontinued) Coppertone Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $10.99 3.00 fl. oz.
Good NutraShield SPF 30 with Dual Defense (Discontinued) Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $10.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good NutraShield SPF 70+ with Dual Defense (Discontinued) Coppertone SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $10.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil Free Faces Lotion SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $8.99 3.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil Free Foaming Sunscreen Lotion SPF 75+ Coppertone SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $7.99 6.00 fl. oz.
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