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 Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $9.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil Free Faces Lotion SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $8.99 3.00 fl. oz.
Good NutraShield Faces SPF 70+ with Dual Defense (Discontinued) Coppertone Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $10.99 3.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil Free Lotion SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $11.19 8.00 fl. oz.
Good NutraShield SPF 70+ with Dual Defense (Discontinued) Coppertone SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $10.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Water Babies Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good NutraShield SPF 30 with Dual Defense (Discontinued) Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $10.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 55 Coppertone
- Sport
Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $4.99 0.60 fl. oz.
Good Water Babies Sunscreen Stick Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $4.99 0.60 fl. oz.
Good Ultraguard Lotion SPF 30 Coppertone SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $9.49 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Wet ‘n Clear Continuous Spray SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $8.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Water Babies Quick Cover Lotion Spray SPF 50 Coppertone Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70+ Coppertone
- Kids
Kid's Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Gradual Tan Continuous Spray (Discontinued) Coppertone Self-Tanners  $10.29 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Ultraguard Quickcover Lotion Spray SPF 30 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Wet ‘n Clear Continuous Spray SPF 45 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $8.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Sport Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone
- Sport
SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $10.49 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70+ (Discontinued) Coppertone
- Sport
SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $10.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Kids Sunblock Stick SPF 55 Coppertone
- Kids
SPF 50 and Higher 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 Clearly Sheer Faces for Beach & Pool Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil Free Foaming Sunscreen Lotion SPF 75+ Coppertone SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $7.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Ultraguard Lotion SPF 50 Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $10.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Clearly Sheer for Beach & Pool Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ Coppertone Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $9.49 5.00 fl. oz.
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