Coppertone has a new zinc oxide sunscreen called Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, which is fragrance free and waterproof, and it contains an impressive 14.5% zinc oxide. Even though I really like the cheap zinc oxide sunscreens Blue Lizard and Vanicream, I’m always on the lookout for a super affordable zinc oxide drugstore sunscreen that can be found anywhere. I picked up a large 6 oz bottle of the Coppertone for about $9 at Target.
*Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50*
This new sunscreen contains 14.5% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate, and 5% Octisalate, which means it has a great percentage of zinc oxide – more than Blue Lizard and Vanicream. It has the highest percentage of zinc oxide in a drugstore brand sunscreen, as far as I know (a lot of new sunscreens have come out this year.) In my opinion, zinc oxide is an essential ingredient in a good sunscreen.
Good for sensitive skin?
Since this Coppertone sunscreen contains chemical sunscreen ingredients (octinoxate and octisalate), I’m not sure if they should have really put the words “sensitive skin” in the product name because if you have truly sensitive skin, you probably can’t tolerate any chemical sunscreen ingredients. However, a lot of people have sensitivities to specific chemical sunscreen ingredients like avobenzene or oxybenzone, and since neither of those ingredients are present, this might still be a good option to try if you can handle some chemical sunscreens. This product doesn’t make my skin burn like avobenzene or oxybenzone does, but I haven’t spent a ton of time in direct sun wearing it yet. It also claims it won’t sting eyes, but I haven’t tested that yet either. For truly sensitive skin, Blue Lizard and Vanicream make sunscreens without chemical sunscreen ingredients.
Fragrance free and waterproof
The Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen says it’s fragrance free, which is great for sensitive skin, but I could still smell a faint pleasant sunscreen scent. Fragrance is not listed as an ingredient, though, so this should be fine for someone that needs to avoid fragrance. The product is also waterproof (water resistant) which I personally like, since it stays on better when you sweat or swim, but I know some people don’t like waterproof sunscreens. I haven’t worn it swimming yet, but it seems to be pretty water resistant.
Safe for acne-prone skin?
This sunscreen says it’s hypoallergenic and won’t cause breakouts, but I’m not 100% sure about this yet. The 10th inactive ingredient in the product is Exylhexyl Palmitate, which is a huge pore clogger, but I can’t imagine there’s enough of it to pose a problem. The first time I used this on my face, I did end up with a small pimple the next day, but the second time I used it, I was fine. In some online reviews, people say they got breakouts from this, so it could cause breakouts if you are prone to acne. I will keep testing it to find out for sure. This product says it’s non-greasy, but it goes on pretty thick and shiny, so it’s probably best for someone with normal to dry skin. Coppertone also makes an almost identical version called Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 Faces that contains all of the exact same ingredients, except for one additional ingredient, but online reviewers claim the Faces version has a slightly more matte finish. I haven’t tried that one yet, but the Faces version comes in a much smaller size, yet it costs more!
Can you wear it under makeup?
I wore this sunscreen to the pool yesterday and didn’t wear any makeup or moisturizer on my face, and while it went on really white, after a few minutes it soaked in and I could barely see it. My face was still a little shiny, though. I tried to wear this over moisturizer and under foundation a few times, and I was getting major pilling and an uneven finish. Some people say this works great under makeup but it didn’t work for me. However, I will definitely wear it on my face at the pool or beach, when I’m not wearing makeup. As a body sunscreen, I think it’s great so far, and while it goes on a bit thick, that’s to be expected from a zinc oxide sunscreen. I plan on wearing this on my body every day here in scorching Las Vegas.
This sunscreen doesn’t contain any antioxidants, so that’s one of its major drawbacks. This probably won’t be the best solution for someone with super sensitive skin, it’s hard to use under makeup, and it could possibly cause breakouts (I will keep you updated on that). However, because it contains a large amount of zinc oxide, plus two good chemical sunscreen ingredients, it’s an SPF 50, fragrance free, waterproof, and really economical, I think this is a great sunscreen to consider – at least for your body. I’ll continue using it, until I discover something better. Have you tried this product, or the Faces version? What’s your favorite drugstore sunscreen? And don’t forget - choose a sun product labeled sunscreen, not tanning oil ;)
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Zinc Oxide (14.5%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/GGP 10/1 Dimethicone, PEG 12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride