Hope all of you are enjoying this “sawaan” month. We are still experiencing scorching sunshine and heat wave at our place. To beat the heat, we have splash pool activities, but it often ends up in sunburns and tans, which takes time to heal. Yes gals, it is pretty disappointing to see that we are getting tanned while basking under the sun for 5+ hours during daytime unless we frequently use sunscreen every 90 minutes. I realized it lately that no matter even if we use the best quality sunscreen with 50+ or above spf rating, but I still get tanned if I spend 4+ hours under the sun. However, for limited hours of sun exposure, these sunscreen lotions work well to protect our skin. Today’s review is on one such sunscreen lotion from Coppertone that provides protection from tanning and sunburns for a few hours. So, let’s read about Coppertone Ultra Guard SPF 70+ Sunscreen Lotion today!
$8-$11 for 8 Fl Oz, price varies across stores.
Coppertone SPF 70+ UltraGuard® Sunscreen Lotion provides patented water resistant protection. Its ultra-moisturizing Aloe and Vitamin E formula helps prevent peeling and dryness. Regular use may help reduce signs of premature aging, wrinkling, and the chances of long term sun damage, including skin cancer. PABA free.
My Experience with Coppertone Ultra Guard SPF 70+ Sunscreen Lotion:
The pale white lotion comes in an opaque sturdy flip top open bottle packaging. It does have a chemical scent which might bother some people, but it usually subsides after a few seconds or so. Overall, I find the packaging quite user friendly and travel friendly.
The pale white fluid lotion can be easily massaged onto the skin. I really like its lightweight formula which is not very thick but of liquid consistency, like that of any other body lotion and spreads like a charm on my skin. It effortlessly blends into my skin with gentle massaging strokes; however, it does leave a sticky and oily layer for a while, which does bother me. Although the sticky oily layer usually fades away after a few minutes, I dislike that feel on my face and neck region, hence I avoid using it there.
It is always good to apply it 15 minutes prior to engaging in any sun activity or pool activity, but for my convenience and to avoid that sticky feeling, I use it 30 minutes before getting ready for any pool activity or sun exposure. Thankfully, it does not create any irritating, itching or burning feeling on my skin (unlike some oily sunscreen lotions that I have used earlier).
I do feel that it does provide nearly complete protection from sun for good 90 minutes. I usually see mild tanning even after using this sunscreen which pretty much explains that it will be ineffective after 80-90 minutes under the sun while for 1 hour, it gives me full coverage and protection. It is good to note that even if it fails to deliver complete sun protection after a while, it definitely helps to prevent peeling and burning sensations. I know it is quite a task to use it every 90 minutes. Moreover, not only this sunscreen, but any good quality sunscreen tends to wash away with sweat, prolonged hours in pool, etc., and hence it is really important to layer on every 90 minutes, preferably to make best use of sun protection.
I usually make sure to re-apply it every 80-90 minutes when I am on the beach for more than 5 hours. Overall, I find it pretty good for its 70+ sun protection considering it works well in summers with frequent touch ups with prolonged hours of sun exposure. I would preferably recommend it to dry and normal skin beauties as it does tend to feel oily and sticky on my skin, even though it says that it is a non-sticky lotion. Personally, I am happy with the results, though I am looking for a non-greasy lotion for summers which can be good enough to layer on my face as well, and hence it might be a skip for me!
Let’s sum up pros and cons:
Pros of Coppertone Ultra Guard SPF 70+ Sunscreen Lotion:
- A lightweight fluid sunscreen lotion which easily blends into the skin.
- Does not irritate the skin, does leave a greasy layer on the skin for a while.
- Does provide maximum protection for initial 60-80 minutes of sun exposure, but after that, you would need to reapply the lotion.
- Does provide sun protection when swimming for 80-90 minutes without much tanning.
- It is gentle enough to be used on children above 3 years of age.
- Also provides gentle hydration to normal/dry skin with spf 70+ protection.
- Quite an user friendly and travel-friendly packaging.
Cons of Coppertone Ultra Guard SPF 70+ Sunscreen Lotion:
- Even with its non-greasy claims, it does leave a greasy layer on my skin.
- Cannot use it on my face and neck region for the above-mentioned reason.
- Frequent re-application needed when you are out in the sun for prolonged hours.
Well, I don’t think I am more concerned about any of these points other than the greasy layer on my skin. I believe a very good sunscreen too needs re-application after a period of time if we are exposing ourselves to sun for more than 3-4 hours. Hence, I wouldn’t mind frequent re-applications, but I dislike that greasy layer on my skin. I might skip it for summers and look for a non-greasy sunscreen lotion while dry/normal/combination skin types would not have many concerns. I will rate it 3.8/5!
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