Review: Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50
At the beginning of this summer, I picked up Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50 for my body. I was searching for a physical sunscreen for my body, but this was close enough, lol. It’s not a completely physical sunscreen but mixed. It has a combination of physical and chemical filters (Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.5%, Zinc Oxide 9.7%). Good enough, I guess. haha. My body isn’t too picky like my face. 😢 So the product is called Clear Zinc. I’m assuming the sunscreen should go on clear and not leave a white cast behind. We’ll see about that! It’s water resistant (80 minutes). It doesn’t contain any dyes, PABA, and Oxybenzone. It looks like a basic sunscreen that can be used on beach days. It comes in a 6 fl. oz. bottle. If this was used on the face, I would consider this a good amount of product. On the body, not so much. I’ve seen larger bottles of sunscreen for the body. But let’s try it out! Here’s my experience with Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50! ☀
This sunscreen goes all the way back to the beginning of this summer. I’ve had it for a while now. Here are my thoughts on it. The product is a gel-cream. It looks like a cream but feels like a gel. It’s gloopy when dispensed from the bottle. I started using this sunscreen on my body first. It feels like a typical sunscreen lotion when applied to the skin. Nothing really stands out about it. I did noticed that the sunscreen tends to leave a slight white cast on my skin. From my experience with this sunscreen, I don’t think it would work on skin that’s tan or darker. I didn’t like it myself even though I’m not tan. I prefer sunscreens that blend into my natural skin tone. With the white cast, it tends to settle into fine lines and creases. Also, it transfers white stains onto clothes, other fabrics, and surfaces as well. This sunscreen isn’t moisturizing, so if you have dry skin, it’ll accentuate the dryness even more. I think it’s just the zinc doing that, lol. The reason why I tend to shy away from mineral-based sunscreens most of the time. They are, in general, drying on the skin. This sunscreen also has a plastic smell to it. It smells like a bunch of chemicals. I didn’t like it. Well, let’s see how it goes for my face. I decided to try it out anyways. It might work better. I can only hope! Read on…
I wasn’t too impressed with the sunscreen on my body, but I decided to try it on my face, since it contained SPF 50. I wanted a higher SPF at that time. I gave it a go regardless of my experience with the sunscreen on my body. haha. Applying the sunscreen to my facial skin was more challenging. The sunscreen is best applied in droplets. When too much is applied to the skin at once, it gets really messy and doesn’t absorb into the skin properly. My face ends up being white due to the white cast it leaves behind. On the face, the product moves around a lot. It’s streaky. It’s hard to tell if I’m applying an even application. Reapplication is just terrible too. The product would just build up and leave a horrible white cast behind on the skin every time I reapply the sunscreen. It looked like I was wearing a mask. It also accentuated dry patches on my skin. The product would settle in places, such as my eyebrows. It turned them white! It eventually dried out my skin so bad in the end making fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent. Also, the smell of the product gave me headaches. I can’t imagine having this product on my face daily. It smells so awful. The strong fumes irritated my eyes. They became so teary and red. And yes, this sunscreen broke me out. 😭 I developed closed comedones. It was pretty scary. Another product that sits on top of my skin and clogs my pores. There’s just too many of them!
After this experience, it looks like this sunscreen is better off used as a body sunscreen. But I really wanted it to work on my face! It’s SPF 50 with zinc and comes in a 6 fl. oz. bottle. It would’ve been awesome if it did! But, nope, it didn’t work. 😟 Now let’s look at the ingredient list real quick! Just at a glance, it contains beeswax. My skin hates that stuff, but I had to try it out anyways. 😆 Next time, I won’t. It’s an ingredient that I am going to stay away from. Well! The rest of the sunscreen goes on my body. Never on my face ever again!
This is what Coppertone Defend & Care Zinc 50 looks like! Just your typical beach sunscreen.
Pros & Cons
- Contains SPF 50 (Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.5%, Zinc Oxide 9.7%)
- Comes in a 6 fl. oz. bottle
- Water-resistant (80 minutes)
- Doesn’t contain dyes, PABA, Oxybenzone
- Dries the skin out
- Strong fumes
- Burns the eyes
- Leaves a white cast behind
- Clogs pores (closed comedones!!)
Another big bottle of sunscreen that didn’t work on my face, but my body does ok with it. It irritated my facial skin terribly. It dried out my skin, left a white cast behind (looked like I was wearing a mask!!), burned my eyes, and made fine lines and wrinkles more prominent. Also, I developed closed comedones while using this product. Yuck! It’s a decent sunscreen for the body. Just not for the face. But it’s not for me. I didn’t like it at all. The smell of this product is such a huge turn off. I can’t put up with it. It gave me bad headaches. And I read so many good reviews on it. All lies! 😭😭😭😭 I won’t purchase again. Moving on and on to the next best thing!
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Review: Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Ta-da! I have another sunscreen stick! This time, it’s not a physical sunscreen stick. It’s a chemical-based one from Banana Boat. It’s the Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+! What caught my eye about this product is that it comes in a larger size. It’s 1.5 oz. My other sunscreen sticks (Blue Lizard, Cetaphil) are only 0.5 oz. each. They’re a bit more expensive too for the amount of product. I’ve been using Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+ on a daily basis, and I’m so close to being done with the whole stick! It hasn’t even been a month yet! 😵 It’s going down real quick. So, I think it’s time to venture out to other sunscreen sticks to see if they’re any good or not. Just because something costs more, doesn’t mean it’s better, right? This one could work just as well or even better. We’ll have to see! Here are my thoughts on Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+!
The first thing I noticed about this sunscreen stick was that it was larger in size (1.5 oz.). I thought it was nice, since my other sunscreen sticks are much smaller in size (0.5 oz.). They seem to go down very fast, and I feel like…is it worth it? lol. Sunscreen gets really expensive over time too, since I use it more often compared to other skin care products I have. Especially with reapplication. So this sunscreen stick goes on the skin clear. There’s no white cast. There shouldn’t be a white cast. It’s a chemical based sunscreen. It contains 2.7% avobenzone, 9.0% homosalate, 4.5% octisalate, 9.0% octocrylene for UV protection. I don’t have any problems with chemical-based sunscreens. They seem to work a tad better for me compared to the physical-based ones. Physical sunscreens tend to dry my skin out most of the time and irritate my skin. Leaving my skin feeling itchy. I have to make sure I layer on moisturizer before using a physical-based one. Sometimes it dries out my skin regardless. But that’s just my skin…
The texture of this sunscreen is very soft and smooth. It glides on the skin effortlessly. It leaves the skin feeling a little sticky, but a lot of sunscreens do anyways. I think I’m pretty much used to that. I would put up with it if it’s working to protect my skin from skin damage and skin cancer. Since I don’t use this product on my face, I can’t say much about it clogging my pores. From my experience using it on my body, it feels like it would clog my pores, since the texture of the product feels dense and heavy. I don’t think it would work for my face due to how thick it feels (and it’s sticky). I don’t use sunscreen sticks on my face anyways, just my body. So the product itself is good. It works for what it is. My only issue is the cap of the product. There’s a clear lid inside of the cap. Product gets mushy around the lid, and it looks so messy. I just don’t like looking it, but that’s just me. haha. Also, with this sunscreen, make sure to twist the stick all the way down, so the cap can close properly. That gets annoying sometimes because even a little bit of the stick poking out prevents the cap from closing properly.
This is what the sunscreen stick looks like. Clean and new. 😍
Pros & Cons
- Contains SPF 50+ (2.7% avobenzone, 9.0% homosalate, 4.5% octisalate, 9.0% octocrylene)
- 1.5 oz. sunscreen stick!
- Soft and smooth texture
- Glides on the skin easily and effortlessly
- Goes on clear, no white cast
- Water resistant (80 minutes)
- Reef friendly
- Feels a bit sticky
- Annoying cap
This sunscreen stick wasn’t too bad. It’s different in texture when compared to my physical-based sunscreen sticks. It has a smoother feel to it when applied to the skin. It goes on clear and doesn’t leave a white cast behind. The final application is invisible. I don’t have to blend it into my skin too much. Saves more time since I don’t have to worry about a white cast. But I think I’m pretty neutral about this product. It’s not amazing, but it’s also not terrible. In a way, I do like my zinc-based sunscreen sticks. ha! 😆 This is a tough one. It all comes down to if you prefer chemical-based or physical-based sunscreens. The chemical ones are less expensive from my experience. They give you more product from what I’ve noticed too. Soooo I think I would purchase this one again if I ever run out of my physical-based ones. They all work the same to me, since I’m not using it on my face. It’s entirely based on which one you prefer. Taking out my preference for zinc-based sunscreen sticks, this one is good to go! It works like it’s supposed to, and it’s bigger and cheaper. lol. This is a good way to save a little bit of money. But overall, it works. It was nice to try out something new and different. 🙂
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