I’m pretty diligent about wearing sunscreen. I mean, when you live in Florida and do lots of outdoor activities, it’s kind of a must, you know? But like anyone else, I face a couple of challenges with it.
For one thing, I want it to be good for my skin — I want it to feel moisturizing but not greasy, and I definitely don’t want to deal with clogged pores. I want it to be easy to apply, because if it’s a pain to put on, I’m way less likely to reapply (or do it in the first place). And, I want it to stay put, even if — make that especially if — I sweat.
So, when Aveeno and Coppertone reached out to us with a few new products to try, obviously I was all in.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate
The Aveeno Protect + Hydrate line is designed to absorb quickly, be oil-free, noncomedogenic, and sweat- and water-resistant for 80 minutes. It’s available in several levels of SPF protection for face and body and uses colloidal oatmeal, which can help with your skin’s normal pH and moisturize to prevent and protect dry skin.
The good: This smells great — the scent is more like a nice lotion than a sunscreen. It applies really easily — very smooth and creamy (as long as it’s well shaken beforehand — otherwise you end up with a pool of clear liquid before the lotion comes out). And, when it comes time to take it off, it goes away without too much scrubbing.
The not-so-good: I know this is oil-free, but it feels a tiny bit greasy on my skin. Sometimes it’s a fine line between moisturizing and icky, and this is a little closer to the fence than I might like. And, although it applied really easily and felt fairly light, as soon as I started to sweat, I felt it running down my face. I did not burn, so perhaps the ingredients responsible for sun protection stayed put, but wiping my sweat away made my hands slippery — not ideal.
Coppertone Sport AccuSpray
Coppertone’s new Sport AccuSpray was designed to deal with an issue everyone who’s used a spray sunscreen has faced: Sunscreen going everywhere. I mean, sure, it gets on your skin, too, but it also settles on everything within a five-foot radius. And besides the mess, there’s the waste — who wants to drop money on a can of sunscreen when they’re only going to get to use half of it? AccuSpray uses patented technology to create a more targeted spray, getting more on you and less on everything near you.
The good: It is more accurate, so application is simple, but I’d still recommend applying outside, partly because a little bit is still likely to land on the floor around you, but also because the smell is a bit much in an enclosed area. It also seemed to stay put really well — I didn’t use it on my face (because I never use spray on my face), but I didn’t notice it running off my body, and I didn’t burn at all.
The not-so-good: Aside from the smell (which goes away, but is intense when you’re spraying it), it feels a bit thick and sticky on my skin. I suppose that might have something to do with how it stays in place so well, and when I’m doing active, outdoorsy thing, it’s an entirely fair trade.
Fit Bottomed Line: Both are good options for specific situations, and less than ideal for others. Still hunting for the perfect sunscreen!
Do you have a sunscreen that does it all? Can I borrow some? —Kristen