Coppertone Sport Accuspray is super-convenient for athletes and others who need their sunscreen to stay put while swimming and/or sweating. It comes in four SPF formulations. The formula's high alcohol content and fragrance isn't ideal for sensitive skin, though, and it also includes a few other ingredients considered potentially harmful.
Convenient and effective. Reviewers say Coppertone Sport Accuspray is very convenient, especially when you're applying sunscreen solo. The can has a rotating nozzle that makes it easy to cover hard-to-reach areas and also locks closed. However, the spray is very wide, which can cause streaky or partial coverage. Most users say the formula is very effective and it doesn't run in their eyes like traditional (non-sport) formulas. It's sweat- and water-resistant for 80 minutes. Coppertone Sport contains avobenzone for broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection as well as oxybenzone, an ingredient considered dangerous by Environmental Working Group.
Sticky residue. Users like that Coppertone Sport Accuspray requires no rubbing in and soaks into skin quickly. This makes it great for athletes who can't risk greasy hands. However, a few say that it can leave a sticky, hairspray-like residue on skin. Some don't like the chemical smell, which is especially overpowering when sprayed in a bathroom with little ventilation.
Paula Begoun says Coppertone Sport Accuspray provides adequate UVA and UVB protection, but she is highly critical of the formula because it contains loads of irritating alcohol -- almost 80 percent.
Review: Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50, Paula Begoun, March 7, 2013
Coppertone Sport Accuspray is included in ConsumerReport.org's latest testing of sunscreens. Each of the formulas is tested for UVA and UVB protection.
Review: Sunscreens, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Coppertone Sport Accuspray was chosen by InStyle magazine as a best beauty buy for five consecutive years, but is no longer the best pick in their 2014 review. Editors say it really stays put even while sweating and swimming.
Review: Best Beauty Buys: Body, Editors of InStyle magazine, Not dated
4. Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives Coppertone Sport Accuspray a high hazard rating of 7. It is docked points for including several high-risk ingredients, including oxybenzone, fragrance and retinyl palmitate.
Review: Coppertone Sport High Performance Clear Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 30, Editors of Environmental Working Group, Not Dated
GoodGuide.com editors give Coppertone Sport Accuspray an overall rating of 6 out of 10 and a health rating of 6, or good. Like EWG, it notes the inclusion of oxybenzone, but says it is below the threshold amount that might be dangerous. GoodGuide.com also considers fragrance controversial as opposed to hazardous.
Review: Coppertone Sport Continuous Sunblock Spray with SPF 30 - 6 Oz, Editors of GoodGuide.com, Not dated
About two dozen reviewers at Drugstore.com give Coppertone Sport Accuspray 4 out of 5 stars. Most like the convenience it provides and say that it's easy to apply and very sweat-resistant. A few say that it leaves a sticky residue, similar to hairspray.
Review: Coppertone Sport High Performance AccuSpray Sunscreen, SPF 30, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of June 2014
Close to 30 reviewers at Amazon.com have mixed opinions about Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray, which is reflected in its rating -- 3 stars out of 5. Most say that it is convenient and effective, but many complain that it runs out quickly and can stain clothing.
Review: Coppertone Sport Clear SPF 30 Continuous Spray Clear Twin Pack, 6-Ounce Cans, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2014
InStyle editors list their favorite sunscreens in this article, and name Coppertone Sport the best for easy reapplication. They also like that the top locks to prevent any leaking in your beach bag. It's not clear how the sunscreens on this list were selected, however.
Review: The Best Sunscreens We've Found Yet, Editors of InStyle magazine, Not Dated
9. Women's Health magazine
In this list of seven sunscreens, Coppertone Sport is named the "best for speed freaks." Editors say it is very quick to apply since it doesn't need to be rubbed in. They also mention that the spray can protect less evenly, though.
Review: The Best Sunscreen Products, Editors of Women's Health magazine, Not Dated
Amanda Montell lists the best- and worst-reviewed sunscreen products according to TotalBeauty.com users. Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray is the only sport sunscreen to make the list of the best, and it has an average member rating of 9. Reviewers like the smell and say it's a breeze to apply. They also say it feels weightless.
Review: 12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 4 Worst, Amanda Montell, June 10, 2014