Coppertone Sport High Performance Continuous Spray is super convenient to use for athletes and others who need their sunscreen to stay put while swimming and/or sweating. It comes in five SPF formulations. The formula's high alcohol content isn't ideal for sensitive skin, though. Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Kids Mineral Protection (Est. $11 for 4 oz.) is a better option for sensitive skin types.
Convenient and effective. Reviewers say Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen is very convenient, especially for athletes who can't risk greasy, slippery residue on their hands. Furthermore the can has a rotating nozzle that makes it easy to cover hard-to-reach areas. 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. Paula Begoun warns, however, that it contains a high amount of alcohol -- a potential irritant. Although we didn't find any user complaints about irritation, it's probably best to avoid this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin.
Sticky residue. Users like that Coppertone Sport Spray requires very little rubbing and soaks in to skin quickly but 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 Continuous Spray 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 by Coppertone, Paula Begoun, March 7, 2013
Coppertone Sport High Performance Ultra Sweatproof SPF 30 is included in Consumer Report's latest testing of sunscreens. Each of the formulas is tested for UVA and UVB protection.
Review: Sunscreens, Editors of Consumer Reports, May 2013
Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray has been chosen by InStyle magazine as a best beauty buy for five consecutive years. Editors say it really stays put even while sweating and swimming. The latest review is for the SPF 70 version, but all versions are similarly formulated.
Review: Best Beauty Buys 2013: Body, Editors of InStyle magazine, Not dated
About two dozen reviewers at Drugstore.com give Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray a high overall rating. Most like the convenience that it provides and say that it's easy to apply and is very sweat resistant. A few say that it leaves a sticky residue, similar to hairspray.
Review: Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen, Clear Continuous Spray, SPF 30, Contributors to Drugstore .com, Not dated
Reviewers at Amazon.com have mixed opinions about Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray. Most say that it is convenient and effective but many complain that it runs out quickly (which may be due to overspray) and can stain clothing.
Review: Coppertone Sport Clear Continuous Spray SPF 30 Twin Pack, 12 oz, Contributors to Amazon.com, Not dated