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ZoZo
09-15-2005, 03:19 PM
I just hate sticky-feeling sunscreen. (It even feels worse when it's really hot outside.) I also hate wasting $5 to $8 a bottle only to find out that I don't like something.

What's your favorite non-sticky sunblock?

jenlo2005
09-15-2005, 07:31 PM
I like Water Babies sunblock. It is in a pink bottle, tho, I don't remember the manufacturer. I have never found it to be sticky.

jackskellingtonsgirl
09-15-2005, 08:28 PM
Try that new Coppertone continuous spray. It is an aerosol, so it sprays on in a mist and it dries without being sticky or greasy. I got ours at Target.

fivefordisney
09-15-2005, 08:41 PM
Try that new Coppertone continuous spray. It is an aerosol, so it sprays on in a mist and it dries without being sticky or greasy. I got ours at Target.


Yes! This is the best because it is not greasy (we use the Sport version) and it is really fast! THE BEST!

weluvmnsshp
09-15-2005, 09:18 PM
I looked at Consumer Reports because I want the best protection for my family, and Banana boat spf 30 was it. It is Not greasy or sticky at all, once it soaks in after the 15 minutes you are supposed to wait for it to be most effective, you can not even tell you have anything on your skin - I even use it on our faces. Also they say spray on is not good because it does not give reliable coverage, because you don't know exactly where it is going. Hope this helps!

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fivefordisney
09-16-2005, 05:19 AM
I looked at Consumer Reports because I want the best protection for my family, and Banana boat spf 30 was it. It is Not greasy or sticky at all, once it soaks in after the 15 minutes you are supposed to wait for it to be most effective, you can not even tell you have anything on your skin - I even use it on our faces. Also they say spray on is not good because it does not give reliable coverage, because you don't know exactly where it is going. Hope this helps!

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We are really fair, I mean REALLY fair...I have had skin cancer and have so many moles removed a year, I have lost count! I have been waiting for a new Consumer Reports report...The only one I can find in in 2001. Has there been a more recent report? I have the 2001 version...

My kids attend an all day sailing school in Annapolis MD. The only time they are fully protected is when they use the Coppertone Sport continuous spray. We don't use it on their faces. They carry face sticks to reapply as the day goes on. We used to use the Coppertone Sport lotion (also listed as "excellent" by Consumer Reports) but found the continuous spray to be more convenient.

While in WDW this August, I would spray the kids as they were standing in line or just as we got to the parks (early of course!) We did this in MK, AK and in Epcot! We really found this new spray to be a godsend. The Consumer Reports article we have talked about the Banana Boat pump-type spray. The continuous spray is an aerosol-type product.

We love it! The best part is that it is not greasy at all. It takes about a minuter (or less) to dry. Then you don't feel like you are wearing anything which is really lovely in that humid Florida weather...

KLAIT
09-16-2005, 07:54 AM
I ahve to also agree with the Coppertone continuous spray. We are very fair and did 4 days, all day, at a waterpark and never even turned pink.

I do, however, like the Neutrogena for faces..it is very light and not at all sticky feeling...it actually feels good on your face.

briarberry
09-16-2005, 09:46 PM
We used Avon Sport which is a spray and it was not sticky at all and worked for us. We didn't use it on our faces though. :flower:

tnhillbilly
09-16-2005, 11:33 PM
I love Neutrogena, Ultra Sheer,dry-touch sunblock. goes on great, no greasy feel, more like there lotion. costs a little more but to me it is well worth it.

the kabuki
09-16-2005, 11:45 PM
Coppertone Sport Pump in a blue bottle. Goes on quick, not greasy at all. Even DD4 will let me put it on without a fight and that's saying a lot. Not for the face though, it will sting. I like the Babysticks in the pink chapstick like tube for the face.

mjh8955
09-17-2005, 05:57 PM
We have a pool and think the Coppertone Continuous Spray is the best invention ever. I line up the neighbor kids and spray 'em all. I found a trick for faces. I have the kid stand in front of me, pull their hair off their face with one hand, hold their breath and raise the other hand to signal when they are ready for me to spray their face. As soon as I'm done I give them a gentle shove backwards and they step back to fresh air and take a breath. It works great. My kids HATE putting lotion-style sunscreen on. Nothing but fussing. This stuff solves all my problems and it truly does seem to keep them from burning.

Jsme
09-17-2005, 09:24 PM
I like Ocean Potion Lotion Sport sph 30. It is hard to find but normally Wal-Mart has it. We bought a bottle a few weeks ago in Cocoa, FL for our cruise. Here in NC they had sold out. Not greasy at all and goes on easily!

psiprez
09-18-2005, 12:52 AM
As far as absolute non-sticky, I use Clinique CityBlock on my face and neck. I just cannot stand the heavy, greasy feeling of regular sunscreen on my face! It costs more, but to me it is priceless.

On the rest on me, I use Coppertone Sport.

jwsqrdplus2
09-18-2005, 10:26 AM
I ahve to also agree with the Coppertone continuous spray. We are very fair and did 4 days, all day, at a waterpark and never even turned pink.

I do, however, like the Neutrogena for faces..it is very light and not at all sticky feeling...it actually feels good on your face.

This is the exact combo I use on my kids (and me too!). We have a pool and the continuous spray is awesome. Even my china doll, porcelain-skinned, fair, blonde DD NEVER burned! The only time my older DD got a little too much sun was when DH let her apply the spray herself and she missed a few spots.

I already have my contiuous spray ready to go for our upcoming trip.

CTillberg
09-22-2005, 12:43 PM
Bullfrog. It is SPF36, I believe. It goes on quick and easy and it is not a cream, so you don't have to work to blend it on to your skin. My husband is 100% Swedish blonde and does not get burned at all, even when out all day, when her remembers to use it!

Aliki
09-22-2005, 01:18 PM
As someone who goes through 4-5 bottles of sunblock each summer (I'm a marine biologist who works outdoors! :flower: ), the best sunblock I've found that is neither greasy nor steaky is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 45. It's got a wonderful citrus smell to it, and is not greasy at all.

Mulan'sMom
09-22-2005, 01:23 PM
I second the nomination for Ocean Potion. They have a wonderful stick for faces that's 60 SPF! The stick has a pad on the end and you dab the liquid sunscreen wherever you want it to go. Non-sticky and didn't run when we sweat. We, too, are so fair that we practically glow in the dark. I used it all summer and didn't even get pink.

waspnest
09-22-2005, 01:46 PM
Another vote for the continuous spray coppertone. I love that it doesn't take me 20 minutes to get good coverage on everyone. My super-fair 21 month old hasn't burned a bit all summer. Love that stuff.

monica31671
10-04-2005, 04:26 PM
Another vote for the Ultra Sheer Dry Touch. Perfect for me. So many things make my face break out. Not this. I went in June and never reapplied it. Not even after rain.

Dizneydaz
10-04-2005, 04:45 PM
We like the Coppertone Sport continuous spray too but our last bottle seemed to sting until you wiped it with your hands. Anyone else have this problem?

However, my ultimate fav, expecially for the face, is Mary Kays Sunscreen. Never feels greasy, and dosen't make you sweat (dosen't clog the pours). Even when we use spray on the body, we use Mk on the face.

lucky1
10-05-2005, 10:37 AM
I like Ocean Potion Lotion Sport sph 30. It is hard to find but normally Wal-Mart has it. We bought a bottle a few weeks ago in Cocoa, FL for our cruise. Here in NC they had sold out. Not greasy at all and goes on easily!

I would recommend Ocean Potion as well... Any it smells like a creamcicle?

Unfortunately only found it in CA, FL and HI

The Sweetness
10-08-2005, 07:44 PM
I am very fair skinned, and I swear by my Banana Boat pump spray. Not sticky or greasy, and I rub it in a bit to be sure Im covered. Never fails (as long as I remember to re-apply at lunch time). To get my face I just spray my fingers and rub in... Magic:banana:

JudithM
10-08-2005, 09:15 PM
Panama Jack - We find it locally in the Orlando area.

lc1965
10-10-2005, 02:20 PM
Okay, I know I'm going to sound like the poor relation from the other side of the tracks, but I really like No-Ad 30SPF, can't stand Coppertone, couldn't afford Bullfrog because of how much I use, & think Banana Boat is nothing more than hand lotion. I have been known to get some sort of sun poisoning between 7 & 7:15 a.m. in the shade, so believe me when I say I know sunscreens & have experimented. I also like Solar Sense cream & stick (also relatively inexpensive.) And, of course, need I say wear a hat, polarized sunglasses, some sort of sleeve -- & if the sun is a real problem, you might try one of the clothing items that are treated.

Anyway, as you can see, we all have different opinions, so keep experimenting!!

Have a great time.

ottawa-newbie
10-12-2005, 04:54 PM
I am sun sensitve (get an itchy rash when exposed to sun) and I've tried everything... SO far my faves at the Coppertone Ultra Sheer, and Vichy SPF 60 - very expensive, but worth every penny

lc1965
10-12-2005, 11:03 PM
hey ottawa-newbie -- where do you get the vichy? it sounds like something i'd like A LOT. it probably contains that wonderful ingredient (is it meroxyl?) that they sell in canada but not the u.s. (way to go FDA -- let's keep that skin cancer level high!) my next trip to canada is going to see me shopping for a lot of things i can get there but not in the u.s. :cool1: thx!

ottawa-newbie
10-14-2005, 02:06 PM
hey ottawa-newbie -- where do you get the vichy? it sounds like something i'd like A LOT. it probably contains that wonderful ingredient (is it meroxyl?) that they sell in canada but not the u.s. (way to go FDA -- let's keep that skin cancer level high!) my next trip to canada is going to see me shopping for a lot of things i can get there but not in the u.s. :cool1: thx!

I wasn't aware that meroyxl wasn't available in the US :confused3

Yes it does have meroxyl and it's available at drug stores and departments stores... quite expensive stuff, but I love it. You can order it online too, but i'm not sure if they ship to the US :goodvibes

stampinshauna
10-14-2005, 03:30 PM
I love the Coppertone Sport pump spray. I first tried it on my DCL cruise last fall. It is so fast to put on and I like the smell (it reminds me of summer and vacations). I used to not worry about sunscreen when gardening or other outside activities, but since the spray is so fast, I use it all the time. I especially like it because I used to always burn the part in my hair and it sprays there very well.

If I'm going to be in the sun a lot, I often use a lotion for my face, but the spray is enough for arms & legs.

lc1965
10-15-2005, 09:30 AM
I wasn't aware that meroyxl wasn't available in the US :confused3


Yeah, it's been shown to be the most effective sunscreen, but the US laws are absurdly strict because Americans have a very low risk tolerance - so it takes YEARS to get a new product appoved. They want perfection in all things at all times! lol - serves us very well in some ways, but I have sensitive skin & I am willing to say, "Hey, the Canadians have an outstanding certification system & I'm willing to trust them on this one."

Brygida
10-19-2005, 11:21 AM
couldn't afford Bullfrog because of how much I use

Bullfrog gel is the ticket, after it's dry you don't know it's there. I am very fair and can only tolerate a max of about 2-3 hours in the sun in Florida.... but my sister was even worse, burning after about 30min in Florida sun. I got her Bullfrog and the problem was solved... we could swim at Thphoon Lagoon for hours without re-applying or burning.... except when we occasionally missed a spot. :)

Bullfrog is now availabe through Internet drugstores, and I saw it once at a Walmart this past summer. It is very hard to find in a store.

fivefordisney
10-19-2005, 07:04 PM
You are so lucky you can use Bullfrog. It makes my face sting so badly! I like the Neutragena for sensitive skin for my face. Everything else is the Coppertone continuous spray...

debster812
10-19-2005, 07:21 PM
Another Bullfrog afficionado here. The spray gel keeps this pasty skinned Celtic girl from burning to a crisp.

I like Blue Lizard too, but it's a lot heavier feeling.

kddlm
10-20-2005, 12:04 PM
Coppertone Sport 45spf in the blue tube! I use this for the whole family. This trip I even used the Coppertone Sport Face stick for the kids. It is a little tube (like a small deoderant stick). No one complained of any stickiness and it absorbs quickly!

BeNJeNWaFFLe
10-25-2005, 10:45 AM
My favorite sunscreen is Coppertones Spectra 3 spf 50. This is the greatest stuff invented. I am very fair skinned and burn very easily. When I use this I have never gotten burnt. Even in the strong caribbean sun. It isn't sticky and I have only had to apply it once. My mom swears by it too. I really recommend it.

HenDuck
10-25-2005, 06:35 PM
Buy the one in the spray bottle. Even if you have to buy the baby sunblock (SPF 50). It's great. goes on like lotion and WORKS!

luvtoall
10-26-2005, 05:33 AM
Cost alot and worth every penny. My famly spends the summer on the boat and EVERYONE wants bullfrog. Love that gel.... :cool1: :)

abeyst
07-23-2006, 06:19 PM
I was doing a search on sunscreens before I posted my question, and came across this thread (albeit a little old!) I'm sure everyone still likes the same sunscreen, right? But has anyone had problems with the Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray being too sticky? I just bought it and tried it on a 90 degree day and we were miserable (only spraying our necks and arms). That stuff is like cement, and I'm afraid after a few days at the parks in August we'll feel disgusting and we may be so hot from not sweating enough 'cause the sunscreen is so heavy it's blocking pores.

I'm thinking I may try Neutrogena, but I hate to spend the money b/c so many have said it's not sticky or greasy and find that it is, like the Coppertone problems we have. Maybe I'll try water babies....

Hef4545
07-24-2006, 05:19 AM
Yuk. I just bought the Continuous Spray for our upcoming vacation and was so happy to see the positive feedback. Cement? That's not good....

I wanted to ask if anyone has any idea how many applications they get out of a container of continuous spray?

tink98
07-24-2006, 07:35 AM
Yuk. I just bought the Continuous Spray for our upcoming vacation and was so happy to see the positive feedback. Cement? That's not good....

I wanted to ask if anyone has any idea how many applications they get out of a container of continuous spray?


Has anyone else had the "cement" feeling? We bought this for our upcoming trip and have only spot tested it on everyone for possible reactions.

And how far will one bottle go with a family of 4 for 8 days? Will I need more than one?

thanks for everyone's help! I will have to try it on for a whole day now...

monica31671
07-24-2006, 09:05 AM
I went through several different brands and types of sunscreen before I settled on the Neutrogena. One try of the drytouch and I was hooked. I put it on and forget about it, even on my very sensitive face.
Buy some at Walgreens. They will let you take it back if you try it and don't like it. Just rub a little on the back of your hand and see what you think. :thumbsup2

ThreeAngels
07-24-2006, 07:14 PM
:confused3 I couldn't believe it as I was reading through this thread because we bought the Coppertone Continuous Spray and find it to be HORRIBLY sticky. YUCK! First time we tried it was on my DS15 for band camp last week. I didn't realize you just spray it on and go. I sprayed it on my hands and then rubbed it on him. BIG mistake. I washed my hands some 20 times before the sticky feeling went away. And he HATED it. He doesn't like stickiness at all and this just sent him over the edge. Used it for the whole week as that's all we had, and the can was starting to feel pretty light. I bought him some Walgreen's sunscreen for faces because the Continuous Spray was especially disgusting on the face. I can't even imagine how that would block pores!

Now bought some Coppertone Oil-Free sunblock lotion and it is MUCH better. Not sticky, not greasy and wonderful for the face, too. Feels SOOOOO much better. :goodvibes

abeyst
07-24-2006, 09:52 PM
Mine was specifically the Coppertone SPORT continuous spray in the BLUE bottle. I didn't want any confusion.

Monica-thanks for the tip on Walgreens. I'll definitely keep that in mind when I start on the next round of Sunscreen Trials.

Three Angels - I was surprised by everyone's postive comments. We tried the C Sport a few weeks ago when it was 95 degrees out and my son was miserable. He said he never wanted me to use that kind again. We've had the C Sport lotion and used it when it's not quite so hot and it's ok, but he and DD hated it on the 95 degree days. I knew it didn't scrub off easliy, either, because they still smelled like the sunscreen the next day after bathing! I did read another thread (not sure where I saw it) about a lady's husband who had trouble cooling down when wearing the C Sport sunscreen. She thought it was b/c it clogged his pores and he couldn't cool down. That was only 1 isolated case. I guess you have to just see what works best for your family (at least that's what I'm gonna do). That post, along with what my kids said when they wore it has my gut telling me to find something different.

I found Bullfrog at Target today, but it was in a grey bottle (Said 36 spf on it). There was a pump spray bottle next to it but it said something about being for kids?

OK Neutrogena lovers - do you like the lotion or the continuous spray? Do they both have the same 'dry' feeling after applying?

angwill
07-24-2006, 10:20 PM
I love neutrogena continuous spray. I saw a report earlier in the year stating that the helioplex in some of the neutrogena products is as close to the canadian meroxyl (sp) or parisol that we can get here in the US. It lasts a lot longer and does something with the reflection of the UVA and UVB rays. Helioplex will be written on the middle of the can but not all of them have helioplex so make sure you look for it if you chose to try it. No the neutrogena continuous spray is not sticky or greasy at all in my opinion.

HTH

Brooknwdw
07-24-2006, 10:43 PM
Coppertone Sport 45spf in the blue tube! I use this for the whole family. This trip I even used the Coppertone Sport Face stick for the kids. It is a little tube (like a small deoderant stick). No one complained of any stickiness and it absorbs quickly!


We use Coppertone Sport also, we LOVE that it kinda soaks into your skin and is not sticky to the touch!

We did start using oil-free Coppertone FACES (or something like that) for our face because my son started breaking out a bit.

angwill
07-25-2006, 08:57 PM
Hey good news. I just watched world news tonight and the FDA approved Meroxyl to be used in sunscreens in the US today. They explained how the Meroxyl makes it last a lot longer than the other sunscreens sold in the USA so if you forget to or don't like to reapply your sunscreen this should solve that problem. They said Loreal should be the first to market it. They also explained how the hydroplex is the closest to it in the current producst available. Hydroplex can be found in some neutrogena and aveeno sunscreens.

HTH

Lizzy2
07-25-2006, 09:02 PM
We have been using Ocean Potion sprayon instant dry SPF 50 for Kids this summer at the pool and its great. Its 4.98 a bottle at Walmart and we'll be taking it w/us in Oct. It really does dry off almost instantaneously.
:wizard:

ZoZo
07-26-2006, 05:52 PM
I was doing a search on sunscreens before I posted my question, and came across this thread (albeit a little old!) I'm sure everyone still likes the same sunscreen, right? But has anyone had problems with the Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray being too sticky? I just bought it and tried it on a 90 degree day and we were miserable (only spraying our necks and arms). That stuff is like cement, and I'm afraid after a few days at the parks in August we'll feel disgusting and we may be so hot from not sweating enough 'cause the sunscreen is so heavy it's blocking pores.

I'm thinking I may try Neutrogena, but I hate to spend the money b/c so many have said it's not sticky or greasy and find that it is, like the Coppertone problems we have. Maybe I'll try water babies....

Hi! It's the original poster again! I had that same problem with the Coppertone Sport spray!(I thought it was just me - so many other people seem to like it!) I had to scrub and scrub with a soapy washcloth to get it off. Hated the texture.

I just tried the Neutrogena spray and it was great! Had a nice "feel" to it and didn't feel like you had sunscreen on at all. It works really well, too! I alternate between that and the Neutrogena Dry Touch sunblock - it blends right in and doesn't feel sticky, either.

abeyst
07-28-2006, 01:11 PM
Hi! It's the original poster again! I had that same problem with the Coppertone Sport spray!(I thought it was just me - so many other people seem to like it!) I had to scrub and scrub with a soapy washcloth to get it off. Hated the texture.

I just tried the Neutrogena spray and it was great! Had a nice "feel" to it and didn't feel like you had sunscreen on at all. It works really well, too! I alternate between that and the Neutrogena Dry Touch sunblock - it blends right in and doesn't feel sticky, either.

Thanks for posting ZoZo!! I'm glad to hear I'm not alone with CS. And it was great to hear you had the issue and found Neutrogena to be good. Now I'm definitely going to buy it.

I'll save the CS for the times we go swimming all day or something. I'll let my mom take it to the Shore, too, to use when they're in the ocean all day.

ZoZo
07-28-2006, 01:19 PM
Thanks for posting ZoZo!! I'm glad to hear I'm not alone with CS. And it was great to hear you had the issue and found Neutrogena to be good. Now I'm definitely going to buy it.

I'll save the CS for the times we go swimming all day or something. I'll let my mom take it to the Shore, too, to use when they're in the ocean all day.

Happy to help, Abeyst! I think you'll really like the Neutrogena product. Have a great trip!

ExPirateShopGirl
07-28-2006, 02:48 PM
I have a Coppertone stick for the face in a pale green container that I just love! I wish they made it for the body, but it's a great non-sticky sunscreen you can apply directly to the face without any fear that sweat will cause it to seep into your eyes and sting.

Also, Coppertone makes an oil-free lotion that works beautifully, too. Apply it in the morning like a lotion and you're set.

scouthawkk
07-28-2006, 03:05 PM
[QUOTE=abeyst]

I did read another thread (not sure where I saw it) about a lady's husband who had trouble cooling down when wearing the C Sport sunscreen. She thought it was b/c it clogged his pores and he couldn't cool down. That was only 1 isolated case. I guess you have to just see what works best for your family (at least that's what I'm gonna do). That post, along with what my kids said when they wore it has my gut telling me to find something different.

QUOTE]

That would have been me. It was pretty scary, too! Took us a while to figure out that he wasn't sweating at all! Once he figured it out, he said no more, and used our son's water babies. No more heat problems! And no mor scrubbing skin raw to try to get it off! Now he really isn't even willing to try any other type of spray. I've seen a couple recently that specify that it won't block your pores, but he doesn't want to take chances. So, for now, we use the Banana Boat for kids (I see no point in buying more then one kind if it works for all of us). Have both 30 and 50. DS likes the 50 because it is "tear free" and doesn't burn his eyes if he accidently gets some in them. Would love to come up with something quicker and less messy to apply. But it isn't sticky or greasy, at least to us. Just have to wash my hands after putting it on. But that is better than the alternative of burning!

ssleblanc
07-28-2006, 03:19 PM
This may be a stupid question but I've never heard anyone complain about it but me.

I've been using Coppertone Sport spray for my family (just general - regular summer swimming/etc) but I agree - I don't like it. I find it sticky and greasy. But I like the spray because I don't have to get it all over my hands. Why is that an issue? Every sunscreen I've tried TAKES OFF MY NAIL POLISH!!!?!?! It doesn't take it off, but it makes it dull and tacky (sticky) - and then it gets little lines in it. Is there a sunscreen that doesn't desolve the finish on nail polish? It just kills me to get a manicure with freshly painted nails on Friday and then to have the finish get ruined and my nails to look horrible because I spread sunscreen all over the kids the next day. Of course, I still give them sunscreen but I'm hoping to find one that doesn't ruin my manicure in a matter of minutes.

Disney Daddy et al
07-29-2006, 07:00 AM
Couldn't give any feedback on coppertone but use the Banana Boat continuous spray weekly and have found it to be very convenient and effective. My kids both have very sensitive skin and do not do well in the sun.
Good Luck and Best "Wishes" :thumbsup2

twinklebug
07-29-2006, 08:56 AM
My family uses the Coppertone sports trigger spray SPF 30 (refuse to do aerosols), and although it works great for keeping the sun out, it leaves me feeling greasy and I can feel the heat build up somethign awful. It's fine for use around the pool, but for walking Disney we need something better.

In the past I've used lotions that keep you cool (allow presperation?) when you touch the skin and feel heat you know it's time to re-apply. I can't for the life of me remember what they were.

Went to Wal-Mart yesterday and headed into the sunscreen isle... OMG... what ever happened to the days you could walk up, choose your SPF and go? I was so confused (and bowled over by the prices) I left empty-handed.

iNTeNSeBLue98
07-30-2006, 07:07 AM
I tried the Banana Boat continuous spray in WDW and found it to be effective. It dried rather quickly and I don't remember feeling sticky. I plan to buy another can for a day at the beach because I prefer the ease of the spray over the lotion.

The three of us sprayed our bare arms and legs each morning and the can lasted about 4 or 5 days.

LadyJade
08-10-2006, 11:36 PM
Waterbabies is the best...

It is not only non-sticky, but has a nice, fresh scent. :sunny: