Oops, I’m so late to the party! I first tried Coola Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada at the beginning of summer and then forgot all about it.
Guess you can tell it didn’t impress me much? Here’s why:
Key Ingredients In Coola Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada
Coola Sport SPF 30 uses a blend of synthetic UV filters to cover all bases and protect you from the entire UV range:
- Avobenzone: a popular UVA filter that’s highly unstable. It needs to be used with stabilising UV filters if you want it to last more than 40 minutes.
- Octinoxate: a weak UVB filter.
- Octisalate: another UVB filter.
- Octocrylene: an UVB filter that helps avobenzone last longer, coat the skin better and make the sunscreen water-resistant.
All these synthetic UV filters work in the same way: they absorb UV radiation and transform it into a less damaging form of energy (heat).
They’re not toxic but they can get into your body – to a small extent. On adults, that’s safe. Your body is smart and knows how to dispose of them without harming you.
On children and pregnant women, that’s a different story. We don’t know yet how well their bodies can get rid of these chemicals. That’s why experts recommend they use a mineral sunscreen instead.
Mineral sunscreens are safer for sensitive skin, too. Synthetic UV filters aren’t toxic but they can be irritating. If your skin has an annoying habit of reacting to everything, don’t risk it.
Related: All You Ever Wanted To Know About Octocrylene (Safety, Pros And Cons)
It’s kinda hard to avoid alcohol in sunscreens. *sighs*
UV filters tend to have thick, greasy textures that make them an absolute pain to use. Alcohol is a great solvent, so it’s able to thin the texture so much to make them aesthetically pleasant to use.
I’m in two minds about it. On one hand, recent studies have shown that alcohol isn’t as drying and irritating as previously thought.
On the other, some people may react badly to it. If you find your skin gets drier or acts up every time you use high doses of alcohol, this ain’t for you.
I also have another reason to dislike alcohol in Coola Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada. That’s all you can smell when you first put in on. Ewww!
Coola Sport SPF 30 says it has plant protection. That’s fancy lingo for antioxidants.
Algae, red raspberry & co help you boost sun protection but… not how you think. Antioxidants don’t have a high SPF so they can’t protect you from the sun.
What they do is fight off the free radicals they sun generates on your skin before they can give you wrinkles. Antioxidants like cucumber extract also soothe UV-induced inflammation, another cause of premature wrinkles.
Related: How Do Antioxidants Work In Skincare?
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
I admit it: the first time I sprayed Coola Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada on, I was so put off by the strong alcohol whiff, I didn’t pick it up again for a few good days.
Once the alcohol subsides, it’s not too bad. This stuff smells like coconut laced in sugar and bathed in alcohol. It’s not my thing, but you may like it more.
The texture’s super lightweight and dries down to a clear matte finish that oily and combination skin will love.
That’s a problem. If the sunscreen is clear, how the heck do you know you’ve applied it everywhere evenly? You don’t want to find out when that bit of skin you’ve missed is getting as red as a lobster.
This is why I try not to use spray sunscreen. I’m all for sunscreen mists to top up your sun protection during the day (because, who bothers to take off makeup, apply sunscreen and put makeup on again? Too. Much. Work.)
But as a first line of defence against the sun? Spray sunscreens don’t cut it.
One more thing: Coola Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada promises to be water-resistant for 40 minutes. I can’t personally vouch for this claim – it’s kind hard to go to the beach here in London Town, you know what I mean?
But the claim is consistent with the amount of Octocrylene the formula contains so I’m confident it can do this job, too. Just make sure to reapply the sunscreen anyway after swimming, sweating or towel-drying.
When it comes to sun protection, safe is better than sorry.
Related: Why I’m NOT A Fan of Spray Sunscreens
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Have you tried Coola Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (2%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (7%). Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol (ORGANIC), Algae Extract (ORGANIC), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Pineapple/Coconut Flavor, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (ORGANIC Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Glycerin (ORGANIC), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate, Pineapple Flavor, Rubus Idaeus (ORGANIC Red Raspberry) Seed Oil.