Style & Beauty
Summer Sunscreen Roundup
7/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Right now, summer is full swing, which may or may not mean you’ve already suffered your first sunburn of the season. And while turning pink from the sun can range from mildly annoying to incredibly painful, the real risk is skin cancer. In fact, Louisiana has the 47th highest incidence and 44th highest death rate of skin cancer in the U.S.

To protect yourself, it’s probably best to apply a bit of sunscreen every day, but in the summertime, when we often spend hours in the sun, it’s especially important to stay covered. Dermatologists recommend adhering to the "shot glass” rule for sunscreen application, which means using one ounce (or a shot glass full) of sunscreen each time you apply.

But all sunscreen isn’t created equal. Different activities (and skin types) require different sunscreens. Here is a handy roundup of some of the best sunscreens for every skin type and activity under the sun. 

C'est Moi, Gentle, SPF30 sunscreen lives up to the "Gentle” right there in its name and is perfect for those who sometimes find themselves with a rash from fragrance and chemical-heavy sunscreens. C’est Moi is free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil, propylene glycol, and dyes, so really, all you’re getting is first-rate sun protection. 

Belli Pure Radiance, SPF 30 is a broad-spectrum moisturizing shield free of artificial dyes, fragrances, phthalates, gluten, and paraben preservatives. Its active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, infused with cucumber, chamomile, and green tea.

Most dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen every single day, all year round. But often, the sunscreen you pack for the beach is much too heavy to apply before work. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk, a French favorite, is light and moisturizing enough for everyday wear and was recently named by Consumer Reports as one of the best sunscreens for 2019. 

Speaking of Consumer Reports, Trader Joe’s Spray SPF 50 sunscreen was the only formula to earn a perfect score in Consumer Report’s test, which evaluated the accuracy of the SPF claims, the length of time the formula offer protection, and how well the sunscreen blocked UVAs, which are responsible for those aging "sunspots.”  

If you’re looking for sun protection on a budget, X-Treme Sports Spray Gel Sunscreen is an inexpensive brand that offers excellent protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. It’s also excellent for protecting during other outdoor activities where you might break a sweat. 

If you’re planning on hitting the beach or pool, you need to grab a different sunscreen from the one you apply in the morning before work or even the one you slather on the kids before tee-ball. SolRX Waterblock Formula is designed specifically for swimmers and is specifically designed and tested for water immersion, so you can be sure your sunblock doesn’t wash away during your time in the water. 

If you’re concerned about oxybenzone, a chemical often found in sunscreen that the FDA warns is more easily absorbed through skin than previously thought, there are some excellent oxybenzone-free sunscreens out there. Consumer reports recommended Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF 50 Sunscreen, which reviewers say smells great and melts into skin nicely.  

Formulated for Kids:

Blue Lizard Australian sunscreen for Kids, SPF 30 is touted as the number one pediatrician-recommended mineral-based brand. UVA/UVB protection, and water resistant for 80 minutes. Mineral-based sunscreens are gentler on young skin.

California Kids #supersensitive SPF 30+, another mineral-based sunscreen, contains mostly titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which deflect the sun’s rays by absorbing into the top layers of the skin without any additives. California Kids is great for children but works just as well for adults. Amazon reviews say this sunscreen feels weightless and doesn’t leave that white residue that comes along with some mineral sunscreens. It’s also excellent for sensitive skin, which is probably why it’s one of Consumer Reports’s top picks for mineral sunscreens. 

And just a reminder, the SPF number on your sunblock refers to how long you can stay in the sun without getting a burn. Unfortunately, sunscreen isn’t set it and forget it. Even if you’re applying SPF 80, you’re still going to need to re-apply when your time is up. 

Enjoy your fun in the sun . . . safely! 

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