All skin was not created equal, so why should sun protection be one-formula-fits-all? Since May is Melanoma Awareness Month and marks the start of warmer weather and increased one-on-sun time, we’ve rounded up our top picks of just-for-you sunscreens.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch
Sensitive, prone-to-breakout skin usually has an adverse reaction to sunscreen, but skipping on SPF just adds more problems later on. Neutrogena solves sensitive skin’s sunscreen woes with its Ultra Sheer Dry Touch collection($8.49–11.49). Neutrogena was the first brand in the US market to introduce sun protection which stabilizes Avobenzone (the best UVA blocker approved by the FDA) with Oxybenzone and DEHN, a breakthrough technology they have dubbed Helioplex. Ultra Sheer Dry Touch with Helioplex offers superior, weightless, dermatologist-tested sun protection with a light, non-shiny finish.
Best for Fair Skin: Revision Skincare
While SPF 30 is the daily recommended sun protection, fair-skinned men and women know firsthand that 30 just won’t cut it. Revision Skincare created Multi-Protection SPF 50($48) for anyone who needs that extra protection from the sun’s harmful rays, along with some added benefits. Containing a clinical blend of ingredients, including white birch extract, saccharomyces cerevisiae, plankton extract, and coenzyme Q10, which is proven to boost collagen production and strengthen the skin’s own natural defenses, Multi-Protection SPF 50 provides maximum skin protection and skin benefits. Perfect under makeup for everyday use!
Best for Baby: Hampton Sun
Children have some of the most gentle, delicate and in-need-of-protection skin. Protection must start at an early age and Hampton Sun offers the perfect option for kids! SPF 70 for Kids Continuous Mist Sunscreen($32) is an SPF spray that features a new hypoallergenic and oil-free formula, which can even be applied to wet skin! This eco-friendly option provides powerful water-resistant sun protection that leaves skin soft and moisturized. The perfect family beach necessity, the non-aerosol spray can features a travel twist cap to avoid spills and in-bag sprays!
Best for On-The-Go: Elizabeth Arden
While we all know that sunscreen is a daily requirement, we don’t always remember to protect our precious skin with SPF regularly. Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Collection offers the perfect on-the-go accessory: the Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 PA+++($20). This water-resistant and travel-friendly sunscreen stick is perfect for quick applications all year long. Use it on your lips and on over-exposed and overlooked areas to protect from UVA and UVB rays for up to eight hours!
Best for Glamour Girls: Hawaiian Tropic
Girls don’t sweat, we glow. And what better way to showcase that glow than to accentuate it with a little shimmer? Hawaiian Tropic, known for their heavenly coconut scents, created Shimmer Effect Sunscreen Lotion($10) specifically for girls who want to glow. The SunSure® formula delivers UVA and UVB protection, while light-reflecting mica minerals highlight everyone’s skin tone for a radiant sunkissed look!
Best for All-Natural: Aveeno
Aveeno is known for its all-natural formulations for everything from hair, skincare, and body, so why wouldn’t lovers of all thing natural look to Aveeno for suncare as well? Aveeno Natural Protection Sunblock Lotion with SPF 30($9) uses MINERALBLOCK™ Technology along with 100 percent naturally-sourced ingredients for top-notch, long-lasting organic sun protection. The oil-free, non-whitening formula is also fragrance-free, waterproof, and hypoallergenic.
Best Scent EVER: COOLA
What better way to make sure that you’re getting proper sun protection than to trade your signature fragrance for a signature sunscreen? With COOLA Sport SPF 35 Pina Colada Spray Sunscreen($32), you can do just that! This easy-to-apply spray offers broad spectrum SPF 35 while simultaneously nourishing your skin with 97 percent certified organic ingredients like aloe, cucumber, algae, strawberry extracts, and red raspberry seed oil. Just remember, COOLA is not edible, no matter how tempting it may seem!