Sun Protection Roundup

As the weather warms up it’s time to start thinking about sun safety. If you aren’t regularly applying sunscreen every day, you should be!

For prolonged sun exposure, whether it be relaxing by the pool or going out for a stroll, you should be looking for a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. You should also make sure you apply 15-20 minutes before heading outside, as sunscreen that is applied in direct sunlight may evaporate before it has a chance to bond with the skin, making it less effective.

The amount of sunscreen you apply is also important, for the average adult, two to three tablespoons should be more than enough to cover your body, while one teaspoon applied to the face will help you to avoid looking wrinkly and crinkly before your time.

Here are our top 10 picks…


Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This versatile, high protection, spray-on formula shields skin and hair—so there’s less to pack in your beach bag. Lightweight and greaseless, it protects from the drying effects of sun, salt water, and chlorine and promotes an even tan. Water and sweat-resistant, the dry oil formula leaves skin and hair feeling silky-smooth.


Shiseido Wetforce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body
This innovative protective sunscreen actually becomes more effective when exposed to water for 15 minutes because of its WetForce technology. Ideal for outdoor activities and sports, it provides high sun protection, yet is comfortable and gentle on the skin.


Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist With Vitamin C Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Ideal for all skin types, its antioxidant-rich, patent-pending formula nourishes, moisturizes, and never dries out the skin or leaves an oily residue. Vitamin C goes to work instantly, refining the skin’s texture, and this mist’s easy application makes it a favorite for the entire family.


Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen SPF 20
This lightweight, high-performance three-in-one formula smoothes, protects, and firms all at once while providing broad spectrum protection against the damaging aging effects of UVA and UVB rays and helps fight free radicals. Its light reflective pearls create radiance with a subtle satin shimmer that minimizes the appearance of imperfections.


La Mer The Reparative Body Sun Lotion SPF 30
The New Soleil de La Mer Collection was born from a love of the sea and sun. Luxurious and deeply reparative, it allows for a soft, glowing tan while delivering potent anti-aging benefits and defending the skin against environmental aggressors.


Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector SPF 50
Formulated by Kiehl’s with antioxidants to help neutralize skin-damaging free radicals, this lightweight lotion provides broad-spectrum protection. Its non-greasy, non-pore clogging formulation helps prevent sunburn and the early signs of skin aging caused by the sun.


Hampton Sun SPF 35 Continuous Mist Sunscreen
This advanced sunscreen provides a continuous mist that can be sprayed at any angle to cover all areas of the skin. Its unique, replenishing formula includes Polycrylene (also known as Polyester-8), a technology that improves sunscreen performance, boosts water-resistance, and enhances UVA protection.


COOLA Classic Sport SPF 50 – Mango
Protect and boost your skin’s defense against aging caused by the sun with this Farm to Face sourced broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen that’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. The phyto-protector plankton extract stimulates and rejuvenates as organic orange water balances skin tone. Organic avocado oil, high in vitamins A, B, E, and F, moisturizes, soothes, and softens skin for a healthy-looking complexion.


Peter Thomas Roth Radiant Instant Mineral Brush-On Bronzer Sunscreen SPF 30
Achieve an allover glow with this face and body bronzer. The powder is designed to provide an even distribution of color and works for all skin types to deliver an immediate sun kissed radiance and broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection. The compact format is perfect for on-the-go use.


Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream
Clinique’s innovative SolarSmart complex triggers an anti-aging repair process while at once providing skin with a high level of defense from the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. The formulation also includes a boost of antioxidants to shield skin from environmental aggressors.

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