Best Sunscreens for Your Big Day Out

Once you cut through the jargon, a good sunscreen should go on easily without greasiness or clogging up your pores; absorb quickly without leaving any sticky residue; and provide protection whether you’re flat on your back sunbathing, crashing through surf or at the end of a sweaty five-setter on the tennis court. Nice-to-haves might include a price that’s right, scent that won’t send you gagging and a range of SPF—“sun-protection factor”—for different skin types. Be sure to pick a product that is “broad spectrum,” meaning it protects against both UVB and UVA rays (causing sunburn and skin aging, respectively). For the best protection, of course, heed this popular Antipodean advice: Slip, slop, slap… as in, slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat.
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The Summer Staple

Neutrogena Beach Defense Water Resistant Sunscreen (SPF 70)

Defend in Confidence. Stay protected under the glare—and let your skin breath easier, too.

What We Liked

Neutrogena’s distinctive yellow bottles are a standout on beach towels and in beach bags all summer long, but this popular sun screen’s “PABA-free” formula is another standout feature. Shorthand for para-aminobenzoic acid, PABA-free cosmetics eschew synthetic, alcohol-based additives that bolster a lotion’s ability to absorb UV rays. The upshot is a product that feels better on the skin and is reportedly less harmful overall. Health PSAs notwithstanding, the cream slathers on easily and stays on in and out of the water. Get it here. 

The Sun-worshipper’s Choice

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Milk Body & Face Sunscreen (SPF 60)

Creme de la Crème. Quality protection in a cream that performs… and perfumes.

What We Liked

Brought to you by a brand owned by French cosmetics giant L’Oréal, enjoy the easy, non-greasy application of a sunscreen that feels as much a moisturizer as it does a UV barrier. Perfect for sunning on the beach or light outdoor activities like walking or gardening, you might want to look elsewhere for longer, stay-on protection that involves splashing in the waves or more active pursuits like biking or beach volleyball. Buy it now. 

The Organic Option

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Natural Spray (SPF 70)

A Natural Choice for Sun Lovers. Your sun skincare never felt—or smelled—so good.

What We Liked

Aussies take their sun-protection regimens very seriously, and this product carries on that tradition in a brand by U.S.-born founder, Trevor Grey, whose Down Under bonafides carry through from his Australian mother and roots. Containing native Australian plant extracts like eucalyptus and Kakadu plum, the formula garners positive reviews from sun-seekers for its non-greasy feel and ease of application. Get it now. 

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