Chances are, you’ve already gone through one or more bottles of sunscreen this summer—and that’s a good thing! It means you’re out enjoying what makes summer so great, and you’re also protecting your skin as you should. Whether you’re ready to buy a new bottle, or need one for a mid-summer outdoor activity, here are eight of our favorite sunscreens we’ve found so far this summer.
If experts agree on one thing, it’s that sunscreen is the most important step in reducing your risk of skin cancer. Dr. Richie Lin, of Short Hills Dermatology takes it a step further and tells us…
- No sunscreen is truly “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” since all sunblocks will dissolve in water eventually. In fact, these labels will soon be a thing of the past since the FDA has ruled that only the term “water-resistant,” with a time limit, can be used on a label. If you are swimming, exercising, or even just sweating from a day of walking around, you should reapply your sunscreen every 1-2 hours for continued protection.
- Sunscreens with an SPF below 15 do not protect against skin cancer or premature aging. The FDA will now require these products to state that they only protect against sunburns, but not against the carcinogenic effects of the sun. Make sure you pick a sunscreen with enough SPF.
- Swim shirts and brimmed hats with UV protection are very popular right now. You see every toddler and young child at the pool or beach wearing them. If adults are mindful enough to protect their children from large doses of sun exposure, shouldn’t the same rules apply to big people? Protecting yourself with a swim coverup that contains SPF and a wide-brimmed hat means you will be stylish and safe at the beach!
With Dr. Lin’s tips in mind, check these out!
It’s true—just because a sunscreen is more expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better in the protection department. More expensive sunscreens might have special skincare ingredients aside from the protection factor which can often make them more expensive, but a lot of that price reflects the cost of the marketing. No-Ad has been providing effective suncare solutions since 1962 on a more affordable level, since they skip advertising altogether. The result is a budget-friendly choice that still scores high in ratings by leading consumer publications. $9.99, drugstore.com