Ah, summer. The time to take some time off work or school, wear nothing but a layer of clothing, and soak up vitamin D. Summer is also the time to get out, enjoy outdoor sports, and get our share of fresh air.
This means one thing: It is time to get yourself sunscreen and start layering it on your skin. Today, we will go over the five best products on the market that work well and protect your body's largest organ - the skin.
But first: A few things to consider
If you are unfamiliar, it might seem like just any sunscreen would do. After all, they are all designed to protect your skin from the harmful UV sun rays, right? Well, it is a bit more complicated than that - but also not too complicated.
For one, the face and lip region might need a special type of cream. This often applies to people with sensitive skin.
Second, if you plan to go in the water, be sure to use a water-resistant sunscreen for proper protection. If you are doing an extensive outdoor activity, choose at least an SPF of 30 or higher to ensure you stay protected,
Third, are you going to get a creme or spray? It appears that lotions offer better protection in most cases. Plus, sprays might not provide enough material to protect your skin, and you could accidentally spray it in your (or someone else's) face or mouth. When in doubt, choose creme/lotions.
Fourth, what about a reef-friendly label? If your sunscreen does not have the Hawaiian Label, you could get fined in countries and regions such as Hawaii. Of course, not all countries require them yet, but you may also want to think ahead and be environmentally friendly. Don't you?
Finally, though sunscreens are beneficial, you should always consider additional protection when possible. This includes wearing a hat and shirt or rashguard when exposed to the sun for longer. This is especially recommended when you plan to be active at the beach or in the water, like kite surfing or playing beach volleyball.
The top 5 Sunscreens for Outdoor Sports
Skinnies is the new rockstar under the sunscreens. It dries in just two minutes and forms a thin, barely there layer of protection. The New Zealand brand made a sunscreen that is not water-based. It is more concentrated, so you need less. A pea-size amount covers your face, neck & ears.
It will not sweat off, sting eyes, and is water resistance for up to 40 minutes. Skinnies also comply with Hawaii Sunscreen Bill 2021 (coral reef safe) and have not been tested on animals. No wonder this sunscreen got various awards from running magazines.
If SPF 30 is not enough protection, Skinnies Conquer SPF 50 gives you protection for up to four (4) hours. Skinnies gets an 91% top allergen-free rating on SkinSafeProducts.com.
The facial area often requires a different kind of sunscreen, especially for folks with more sensitive skin. The face sunscreen by La Roche-Posay is a fantastic option because it offers maximum protection, preserves the skin from free radicals, and absorbs well.
Their sweat-proof can prevent "real" pain, should sweat run into your eyes. The formula is also resistant to water for up to 80 minutes. La Roche-Posay Anthelios gets an 91% top allergen-free rating on SkinSafeProducts.com.
The mineral SPF 50 body sunscreen lotion by Bare Republic is another fantastic option, especially for people with lighter or more sensitive skin. The product offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage and stays on the skin for at least 80 minutes.
Just make sure to re-apply it at least once every two hours and after drying yourself with a towel. Bare Republic gets an 91% top allergen-free rating on SkinSafeProducts.com.
Coppertone is well known for its affordable sports sunscreen. The cream has to stay on if we want it to work. The problem is, sweat and water activities wash out most creams in an instant, but not with Coppertone - because it comes with one simple promise: It stays on your skin and protects it for 80 minutes.
This clear gel lotion feels cool when you apply it and rubs on easily. Do not use this one for your face though, during a sweaty run this could cause some stinging for the next hour or so. Coppertone gets an 73% top allergen-free rating on SkinSafeProducts.com.
The Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Sunscreen Spray is one of our favorites. This sunscreen will protect you from the sun with its expert-approved, broad-spectrum formulation. It is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It is made the chemical ingredients that the FDA and other studies have warned us to avoid. Hawaiian Tropcial Sunscreen gets an 91% top allergen-free rating on SkinSafeProducts.com.
Despite the reference to Hawaii, this sunscreen, unfortunately, is not necessarily reef-safe. But at least you will avoid two of the chemicals with the most evidence of their potential environmental damage.
What happened to Netrogena CoolDry?
Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol spray had previously been on our list of recommended sunscreens. But we had to remove it due to the recall by its manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. Also Bana Boat is affected, but it was not clear to CNN if these products got recalled too. However, to get some clarity, we added an indicator from SkinSafeProducts.com who provides better insights on the ingredients used.
Which SPF Rating should I choose?
Ever wondered what these SPF ratings stand for? The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a sunscreen label that goes as high as 100. The number is a relative measurement for the amount of time the sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) rays. In other words, it refers to the product's ability to screen or block out the sun's harmful rays.
As often with labels/ratings, the higher, the better but there is also a limit. With the use of an SPF 10 product, you can be in the sun 10-times longer without burning your skin as you would without any sunscreen. Depending on your skin, the intensity of the sun, and other factors, you might need different protection. You might want to check a sunbathing calculator to get some indicators.
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Every skin is different, you might want to test different products to find the one which works best for you. The platform SkinSafeProducts.com provides great insights and helps you to discover products that are unique to your needs.
Just remember, whatever you buy it is recommended to re-apply sunscreen every two hours for optimal protection.