Best sun protection products

Summer weather certainly makes you want to spend more time in the great outdoors. But spending time outside without the right protection can be dangerous for your skin. Read on to discover the best sun protection products to keep you safe this season.

Woman applying sunscreen at the beach

For fitness

If you do a fair bit of exercise outdoors in the summer, a good sunscreen is a definite must. It is all too easy to sweat off a weak sunscreen or get distracted and forget to reapply it regularly. Banana Boat’s Sport Performance Sunscreen SPF 100 Lotion protects your skin from 96 per cent of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, and it’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Although the difference in protection provided by an SPF 50 and SPF 100 sunscreen is quite small, that little added security can give you peace of mind when out on a long run.

For quick application

When you want to apply and go in a hurry, a spray-on sunscreen is certainly your best bet. Life brand’s Sunthera3 SPF 60 goes on smoothly and dries in seconds. You may want to do a quick rubdown to make sure the spray is completely even, but once you’ve done that, you can be on your way in moments. The spray is waterproof, sweat-proof and non-greasy. Plus, it’s unbelievably easy to use!

For children

When it comes to kids, a suntan lotion or low-SPF sunscreen simply will not do. A child who experiences sunburns at a young age is at greater risk for developing skin cancer later on, so it is absolutely crucial you give your little one the best protection possible. Look for something that offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and has an SPF of at least 30. And even if your child won’t be swimming, look for a sunscreen that is waterproof. You never know what kids will get into! Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 is a great option. And most important, don’t forget to reapply it regularly!

For lips

For those who plan to spend a good deal of time outside in the summer, a lip balm containing an SPF is a great idea. All too often when people apply sunscreen, they forget to cover their lips, and that can lead to painful and potentially dangerous burns. Keep your lips moisturized and safe this summer with something along the lines of Banana Boat’s Sport Performance Lip Balm SPF 50.

For the face

If your daily lotion or foundation doesn’t have SPF protection, make sure you apply sunscreen to your face each and every day. Our faces encounter far more of the sun’s rays than we may realize, so it is crucial that delicate facial skin is protected from the moment we step outside our doors. Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores, and it’s also oil-free. And unlike foundation, it can be reapplied regularly to provide all-day protection. It may quickly become a staple of your beauty routine!

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