Sure, you may be good about slathering on sunscreen while poolside or at the beach, but it’s just as important to shield yourself from harmful rays on your daily commute.
That doesn’t mean you have to power through the work day feeling greasy or smelling like a coconut though, thanks to a new breed of everyday body lotions infused with SPF. Simply swap one of these in for your regular moisturizer to reap the same hydrating benefits with a boost of UVA/UVB protection.
Hint: Keep a bottle at your desk. These are perfect for morning use and a SPF refresh before heading out to lunch during work, but you should always wear higher SPF in prolonged sun exposure.
1. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 15
If summer’s prickly heat has left you feeling dry and itchy, this emollient option is for you. The sensitive skin-soothing formula contains Aveeno’s signature ingredient, colloidal oatmeal, which serves as a protective barrier to lock in moisture all day long (Drugstore.com, $10).
2. Glytone Body Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15
You may balk at its price tag but this fast-absorbing cream is well worth the splurge. Shea butter offers some of the deepest hydration around while glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin — a potent combo that guarantees supremely smooth limbs (Dermstore.com, $52).
3. Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion
No one likes having their body lotion compete with their perfume, which is why this fragrance-free lotion is such a breath of fresh air. In addition to sparing nearby noses from olfactory assault, it takes a two-fold approach to sun protection: Titanium dioxide serves as a physical blocker while vitamin E naturally defends skin against free radicals caused by UV exposure (Target, $9).
4. Philosophy Fresh Cream Body Lotion with SPF 15
It’s hard to resist the temptation to lick yourself after smoothing on this indulgent lotion — the popular vanilla and macadamia-laced scent smells that delicious. The fragrance isn’t the only thing reminiscent of whipped cream: The silky texture is just as featherweight (QVC.com, $30).
5. Coppertone CLEARLYSheer For Sunny Days Body Lotion in SPF 30
Despite offering the highest level of protection, Coppertone’s lightweight lotion goes on just as smoothly. Factor in the zesty, mood-boosting lemon-lime scent and water resistance up to 80 minutes, and this one gets extra-high marks for being an overachiever (Walgreens, $10).
6. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion Daily Shade Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Green beauty buffs, we haven’t forgotten about you: This all-natural option relies on aloe vera, green tea and chamomile extracts to deeply nourish skin the healthy way. It also boasts the most effortless application and least residue we encountered in the category (Albabotanica.com, $15).
7. Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15
There’s practically no difference between Lubriderm’s regular vitamin B-enriched lotions and this SPF 15 variation — at least from a consistency standpoint. Bonus: It boasts the Skin Cancer Foundation‘s lofty seal of approval (Walmart, $7).