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Top-Rated Sunscreens for Summer

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No matter what season we’re in, sunscreen is one of the most important ways to protect your skin. Because the summer season tends to call us outdoors more than any other time of year with its longer days and brightest sunlight, it’s essential to use an effective sunscreen to prevent harmful sun damage to the skin you’re in.

Whether you have sensitive, fair, olive or dark skin, it’s important to find a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to use comfortably and regularly. While sensitive skin types may need to be more cautious about which products to apply to their skin, other skin types can likely use just about any broad-spectrum sunscreen, if applied properly. No matter which sunscreen you use, make sure to apply once every 2 hours, especially when swimming or sweating. Any areas that you don’t cover with sunscreen should be covered by appropriate hats, eyewear and clothing.

We want you to enjoy a beautiful, long summer outdoors doing what you love! That’s why we’ve done some investigating and come up with this list of top-rated sunscreens to keep you covered, all season long.

Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin Types
Hands-down, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen (SPF 30) is the best sunscreen for anyone with sensitive skin, including children. While it has a higher price point, it’s long-lasting coverage and gentle, effective formula make it the safest, best option for anyone with sensitive skin.

Best Sunscreen for Babies & Kids
When you want to protect your precious little ones' sensitive skin, we recommend Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50). Available at Target or Amazon, you can cover your baby from head-to-toe without spending a bundle, and have peace of mind while you're at it.

Best Sunscreen for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
If you know that sunscreen causes breakouts and skin irritation to your already oily or acne prone skin, the best choice to keep you covered this summer is La Roche Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Oil Free Dry Touch Sunscreen (SPF 60). While it has a higher price point, it often goes on sale throughout the summer months (including BOGO), so stay on the lookout. Your skin will thank you for the investment-we promise!

Best Sunscreen for Long Lasting Coverage
If you know you plan to spend all day outdoors at the beach, a BBQ, beside the pool or playing sports, it's better to be safe than sorry. We recommend you apply a higher level of SPF to give you the extra coverage you need, and encourage you to reapply every 2 hours. Our preferred choice for long-lasting coverage is Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen (SPF 100).

Best for Darker Skin Types
Darker skin types need skin coverage, too, and fortunately there's a product perfectly formulated for you. We love Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen (SPF 40) to do the trick for darker pigmented skin. It goes on clean, clear and weightless and won't irritate or clog pores. It has a slightly higher price point, but the incredible coverage and clean feel make it a worthy investment.

 

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