Sunny days and long evenings are the best parts of summer, but skin damage and burns can be the worst. I love these sunscreens for walks, backyard pool parties and afternoons basking in the sunshine. I’ve found reasons to pack a variety of creams and ingredients that are protecting you and your loved ones.
Family Friendly: Anthelios Sunscreen for Kids SPF 60
Anthelios Sunscreen for Kids SPF 60
Anthelios is known for its skin-friendly and healing products and this is another version of a great one, with high SPF. If your young kids have sensitive, soft skin, you can still get excellent protection.
Best for Baby: California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen
Highly rated by the Environmental Working Group, this sunscreen contains no fragrances or questionable chemicals. Although it’s preferred that you block the sun with clothing and hats for babies, especially, this sunscreen is your back up plan.
Makeup Layering: Teint Idole Ultra Stick Foundation with SPF 21
Teint Idole Ultra Stick Foundation with SPF 21
This versatile foundation can be a concealer or a contour product and doesn’t promote oil buildup. If you’re in and out of the office all day, you can rely on it staying put. Bright Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream won’t cast a white sheen and instead, gently brightens the skin around your eyes while protecting that delicate area.
Sunscreen spray is already kind of a lifesaver when you’re impatient, but this one is my go to for reapplying when my kids are wet or sweaty. It’s just genius. If you’ve ever tried to apply sunscreen to a reluctant 4-year-old who just ran circles around the park, you know.
A super absorbent sunscreen that contains Baicalin, which is known to defend against free radicals. This could be super helpful if you live in the city! Besides the sun, pollution is just another thing that ages your skin more rapidly.
If at the end of the day you found you missed a reapplication or stayed too long, drink plenty of water and take a cool shower. Doctors recommend hydrocortisone cream and 100% aloe vera to help heal your irritated skin.
Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.