Sunscreen 101: Our Favorite Options for Every Occasion

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.

Water Sports: Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

A heavy hitter sunscreen that is broad spectrum and super water resistant. If I’m going to the beach, this is my go-to.

Outdoor Sports: Coola Classic Face Sunscreen White Tea

Coola Classic Face Sunscreen White Tea

Side sleepers, rejoice. This nifty pillow aligns your thighs and hips to help relieve pressure and keep you comfortable all night.

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.

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Pregnancy: Elta MD UV Physical Broad Spectrum 41

Elta MD UV Physical Broad Spectrum 41

Those wonderful hormones you’re experiencing that give you a healthy glow also make you more susceptible to chloasma, a patchy discoloration on your face. A good sunscreen is what you need.

Light Application: Sun Bum Mineral Whipped Mousse

Sun Bum Mineral Whipped Mousse

Here’s my secret weapon for kids who hate sunscreen. Yes, lotion does often feel heavy and sticky. But this light as a feather mousse goes on like a dream

Quick Reapplication: Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray

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.

Romantic Outing: Volition Beauty Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50

Volition Beauty Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50

Shimmer, instead of shine during your date in the sun.

City Life: Kiehl’s Superfluid Daily UV Defense

Kiehl’s Superfluid Daily UV Defense

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.

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