Body & Soul: Sunscreen 101

Protect your skin from summer’s harmful rays with these lotions, sprays and sticks.



Roberto Gonzalez

1 Bare Republic Mineral Vanilla-Coco Sunscreen Spray 

SPF 50 
Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide offer broad-spectrum coverage from UVA/UVB rays. Aloe vera gel, and grape, raspberry and carrot seed oils feature natural properties that moisturize and protect sun-exposed skin. 
Features: Packed full of antioxidants, this all-natural product is great for sensitive skin while the spray makes sun protection a cinch. The natural vanilla and coconut scents are a refreshing touch. Cost: $14.99 for 6 ounces. ulta.com

2 G.M. Collin Paris Dry Touch Sun Protection Cream 

SPF 50+ 
Active Ingredients: Broad-spectrum coverage for UVA/UVB rays contains both chemical and organic compounds. The dry finish saves skin from sunburn and prevents premature aging.  
Features: Safe to use on both the body and face, the dry-touch effect is ideal for everyday wear. Hypoallergenic and paraben-free, it’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Cost: $39 for 3.4 ounces. skin1.com

3 La Roche-Posay Anthelios Activewear Lotion Sunscreen 

SPF 60 
Active Ingredients: Chemical and organic compounds, plus Cell-Ox Shield Technology, protect skin from free radicals and UVA/UVB rays. The lotion itself is dry to the touch and 100 percent oil-free. 
Features: No fragrance, parabens or sulfates—instead, this lotion is packed with vitamin E, beeswax and keratin, making it safe for the face and body. It is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. Cost: $29.99 for 5 ounces. laroche-posay.us

4 Eau Thermale Avene Mineral Light Mattifying Sunscreen Lotion 

SPF 50+ 
Active Ingredients: Broad-spectrum coverage delivering UVA/UVB protection safely thanks to titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Monolaurin reduces oil and zinc gluconate helps soothe redness. 
Features: Mineral-based ingredients coupled with antioxidant-friendly Vitamin E make this daily lotion ideal for oily or acne-prone skin. The oil-free hydrating formula provides eight hours of sun protection and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Cost: $28  for 1.7 ounces. aveneusa.com

5 MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick 

SPF 50
Active Ingredients: A generous dose of 17 percent zinc oxide makes this mineral-based product safe for your skin while offering broad-spectrum protection. Avocado, jojoba and Vitamin E oils moisturize while cocoa seed butter keeps skin soft. 
Features: A convenient stick delivers smooth application and a clear finish. Free of GMO, gluten, parabens, sulfates and artificial colors, it is also biodegradable and won’t harm the ocean or reef. Cost: $12 for 0.52 ounces. mychelle.com

6 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen 

SPF 15 
Active Ingredients: The hydrating benefits of sugar keep dry lips at bay while meadowfoam and black currant seed oils bring additional moisture. Grapeseed oil softens lips while octinoxate and oxybenzone protect from sun damage.  
Features: This sunscreen-friendly lip balm is a favorite for its hint of citrus coupled with nourishing oils and sunscreen that lasts for up to six hours per application. Cost: $24 for 0.15 ounces. fresh.com

7 Origins Plantscription Power Anti-Aging Cream 

SPF 25 
Active Ingredients: Chemical and organic compounds provide broad-spectrum UV protection. Anogeissus, a rare bark known to heal wounds, aids in skin repair while dill seed extract builds elastin and cassia alata works as an antiseptic.  
Features: Light hydration makes this cream fit for all skin types. The anogeissus is said to create an increase in collagen for a firmer look and feel.  Cost: $59 for 1.7 ounces. origins.com


Additional Products

Maui Babe Browning Lotion with Coconut Oil

SPF: 0
Active Ingredients: The new coconut version of Maui Babe’s Browning Lotion features all-natural ingredients that include coconut oil; antioxidants E, C and A; Kona coffee; kukui nut oil; macadamia nut oil; potassium iodide; sunflower oil and aloe.
Features: Applied 10 minutes after sunscreen application, this browning lotion adds a brown glow to the skin and is safe for all skin types. Cost: $30 for 8 ounces. mauibabe.com

Coppertone Sport Continuous Sunscreen Spray

SPF: 70-100
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene and oxybenzone provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. For added moisture, vitamin E hydrates your skin.
Features: Water- and sweat-proof for up to 80 minutes, this easy-to-apply spray works from any angle to ensure full body coverage. Active types will appreciate that it won’t burn your eyes. Cost: $7 for 6 ounces. coppertone.com; also available at most drug and convenience stores

Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion

SPF: 30
Active Ingredients: Sun protection happens naturally with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Certified organic oils and extracts supply moisture and repair sun-damaged skin.
Features: Created specifically for the face, this lotion goes on smooth without any  residue and is free of parabens, fragrance and active chemicals. Created for all skin types and formulated for everyday use and active lifestyles. Cost: $14.99 for 1.7 ounces. ulta.com

Bare Republic Mineral Baby Sunscreen Stick

SPF: 50
Active Ingredients: Free of harsh chemicals and toxins, this sunscreen stick is safe for baby skin with natural ingredients that include non-nano zinc oxide, coconut oil, meadowfoam oil, shea butter and chamomile extract.
Features: An easy-to-apply stick keeps things convenient. The broad-spectrum mineral formula protects skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Cost: $9.99 for 0.5 ounces. gobareoutside.com

Sun Bum Signature Sunscreen

SPF: 30
Active Ingredients: The high-performance premium zinc oxide formula of Sun Bum’s new Signature line includes octinoxate, octocrylene and aloe to provide broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Features: Safe for the environment and eyes, this mineral-based lotion won’t sting and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. Made by a small company in Cocoa Beach, Florida, it’s also paraben-, oil-, and petroleum-free. Cost: $17.99 for 3 ounces. trustthebum.com

Sun Bum Signature Face Stick/Clear

SPF: 30
Active Ingredients: The face gets extra broad-spectrum coverage with the high-performance premium zinc oxide formula found in Sun Bum’s new Signature line with octinoxate, octocrylene and aloe.
Features: The mineral-based features of this facial stick ensure eyes and sensitive skin are protected from UVA and UVB rays. Water resistant up to 80 minutes, it’s fragrance-, paraben-, and oil-free, making it safe for all skin types. Cost: $16.99 for 0.45 ounces. trustthebum.com

Sun Bum Signature Face Stick/Tinted High Performance Sunscreen 

SPF: 50
Active Ingredients: Protect skin with a touch of color thanks to the high-performance premium zinc oxide formula of Sun Bum’s new Signature line featuring octinoxate, octocrylene and aloe.
Features: Mineral-based sun protection with a subtle amount of tint makes this facial stick a healthy alternative to BB creams or foundations. Compact, it’s fragrance-free and acts as a shield from UVA and UVB rays. Cost: $18.99 for 0.45 ounces. trustthebum.com

Origins A Perfect World Age-Defense Eye Cream with White Tea

SPF: 20
Active Ingredients: All-natural minerals provide broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. As an added benefit, silver tip white tea antioxidants and edelweiss act as a shield from the everyday elements.
Features: This lightweight cream moisturizes the delicate eye area while repairing it from the effects of sun damage and daily pollutants. Oil-free, it is suitable for all skin types. Cost: $39 for 0.5 ounces. origins.com

Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

SPF: 40 
Active Ingredients: Coffee beans and panax ginseng provide sun protection,  but also add moisture for an instant refresh. Octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide ensure skin stays safe from the effects of harmful UV rays.
Features: Working as a multi-tasker, this cream does it all. Part sunscreen, part moisturizer, it provides ample coverage for a flawless finish. Cost: $38 for 1.7 ounces. origins.com

Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen

SPF: 30
Active Ingredients: All-natural ingredients include sugar, a natural humectant that maintains moisture; avocado oil to provide vitamins D and E; meadowfoam and black currant seed oils for added moisture; and grapeseed oil for antioxidants. 
Features: Water-resistant and safe for the lip, face and eye areas, this sporty balm comes with a wide-stick applicator making it travel-friendly for the beach. Cost: $25 for 0.7 ounces. fresh.com

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