Protect your skin from summer.
New sunscreen tests are being released and here are some of the latest findings. Sunscreens come in many different forms – lotions, sprays, foam, mist, stick, powder, compact powder, tint and gel. There’s a sunscreen to fit every need. Please remember that most sunscreens need 20 minutes to be absorbed into the skin and begin to work, so waiting to apply them when you get to the beach is not a good idea! Don’t forget to reapply.
The lotion sunscreen that a majority of experts voted for in one test of 28 sunscreen lotions was Coppertone Ultraguard Sunscreen SPF 70. It is broad spectrum, non-greasy and water resistant up to 80 minutes. 8 fluid oz. is $8.97.
More lotion sunscreens that tested well:
Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Water-Light Lotion SPF 50 for Face & Body is lightweight and fragrance-free. It soaks in quickly and didn’t leave any sticky residue. $29.00 for 5 fluid oz.
In another comparison test, Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50 won the prize. It is a zinc oxide sunscreen lotion helps repair prior sun damage as well as protecting skin from further damage. $55.00 for 3.4 oz.
Allure Magazine chose Drunk Elephant’s Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 with 20% zinc oxide as its recommended sun lotion. It goes on clear, feels light on the skin and washes off easily. 3 oz. for $34.00.
Why the brand name Drunk Elephant? The products are made from Marula Oil. The founder explains, “The name Drunk Elephant is rooted in a myth that says that elephants love to eat the fruit that has fallen from the Marula trees. Once eaten, fermentation occurs inside their very large tummies and the elephants become drunk!” We have seen drunk elephants in the South African bush.
Two dermatologists we know recommend EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 cream with transparent zinc oxide sunscreen for the face. 1.7 oz. for $32.50.
The best sunscreen spray in one survey is Banana Boat Sun Comfort SPF 50. It has good texture, absorbs quickly, leaves no residue and did well at preventing sunburn. 6 oz. for $8.77.
In another test, Kate Sommerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Makeup Setting Spray won out of 60 tested. It is a mist spray that won’t mess up your makeup. It is good for all skin types and is broad spectrum. It is a fine mist spray that dries quickly to set makeup. $38.00 for 3.4 oz.
The recommended sunscreen mist is Coppertone ClearlySheer Sunscreen SPF 50 is broad spectrum, and gentle. It provides powerful sun protection in a mild formula so it is good for sensitive skin. It goes on easily with a dry-touch finish. A 5 oz. bottle is $11.95.
The sport sunscreen voted the best is Neutrogena Sport SPF 50. It is a spray and also comes in an SPF 70. It goes on quickly with no residue or staining. It works even with sweating and strong sun. It is broad spectrum and powerful. It is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes. A 5.5 oz. bottle is $7.43.
The sunscreen tint that got the most votes was Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It comes in three shades and creates a water-resistant layer so you can sweat and still have protection. $29.99.
The most popular sunscreen primer in one comparison test was Coola Dawn Patrol Classic SPF 30 Makeup Primer. It is good for all skin types. It is a smooth formula that provides a good base for makeup. 5 oz. for $32.00.
To motivate you to use sunscreen here are a few facts. As we get older, men are 3 times more likely to get skin cancer than women. Over the past thirty years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. If you are a boater, the best protection is to stay covered – hat and clothes that block UV rays, sunscreen and sunglasses that block UV rays.
Note: Most sunscreens are now stamped with an expiration date but if not, experts say that if kept at room temperature, the sunscreen should remain effective for up to three years. If it has been exposed to high heat and sun, however, the sunscreen contents will have broken down and coverage will not be consistent or reliable.
If you intend to use these sunscreens on children and want to learn about any chemical danger, please go to this website – http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/.
Want a little more protection? We found some great sun protective clothing, and don’t forget the hat!