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Best Sunscreen Products for a Day by the Water

Whether you’re on a beach, by the pool or just enjoying a walk in the sun, use these products first

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October 13, 2021
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Don’t head out into the sun without protection. Pixabay

Hat. Check. Sunglasses. Check. Sunscreen. Check. Sunny or not, every day is a day to apply sunscreen. Keeping your skin safe from sunburn isn’t just about having sunscreen on hand. It’s about keeping it in your purse, on the counter, or in the stroller, so nobody has any excuses for not applying it as directed.

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 for Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin, Oil-free, Dermatologist-Recommended Mineral-Based Zinc Oxide Formula

Free of irritants

Protecting your beautiful visage from UVA and UVB rays, this silky smooth lotion feels great when you apply it. EltaMD

This oil-free formula uses the original sunscreen mineral zinc to provide skin-safe protection. If you are looking for a high-end sunscreen for sensitive skin, your search is over. Designed just for facial use, this doctor-recommended SPF 46 sunscreen doesn’t have fragrance or parabens and is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t cause acne. Make sure to reapply it every two hours as it is not waterproof.

Buy: EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

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Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, 1.7 oz - Oil-Free, Weightless & Invisible Reef-Safe, Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen for All Skin Types - Scent-Free - Great Makeup Primer - Beard-Friendly

Unique blend

It’s made with red algae which helps protect skin from blue light and with meadowfoam seed for increased moisture. Supergoop!

Super-strong, safe, and invisible, this sunscreen is an unseen hero. So sheer and velvety feeling, this sunscreen should be part of your daily skincare routine. The barely-there gel glides on your skin giving your face UVA, and UVB protection. More importantly, this sunscreen keeps you safe from deep-intruding infrared or IRA rays. All these powerful skin protections are reef-friendly, too. Use it as a primer underneath your makeup. And don’t worry if it gets in your facial hair. This unseen sunscreen will blend right in and you’ll forget it’s even there.

Buy: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Reef Friendly Sunscreen Spray, Broad Spectrum SPF 50, 6 Ounces - Twin Pack

Quick application

It goes on clear, so just sweep back and forth across the area for even and thorough coverage. Banana Boat

Applying spray sunscreen takes the worry out of forgetting the tops of feet and backs of knees, and other spots often missed when applying sunscreen lotions. Don’t worry about taking a dip in the sea because this broad-spectrum sunscreen is reef-friendly. What does reef-friendly mean? Well, reef-friendly sunscreens don’t have active ingredients like oxybenzone in them that can damage sensitive coral reefs. We love the Banana Boat’s special PowerStay technology that keeps this fast-absorbing sunscreen working up to 80 minutes in the water.

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Buy: Banana Boat Ultra Sport Reef Friendly Sunscreen Spray

BLUE LIZARD Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, SPF 50+, Water Resistant, UVA/UVB Protection with Smart Bottle Technology - Fragrance Free, 5 oz

Active ingredients

For up to 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance, use this product and reapply regularly. Blue Lizard

By combining both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the little particles of minerals really repel the sun and block its harmful rays. Aussies know a thing or two about the bright sun. These outdoor-loving people protect themselves from the sun while they are swimming with sharks. So this sunscreen has to do its job and be kind to the coral reefs. Which it does. The broad spectrum 50 plus sunscreen keeps out 98 percent of the sun’s rays (SPF 100 screens out 99 percent).

Buy: Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen

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Coppertone Sport Continuous Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Multipack (5.5 Ounce Bottle, Pack of 3) (Packaging May Vary)

Moisturize and nourish, too

Don’t keep them in the car or other places where excessive heat may damage the spray bottle. Coppertone

This powerful sunscreen spray also contains Vitamin E and moisturizers to replenish your skin. Coppertone started in 1938 as the first successful company to market sunscreen. In the 1960s, proper sunscreens, instead of sun tanning products, came on the scene. Since then, sunscreens have only become better, more protective, and easier to apply. This strong SPF 50 protection is water-resistant, too. The handy three-pack lets you keep one in your beach bag, one in your cabana, and one in your purse, just in case.

Buy: Coppertone Sport Continuous Sunscreen

Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Islands and recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat. Islands is an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff.

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