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The Best Sun Protection Products of 2014

Best for Athletes

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Water-resistant Kiss My Face Cool Sport Spray SPF 50 ($17; kissmyface.com) keeps you protected for 40 minutes, whether you’re swimming laps or catching waves. It dries in seconds too, so you can get right back to your workout.

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Best Shield with Sheen

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Don’t let skin make its beach debut looking dull. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Sunscreen SPF 30 ($9; drugstores) includes light-reflecting pigments for a touch of subtle shimmer.

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Best for Dry Skin

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Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 ($35; clarins.com) defends against drying rays, salt, and chlorine, and fights free radicals to ward off sun damage. Bonus: Mist it on strands for the same combo of protection and moisturization.

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Best Sheer Formula

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Tired of screens that leave a greasy residue? So are we. That’s why we love L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finish Spray SPF 50+ ($11; drugstores). The oil-free mist dries completely matte, making it ideal for areas prone to breakouts, like your back, chest, and booty.

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Best for Seamless Coverage

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The uneven texture of skin can cause gaps in coverage. Enter Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF 50+ ($36; shiseido.com). The brand’s SuperVeil UV 360 technology helps the spritz adhere to every nook and contour for a more uniform layer of protection.

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Best to Refresh

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One easy way to chill out: The gel-like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen ($36; laroche-posay.us) cools on contact, making it perfect for slathering on when the mercury rises.

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Best for Blemish-Prone Skin

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Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days Face Lotion SPF 30 ($9; drugstores) is oil-free, won’t clog pores, and has a matte finish—perfect whether breakouts are a regular occurrence or you just tend to get shiny.

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Best for Lips

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The mint-flavored June Jacobs Lip Renewal SPF 50 ($24; junejacobs.com) packs a whopping SPF for sensitive skin, along with a powerful blend of antioxidants to combat sun-induced free radicals that accelerate aging.

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Best for Eyes

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Protect your peepers with the gentle, 100 percent mineral SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 ($30; skinceuticals.com). The mousse-like formula goes on smoothly, without running or interfering with makeup application.

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Best Stick

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Toss Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($10; drugstores) in your purse and swipe on anytime, anywhere, without worrying about spills or messes. Unlike other smaller sticks, the wider size is ideal for both face and body.

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Best Daily Moisturizer

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Think of Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($18; drugstores) as an amped-up version of a standard lotion. It hydrates, staves off UV rays, and fights spots with pigment-fading niacinamide.

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Best for Sensitive Skin

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With naturally derived zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, fragrance-free MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 ($32; mdsolarsciences.com) caters to easily irritated skin. Other perks: an airy feel and a light tint.

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Best Natural

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Yes to Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 ($12; yestocarrots.com) is 97 percent natural, with ingredients like calming cucumber and soothing aloe vera, plus mineral sunscreens to safeguard skin.

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Best for Hands

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They can give away your age faster than your face, so load up on Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40 ($30; supergoop.com). It touts youth-boosting sea buckthorn to smooth skin and fade spots.

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Best for Babies

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The tear-free, super-gentle formula of Hampton Sun SPF 45 for Baby ($28; hamptonsuncare.com) is ideal for tots. The extra-emollient cream delivers thick coverage that won’t rub off on clothes or blankets.

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Best for Men

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Dudes will be delighted with Banana Boat Triple Defense Sunscreen For Men Clear UltraMist SPF 50 ($9; drugstores). It goes on clear—no matting up in his body hair—and has a crisp, cologne-like scent.

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Best for Travel

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SunBum Shorties ($12; trustthebum.com) come in a 3-ounce (TSA-approved) size that offers just the right amount of coverage for a day at the beach—so you don’t have to schlep home half-empty tubes.

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