BEST spray-on formula
Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 70 ($10; at drugstores)
Whether you’re struggling to protect hard-to reach areas or have squirmy kids, a spray makes getting good coverage a breeze. This one from Aveeno is easy to use—you can even spray it when the bottle is upside down.
BEST for city dwellers
Aveda Dual Nature Face Protection SPF 15 ($25; aveda.com )
Protect your skin against sun, smoke, and pollution. In addition to titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which block UVA and UVB rays, this lotion boasts antioxidants like sunflower seed extract and vitamins C and E to combat free radicals.
BEST allover protection
Lancôme UV Expert 20 Sunscreen with Mexoryl SX SPF 20 ($35; lancome-usa.com )
Some sunscreens feel too heavy to slather on from head to toe, but this lightweight formula with powerful UVA blocker Mexoryl SX is perfect all over. Bonus: Skin won’t feel chalky.
BEST to swipe on over makeup
Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 in All Clear ($45; colorescience.com )
Perfect for dashing out to run errands in the middle of a workday, this brush-on mineral sunscreen powder won’t mess up your makeup. It even adds a flattering glow to your face, thanks to its pigmented particles.
BEST for sensitive skin
Blue Lizard Australian Suncream SPF 30 ($13; bluelizard.net )
Irritated by chemical sunblocks like Avobenzone but still want highpotency UV protection? Try this chemicalfree cream packed with gentle UVA- and UVB-blocking titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
BEST protection with tint
Clarins Crème Solaire Soothing Cream Progressive Tanning SPF 20 ($34; clarins.com )
Get a glow and stay protected by choosing a self-tanner that doubles as a sunscreen. This one provides protection while giving your skin an instant radiance that appears natural on even the fairest skin tones.
BEST for on-the-go touch-ups
Hawaiian Tropic Ozone SPF 50+ Ultimate Sunscreen Stick ($6; at drugstores)
Cover often overlooked areas like lips, eyelids, tops of ears, and your part with this oil-free stick. It goes on clear, doesn’t feel greasy, and stays put where you need it most.
BEST for the whole family
Jason Sunbrellas Family Sunblock SPF 36 ($10; jason-natural.com )
No need to carry multiple bottles of sunscreen if one product works for everyone. This lotion is free of parabens, preservatives that can irritate skin, and is rich in green tea extract and vitamin C to help fend off premature aging.
BEST nongreasy formula
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 85 ($10; at drugstores)
Sunscreen doesn’t have to be sticky to protect your skin. With Neutrogena’s new Dry-Touch technology, the lotion feels powdery smooth and has enhanced UVA and UVB protection.
BEST innovative idea
UV Sol Beads ($5; uvsolbeads.com )
You’ll never have another excuse for not applying your sunscreen when you hang these tiny beads on your wrist or purse. When exposed to UV rays, they change color; the stronger the rays, the more intense the bead color becomes. A fashionable reminder to reapply!