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20 Sun Products to Help Protect Your Skin

Best for On-the-Go Touch-Ups

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Forget lugging around clunky, messy bottles. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick ($4; is small enough to fit in your pocket and doesn’t leave any telltale white marks. Swipe it on anytime, anywhere.

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Best Organic Sunscreen

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A physical blocker, The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF 50 ($69; has no preser-vatives, no fragrances, no aluminum, no nanoparticles—no kidding. (If you love this product then try 7 Natural Beauty Products That Actually Work.)

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Best for Dry Skin

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Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist SPF 30 ($8; gives you the hydrating coverage of a cream and the convenience of a spray. Even better? Sand won’t cling to this quick-drying formula.

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Best Hair Protection

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Your strands need sun protection, too. We love that Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($20; gives hair a subtle hit of shine, while UV filters and amino acids fight against color fading.

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Best All-In-One Product

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Yes, we’re suckers for fun packaging, but we’re also suckers for pretty skin, which is why the brightly colored, easy-to-grip, and antioxidant-packed Tarte TarteGuard 30 Sunscreen Lotion ($32; scores a spot in our beach bag.

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Best Cooling Lotion

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Perfect for hot, sticky days, the gel-like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion SPF 50+ ($11; is super lightweight and cools skin on contact, dropping your body-surface temp by four degrees.

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Best Faux Glow

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Your skin’s summer debut doesn’t have to be pasty. Australian Gold SPF 50 Lotion With Kona Coffee Bronzers ($8; delivers a sun-kissed glow fast, without the damage of the real thing. (This product was also featured in The Best Self-Tanner to Suit Your Fit Lifestyle.)

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Best Sweat-Proof 'Screen

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Too often the SPF you apply preworkout slides off your face as soon as you start to glisten. Enter Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce ($40; It’s formulated to bond with minerals in moisture, making it even more H2O-resistant when you sweat.

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Best for Damage Reversal

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You may not be able to control the environment, a leading cause of aging skin, but you can reverse the signs of damage it leaves on your body. PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin texture. ($162;

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Best for Breathability

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Finally, a sunscreen that actually allows your skin to breathe! Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Spray Sunscreen SPF 70 ($12; features technology that lets perspiration evaporate without compromising your protection.

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Best Beach in a Bottle

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The coconut-and citrus-scented Hawaiian Tropic Silk Island Sport Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 ($10; feels light on skin and is so reminiscent of being on vacation that reapplying becomes a luxury.

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Best for Keeping Oil at Bay

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Two reasons those with oily complexions will love SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 ($34; It contains tiny particles that can absorb up to 15 times their weight in oil to keep shine at bay, and it’s tinted, so you can skip the heavy foundation. (Use this sunscreen with The Best Oil-Free Makeup for Your Skin Concerns.)

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Best for City Dwellers

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Pollution can damage your skin just as UV rays do. Protect yourself against both with Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF 50 ($42;; it contains ingredients like white tea and lampsana extracts, which shield against sun and smog.

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Best for Fading Dark Spots

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All sunscreens help prevent dark spots, but Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50 ($42, goes the extra mile by providing powerful antioxidants like vitamins C and E to fade existing hyperpigmentation as well.

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Best Over Makeup

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The problem: You need to reapply SPF every two hours, but you don’t want to mess up your makeup. The fix: Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28; Spritz it on to reset makeup, reabsorb oil, and re-up your sun protection.

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Best Under Makeup

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Slather on Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer SPF 30 ($50; before applying your makeup or wear it alone: The light-diffusing formula blurs imperfections and brightens for a flawless, radiant look. (Sounds like this belongs with our 11 Primers with a Purpose.)

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Best Barely There 'Screen

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Everything you need—sunscreen, moisturizer, and foundation—is in MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 ($39;, yet it blends into skin so easily and feels like there’s nothing there.

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Best for Sensitive Skin

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Eau Thermale Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ ($28, is an all-mineral mix that has the benefit of Avène’s thermal spring water, which nixes itch, inflammation, and irritation.

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Best Daily Moisturizer

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Moisture Cream SPF 30 ($50; brightens our every day: It hydrates without being heavy; it evens skin tone; it helps smooth wrinkles; and it offers UVA and UVB protection.

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Best for a Natural Shine

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Instead of a basic balm, opt for the universally flattering sheer pink and summery sheen of Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Lip Gloss SPF 40 ($18;

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Best for Squirmy Kids

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Calling all moms who appreciate being in control every now and then: Coppertone Kids Accuspray Sunscreen SPF 50 ($10; features a new spray technology, which delivers a spritz that will land squarely, even on a moving target. (For more awesome sunscreens, try one of our favorite New Sunscreen Formulas to Fit Your Active Lifestyle.)

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