The Best Sun Protection Products of 2014
Best for Athletes
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.
Best Shield with Sheen
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.
Best for Dry Skin
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.
Best Sheer Formula
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.
Best for Seamless Coverage
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.
Best to Refresh
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.
Best for Blemish-Prone Skin
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
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.
Best for Eyes
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.
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.
Best Daily Moisturizer
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.
Best for Sensitive Skin
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.
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.
Best for Hands
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.
Best for Babies
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.
Best for Men
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.
Best for Travel
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.