Sun protection products are not one-size-fits-all. Pick the best sunscreen for your skin so you can block UV-rays in any situation

By Cari Wira Dineen
March 23, 2015

Been on a bit of sunscreen break this winter? We're with you. But spring has sprung, and along with warmer weather comes more exposure to damaging UV rays. Ditch whatever remains you have from last season and invest in some new sunscreen. Whether you're running a 5K or simply running errands, we've got a new UV blocker with your name on it. And, no joke, with the latest formulas to hit the market, you'll actually be stoked to slather yourself with sunblock. Don't believe us? Read on. (Going on vacation soon? We have all your Spring Break Skin Problems, Solved!)

If You're...Swimming


Imagine jumping out of the water, soaking wet, reapplying your spray sunblock without toweling off and without annoying everyone around you with a choking sunblock cloud? Your dream is now a reality, people-Coppertone is rolling out new accurate spray technology. AccuSpray transforms your sunscreen experience by combining the convenience of a spray with the controlled coverage of a lotion-and reduces the dreadful spray sunblock fog. AccuSpray is available in Sport, ultraGUARD, Kids, and our fave, the Wet ‘n Clear ($8;, which cuts through water on wet skin so no towel drying is needed when re-applying.

If You're...Running or Biking

Ready to hit the pavement? You gotta grab the right the sunblock. Requirements: a sport line that isn't going to sweat off and a small bottle that can fit into the little pocket in your running shorts. For serious outdoor play, we're loving the new Goddess Garden Sport Mineral Sunscreen ($15; Available in one ounce tubes, the SPF 30 formulas fit neatly into a pocket or bag. The line is organic-they recently reformulated by removing soybean oil and adding green tea and red raspberry seed oil-as well as biodegradable. We're super into the fact that Goddess Garden is both fighter of harmful rays and a lover of Mother Earth.

If You're...Heading to an Outdoor Party

Despite our best efforts to block the sun, there is still nothing sexier than a sun-kissed look. Fake your bake while simultaneously protecting your skin with the new Tommy Bahama Acapulco Gold Bronzing Mist Sunscreen Spray in SPF 6 ($16; With just a quick spritz, your skin gets an instant glow that's deliciously scented with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, coconut and orange. Sit back and relax at your next outdoor soiree, confident that you not only look good, but that you're being sun-safe too.

If You're...Not Wearing a Hat

For the record, you should always wear a hat when you know you're going to be outdoors. Nothing will block the sun from your face, neck, ears, scalp and hair better. But if you've left your cap at home, Phytoplage Protective Sun Oil ($30; is the next best thing. Perfect for a day at the beach, it's made with with olive wax and sunflower oil to protect your hair and color with a glossy, wet-looking shine. It's available in a new vacation-ready kit-along with the line's new After Sun Hair & Body Shampoo and Hair Recovery Mask-to keep you locks gorgeous and healthy all summer long.

If You're…Over The Melted Makeup Look/Looking to Replace Your Foundation for Summer/Wanting a Tinted Moisturizer for Your Face

When the weather heats up, it's time to replace your full-coverage foundation with something lighter, such as a tinted moisturizer. Check out new Bare Republic SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Lotion ($15;, which is a natural, chemical-free option that can be used on its own or under makeup. The best part: even though it's a mineral sunscreen, it's lightweight, non-greasy, and, wait for it-non-whitening. Boo-ya!

If You're...Wanting to Protect Your Lips

Ever get a sunburn on your lips? They swell up, feel hot, and get dry and peely. Not fun. Don't take the all that time to slather yourself with sunblock only to end up with a toasted pucker. Treat your lips to a tropical vacation-and protect them from the big, bad sun-with one of these lippies: BullFrog Water Armor Sport Lip Balm with InstaCool SPF 50 ($2; has a tasty grapefruit flavor and cooling sensation; and Australian Gold Signature Hello Kitty Tangerine Tango Lip Balm with SPF 30 ($3; (Show your mouth some more love with 5 Life-Saving Lip Care Solutions.)

If You're...Always Forgetting Your SPF

Are you the girl that perpetually forgets her sunscreen? There is simply no excuse to get a sunburn, thanks to the new Coola Sport Sunscreen Spray in SPF 30 ($24; Bottled in shrunk-down, three-ounce containers, the mini bottle fits nicely in your purse, in your car's glove box, or your carry-on travel bag (because they're TSA-approved!). Available in 30 SPF in Fresh Cucumber and Tropical Coconut, and in SPF 50 in Unscented, these sunscreens go on clear and are made with 70 percent certified organic ingredients.

If You're... Running Errands

Harmful UV rays can get you even while you're driving a car or popping in from shop-to-shop. That's why you should slather on an SPF daily to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. L'Oréal Paris just launched a new Advanced Suncare Collection that's perfect for everyday errands. We're fans of the Silky Sheer Lotion in SPF 30, 50 and 100 ($10; as well as the Liquid Silky Sheer Face Lotion SPF 30 and 50 ($11;, which are non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, dermatologist-tested and safe for sensitive skin.


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