You’ve sourced out a sunny spot at the beach where you can spend the entire day hanging out with friends. When it’s time for everyone to strip down to their skimpy bathers, your friend offers you some sunscreen and you reply “No thanks, I don’t burn.”
This momentary lapse of judgement results in an excruciating sunburn that allows you to only take cold showers for five days—it happens every year.
We want to be the ones who help you break this unpleasant cycle.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite sunscreens so that you won’t have to spend days lying naked on the couch, covered in aloe vera jelly. Summer is too short for that.
Usually we save the best for last but not when it comes to sunscreen. Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 50 is ideal for those who wear sunscreen on a daily basis. It’s non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and won’t make your face feel sticky or appear white and streaky. This sunscreen can be worn under makeup and will leave your skin feeling hydrated, thanks to the hyaluronic acid. It provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, and comes in a SPF 30 option as well. Neutrogena’s sunscreen with impressive moisturizing powers can be purchased on Amazon for $13.37.
Pair this sunscreen with a trendy denim bucket hat and you’re good to go.
For those who prefer clean beauty products, this natural sunscreen is vegan, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and reef-friendly. Since Sun Bum products are natural, there’s no need to feel guilty when you jump into the ocean and notice the lotion dissolving off of your boiling hot bod. The biodegradable sunscreen contains vitamin E so that your skin remains smooth despite exposure to sand, UVA and UVB rays, and salt water. The Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen can be used on your face and entire body, and can be purchased on Amazon for $17.99.
If you fear that slathering your face in sunscreen may lead to an acne breakout, try this oil-free matte lotion before you give up on sun protection. Neutrogena’s Clear Face SPF 60 (also comes in SPF 30) sunscreen provides a breathable finish that will shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It is non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and has been recognized and recommended by the Canadian Dermatologist Association. The unscented sunscreen can be purchased on Amazon for $13.37.
This biodegradable hypoallergenic sunscreen will keep you from resembling an overripe tomato after a day spent outdoors. Green Beaver SPF 40 mineral sunscreen is dermatologist tested and will easily absorb into your skin. Despite being water resistant, you’ll still need to reapply upon returning to land after a swim or after a sweaty game of Frisbee. It can be purchased on Amazon for $20.43.
This dermatologist-recommended sunscreen is not fooling around when it comes to SPF. Sunburns don’t stand a chance to this lotion’s SPF 110, which is the highest SPF available in Canada. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer is non-comedogenic and does not feel greasy when applied. The formula also features HELIOPLEX, an advanced sunscreen technology with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It is fast-absorbing and will stay on your skin while you swim or sweat. This impressively protective sunscreen can be purchased on Amazon for $13.37.
Here is another natural option for our health-conscious readers. Alba Botanica Sport SPF 40 sunscreen will keep you protected from UVA and UVB rays while soothing and moisturizing your skin. With extracts like lavender flower, aloe vera, chamomile, Echinacea, and other antioxidants, you can feel good about reapplying every couple of hours. Alba Botanica products are approved by dermatologists and made in Canada. The natural sunscreen can be bought on Amazon for $12.50.
This zinc oxide sunscreen is vegan, reef-friendly, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The All Good formula contains organic green tea, rose hips, and buriti oil, which will leave your skin softer and smoother than ever. The SPF 30 lotion will protect your precious skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays, and a tube of the natural sunscreen can be yours for $19.95 on Amazon.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen (in SPF 60 or 45) is ideal for those with sensitive and dry skin. The formula contains natural oatmeal extracts that will lock in moisture without clogging pores. It provides UVA and UVB protection while keeping skin hydrated. The dermatologist-approved lotion can be purchased on Amazon for $18.77.
If you despise the feeling of goopy sunscreen between your fingertips, it’s time to try Sun Bum’s Original formula in spray version. The broad spectrum lotion will shield you from UVA and UVB rays while hydrating your skin and fending off free radicals with vitamin E. All Sun Bum products are reef-friendly, hypoallergenic, and can be found on Amazon. The sunscreen spray can be purchased for $19.49.
If you’ve soaked up a little too much sun, try Sun Bum’s After Sun Spray.