What Kind of Sunscreen Should I Use? Best Sunscreens of 2018


After a relaxing day at the pool, basking in the summer sun, do you sometimes get a little pinker than anticipated? In order to enjoy your backyard pool all summer, it’s necessary to employ sensible sun protection. That means swimming during off-peak times such as early morning and late afternoon, wearing protective clothing, and —of course—using sunscreen. Not sure which type of sunscreen is the right choice for you? We’ve rounded up some of the best-rated sunscreens of 2018:

Best Sunscreen for Babies

Tender newborn skin deserves to be pampered with extra-gentle sunscreen, and our pick is Aveeno Baby Sensitive Skin. Utilizing zinc oxide at SPF 50 as well as oat extract, the gentle formula is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It boasts a fragrance-free, paraben-free, dye-free, and phthalate-free formula. Even adults with eczema or sensitive skin will find a friend in this gentle option.

Best Sunscreen for an Instant Glow

Protect yourself from harmful rays while coloring your skin a golden bronze at the same time with Australian Gold’s SPF 50 Spray Gel Bronzer. With moisturizers like sunflower seed and olive fruit oils, along with aloe, the bronzer nourishes your skin as it protects it. The scent kisses you with pleasant wafts of coconut, orange and vanilla. But don’t let the lovely aroma fool you into doubting its function—this bronzer provides broad spectrum protection from the sun’s rays and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Best Sunscreen for Hair and Scalp

Have you ever meticulously applied sunscreen all over your face and back, only to emerge from a day at the pool with a rosy part line in your hair? COOLA Organic Scalp and Hair Mist targets that, providing SPF 30 protection while functioning as a hair styling serum as well. Monoi oil and gotu kola extract nourish your scalp and hair while locking in color. The water-resistant mist (up to 80 minutes) surrounds you with the tantalizing scent of “ocean-salted sage.”

Best Sunscreen for Sporty Types

If you’re very active—surfing, splashing, climbing mountains—you’ll want a sunscreen that can withstand the elements. Coppertone Sport provides SPF 50 protection in a rugged formula that sticks on even when you get sweaty. It’s non-greasy to keep your grip strong. For watersports, you’ll want to reapply frequently—the sunscreen is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Sunscreen Tips:

Tip 1:

Reapply sunscreen every two hours and when you get out of the water. Even if your sunscreen is water-resistant, it’s best to make sure that you’re covered each time you get out of the water.

Tip 2:

Don’t use expired sunscreen. Sunscreen loses its UV protection over time. It should be effective three years from purchase, but be sure to discard it if is beyond the expiration date.

Tip 3:

Apply liberally! Generally, a liberal application of sunscreen is 1 ounce, so the amount of sunscreen necessary for an average adult is the amount that would fit in a shot glass. If you have a 4-ounce bottle, you should use nearly a fourth per application.