There's a right sunscreen for every activity, whether it's basking in the sun at the beach or going for a run. Here's how to find the perfect formula.
Full-coverage for outdoor activities
Thanks to the new FDA guidelines, the terms "waterproof" and "sweat-proof" are no longer allowed on labels, as you have to reapply after you get wet. Instead, look for sunscreens labeled "water-resistant," says dermatologist Gervaise Gerstner. And don't forget to follow the recommendations for reapplication, which is usually after 40 to 80 minutes.
Try:SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Light protection for daily use
You might balk at wearing daily sunscreen—are you really going to get that much sun?—but it’s smart to wear protective lotion all over your body. “For short, intermittent time outside, a SPF 15 or 30 is fine,” says Gerstner.
Try: Lubriderm Daily Moisture With SPF 15 Lotion
Non-greasy formulas for your face
You’ve heard it a million times: SPF is the best way to prevent early aging and wrinkles. But no one likes the oily sheen sunscreen tends to leave behind. Look for a non-comedogenic, oil-free formula that won't cause breakouts or make skin shiny.
Try:L'Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Sunshield for Face SPF 50+ SPF that can stand up to serious sweat
Just like being at the beach, you want a sunscreen that is water-resistant and will outlast long, outdoor sweat sessions. When you’ll be outside for more than 30 minutes—like a long bike ride or marathon training—take a small bottle with you and reapply when you take a break.
Try: EltaMD UV Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50