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All your sunscreen options for this summer

Sun bathing at the beach
Sun bathing at the beach
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The official start to summer is just around the corner. Unless you live under a rock your sun exposure is going to increase. With that you need the right protection. However, when you mosey down the sunscreen aisle you are met with a choice that is more overwhelming than figuring out which was the best college to attend. You need the right one for the right purpose.

Spray: Spray sunscreen is the easiest to apply and it generally covers all areas without having to rub in or contort your whole body for application. There is something about sunscreen and its scent that are quintessential summer. Coola’s Sport Sunscreen Spray in Citrus Mimosa ($32) has a light fresh scent. It is an SPF 30 and is an organic skin care. L’Oreal Quick Dry Finish Sheer Spray ($8) is great when in a rush. You can apply and then get quickly dressed because it instantly dries and leave no residue. Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray ($42) is a sunscreen spray that is not an aerosol so there is a bit of spreading required, but also gives you peace of mind that every part is covered.

Cream: Cream and lotions are great because you know exactly where the protection is going. For long beach and pool days Neutrogena’s Beach Defense ($7) is a broad spectrum that provides a defense against water and sun damage. Sometimes sunscreens feel as if they weigh a ton, but not with PCA Skin’s Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ($40). For those with sensitive skin, they often have to pay the consequences with irritating sunscreen. However, fret no more with Cleure Natural Sunscreen SPF 15 ($22), which is formulated not to irritate skin.

Face: Your face will always be exposed to the rays, so it is vital to protect. HydroPeptide Solar Defense: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($44) helps with uneven skin tone and is non-greasy to protect and clarify skin. ORGO Completely Weightless SPF 29 Sunscreen Face Spray ($32) is a quick drying spray that is refreshing when applied. It does however needs to be rubbed in a bit.

In Addition: There are areas on your body you do not necessarily think of needing special, extra attention when in the skin. We may miss them, but hair, hands, eyes, and lips need a little extra attention. Spray Alterna’s Summer Sunshine Spray ($20) on tresses to protect them from UVA and UVB rays. Hands show age; the sun speeds up the aging process. Protect hands with Ahava’s Time to Smooth Hand Cream ($32) that has dark spot correcting powers. The skin on both your eyes and lips are the thinnest and often over looked. For the eyes reach for SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense ($30) and for the lips June Jacobs Lip Renewal ($23). Both are a broad spectrum, SPF 50 product that nourishes those specific areas.

After Sun: After a long day in the sun, where you reapplied sunscreen many times, it is important to sooth skin. Sun Bum’s Cool Down ($12) is a soothing aloe lotion with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter, which helps to preserve your tan and heals your unfortunate sunburn. It smells delicious to boot. To keep that sun glow longer, use Suave’s Moroccan Infusion Body lotion ($4) for radiant skin.

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