Broad Spectrum Beauties: A Sunscreen Round-Up


Learn before you burn. Your sunscreen must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be broad-spectrum. There are 2 types of UV light that are dangerous – UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum or full-spectrum sunscreen protects you from both.
  • Must be water resistant if you’re heading to the beach or exercising.
  • Must be at least SPF 30. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) measures the length of time a sunscreen will protect your skin from reddening / burning from UVB rays, compared to how long your skin would take to redden/ burn without sunscreen protection. SPF 15 means that 1 out of 15 (93%) UVB rays reach your skin. SPF 30 means that 1 out of 30 (97%) UVB rays reach your skin.
  • Must be re-applied every 60-80 minutes.
  • SPF aside, the protection factor also depends on the amount of applied and the frequency of re-application, the activities in which the wearer engages, and the amount of sunscreen the skin has absorbed.

Here are some of The Beauty Bug’s favorites:

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil SPF 50+, $10.99 - There are so many reasons to love this product; let The Beauty Bug count the ways. First, the roster of ingredients: argan oil, shea oil, grapeseed oil, Vitamin E and sunflower oil. Second, the light beach-inspired scent. You know just the one The Beauty Bug means. Even on this dreary Memorial Day Weekend/supposed start to summer, it’s providing some tropical inspiration. Third, it’s the highest oil SPF protection available on the market.  And finally, L’Oreal is giving back.  This year, they have partnered with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) on a three year research grant and will also be donating $1 for every SPF product sold to the MRA throughout the summer.

SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50, $40 - Beach volleyball, anyone? The Beauty Bug prefers outdoor Zumba on the Boston Common or biking along the scenic path along Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod. But, whatever your outdoor workout of choice is, SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF is your ultimate sun protector. Formulated for extreme sports and conditions, the sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection during high-energy activities. It’s lightweight, water-resistant and resists wear from water, wiping and rubbing. And, get this. It was torture tested in actual extreme sport conditions. Another benefit? In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, SkinCeuticals will be sponsoring free, full-body skin-cancer checks at select dermatologist offices around the country. More info can be found here.

Sun Bum SPF 70 Continuous Spray Sunscreen, $15.99 - Three words - TRUST THE BUM (which also happens to be their URL). These quick-dry water resistant sprays are the quintessential sunscreen. They smell like the tropics and make you want to order that second (and third) round of piña coladas. Founded in Cocoa Beach, the collection was created by tried-and-true sun bums to protect their own family, friends, and community from the intense and harmful rays of the Florida sun. Every formula delivers the broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection you need without the junk you don’t (parabens, PABA, etc.).The Sun Bum sprays are perfect for those that may find the conventional lotion sunscreens a bit greasy. The line also includes moisturizing lotions and lip balms. 

Yes to Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen SPF 30, $11.99 – Bad pun alert: this sunscreen will keep you cool as a cucumber. Seriously. Formulated with all natural soothers like cucumber extract, aloe and green tea extract to cool and reduce inflammation, the sunscreen also includes Vitamin E to prevent wrinkles. A bit thick in consistency, the sunscreen melts into skin and provides 40 minutes of water resistance. Recommended as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen by the Skin Care Foundation, the line also includes a natural sunscreen stick, another sunscreen especially formulated for your little water baby, and an after-sun serum with shimmer. Buy the 3-piece bundle here. Slather while sipping a cucumber gimlet.

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50, $9.99 - The Beauty Bug has already sung the praises of this product once before. It was the most-used product during Her recent trip to St Maarten. She used it both on Her face and Her body. The key ingredient is the nourishing colloidal oatmeal. It’s not greasy or heavy and it provides 24-hour skin hydration against chlorine, salt water and sweat. And in case you missed the best part about this sunscreen the first time around, it bears repeating. It doesn’t smell like sunscreen.

Supergoop SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Day Cream, $37 - As soon as The Beauty Bug read this: “The best choice for sensitive, fair, and light skin and will leave a soft, white, protective cast”, She knew it was a match made in sunscreen heaven. The cream is comforting and nourishing, and has a creamy texture.  Those with any sort of redness or Rosacea, ditch your significant others because this cream will be your other half this summer! The slight white cast helps to neutralize. It’s not greasy, it prevents shine, and protects against UVA, UVB and IRA rays. It wears well under makeup, applies very smoothly and has quickly earned a spot in Her makeup bag for everyday wear. Pale ladies, rejoice; this is our best defense yet.

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