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Note :: Please be aware of the voluntary sunscreen recall from Neutrogena and Aveeno. Some of these products may be impacted by that. We know mamas do their research and choose products for various reasons, but the most important one is always at the top of their list: What’s best for their personal family.
It’s summertime in Texas, and we all know that means lots of heat and UV rays.
However, that sunscreen aisle at Target can get a little overwhelming, as can the never-ending lists on Amazon, so we compiled a list of our favorites and broke them down into categories for your convenience.
Sunscreens for Swimming
- Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Water Resistant Sunscreen Stick: Sticks work amazingly well for faces (and everywhere else), and this one goes on wet. Perfect!
- Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Protection Sunscreen Spray: This beach favorite also comes in a lotion, so you have your pick of application styles.
- Blue Lizard Sunscreen: This Australian brand is mineral-based, water-resistant, and reef-safe, so you’re cleared to splash around in both the pool and the ocean.
- Ocean Potion Sport: Perfect for getting wet, this one absorbs quickly and cools the skin on application.
- eltaMD UV Sport: A skincare brand by trade, its sunscreen is unscented (one of my requirements) and has less of a white-cast than many other mineral options.
Sunscreens for Outdoor Activities
- SunBum Original Sunscreen: It’s a crowd favorite for the broad-spectrum protection, but be prepared for the coconut/banana smell!
- Coppertone SPORT: A tried and true athlete favorite that protects while you sweat during a workout or just standing around outside in the Texas sun.
- Thinksport: A mineral-based sports sunscreen, this one is highly rated, but do make sure you give it time to absorb to be effective!
- Solimo Sport: An Amazon brand, this affordable lotion is an excellent alternative to some pricer brands out there and still gives full UV coverage.
- Neutrogena Sport Face: A brand with many varieties, this one includes an electrolyte complex that makes it like Gatorade for your skin, but with sunscreen included.
Sunscreens for Specific Skin Types
- Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion: For the dry skin crowd, this is a winner, as the sunscreen includes moisturizers along with its sun defense.
- Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion: A little goes a long way with this sunscreen, and it’s great for darker skin because it goes on without that “white cast” effect.
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen: For a pale complexion, try this cooling sunscreen that is refreshing and light.
- CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion: This lotion has built-in protection and a matte finish ideal for more oily skin.
- Vanicream Sunscreen Sport: Vanicream is a great option for sensitive skin when it comes to lotion, so it seems natural that their sunscreen works just as well!
- Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen Powder: This powder sunscreen is something totally new (at least to me!), but a great way to get coverage without a lot of rubbing in — a major mom win.
- Neutrogena Sheer Zinc: Not surprisingly, Neutrogena also has a mineral-based sunscreen that is easy to put on and feels lightweight.
- Drunk Elephant: If the name gets you to try it out, the SPF protection and added antioxidants will keep you coming back to this one over and over again.
- ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica: An ideal mineral sunscreen for darker skin is silky smooth and claims to repair existing sun damage while giving you current sun protection.
Sunscreens for Mom
- Aveeno Daily Moisturizer: My personal fave sunscreen tool; I wear this every day for moisture and protection.
- BFF Skin Perfector by Trinny London: FWM CEO, Emily Y, highly recommends this one as an excellent all-around primer with your needed SPF included. This product evens skin tone too!
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch: This one is in the mom camp because it can get a little stingy in the eyes, but it’s lightweight and almost feels like wearing nothing.
- CoTZ Face Prime & Protect: The lovely matte tint is a great way to combine your make-up base and sun protection all in one.
- Colorscience Brush-On Sunscreen Powder: Another brush-on option (y’all, I’m obsessed with these), it’s easy to apply, won’t make you shiny, and pops perfectly in your purse.
Bonus: Post-Sunburn Products
(For those times when you miss a spot or forget to reapply!)
- Banana Boat After Sun Aloe Lotion: My go-to when I get a little pink, this takes the red out and rehydrates your skin, leaving you feeling a little less fried.
- Oars + Alps After Sun Cooling Spray: If spray is more you speed, try this aloe and niacinamide duo.
- Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel: This is an Amazon best seller thanks to its pure aloe formula and no sticky residue.
No matter your sunscreen of choice, remember that the best protection is the one you have on, so be generous in your application, rub products in thoroughly, and set a timer to remind you to reapply!
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