You’re exhausted from hearing it and we’re exhausted from saying it, but that doesn’t make this message any less important: Putting on sunscreen is a necessity all year round, and not just during the warmer months — though it’s harder to skip when the temps inspire pool days and long walks.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best body sunscreens on Amazon to stash in your beach bag. Everything listed is formulated with SPF 30 or above because that is the official guideline from the American Academy of Dermatology or AAD. SPF 30 provides protection against 97% of UVB rays while SPF 15 protects against only 93% in contrast. We’ve rounded up choices with ingredients catered to specific skin types, including sensitive skin (fragrance-free mineral sunscreens, anyone?), oily skin (hello, kaolin clay), and acne-prone skin (bye, bacne).
Some additional, must-know advice: Whether you’re using SPF 30 or 70, reapplying every two hours (or right after you swim) is necessary for optimal protection. “Studies have shown that SPF’s efficacy stays steady for about an hour, and then begins to drop after an hour because UV rays break down many sunscreen ingredients,” says Jill Weinstein, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and instructor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago previously told Allure.
Without further ado, scroll down to assess the best body sunscreens on Amazon, and remember to slather up.
Our Top Picks:
- Quickest-Absorbing: La Roche-Posay Melt-In Milk Sunscreen, $37
- Best Sweat-Resistant: EltaMD UV Sport Body Sunscreen, $30
- Best for Sensitive Skin: Vanicream Sunscreen, $18
- Best for Oily Skin: Paula’s Choice Extra-Care Sunscreen, $22
- Best Beachy Scent: Vacation Classic Lotion SPF 30, $19
- Best for Barrier Repair: Nécessaire The Sunscreen, $25
- Best for the Whole Family: Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion, $10
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