Here we present our list of the Top 10 Best Sunscreen 2017 review. Sunscreen is vital to help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Who doesn’t love the sun? That wonderful feeling of being wrapped in the sun’s warmth. Long, lazy days outside. But, as much as we love the sun, whether it’s the middle of summer or in the dead of winter, and even when it’s overcast, the sun doesn’t always love us.
Unprotected exposure to the sun can cause serious skin damage and even cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests that you use an SPF of 30 or higher. Also according to the American Cancer Society, in the US alone, approximately 3,300,000 people get skin cancer every year. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing most skin cancer deaths. That’s why finding the right sunscreens for you is so important. You need to find a sun lotion that you like, so you’ll use it. If it’s too greasy or too difficult to apply, or washes off too fast when wet, you won’t use it.
UVA and UVB rays come from the sun. UVA rays penetrate your skin more deeply and is known to cause wrinkling and skin aging. UVB causes your skin to redden and sunburn. We love our tans, but did you know that a sun tan is actually the result of damage to your skin’s DNA? Really! That deep dark tan you’re after is really a self defense mechanism that your body uses to try to prevent more damage.
To help you get ready for outdoor fun in the sun, we selected 10 different sunscreens. Some of them come as fluids, lotions or sprays. All of them have been carefully selected based on the ingredients used, the protection they offer and of course, pricing. All these things were factored in while browsing through the hundreds of different sunscreens available. So, let’s jump right to our list of the top 10 best sunscreen 2017 reviews.
Table of Contents
- EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
- Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Facial Sunscreen Fluid, Water Resistant with SPF 60
- Sun Bum Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
- Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110
- Aveeno Sunscreen Protect Plus Hydrate Lotion SPF 70
- Fallene Cotz Plus SPF 58 Water Resistant UVB/UVA Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
- SPF Rx: #1 Best SPF 50 Sunscreen ● Natural Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide ● Chemical Free Mineral Sunblock Lotion For Face & Body ● UVA + UVB Broad Spectrum Protection, Non-Greasy, Fragrance Free & Reef Safe ● Made in the USA
- Coola Organic Suncare Cucumber Face SPF 30 Sunscreen
- Ocean Potion Anti-aging Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50-8 Oz
- Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Sun Care Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, 5.1 Ounce
EltaMD is one of the bigger brands in the industry. They offer multiple products among which we have the Daily Board-Spectrum sunscreen. It is an SPF 46 UVA and UVB sunscreen that comes in a 1.7 fluid ounce bottle with a simple airless pump dispenser.
It is 9.0% transparent zinc oxide, paraben (preservative) free, fragrance free and noncomedogenic (formulated not to block pores). It is recommended for use on post-procedural and photosensitive skin types. It contains multiple ingredients that help protect the skin and leave it smooth and comfortable such as hyaluronic acid, which has the ability to hold moisture, and multiple vitamins. Choose tinted or non-tinted formulas. We did not find a claim of water resistance.
Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen does not contain any carcinogen causing ingredients. It is free of biologically harmful chemicals. No Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, or UV Chemical absorbers. It’s the first Sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements. Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen has an SPF 50+ which, according to the manufacturer, SPF is the highest level the FDA recognizes. This sunscreen applies easily and does not need the usual 30 minute soak in period before going out into the sun. In other words, you can apply it and immediately go into the sun or water. It protects in the water for up to 80 minutes. It is safe for anyone, including sensitive skin, pregnant women and children over 6 months.
La Roche-Posay is a well know company with a full line of high end skin products. In addition to retail locations, their products are sold in 1,500 physician offices. Athelios 60 is an ultra light sunscreen. It has broad spectrum protection and an ultra light texture. It is fast absorbing with a matte finish. It claims to visibly reduce the appearance of sun damage. And it is water resistance for up to 80 minutes. You can choose a fluid, spray or lotion.
La Roche-Posay has won many awards, some of which are the 2015 TotalBeauty.com 6th Annual Beauty Awards, 2014 CEW Beauty Insider Awards, 2014 Self Healthy Beauty Awards, 2014 Coastal Living Beach Beauty Awards, 2014 Instyle Best Beauty Awards and many more.
Sun Bum is a moisturizing sunscreen lotion and, like our other sunscreen choices, was developed to protect your skin against UVA and UBV rays. It also helps against premature skin aging with the addition of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals. Sun Bum is paraben (preservative) free, PABA free (a chemical found in the folic acid vitamin and also in several foods including grains, eggs, milk, and meat), gluten free, 100% vegan and oil free. Also, hypoallergenic (designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response).
This moisturizing sunscreen lotion has an SPF of 50 – 60, thus the 50+ on the label. Sun Bum Sunscreens are tested, approved, and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation (per manufacturer). Sun Bum is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
As its name says, Neutrogena’s Age Shield face lotion sunscreen is for your face. It offers an SPF 110 lotion that is formulated with Helioplex to block a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. Helioplex reduces the amount of degradation in efficacy that occurs with all sun lotion products.
Age Shield face is a lightweight lotion that absorbs quickly for a fresh, non-greasy feel. It is paraben (preservative) and oil free and has a soothing, long lasting protection from the sun. We did not find a claim of water resistance.
Aveeno Protect Plus Hydrate Lotion offers SPF 70 broad spectrum protection while keeping the skin properly hydrated. It’s fast absorbing, oil free, noncomedogenic (specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pores), and is sweat and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
This Aveeno sunscreen itself is fairly inexpensive. It comes in a large 3 fluid ounce tube that should be more than enough to last a while. The lotion can be used on any type of skin. Oatmeal is an active ingredient, which can help restore skin’s normal pH and help prevent and protect dry skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product (per manufacturer) as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen.
Fallene Cotz Plus SPF58 sunscreen was make for all skin types including those with sensitive skin. This product has been known under the name Cotz. The name Fallene is the name of the company that now owns Cotz and they have been adding their name to some of the products. The special formula used makes it water resistant up to 40 minutes, is oil free and completely fragrance-free. Dermatologist recommended (per manufacturer).
According to the manufacturer this sunscreen does not contain any harmful ingredients. It is rich in titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are rated to be the number 1 and 2 sun protection ingredients. This sun lotion does not cause irritation or stinging sensation and is suitable for all types of skin, even sensitive skin.
SPF Rx: #1 Best SPF 50 Sunscreen ● Natural Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide ● Chemical Free Mineral Sunblock Lotion For Face & Body ● UVA + UVB Broad Spectrum Protection, Non-Greasy, Fragrance Free & Reef Safe ● Made in the USA
SPF Rx gained notoriety due to their line of natural sunscreen products that are chemical free and provide up to 80 minutes of water protection. This mineral based sunscreen features an SPF 50 broad spectrum protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays. This natural sunscreen is a great option for protection against harmful sun rays.
SPF Rx is made using only natural ingredients as well as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for broad spectrum protection. It’s recommended for the entire family, even infants. It is paraben (preservative) free and non-greasy. Water and perspiration resistant for up to 80 minutes
Coola Suncare Cucumber sunscreen is more of a premium product. As the name says, it’s a sunscreen moisturizer for your face and has a refreshing cucumber scent. It comes in a 1.7 fluid ounce tube. It’s not greasy and is made with 70%+ certified organic ingredients that hydrates and aids in reducing redness.
The manufacturers claim that the sunscreen has been infused with anti-oxidant ingredients. It also contains Plankton Extract which is intended to stimulate and rejuvenate weathered skin. It offers a 30 SPF protection which is somewhere in the middle. It has anti-aging properties due to the use of acai and omega oils as well as vitamins C and E. We did not find a claim of water resistance.
Ocean Potion offers a great sunscreen for a good price. According to the manufacturers it has anti-aging effects and is specially formulated for fair skin. This is mainly due to the use of Vitamins A, C and E which can help keep your skin looking young.
In terms of protection this sunscreen is quite decent. It offers a 50 SPF protection with the aid of extracts from seaplant and various anti-oxidants. It is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation (per manufacturer). The product comes in 8 fluid ounces bottles and can be used for all types of skin.
Despite being one of the most affordable sunscreens, Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Silk Hydrating Moisturizing Broad Spectrum Sun Lotion is also quite decent in terms of protection. It’s available in SPF 30. It has a lightweight feel, warm tropical fragrance and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
This Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen comes very highly recommended by its users. It protects against UVA and UVB rays. It has a nourishing and moisturizing effect that can last for up to 12 hours and comes in a large 5.1 fluid ounce bottle.
Listed above is our list of the Top 10 Best Sunscreen 2017. They all have UVA and UVB protection and SPF adequate for most people. Don’t get too hung up on the SPF number. According to webmd, “an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays”.
Some of our picks are water resistant. Some are for your face only and some are for your whole body. Some have special ingredients to keep your skin smooth. Some are available as lotions, some are available as sprays and some are available as fluids. Some are specially formulated for fair skin and some are safe for the entire family, even infants.
All of our choices are from reputable brands. Prices vary from low to moderate. We’re sure that you will be able to find the right sunscreen for you.