Sunshine Superman

Withstand summer's deadly rays with heroic, high-tech SPF solutions

Jun 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
Sunscreen & Lotion Review

Nothing beats summer sun: It brightens your backcountry playgrounds, kick-starts vitamin D production, and charges your brain with mood-elevating seratonin. All of which is great, but sunburns bite back hard; the American Cancer Society estimates 55,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Stay calm, Man of Steel: We've got you covered with lotions and potions engineered for active sun lovers.

[1] Tested by climbers Pete Athans and Lynn Hill, PROTECH MOISTURIZING SUNSCREEN SPF 30+ is fragrance-free, water-resistant, and won't sting if it gets in your eyes. ($15; 866-462-6599,

[2] MAXWELL'S APOTHECARY LIP TREATMENT SPF 15 is a matte balm that blocks UV rays and contains moisturizing shea butter, vitamin E, and aloe for chapped lips. ($8; 800-430-8781,

[3] After a day in the sun, a good lather with MOLTON BROWN's CASSIA ENERGY HAIR AND BODY WASH cools you down. Cinnamon, citrus, and rosemary extracts also helps stimulate circulation. ($23;, 212-691-1002)

[4] Peeling like an onion? Beat back the burn with a healthy dose of DR. HAUSCHKA's AFTER-SUN LOTION. It's crammed with botanical extracts—like quince seeds, carrots, and calendula—to moisturize and heal sun-damaged skin. ($18; 800-247-9907,

[5] Spritz NEUTROGENA's HEALTHY DEFENSE OIL-FREE SUNBLOCK SPRAY SPF 30 over your body and you're good to go. The waterproof, sweat-proof formula also contains antioxidants to help repair sun-damaged skin. ($9; 800-582-4048,

[6] Secure your coif against hair-frazzling sunshine, salt water, and pool chlorine with RENE FURTERER's SUN FLUID SPRAY conditioner. ($18; 800-522-8285,

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