The Best Sun Protection Gear of 2020
Treat your skin to reef-safe protection and soothing aftercare
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Kinfield Sunday Spray Mist ($22)
If you get roasted, a few spritzes of Sunday Spray will help take the edge off. It blends aloe juice, which contains vitamins A and C, with cooling spearmint and eucalyptus. Powerhouse hydrators cucumber and prickly pear help your skin bounce back. Warning: the minty scent may cause mojito cravings.
Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Powder ($32)
Protect tricky areas like ears, hairline, and scalp with a dusting of broad-spectrum powder. Brush On Block’s titanium and zinc blend comes in two shades—translucent and sheer tan—that avoid looking ghostly against darker skin tones. And you can refill the brush (for $17) to cut down on plastic waste.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Face Lotion ($18)
Say goodbye to sticky, pore-clogging sunscreen that leaves your face chalky and white. This sheer cream is made with tinted minerals, so the formula disappears into your skin. It also survived a day in a hot car without turning into a runny mess.
Kopari Coconut Balm ($34)
Sun and salt take a toll on the skin’s natural moisture barrier; this nourishing formula rebuilds it. Fatty-acid-rich organic coconut oil helps keep skin hydrated, shea butter softens and smooths, and antioxidant vitamin E defends against the effects of UV exposure.
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone Cream ($7)
Sunburn is serious business: it hurts like hell in the short term and can lead to skin cancer down the road. Vitamin C is particularly good at fighting off sun damage. The antioxidant helps neutralize the cell-attacking free radicals produced by UV exposure. Keep a tube of this inexpensive serum on hand and apply it at night before your usual moisturizer, especially if you’ve caught too many rays.
Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen ($20)
This formula is hypoallergenic and highly rated for cosmetic safety by the Environmental Working Group. It also rubs in easier than other all-natural formulas, so you can get your little one to playtime faster. The non-nano zinc-oxide particles won’t harm coral.