Before beginning this post, I thought I’d be researching sunscreen brands and the most popular kinds. But as it turns out, just because they’re popular, it doesn’t mean they’re better. In fact, the more research I did, I began to realize that a lot of sunscreens only offer UVB protection and not UVA. What’s the difference between both types of rays?
- UVB Rays – these rays are what cause surface burns on your skin
- UVA Rays – can penetrate your skin’s barrier & cause long-term damage to skin like premature aging or melanoma
I’ve looked for the best kids sunblock as well as types for adults that keep harmful UVA and UVB rays at bay so you can have fun in the sun. But because we’ve all got different skin types, I’ve included the best sunscreen for oily skin, sensitive skin and more. And best of all, the sunscreens I suggest are very affordable so you can protect your skin and your wallet! Most can be found at your local drugstor.
Best Sports Sunscreen - Ombrelle Sport SPF 45 Lotion
Why: This sunscreen is “photostable”, meaning it maintains its effectiveness better than other sunscreens (though you should still reapply every two hours for the best protection). It contains FDA-approved Mexoryl XL which creates the strongest barrier to stop UVA rays from penetrating skin.
Perks: It’s sweatproof so that it won’t drip into your eyes and non-greasy so you don’t develop butter-fingers when it comes to serving the ball. This is also the best waterproof sunblock for swimming – it’ll hold up when you hit the waterslide, the lake or the pool.
Sunscreen for Both Oily & Sensitive Skin –
AVEENO Sunblock Lotion with SPF 30
Why: This AVEENO sunblock protects you from both UVA and UVB sunrays. Gentle ingredients like soy protein are ideal for skin that’s sensitive to most lotions. And it’s completely oil-free so if you have oily skin, you can enjoy lightweight non-greasy protection without worrying about breakouts.
Perks: Enriched with vitamins A, C and E, AVEENO Sunblock Lotion with SPF 30 leaves your skin feeling irresistibly smooth and moisturized. And it’s also water-resistant should you take a dip to cool off (but you should always apply more for maximum protection).
Best Sunscreen for Baby – AVEENO Baby Sunblock Lotion with SPF 55
Why: Besides protecting them from both UVA and UVB rays, AVEENO Baby Sunblock with SPF 55 also has colloidal oatmeal, a skin-soothing ingredient for their delicate skin. It’s gentle enough to be used daily.
Perks: Applying this to their skin is easy as a non-greasy formula makes absorption a cinch. It’s also dermatologist-recommended, won’t clog pores and helps retain moisture so their skin stays healthy, hydrated and soft.
Best Sunscreen for Kids – Ombrelle Kid’s SPF 30 Lotion
Why: It’s great for active kids in the sun thanks to double barriers like Mexoryl SX and titanium dioxide. Best of all, while these sun protectors stop both UVA and UVB penetration, they’re also extremely gentle on delicate skin!
Perks: Kids’ skin will stay hydrated and moisturized even when they’ve jumped in the pool a few times. It’s also fragrance- and colourant-free to avoid any irritation. Best of all, find it on drugstore shelves at affordable prices.
Best Facial Sunblock for Every Day – Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream
Why: Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream provides protection for both UVA and UVB rays thanks to SolarSmart technology. It creates a barrier that’s tough for harmful rays to penetrate and also contains solar-activated antioxidants that fight signs of aging.
Perks: It’s dermatologist recommended and also oil free so you’ll get protection without the greasy haze. Best of all, it’s great for people with sensitive skin. For great deals on Clinique products shop at The Bay or Sears!
Let’s face it: after putting up with harsh Canadian winters we look forward to our summers. So have some fun in the sun while also enjoying peace of mind as you’re protected!