The 9 Best Sunscreens for EVERY Activity Under the Sun

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One bottle of SPF isn't going to cut it this summer -- there are plenty of scenarios that call for different types of formulations. Here's what you need to stock up on -- STAT.

Underneath Makeup

A primer that contains SPF makes sure you protect your skin as you turn it into the perfect canvas for makeup -- and it’s basically a guarantee you won’t have to worry about your sunscreen pilling once you apply foundation.

For Hectic Mornings

On the days you've only got five seconds to tackle a routine that usually takes five minutes, reach for a BB or CC cream that contains sunscreen. You get hydration, coverage, antioxidants, and protection all in one dab -- talk about streamlining!


We put so much emphasis on protecting our face every day, but totally neglect arms and legs unless we’re poolside. The solution: A body lotion that also contains a powerful sunscreen.  Slather it on post-shower to make sure any exposure you get on the walk or drive to work is no big deal.

For a Trip to the Beach

Everyone knows they need to stock up on sunscreen when they're spending the day seaside, but re-applying post-swim can always be tricky -- most sunscreens need to be applied to dry skin otherwise they be able to provide complete coverage. Look for a formula specifically designed to be applied to damp skin as well, so you can apply -- and reapply -- all day long with ease.

On Your Morning Run

Working out in the sunshine is one of the best parts about summer -- but a regular sunscreen isn’t going to cut it if your goal is to break a sweat. Find a sunscreen designed to last through water or sweat exposure that goes on invisibly (the last thing you want is to feel like a grease ball before the run has even started).

To Stash in Your Car

Every dermatologist will tell you that most people disregard the sun exposure they get through their car windows -- but that over time it can really add up. Keep a powder sunscreen in your console (that way heat won’t melt it down) to swipe onto exposed skin if you get in the car without applying SPF beforehand.

On Your Lunch Break

You spent all that time on your makeup in the a.m. but desperately want to head outside for a lunch break. The best way to reapply your sun protection without messing it all up: A mist-on formula meant to go over everything on your face does the trick.

For the Mineral-Minded

Trying to steer clear of sunscreen chemicals means you need to turn to a mineral formula. But often times these options can leave a white case on skin -- total bummer. Turn to a dermatologist favorite that sinks into skin instead of sitting on top of it (and say goodbye to the ghostly pallor).

For the Kids

It's important to make sure the sunscreen you use on babies and little children is formulated specifically for their young, sensitive skin. Look for one that's high in SPF and also Paraben-free, phenoxyethanol-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic -- bonus points if it's tested by dermatologists and pediatricians.

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