Favorite Sunscreens

As a fair-skinned person with a fair-skinned family, I have been on a lifelong quest for the best sunscreens. For years, I have been a big fan of Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30 or 45) for my face and body because it’s not greasy and you really can wear it on a daily basis. 

I also love Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Brush SPF 30 for touch-ups when you’re out and about. Despite the $50 pricetag, this will be a staple in your purse for years to come. My 7-year-old daughter never balks about putting sunscreen on her face when we use a sunscreen stick (like Banana Boat Baby Stick SPF 50), and she has gotten good at applying it carefully herself. It’s also good for the part in her hair.

This season, my family has two new staples. My first strategy was to buy a giant pump bottle of Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 30, which is unscented and broad-spectrum. (Hey, the sun is strong in Colorado!). We keep it by the door in our kitchen at our little “don’t leave the house without putting on sunscreen station” and I like the way I can pump out just as much as I need for my daughter’s arms and legs. For everyday wear, we’ve also discovered Coretex SunX SPF30 Sunscreen Towelettes, available online, which go on light and fresh come individually wrapped so they’re convenient to slip into your bag for reapplication.


I also need to remember how important it is for kids and adults to use SPF lip balm. Lips are very delicate and prone to skin cancer—my own mother has dealt with repeated pre-cancerous problems—and kids like to lick their lips a lot. Carry sunscreen lip balm with you and have your kids put it on repeatedly throughout the day. Experiment until you find one (like Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 50 or Solar Sense Clear Zinc Stick for Face & Lips, SPF 50) with a taste that your kids don’t complain about.


Finally, my family is always looking for ways to spend more time in the shade. Check out these helpful ideas.


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