Ten Sun Savers To Get You Through The Weekend
The forecast for Memorial Day weekend here in New York was pretty depressing when we checked earlier this week, but we’re happy to report that meteorologists seem to be retracting their previous calls for thunderstorms. There will be sun, so best to ready a few bottles of the latest sunblocks. Fortunately, the options have never been so plentiful, thanks to new advances in formulations and ingredients. From green creams to DNA-repairing lotions to water-repelling sprays, we’ve rounded up the ten best ‘blocks to pack in your weekend bag, come rain or shine.
The Antiaging Wonder
What: NEOVA DNA Damage Control Everyday SPF 43
Why: Think of this as the Ferrari of your sunblock arsenal. The zinc oxide-based face protector contains enzymes that repair and protect against UV-induced damage, while a combination of highly active antioxidants preserve skin’s collagen to prevent wrinkles.
What: Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50
Why: This smart stick, which is infused with the legendary Eight Hour Cream moisturizer, has a contoured tip to glide over hard-to-reach areas—like the ears and hairline, where dermatologists are noticing more cases of skin cancer. In fact, it fends off UV damage so well that it carries the impressive Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.
Wear When Wet
What: Aveeno Hydrosport Sunblock Spray SPF 85
Why: The breakthrough technology in this mist allows SPF to adhere to wet skin. Just spray on post-dip, no toweling off necessary, and you’ve got protection for up to two hours.
What: Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20
Why: Combining the benefits of lip tint and treatment in one, this SPF-laced balm restores lost moisture with a high-tech ion complex and micro-current. Your lips will look dewy and soft after a single swipe.
What: Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Lotion SPF 30
Why: Thanks to its innovative InvisiDry technology, this mineral cream absorbs quickly without any tell-tale residue and delivers a long-lasting shield that lasts for up to 80 minutes of swimming or steaming in the heat. Plus, it’s got that nostalgic coconut-y caramel scent that will instantly transport you back to high school.
What: Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 30+ Green Tea
Why: For serious skincare protection, dermatologists say to layer an antioxidant cream under your sunblock—a two-step process that’s neatly combined in one application of Aubrey’s new all-natural pick. Its formula fuses antioxidant-rich green tea with a blend of micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to wage a double-front attack on harmful UV rays.
What: Diorshow UV Shield White Reveal Moisturizing UV Protection SPF 50
Why: A savior for anyone who has struggled with sun spots and discoloration, Dior’s new ray-deflecting fluid actually inhibits pigment-producing genes and brightens existing dark marks with a blend of botanicals in as little as 15 days.
The Face Saver
What: Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
Why: A partial emulsion, Vichy’s newest SPF fluid is packaged with two separate components—oil and water—that are combined by an enclosed ball bearing. Shake the bottle before application and the liquid goes on with a sheer, truly invisible consistency.
What: MD SolarSciences Tinted Gel Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30+
Why: Backed by nearly three years of research, MD SolarSciences’ new mineral gel protects against longer-wave UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin, while also imparting a subtle glow that won’t irritate. Bonus: There’s a wallet-size card that gives an instant measurement of the UV Index in each box.
Go Green, Not Red
Why: True Natural Cosmetics Active Sunscreen SPF 40
Why: Proving that eco sunscreens do work—this one got a top rating from the Environmental Working Group on effectiveness and safety—True Natural’s formulas are 100 percent bio-based. Inside each bottle are renewable materials and plant ingredients like cupuaçu butter, which studies show may ward off damage from UVA/UVB beams, and aloe to soothe stressed skin.