Effective, Affordable SunScreen for Summer 2016, from Four Companies You Know and Love
By Alison Blackman
Finding effective and affordable screen is not a myth. You don’t have to buy outdated products or assume they’re going to be smelly, sticky or unpleasant. Fabulous, effctive, affordable sunscreen is out there and easily accessible on food, drug and mass market shelves. You can also buy them online.
While we love to bring you luxury skincare reviews, we’re aware that these pricey products are not within everyone’s budget. More than that, we’re not snobs about health and beauty. If a product works and it’s great, it doesn’t matter what kind of fancy bottle it is in, or what kind of money the company spent to bring it to market and to advertise it (that you pay for in the cost of the item).
To illustrate the point, we have selected some sun protection products from companies you probably already know and love and that you can easily find on the shelves in the sun care aisle. Some of these are amazingly good and amazingly inexpensive. I’ve chosen some a few for my own use after testing them, over some of the luxury brands.
Which will be your new favorites? Read on and see why we love each of these!
FOR EVERY DAY SUNSCREEN PROTECTION:
Coppertone is almost synonymous with sun protection, and they have so many different types! However, their Clearly Sheer collection has us giving Coppertone two thumbs up for sunsreen that truly is what is says: “sheer.” There’s nothing less attractive than ashy or white residue on your skin. And I’m glad to report that they’re super-pleasant to use. The Coppertone Clearly Sheer products are nonsticky, lightweight, have a light fresh scent and are “breathable” so they won’t clog pores.
The SPF on all of these products is just SPF30 which is the recommended for daily use and all are water resistant for up to 80 minutes. I’ve finally found a product that is great for under makeup because it is so sheer and lightweight and doesn’t make me feel like I have a tone of product on my face, before I add foundation. I particularly like the Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Faces (in a curvy, 2 fl. oz. plastic pump) with actives of 3% avobenzone, 10% homosalate, 4.55% octisalate and 8% Octocrylene as does the Clearly Sheer Lotion for Body (nicely packaged in a 5 Oz. flip top bottle). The Clearly Sheer Spray in a travel-friendly spray can features 2% avobenzone, 9% Octocrylene and 3% Oxybenzone.
Prices range from $3.99 for the 1.7 fl. oz. mini spray to $9.99 for the body lotion and #8.99 for the face lotion. Find these in mass market and drugstores everywhere and for more information visit the Coppertone Web Site.
SUNSCREEN FOR SPORTS AND FOR EXTRA PROTECTION:
There are times when you need extra protection, such as when you’re very active, wet or sweating hard. There are a lot of SPORT type sunscreens, and Coppertone SPORT products are made specifically to stay put when you are wet or sweat, so you don’t end up with product stinging your eyes, or sloughing off your body so you’re not protected. What makes them “sporty?” Well, for starters, the SPORT products are slightly thicker than the regular sunscreens, although they still smell fresh and light. They stick around on your skin as they are supposed to, but they won’t make you sticky (because if you’re playing sports, you’ll lose your grip and your edge, if sunscreen makes your hands and feet slick or sticky).
The moisturizing formulas also have antioxidants. Still, they are formulated so that they won’t blog pores. and they are water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The SPORT Lotion lotions are available in SPF 15, 30 and 50. The SPF 30 Lotion has actives of 3% avobenzone, 8% homosalate, 4.5% Octisalate and 6% Octocrylene and the SPF 50 has 10%Homosalate for more protection. Personally, I prefer the easy of a spray, and the Coppertone SPORT Spray SPF 30 has actives of 3% avobenzone, 4.5% Octisalate, 7% Octocrylene and 4% Oxybenzone.
Prices range from $2.40 for a mini spray to $9.99 for the Lotion and sprays. No matter which one you choose, you’ll find them available in mass market and drugstores everywhere and for more information visit the Coppertone Web Site.
FOR MINERAL SUN SCREEN LOVERS:
As you already know if you read our recent article about Sun Protection (What are you Risking If You Sneer at Sunscreen?) there are both chemical and mineral ways to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. For those who prefer mineral sunscreen, Nature’s Gate offers a number of different options. We chose Nature’s gate SPORT Vegan Sunscreen SPF 20 and SPF 50 because it is vegan and it’s water resistant up to 80 minutes. The SPF 20 has 8.3% Titanium Dioxide and 2% Zinc Oxide, while the SPF 50 version has a blend of chemical and mineral actives: 7.5% oxtinoxate, 5% Octisalate, 7% Octocrylene and 6.9% Titanium Dioxide.
The products are unscented, rich and luxuriously thick, dispensed from flip top tubes. They remain on your skin as they should, for active people. While Zinc Oxide can leave a residue, it’s not terribly noticeable with these. These also have skin-soothing plant and fruit extracts to make them extra kind to skin.
A 4 fl. oz. tube of Nature’s Gate sunscreen has an srp. of just $8.59 available in plenty of online and retailers, but we suggest you visit the Nature’s Gate Website
A FUN SUNSCREEN FOR ACTIVE PEOPLE:
Australian Gold X-Treme Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Spray Gel Sunscreen arrives in a striking white pump bottle with a colorful label. It smells, surprisingly striking too, to my nose like a stick of fruit gum (why the fragrance is called “cocoa dreams” is beyond me). But it’s not the scent the sells me on Australian Gold. it’s the pleasant formula that is also PABA Free, Paraben Free, Gluten Free and there’s No Animal Testing.
There are Australian Gold Gels with Bronzer, and Clear, and two versions of the SPORT formula (SPF 30 and SPF 50). I was sent and tested the SPF 30 with actives of 3% avbenzone, 7.5% homosalate, 5% octinoxate, 2.75% octocrylene, and 2% oxybenzone. The thin-white-ish liquid doesn’t seem very gel-like to me, but what it does is coat skin almost invisibly, and it has water resistance for up to 80 minutes. It has Kakadu Plum, that has Australian Gold claims has the highest Vitamin C content of any fruit (Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also helps boost the efficacy of sunscreen). It also has aloe vera and moisturizing ingredients like Sunflower Seed Oil and Olive Fruit Oil to keep skin hydrated, What I really like about this product is that it is meant for active people, but it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. The pump bottle with locking top is a nice touch.
An 8 fl. oz. bottle of Australian Gold Spray Gel Sunscreen has an SRP. of $9.00.You can find Australian Gold in mass market retailers online and off, but try the Australian Gold Web Site for more information.
AN ELEGANT SUNSCREEN WITH A HIGH SPF:
La-Roche Posay is known and loved for highly effective sunscreens. While some of them are on the pricey side, the Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 is affordable and fabulous, It has UVA/UVB sun protection plus antioxidants, and it has La-Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, it’s fragrance and paraben free, and it’s water resistant to 80 minutes.
If you’re like me and you have sensitive skin, you religiously apply sunscreen as an essential, but suddenly there are whiteheads (or blackheads) where you never expected to see any. This product has a super-high SPF 60 and it has something else, it’s an oil-free product that won’t make your skin break out.
What I also love about this sunscreen is the unique oil-absorbing complex with Perlite and Silica that keeps the shine down, absorbs excess oil, and works hard to keep your skin matte even when it’s hot and humid. The product has something called “Cell-OX Shield XL technology”– basically it’s an optimized combination of UVA/UVB filters plus an Antioxidant complex to help protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays that can cause premature skin aging. This is all good news. Scoffers may say anything as high as SPF 60 isn’t necessary, but tell that to my freckled, light skin that tends to turn as red as a beet with lower SPFs! I’ll take whatever “extra” the SPF gives me.
The actives are 3% avobenzone, 15% homosalate, 5% octisalate and 7% octocrylene. The Srp. on this one for a 1.7 oz. tube is $19.99 which is slightly higher than some of the others we’ve mentioned, but for all of its benefits, and especially if you are someone who suffers from oily skin and/or breakouts, it’s a bargain.
You can find La-Roche Posay sunscreens (there are many others to love) in drugstores and mass market retailers, but for more information Visit the La-Roche Posay Website