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Whether you're lazing on the beach or hitting the slopes, time in the sun requires a good sunscreen to keep your skin safe and healthy. In truth, no sunscreen is totally "safe," since UV rays still come in contact with your skin. And waterproof formulas aren't foolproof either. The New York Times reported in June 2011 that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) enacted new laws prohibiting sunscrens from using the label "waterproof." Some sunscreens, though, are more resistant to water and sweat.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Beauty editors of lifestyle website Daily Candy named La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50 a top-notch sunscreen in the article "The 27 Best Skin-Saving Sunscreens." They indicate that this long-lasting lotion guards you from harmful UV rays for hours. SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum coverage to fend off sunburn. No more funky tan lines.
Coppertone Water Babies Foam SPF 75+
Coppertone's image of a little blonde girl getting her bikini bottom pulled down by her dog is iconic. But Coppertone has advanced its sunscreen formulas since that illustration debuted. One new way they're keeping you safer in the sun: foam. Coppertone Water Babies Foam SPF 75+ covers your whole bod with just a puff or two. The foam lets you see exactly where you've applied, meaning no burn streaks.
Coppertone Ultraguard Waterproof Sunscreen SPF 90+
If serious protection is your concern, go with a higher SPF to better shield you from UV rays. InStyle editors voted Coppertone Ultraguard Waterproof Sunscreen SPF 90+ the best heavy-duty sunscreen. They say this creamy lotion is a great base for an afternoon in the sun. The high SPF lays down a protective foundation and guards you from sun damage for at least a few hours. InStyle editors recommend stashing a spray formula in your bag for easy on-the-go touch-ups throughout the day.
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 50
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 50 is a spray that clings to your skin whether it's wet or dry. What does that mean? You can be active in the sun without it totally wearing off in a hot minute. Whether you're sweating or swimming, this will give you solid coverage for an hour or two. It's water-resistant, even when you're submerged, so you can spend time frolicking in the waves.