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If you're an outdoorsy gal or are thinking about a sun-based vacation in the near future, remember that sunscreen is essential for frolicking outside. To keep your skin protected from sunburn and premature aging, you need a formula that won't quit. Especially great for swimmers, these high-performing formulas stick with you and keep you shielded from the sun's harmful rays, both in and out of the waves. In June 2011, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) placed new rules on sunscreen labeling, forcing companies nationwide to acknowledge that no formula is truly waterproof. But there are sunscreens out there that are highly water-resistant; grab one and hit the surf.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50
Beauty editors of lifestyle website Daily Candy named La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50 one of their top sunscreens in the article "The 27 Best Skin-Saving Sunscreens." They say this long-lasting lotion "extends your fun in the sun" by keeping you protected from harmful UV rays for hours. The longevity is perfect for outdoor swimmers. And SPF50 provides broad-spectrum coverage to keep damaging rays from making funky swimsuit tan lines on your back.
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF50
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF50 is a swimmer's dream sunscreen. It sticks to your skin whether it's wet or dry. It's water-resistant, even when you're submerged -- perfect if you're a competitive or enthusiastic swimmer determined to spend your days bobbing in the ocean. Instead of focusing on whether or not your sunscreen has you covered, concentrate on your freestyle form.
Coppertone Water Babies Foam SPF 75+
Coppertone's iconic image of a little blonde girl getting her bikini bottom pulled down by her dog is easy to spot in a long aisle of sunscreens. But thankfully the formulas inside the bottle have been updated since the graphic was first introduced; they're technologically-advanced to keep you safe in the sun. Coppertone Water Babies Foam SPF75+ is great for swimmers because just a puff or two of the foamy screen covers your entire bod. Plus, no need to guess where you've covered, as you have to with some sprays; the foam lets you see exactly where you have applied. And the incredibly high SPF keeps you protected, even in sunlight reflecting off water.
Aveeno Hydrosport Spray SPF50
Aveeno Hydrosport Spray SPF50 was formulated with outdoorsy, athletic types in mind. Swimmers, it has your name all over it. This formula adheres to wet or dry skin, letting you go from swimming to a round of beach volleyball while staying protected. Did you make a mad dash for the water, only to realize you forgot to apply sunscreen when you're waist-deep? No need to wait for your bod to completely dry off. Just spray this on and head right back into the waves knowing you've got a full spectrum of UV-blocking coverage working for you.