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The 11 Best Body Sunscreens on Amazon for Head

Dec 10, 2023Dec 10, 2023

By AnaMaria Glavan

You're exhausted from hearing it and we're exhausted from saying it, but that doesn't make this message any less important: Putting on sunscreen is a necessity all year round, and not just during the warmer months — though it's harder to skip when the temps inspire pool days and long walks.

Below, we've rounded up the best body sunscreens on Amazon to stash in your beach bag. Everything listed is formulated with SPF 30 or above because that is the official guideline from the American Academy of Dermatology or AAD. SPF 30 provides protection against 97% of UVB rays while SPF 15 protects against only 93% in contrast. We've rounded up choices with ingredients catered to specific skin types, including sensitive skin (fragrance-free mineral sunscreens, anyone?), oily skin (hello, kaolin clay), and acne-prone skin (bye, bacne).

Some additional, must-know advice: Whether you're using SPF 30 or 70, reapplying every two hours (or right after you swim) is necessary for optimal protection. "Studies have shown that SPF's efficacy stays steady for about an hour, and then begins to drop after an hour because UV rays break down many sunscreen ingredients," says Jill Weinstein, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and instructor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago previously told Allure.

Without further ado, scroll down to assess the best body sunscreens on Amazon, and remember to slather up.

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La Roche-Posay's popular Melt-In Milk Sunscreen has a lot going for it. The lightweight cream is nongreasy, fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic, gentle on sensitive skin, and contains broad-spectrum SPF 60 protection. In addition to the brand's sensitivity-soothing thermal spring water, this sunscreen also contains glycerin and vitamin E for extra hydration.

From beach runs and friendly rounds of volleyball to, well, simply laying out on a terry cloth towel, the proximity of the sun means there will be sweat, and lots of it. EltaMD's UV Sport Body Sunscreen provides SPF 50 protection that is both sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and it can be reapplied to both dry and wet skin every two hours. The face & body formula won't sting your eyes either, a feature you'll be grateful for when sweat is dripping from your forehead. (We've all been there.)

Vacation's Classic Lotion SPF 30 is the perfect companion for any next pool day, as it provides water-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes. Also in this retro-inspired tube? A slew of skin-loving ingredients: aloe vera for soothing, coconut oil and banana extract for hydration, and vitamin E to beat sun dehydration. Another standout feature is a scent that transports you to the beach days of your youth, thanks to coconut, banana, and hints of pool water, pool toys, and swimsuits to round it out. The scent is so beloved that they've made an air freshener, too.

P.S. Vacation also offers a mineral formula, depending on your sunscreen preferences.

Necessaire The Sunscreen bottles the benefits of your favorite body treatment with SPF 30, using ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, and vitamin E to reduce the appearance of fine lines, niacinamide to strengthen your skin’s barrier, and algae extract to prevent sun damage. And while we can wax poetic about this product’s impressive formula, it would be a shame to neglect calling out the minimalist yellow packaging — a chic addition to your beach bag, for sure.

If your beach bag is tight on space, consolidate two products into one with Paula's Choice Extra-Care Sunscreen. This water- and sweat-resistant formula provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection, but its standout quality is a grease-free finish that dries matte. If your skin errs on the oily side and you'd like to forego a shiny T-zone on your next beach day, kaolin clay will put your favorite setting powder to shame.

Vanicream is known for its dedication to products that are free of dyes, fragrance, parabens, and formaldehyde releasers. That dedication extends to their mineral sunscreen, a gentle formula adored by reviewers with sensitive skin who use it for both face and body. It provides broad spectrum SPF 50+ with zinc oxide, is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and won't exacerbate eczema or rosacea flareups.

While many SPF formulas leave behind a white cast comparable to that of Casper the Friendly Ghost, Supergoop's Play Everyday Lotion is fast-absorbing and leaves behind a barely-there finish. This broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is infused with rosemary and rice bran extracts to soften your skin and sunflower extracts to protect it from environmental damage. And don't get us started on the refreshing scent: Notes of basil, eucalyptus, orange, lemon, and wild geranium are enough motivation to reapply throughout the day.

P.S. If you prefer mineral formulas, check out Supergoop Play 100% Mineral Lotion, which won a 2023 Readers' Choice Award.

Dune The Bod Guard SPF 30 is a relative newcomer to the sunscreen scene but that doesn't mean it can't catch up to your tried-and-true favorites. Powered by four chemical UV filters, this weightless gel-like lotion is spiked with neem leaf extract and hibiscus fruit extract for intense hydration and offers water resistance for up to 40 minutes. We also can't help but love the sea salt-inspired scent.

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Sun Bum's SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion has amassed over 26,000 reviews from loyal customers living in high-altitude states like Colorado or vacationing with their family in the Caribbean. And not only does this prevent sunburn (reviewers with sun allergies swear by its efficacy, FYI), it's also reef-safe and Hawaii 104 Reef Act Compliant, thanks to its lack of oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Family beach days call for proper beach bag equipment, and Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion is one of them. This lightweight chemical formula provides broad-spectrum SPF 70 protection and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, perfect for families with young children who insist on spending the entire day boogie-boarding in the sun. This formula is especially lauded by reviewers who get sunburnt easily.

Read our lips: Try not to skip SPF ever, but for early mornings when you're pressed for time, Eucerin's Daily Hydration Cream is a fantastic option — it's a body lotion and SPF 30 sunscreen rolled into one, perfect for slathering on post-shower thanks to a fast-absorbing formula. Sunflower oil and vitamin B5 ensure long-lasting moisture, too.

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