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    Feb 16, 2020

    21 Products That'll Help Protect Your Skin From The Sun

    It's all sun and games till someone gets burnt.

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    1. Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 Sunscreen that quickly absorbs into your skin and protects you from free radicals with rosemary leaf extract, a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

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    Promising Review: "Let me preclude this by saying that I burn like bacon. I have 2 color settings: Paste and burnt bacon. I went on an 8-hour float trip in 100° weather with zero cloud or tree cover. I did not receive a burn on ANY part of my body that I remembered to cover with this sunscreen. While everyone else would walk into the water after reapplying their sunscreen and see a mass of floating oil on the water, I had NONE floating away! I was absolutely amazed. If you burn like I do, get this stuff! It is amazing!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    2. Columbia's PFG Bahama Long Sleeve Shirt – it's cut from lightweight, quick-dry UPF 30 nylon and is designed with back vents made of mesh lining, so you can stay protected and still enjoy a cool breeze.

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    Promising Review: "I purchased several of these to protect my fair skin from the hot August Florida sun. Despite the long sleeves, I was actually not hot at all. Oh, I was perspiring, but the shirt wicked away the moisture like it was supposed to. One of my sons wore cotton tees, and I watched giant sweat/wet patches form on his back daily. I loved that I did not get even pink. Sleeves covered half my hand so I had even more coverage. I still applied sunscreen but this shirt was so great I returned home and bought another one." —Outdoor Ellen

    Get it from Columbia for $45 (available in sizes XS-XL and 1X-3X and 14 colors).

    3. Gear District's polarized UV400 Sport Sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful rays, eliminate 99% of glare and are durable and lightweight — making them ideal to wear during sports or outdoor activities.

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    Promising Review: "I needed sunglasses to wear after LASIK surgery and these have been great. They provide full coverage so there is no glare coming in around the edges. They fit well and do not change position on my face, all while not feeling too tight. Some polarized lenses are better than others. I am impressed that I could see the creek bottom when I went hiking. Standard lenses don't allow you to see through the water and this helps when fishing or just looking around. I can also see in through car windshields. No more waving at random cars that look like they belong to a friend or co-worker. I can actually see the driver! I can honestly say I am buying a few pairs in case I loose them. At this price, why not?" —Kevin L.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.85 (available in 3 colors).

    4. Some handy overlapping sun shades that block UV rays from burning you (and your passengers).

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    Promising Review: "This is a really great shade! It sticks to your window like Saran Wrap. It is very translucent, and it gives a lot of shade even though it seems so easy to see through. This is so helpful to be able to shield a little ones face or to keep an arm from getting sunburned on long trips." —Keith Lee

    Get a 4-pack from Amazon for $13.97.

    5. Tatcha's Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen – it's made with Japanese wild rose, green tea, rice and algae and doubles as a mineral sunscreen and makeup primer that leaves your skin balanced, radiant and chalky-free.

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    Promising Review: "I’ve been liking a few of Tatcha’s products, and I thought this would be nice to use as an SPF and top off my moisturizer. The scent smells like other Tatcha products combined with that sunscreen smell. Similar to the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer, this does have a slightly pink-ish/purplish cast when spread over the skin, but for me it does go away. It definitely feels like a primer, and I wanted to try using it that way as well since I do feel it makes my face slightly matte. Even without makeup, this lasts pretty well and doesn’t leave me feeling totally greasy (I have oily acne prone skin)." —Jasmine

    Get it from Amazon for $65.

    6. A set of sporty arm sleeves to block harmful solar rays with its UV-resistant material, perfect for taking your workouts outside.

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    Promising Review: "I waited after a month or so of daily use before posting a review. I've used one pair of sleeves now for the past month, everyday, for both running (daily) and cycling (5-6 times a week). I was skeptical, due to the low price, but these sleeves are great. I've got long, skinny arms and the sleeves stay up and in place, no worries. They cool the skin nicely once you start to sweat. I have no noticeable sun exposure, which is impressive considering the sun's effect here at altitude in Boulder, CO. They're perfectly comfortable to wear, easy to tug on, and easy to tug off. I've rinsed them everyday in the shower and have put them through the washing machine 4x so far (drip dry), and they are as stretch-resilient and form-fitting as the first time I put them on. I've been using sleeves from big name cyclewear brands for years, and they work great as well, but at 7-10 times the cost. I say PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCE." —Mark Mitchell

    Get four pairs from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 7 colors and multiple color-pairing options).

    7. The portable, lightweight UPF 50 Lightspeed Quick Draw Sun Shelter – it not only protects your skin from the sun but it's also easy to set up, providing a comfy retreat from the elements anywhere you go.

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    Promising Review: "This tent is great! It replaced one of those pop-up ones. This tent is extremely easy to assemble (and more importantly disassemble). I'd say a minute from bag to fully up. Slung over a shoulder it's nothing, maybe 5 lbs? For two adults and a two-year-old it was the perfect size. What we liked about this tent is that the base was wide and with the way it is built, the walls don't close you in. The mesh windows allowed for a really nice cross breeze, so much so it didn't feel warm in the tent at all. Our only concern about the windows was that they couldn't be covered for shade. Not really an issue. The windows square off about halfway up the tent so unless you are using it at sunrise, sunset, the windows will not be in direct sunlight." —Taylor917

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

    8. A wide-brimmed straw hat from Brixton that offers ample shade for your face, in a classic silhouette that can be dressed up or down.

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    Promising Review: "Perfect vacation/any type of day hat. I receive compliment after compliment when wearing this hat. Dress your short outfit up or add to a summer dress. PERFECT for a beach vacation or day at the pool - full sun coverage of your face. Looking scary and need to go outside and face humans? Throw this hat on for instant glam. Only complaint: a little difficult to wear while lounging/sleeping on a chaise lounge." —JanaFana

    Get it from Nordstrom for $52.00 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    9. Shiseido's Clear Stick UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ – it works over or under makeup to protect your skin when you're on the go, and its WetForce technology strengthens the sunscreen as you sweat or get wet.

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    Promising Review: "I like to keep a touch-up product next to my pool for my face and this is great. Doesn't melt in high heat, easy to apply no mirror needed. Not a ton of rubbing in. Works great on face and won't cause your eyes to water. Good on lips, too. My new must have have product for summer." —1makeuplover1

    Get it from Ulta for $28.

    10. Coolibar's collapsible UPF 50+ Sodalis Travel Umbrella to instantly shade and cool you down with its ventilated double canopy design — plus, its underside reduces glare which helps protect your eyes from the harsh sun, too.

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    Promising Review: "So I've been using UV-umbrellas since 2007, and this is definitely a great sun umbrella. I took two of these to Spain and Portugal in the middle of the 2019 summer heat wave (90-103 F anywhere we went) and because of these, we were able to enjoy what we were seeing without dying of heat exhaustion. In Portugal, my brother-in-law and sister made fun of me for using it... until they got under it and felt the difference in temperature. After that, it was more, "Where'd you get that again?" So yes, definitely provides great protection. My only issue that one of the umbrellas already has a few worn spots/holes after two weeks of use." —R. Julka

    Get it from Amazon for $49 (available in 6 colors).

    11. A long sleeve T-shirt that significantly reduces sun-exposure risk because it's made of moisture-wicking and anti-odor material with UPF 50+, which, according the to Skin Cancer Foundation, offers excellent protection and blocks 98% of the sun’s rays.

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    Promising Review: "This shirt is surprisingly cool and comfortable. I wore it on a four-mile walk in 90 degree heat this afternoon, and it stayed fairly dry and reasonably cool. It's very light-weight - I could feel the breeze through the shirt - but the fabric doesn't have that thin, see-through appearance. I did have to resist the urge to pull up the sleeves at first, but after a while, I hardly noticed them." —Elaine N.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in sizes XS-XXL and 11 colors).

    12. A versatile umbrella to clamp to any squared or tubular surface (like a stroller, chair or wheelchair) to provide you with instant shade. Bonus? The UPF 50+ canopy is uniquely shaped to cover your legs while you sit, and it swivels 360° with two hinges to protect you from any angle.

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    Promising Review: "I live in Florida and have two children in sports, so I spend countless hours going to practice and games in the hot summer sun... I quickly learned to get a clip-on fan and umbrella to help stay cool, but the small sporting-goods store umbrellas only ever seem to work if the sun is directly over your head, not coming from the side, or roasting your back or neck. Finding this Sport-Brella (XL) was like a gift from above... it is bigger, blocks more sun, and most importantly, can be adjusted into all kinds of crazy angles to block the sun from whatever direction it comes from. It is also more durable than previous sport umbrellas I've used in the past. I'm sold on this... it costs a little more, but well worth the investment if you need to spend a lot of time at games and practice." —Wolfshanze

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in an XL size and 3 colors).

    13. Gluten-free, vegan and hypoallergenic Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Spray for lavishing your skin with vitamin E. It has rave reviews and is reef-friendly, so you can swim in the ocean without negatively impacting the marine environment.

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    Promising Review: "I purchased this sunscreen primarily because it doesn’t contain ingredients that are toxic to coral reefs. I was vacationing in an area with many coral reefs and would be snorkeling, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t do additional damage to the ecosystem! This sunscreen was amazing. It provided great sun protection, and I came back with no burns. Best of all, it was not as greasy as other sunscreens that I have used in the past. The greasiness is always what deterred me from using sunscreen as much as I should, and this brand is much more bearable. It’s a bit pricier than other options, but I think it’s worth it both for their environmentally-friendly ingredients and non-greasiness." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $12.12.

    14. Coolibar's UPF 50+ Performance Sun Bandana to protect your neck or face from the sun thanks to it's moisture-wicking, quick-drying and odor-eliminating fabric with antimicrobial properties — perfect for everyday use, beach days, or festivals.

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    Promising Review: "Fantastic sun protection. I hate to wear sun screen on my neck and this bandana type scarf does the trick. I tie it on and can have the long part either in front or back. With a hat on I am protected from sun. Wore it for 7 days in Santa Fe and not a bit of redness on my neck. It washes up great and dries quickly. Bet you could even wet it and tie it around your neck to keep cool." —Grandmother of two

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 13 colors).

    15. Athleta's Crosscurrent UPF Jacket that'll block 98% of UV rays with its UPF 50+ odor-controlling and moisture-wicking fabric that subtly shirrs in the front, giving you the perfect fit while protecting your body from the sun.

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    Promising Review: "What more can you ask for, protection from the sun, a comfortable fabric that looks good. It's everything I look for and have this now in two different colors, green and white. Happy to wear them. Last year a trip to Montana it was a staple in the summer vacation. Perfect for California living." —California Contemporary A

    Get it from Amazon for $89 (available in regular (XXS-XL), tall (S-XL) and petite (XS-L) sizes and also in white).

    16. Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun and illuminate it with a "super glow."

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    Promising Review: "Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray is exactly what its name states. I can easily apply without assistance and don't require the skills of an acrobat to reach the upper and middle back and the part of the shoulders that is exposed when wearing a tank top or racer-back top. This product feels very lightweight on the skin; never oily, greasy, sticky nor cakey feeling. There is no scent or smell and no residue transferred to clothing, allowing me to dress immediately. And, the VERY BEST aspect of this product is the fact that I haven't had a sunburn since I began using it daily for the past year or so." —The Niedenzus

    Get it from Amazon for $22.47.

    17. A pair of polarized sunglasses that don't ask you to sacrifice style for protection.

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    Promising Review: "I love these glasses so much! First, I love that the company gives back to those in need when I purchase their product. That's always a win-win! The nose doesn't have the clear flexible pads that always seems to pull my hair into a tangled mess. They're polarized, so I don't have any eye strain to deal with while I'm wearing them. My first pair was the tortoise. I wore them for about a year, and then one of my volleyball athletes sent a ball straight to my head and it bent them. I happily purchased another pair because I loved them so much! Then I ended up buying them in two more colors - the black with black lenses and black with blue mirrored lenses. The colors do each have a different tint, which is important to note. Overall, I think the tortoise brown ones are my favorite to wear regularly. When I'm doing something outdoors, I reach for the black on black or the mirrored lenses." —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97 (available in 5 colors).

    18. A throwback adidas Originals denim bucket hat for increasing your style and decreasing your exposure-risk, especially because denim is a densely woven material that's difficult for UV rays to penetrate.

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    Promising Review: "BEST HAT EVER! I bought this hat for vacation and honestly fell so in love with it, I wear it all the time. It’s the perfect size as some bucket hats are too big or too small. And the 'adidas' stitching on the front adds a cute little detail." —Amy Llusco

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.00 (available in 4 colors).

    19. The Sport-Brella Vented SPF 50+ Sun and Rain Canopy Umbrella to shield you from UVA and UVB rays with its functional design, including wind flaps, side panels and tip pockets — it's especially great when you don't want to be "that guy" with the tent at the beach.

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    Promising Review: "We took it with us to HHI, SC where we had high winds the whole week. My wife and I could set it up and break it down in a matter of 5ish minutes each day, and it was an invaluable accessory for preventing sunburn during our trip. Construction quality is great, held up exceptionally well to windy conditions. It was AWESOME being able to spend 5+ hrs a day on the beach in mid-July without having to worry about sunburn (we still wore sunscreen, be smart!), or about our personal items being exposed or our cooler getting overheated when we walked down to the water. All in all, it make our beach vacation the best we've ever taken. 5 stars all around!" —J.N. Gutierrez

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in 3 colors).

    20. Sun Bum's Revitalizing 3-in-1 Leave-in Hair Conditioner Spray that'll pamper your hair with a vegan blend made of sunflower seed oil, quinoa protein, banana blend, coconut oil, amino acids and (most importantly) antioxidants that simultaneously protect your scalp from UV rays.


    Promising Review: "I like using this knowing I'm going to be at the beach or in a swimming pool all day. I have really thin hair and that means less protection on my scalp from the sun. This makes it so much more easier to have sun protection on my scalp instead of rubbing in a lot of sun screen. My scalp felt so nice after a day at the beach and wasn't dry like it normally gets. Great buy." —M.T.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    21. And finally, Neutrogena's standby Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion to protect even the most sun-sensitive skin — some find it may leave a slight white cast, BUT this PABA-free and non-comedogenic sunscreen is some of the strongest you'll find.

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    Promising Review: "If you are looking for something light to wear over your regular moisturizer, this works very well. It looks white straight from the container but goes on sheer and makes your skin look more radiant. I wore this while out and about this weekend and didn't get burned from the searing sun. With temperatures in the 90s all weekend, it was great to know I wasn't going to get sunburnt. So I used this on my face and arms and it didn't affect my skin at all. No breakouts or oily residue. Just comfortable clean complete coverage. I'm happy. I'll buy this again." —The Rebecca Review

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    Now go forth and protect your skin!

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