The Best Sunscreens for Every Type of Traveler
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The Best Sunscreens for Every Type of Traveler

Best Sunscreens
Courtesy of NO-AD; VMV Hypoallergenics; Clarins; Dr. Jart; La Mer; La Roche-Posay; Babo Botanicals; Hand MD; Avène; Hampton Sun
Best Sunscreens
Courtesy of NO-AD; VMV Hypoallergenics; Clarins; Dr. Jart; La Mer; La Roche-Posay; Babo Botanicals; Hand MD; Avène; Hampton Sun

Just in time for Spring Break

As we ebb towards summer, its time to start thinking about the best way to protect your (and your loved ones) skin this year. Whether you’re traveling to the exotic beaches of Goa or planning a simple staycation, we’ve rounded up the best sunscreens—for every type of traveler, and trip.

If you’re an eco-conscious traveler…

Go for Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen with SPF 30. A favorite of all-natural fans, Babo Botanicals provides a wide range of products for adults, children, and babies—using only the safest ingredients for both the environment and your skin. This year, the brand—which is sold at Whole Foods, C.O. Bigelow, and Goop among other retailers—developed its first ever zinc-based spray sunscreen—using non-nano Zinc Oxide. Why is that important, you might ask? Non-nano particles are small enough to pass seamlessly from the skin into the bloodstream, unlike its nano form, which has particles too big and therefore can present health risks. One more plus? The same formula comes in stick form, too—perfect for on-the-go protection. So whether you’re 100 percent committed to healthy living, or just looking to make eco-friendly changes in your life, this fragrance-free sunscreen is the one for you. $22; babobotanicals.com

If you have sensitive skin…

Try La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Clear Skin with SPF 60 (for face). The cult-favorite brand that came from France—and has since wound up at most American drugstores—recently introduced a new, breakout-free addition to its excellent sun-protection range. This 100% oil-free formula is perfect for those prone to acne, and includes an anti-shine complex, using the ingredient perlite, that absorbs sweat and oil—leaving your skin looking like you didn’t, in fact, just spend eight hours sweltering at the beach. $19.99; laroche-posay.us

If you’re looking for the perfect multitasker…

Opt for Avène’s Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion for face and body with SPF 50. One of France’s most beloved imports (and the #1 market leader in European pharmacies for sun care products), Avène consistently hits the mark by providing lightweight, non-irritating—and now, even hydrating—sun protection options (alongside their fabulous skincare products), which all incorporate the thermal properties from the waters in the brand’s namesake town. This specific formula is sheer, non-greasy, and retains SPF for up to 80 minutes in the water. The sunscreen also provides hydration for up to 24 hours, so you don’t have to worry about moisturizing after a long day at the beach. $30; aveneusa.com

If you’re concerned about indoor rays, too…

VMV Hypoallergenics—a great line to check out for those who are interested in all-natural beauty, have sensitive skin, or have young kids—has a new and improved version of their cult-favorite Armada Indoor Outdoor Skin Cover with SPF 30, which protects skin against UVA, UBV, Infared, plus visible rays and light from the sun, indoor lights and even heat sources. This non-comedogenic (read: it won’t clog your pores) sunscreen is formulated with calming and moisturizing monoglycerides and antioxidants, leaving your skin feeling soft, non-irritated, and most of all—safe. $50; vmvhypoallergenics.com

If you’re targeting anti-aging…

Head to your local drugstore and pick up Ocean Potion’s Protect & Renew Formula, which is specifically designed to help with your skins aging process, and comes in versions for both face (SPF 35) and body (SPF 45), that are both fragrance free. Protect & Renew, for face, is formulated with a patented peptide that helps boost collagen production—and protects existing collagen at the same time. The all-over version uses Vitamin B3 to help diminish age spots and give your skin a radiant, even tone. $8.99; oceanpotion.com

If you’re traveling with young children…

NO-AD’s Baby Sun Care Lotion with SPF 50 is specifically formulated for babies, using only the safest, and most calming, ingredients (this one comes in stick form, too). That means no fragrances, no oils, no dyes, and no parabens (their whole line is, in fact, now paraben free). Other bonuses? This lotion is hypoallergenic and enriched with cocoa seed butter, along with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, to leave your child’s skin as smooth as, well, a baby’s bottom. $8.99; no-ad.com

If you’re looking to add a little luxury into your sun care routine…

Look no further than luxury sun care brand Hampton Sun—which is inspired by the glitz and glamour of its namesake lifestyle—and pick up a bottle of their SPF 30 Lotion. This hero-product features walnut oil, Vitamin E, and is scented with the brand’s signature Privet Bloom scent. Whether you’re headed to Montauk, St. Bart’s, or just staying local—this gorgeously bottled sunscreen will surely make a statement when you pull it of your beach bag—plus, it’ll leave you smelling delicious. $36; hamptonsuncare.com

If you’re extra concerned about your hands…

Hand MD’s Daily Hand Renewal with SPF 30 has got you covered. This new brand—whose products are fully backed by extensive clinical trials—is now the world’s leading line of skincare products specifically formulated for the skin’s hands. Many people tend to forget about protecting their hands, but they’re some of the first body parts to reveal signs of aging, as they’re more frequently exposed to the sun—which often leads to an immense amount of UV damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. This hand-focused formula forms a water-resistant barrier that traps moisture beneath the skin's surface for long-term hydration, which leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Feel free to apply as many times a day for maximum protection. $30; available at hand-md.com

If you’re looking to extend your tan…

Even with the most precautious measures taken, some of us still come off vacation with a burn, a tan, or, most commonly, a burn that turns into a tan. If you want to extend your post-holiday glow (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) La Mer has the solution: their After Sun Enhancer, which does exactly that. Their trademark Miracle Broth and Lime Tea Concentrate give this gelée the antioxidants your skin needs to reduce the visible effects of UV rays, and the texture instantly soothes, quenches, and cools—all while prolonging your newly tanned skin. $125; available at LaMer.com

If you’re too busy to travel…

Let’s face it. Not all of us have the time or funds to travel to a tropical destination this summer. If you still want to make it look like you spent most of the season at the beach, however, Clarins new Self-Tanning Milky Lotion—for face and body—includes fig extract, aloe vera, and provides up to 24 hours of hydration. The lotion promotes a radiant and natural-looking tan, but the milky texture, which quickly absorbs into skin and provides a perfectly even application, is what makes this self-tanner stand out from the others. $38; available at Clarins.com

And if you still managed to get a burn…

Make an in-home (or in-hotel) appointment with Dr. Jart. Kidding! While the Doctor himself may not exist—the namesake brand very much does, and they just launched a whole new line of sun care products (like this one). Our favorite, however, happens to be the Every Day Sun and Soothing Gel. Even the most SPF-obsessed of us sometimes still manage to attain a burn—which is why this product is a must-have for all beach bags and homes. Pro tip: keep a bottle of this bad boy in your kitchen, too, as it helps remedy common household burns. $32; available at Sephora and Sephora.com

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