Pale Is the New Tan: My Favorite Sunscreens

If pale is the new tan, I’m perfectly on-trend.  Going to the beach or the pool is an event including massive sunscreen preparation at least 30 minutes before stepping outside.  Umbrellas are needed.  Cover-ups packed.  Extra towels carried just in case I need to cover up.  Getting an amazing golden tan is just not happening for me—burning is more in my wheelhouse.  But summer is all about going to the pool or the beach, especially in North Carolina.  Since the whole State is either already at the beach or currently driving there to celebrate July 4th, I thought I’d share my top sunscreen picks (other than wearing clothing from neck to wrist to ankle).

NO-AD Sun Care Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 16 oz.  ($8.99):  My first job was lifeguarding at the local community pool so my only mission was to find the best sunscreen that I could purchase in large quantities for as little as possible.  NO-AD checks all those boxes.  NO-AD stands for “no advertising” so the price remains low, however, the quality of the product stays high.  Even at SPF 50, I can avoid burning and since the price is right, I tend to apply more often—which is really the key to preventing sunburn.

NO-AD Sunscreen

Supergoop!  Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($19.00-$48.00):  As a former swimmer, I’m not side-lined to the pool deck or the sand.  I get in the water, which means oftentimes my sunscreen is coming off and getting into my eyes.  Ouch!  This is why I like Supergoop!  It’s a great weight, so I’ve actually used it for every-day use even when I’m not at the pool or beach.  And it doesn’t drip or rub off into my eyes making them sting.  This sunscreen is more expensive, but unfortunately skin cancer is real.  I’ve personally had over 20 very painful procedures to remove suspicious moles from my arms, legs and back.  What I like most about Supergoop! is that you can wear it every day with work clothes, workout clothes, and swimsuits—the whole point is to make application of sunscreen part of your every-day routine.  Lather up!


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 100+ ($9.30):  As one of the most accessible and cost-effective brands, Neutrogena is a great sunscreen choice.  I use the sprays and cream sunscreens and look for the highest SPF available.  I have found that the spray does tend to get in my eyes, so I always buy both spray and cream formulas.

Neutrogena 100+

Sun protection is no joke, so be sure to lather up every day!  Check out my post from yesterday for some great products with SPF that I use on my face, neck, and hands each day.  In my experience, the key to preventing sunburn is simply to keep reapplying sunscreen.  The best sunscreen is the brand and formula that you like and will keep reapplying, so find the best one for you and lather up!

I hope everyone has a great beach weekend!

Until then, stay on your toes!

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