Body sunscreen is a staple many people only use when going to the beach or swimming pool. However, the truth is it should be used whenever you’re exposed to sun radiation. Whether you’re going running, strolling in the park, or picking up the kids from school, you should be protected. However, with so many products on offer from so many great brands, it can be hard to choose the best body sunscreen for your needs. Keep reading, and we’ll help.
Our Top 10 Body Sunscreens
When it comes to body sunscreen, everybody’s looking for something different. What’s more, different skin types, skin concerns, and occasions may even require different products. To make things easier for you, we’ve taken your most common requests and selected 10 sunscreen options that will most definitely work for your needs. That’s right, we’ve scrutinized hundreds of body sunscreens to bring you this list–so we do hope you find what you’re looking for. Stay safe in the sun!
Avène Sun Intense Protect Fluid Fragrance-Free SPF50+
The best body sunscreen for sensitive skin
This body sunscreen from Avène is the staple for sensitive or sensitized skin. In fact, this formula is so gentle it is even recommended for cancer patients. Firstly, it’s formulated without fragrance, alcohol, and parabens. Even though these ingredients are safe, all three are usually avoided by people with sensitive skin. Then, it also contains top-notch new sunscreen actives. All in all, this combination will make sure the skin is deeply protected.
Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Spray SPF50+
The best sunscreen for sun allergy
Sun allergy is a term used for when your skin presents a rash after sun exposure. Things such as localized redness, small bumps, and itching are the usual symptoms. In order to avoid this polymorphic light eruption (as it is scientifically known), you need a specific product. In fact, this one comes as a special personal recommendation from this author, as I’ve suffered from sun allergy my whole life. It may come as a surprise to find out that Piz Buin actually makes a kickass product for sun allergy, but here we are. This brand is usually known for its tan-booster sunscreens. However, it’s a super affordable great formula that actually works–and as an extra, it smells great!
Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Sun Spray Transparent SPF50
The best body sunscreen for acne-prone skin
Those who suffer from acne on their back or chest might find it hard to find a great sunscreen. Most body sunscreens are super nourishing and tend to worsen acne. We still recommend that you use a separate sunscreen for oily skin on the face, but this is a great one for the body. Its super lightweight formula, as well as the absence of an oily residue, make it great for acne-prone skin.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Spray SPF50+
The best body sunscreen for dark skin
Dark skins needs two things when it comes to a good sunscreen: great protection, obviously, and zero white cast. It can be difficult to find sunscreens that have an invisible finish on dark skin, but this one is great. It is a great hydrating sunscreen, with no white cast, and super easy to apply. Just what you need!
Vichy Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water Hydrating SPF30
The best everyday body sunscreen
Let’s be honest, no one can be bothered to apply sunscreen to the body every time we go out if it’s not super easy. Hence, we’re all for this hydrating mist from Vichy. It has a water-like formula that offers an instant boost of hydration while keeping the skin protected. Therefore, it’s ideal for those romantic strolls in the park or that unpredicted trip to the playground after picking the kids from school.
Bioderma Photoderm Max Family Milk SPF50+
The best family sunscreen for the beach
If you’ve booked your beach vacation and don’t want to take one sunscreen for each family member, this is the one. Suitable to be used from 12 months, the texture is great. In fact, you can actually use it on the face without any trouble. It doesn’t have a white cast and is very moisturizing, and therefore very user-friendly.
Piz Buin Instant Glow Skin Illuminating Sun Lotion SPF50+
The best shimmer sunscreen for the body
In case you’re not happy with the natural glow of tanned glow and want actual shimmer, this is the body sunscreen for you. It contains both pearlescent particles that will make your skin truly glow, and a little pigment to enhance the look of your tan. Of course, it also contains SPF50+, to make sure you keep that tan going on the safer side!
Bioderma Photoderm Mineral Spray SPFS50+
The best mineral sunscreen for the body
Mineral sunscreens can be hard to use due to their usually heavy texture. However, this fluid lotion is very much the opposite of that, and even comes with a spray to make it easier to apply. This lotion is very easy to apply and spread on the skin. In fact, it can be used on children from 6 months, so this one is very important to make sure you can cover the skin.
ISDIN Fotoprotector Gel Cream SPF50+
The best sunscreen for eczema
Eczema means that you have extremely dry skin (at least in some bits of the body). This means that you need a sunscreen that will not make it drier and is soothing at the same time. This sunscreen from ISDIN gathers both of those characteristics, and then some more. It’s refreshing and water-resistant, so it’s ideal to take to the beach, to the swimming pool, or to practice outdoor sports!
YOUTH LAB Wet Skin Dry Touch Tanning Oil SPF50
The best body sunscreen and tan accelerator
For those who like a tan, but also want to protect their skin, a sunscreen with a tanning booster is the solution. This one not only protects from sun radiation, but also enhances your tan with beta-carotene. You will boost melanin production without needing the sun to do it by itself, thus protecting your skin.
Haven’t quite found the body sunscreen for you? Then make sure to browse our full selection of body sunscreens in the shop.
Head of Content at Care to Beauty