As temperatures heat up, outdoor activities are probably starting to fill your summer calendar. Whether you’re headed to the beach, a campsite, an amusement park or even a farmers market, protecting your skin is incredibly important.
We’ve chosen our favorite sunscreen, bug repellents and after sun care options to meet your needs. This way you can hit the hiking trails or lounge in the sand without worry. Add a few of these top picks to your arsenal and keep your skin safe this season.
This fragrance-free sunscreen protects against UVA rays (which accelerate aging) and UVB rays (those that cause burns) with an SPF of 30. It’s made for daily use but isn’t waterproof, so we’ve included other options better suited for hours long beach days and intense outdoor sweat sessions. This one will protect you from the rays you encounter on daily drives (the sun can still cause damage through car windows) or while running errands. The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties found in uncoated zinc can help to reduce redness, rosacea, age spots, and melasma.
A true two-in-one product that doesn’t skimp on either side? Sign us up. This broad-spectrum sunscreen contains soothing botanicals that calm irritation. Green tea antioxidants fight free radicals and other environmental toxins. It’s also waterproof for up to 80 minutes.
If you need an option that holds up against major physical activity — think marathon runs or long haul hikes — this might make sense for you. It’s a fast-absorbing, oil-free UVA/UVB protectant that won’t run or drip into your eyes. This way you can stay protected from the elements while staying focused on the finish line.
Simplify your makeup routine with another two-in-one favorite. Swap out your everyday primer for a sunscreen that has the power to prep your skin for makeup application. Hyaluronic acid supplies hydration and zinc oxide calms redness while providing sun protection.
Perfect for sensitive skin, this fragrance-free mineral sunscreen has a sheer finish (say goodbye to that dreaded white cast) and is formulated with hydrating, chemical active free ingredients. It’s made for the body but is gentle enough to use on the face. It’s also reef-safe so you can swim with a clear conscience.
Cover hard-to-reach areas with this convenient continuous spray bottle. This sunscreen is vegan, reef-safe and naturally scented. The sweat and water-resistant formula and high sun protection factor make it a perfect go-to summer essential.
This mineral sunscreen is packed with skin-loving ingredients like moisturizing safflower oil. It’s a vegan and gluten-free option that isn’t tested on animals. It also offers 80 minutes of water-resistance.
Trilipiderm’s beloved All-Body Moisture Retention Crème now has SPF! Enjoy the benefits of this popular skin-softening body lotion and stay protected from the sun whether you’re hitting the slopes or the sand.
Kids + Baby
Keep little ones safe with a chemical-free sunscreen. This one is hypoallergenic and smells like a creamsicle. It’s certified as 100% natural and is made with just six simple ingredients.
This sunscreen is gentle enough for newborns but will work for the entire family. Zinc allows it to go on clear and shea butter, rosehip and jojoba oils, and green tea extract protect against wind-chapped skin.
Pick up a budget-friendly, pediatrician tested sunscreen that’s great for travel. It’s made with chamomile extract and meadowfoam seed oil to protect children 6 months or older. The convenient roll-up packaging makes application easy.
Ward off critters with a plant-based bug spray. Natural lemongrass and lavender essential oils make it a great smelling option that’s safe for skin, hair, and clothes.
If traditional bug sprays aren’t your thing, try a lightweight lotion instead. This one is made with organic catnip oil and none of the chemical toxins found in traditional bug sprays. The formula isn’t sticky and is made with shea butter and jojoba, so you can fend off bites and moisturize at the same time.
This organic bug spray is perfect for camping trips and other outdoor activities. Its eco-friendly formula features naturally occurring bug repellents like wintergreen and citronella essential oil. It also comes in recyclable aluminum packaging!
After Sun Care
Aloe vera is a must-have for the summer. Soothe and heal intense burns with this natural wonder. Pro tip: Keep it in the fridge to cool down dried-out skin.
Calm and cool down the skin with this gel-cream body lotion. Ceramides, plant sterols, and fatty acids restore the skin's natural moisture barrier. Avene Thermal Spring Water acts as a cooling agent to comfort burnt skin.
Replenish your skin after sun exposure using a natural oil blend. Sea buckthorn oil contains fatty acids that protect the skin from sun damage. It’s also loaded with antioxidants and has a refreshing citrus scent.