A common question during the summer: What’s the best body sunscreen? Here are our top choices that won’t leave you sticky.
Most people are (hopefully) diligent at applying sunscreen to their face, but the body needs protection just as much! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “one ounce or enough to fill a shot glass,” is how much you need to cover the exposed parts of your body. It might sound like a lot, but prolonged exposure to UVA/UVB rays without protection can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. If you need more context: The sun actually breaks down the elastin within the skin, leading to sagging that doesn’t bounce back, so pack on that SPF!
Most people avoid applying sunscreen because of the unpleasant texture and/or smell, and we totally get that. One of my biggest pet peeves is the greasy residue left behind that makes you stick to everything around you. So in order to help you have a fun and safe summer, we’ve done the research for you. Here are our six picks for the best body sunscreens so you can protect yourself without the residue.
PSA: Yes, you can use your face sunscreen on your body. The Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk is perfect for the body since it has a high SPF 50 PA+++ protection and a lightweight texture. It goes on smoothly without any greasy residue and although it’s lightweight, it’s still super hydrating. It has a soothing formula packed with plant extracts like rosebud, aloe leaf, and camellia sinensis, which help to calm the skin from sun exposure. Best of all: There’s no unsightly white cast.
Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist received one of the highest ratings on the Consumer Reports list of the best sunscreens (number two, in fact, in the spray category).
This sunblock goes on sheer without any white cast or stickiness and the spray is ultra-fine, which allows you to get hard to reach areas like your back. Another plus: It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes and has a unique formula that allows sand to glide right off. So if you’re planning to hit up the beach soon, you know which SPF to reach for. Remember to use a good amount of the spray since it takes quite a bit more product to get the adequate coverage when it’s in spray form!
The Nature Republic Provence Calendula Aqua Cooling Sun Spray is another spray sunscreen that made it onto our list. This spray packs a punch with SPF 50 PA+++ protection and a soothing formula of chamomile and calendula extracts. It’s cooling upon application, which will help you turn down your body heat in the summer. It’s also multi-functional so it can be used on the face and body. Remember to shake before use!
This SPF 48 contains a plant-based formula featuring a paste made from ground bark called thanaka and olesomes extracted from safflower seeds to moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals. It also features niacinamide to help brighten the skin. The texture is creamy and smooth without the heaviness so often found in sunscreen.
This SPF 60 formula has a milky texture that sinks right into the skin to hydrate it without any irritating fragrances, parabens, or oils. This one also doubles as a face and body sunscreen so you can bring one product on the go for convenient reapplication. One of the best parts about it is that it’s formulated with antioxidants, which along with the SPF filters, help to protect the skin from damaging free radicals caused by UV rays. No stickiness here!
The Dr. Jart+ Every Day Sun Day UV Sun Fluid has a broad spectrum SPF 30 protection along with a hypoallergenic formula that protects against UV rays and pollution. It contains a unique cationic shield that blocks fine dust particles and pollution from adhering to the skin, which protects against premature aging. The formula is also super lightweight with lasting moisture that doesn’t leave a tackiness or smell behind. It has a dewy finish that will leave your skin looking healthy and hydrated.
There are plenty of sunscreens that can provide long lasting moisture and protection without the greasiness, so be sure to stock up and protect your body as well as your face. Also, remember to reapply throughout the day!