Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US…
…with more than 3.3 million people diagnosed each year according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Aside from staying out of the sun, one of the most effective ways to prevent skin cancer is to use broad-spectrum sun protection regularly. And by regularly, I mean year ‘round. As the summer months approach and we’re spending more time outdoors, it’s the perfect time to incorporate sun protection into your family’s daily routine. You may be dreading slathering thick white cream all over yourself and your kids, but sunscreen has come a long way. For all your SPF needs, I’ve found nine affordable products that feel pleasant on the skin, are unscented/lightly scented and are under $15 at the same time.
SPF for Face
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer SPF 30 ($12.69) at Amazon
Good for all skin types, this lightweight lotion hydrates the skin while providing an SPF of 30. It is paraben- , petrolatum- and oil-free and does not leave a white residue on the skin after applying. Another key point is that you can use it alone or under your makeup or moisturizer, unlike many other sunscreens.
SPF with Tint
No. 7 City Light Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($14.99) at Target
This multifunctional, lightweight lotion offers an SPF of 15, antioxidant protection, hydration and a sheer tint for a more even looking skin tone. Available in three shades.
Foundation with SPF
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation SPF 15 ($5.20) at Amazon
For SPF 15 protection with a a heavier coverage, this moisturizing face makeup is an excellent option. Available in a broad range of shades and providing a dewy finish, it covers imperfections in addition to providing all-day sun protection. For the purpose of helping you to find the perfect shade, there is a handy foundation match finder at Maybelline.com
SPF for Lips
EOS Active with Aloe SPF 30 Sphere ($2.99) at Target
We often forget to protect our lips with SPF, but the skin on the lips is delicate and requires attention. This petrolatum-free, spherical balm provides 80 minutes of sweat- and water-resistant protection, nourishing the lips with aloe, shea butter and jojoba oil.
No-Ad Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50 ($8.97) at Amazon
This water-resistant spray is ideal for active kids. The oil-free formula dries quickly, is easy to apply and provides protection for up to 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. Kids will love the light watermelon-coconut scent, so it won’t be too tough to convince them to wear it!
SPF for Teens & Tweens
C’est Moi Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($14.99) at Target.com
This facial sunscreen is made for kids in the teen and tween age range who have sensitive skin. Because it’s not thick and spreads easily, kids won’t mind using it every way. It also contains soothing and nourishing ingredients, like aloe, cocoa butter and kiwi, so parents can feel good about their kids using it.
SPF for the Face & Body
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion ($10.99 and up) at Target
Available in SPF 30 and 50, this hydrating lotion can be used on the body and the face. It won’t clog the pores or leave an unpleasant residue. Besides that, it’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
SPF Spray for the Body
Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen ($7.49 and up) at Target
Available in SPF 30, 45, 70 and 100+, this water-resistant spray is practically weightless on the skin. The packaging features a new “FullReach” design, making the product easy to apply in hard to reach areas, like your back. For this reason, you won’t need any assistance obtaining the protection you need.
SPF with Bug Repellent
BullFrog Mosquito Coast Continuous Spray Sunscreen with Insect Repellent, SPF 30 ($8.47) at Walmart
For those days when you’re in a buggy area, this spray is the perfect affordable multi-tasker, providing water resistant SPF of 30 plus up to eight hours of bug repellant. It also doesn’t have a strong smell like most bug repellants. As a result, wearing it isn’t unpleasant.