During my junior year of college, I went on a spring break cruise to the Caribbean. Within hours of leaving from Miami, I fell asleep while sunbathing on the deck of the ship and woke up to rashy, blistery third-degree burns on everything from my fingers to half of my face. I looked frightening, and felt even worse. I spent the rest of the week in the shade, wearing baggy t-shirts and clutching a bottle of aloe vera.
To all you crazy kids about to embark on a week of springtime sun and fun: learn from my rookie mistake! Here are 8 sunscreens that will keep your skin from taking on an unflattering lobster-like hue.
L'oreal Sublime Sun Body Lotion, SPF 30, $9.99, drugstore.com (pictured above left)
This extremely water- and sweat-resistant sunscreen makes the perfect beach companion.
(Photo: Chanel.com)Chanel UV Essential, $52, chanel.com
Mattifying sunscreen means no more greasy, shiny face.
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Supergoop! City & Sand Sunscreen Travel Tote, $35, amazon.com
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, $39, sephora.com
Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion shields skin from external and internal damage. Also, it smells amazing.
(Photo by: Yes to Carrots)Yes to Cucumbers natural sunscreen SPF 30 stick, $9, yestocarrots.com
In addition to protecting against UV rays, this natural sunscreen stick soothes and moisturizes skin.
Clinique broad spectrum spf 50 sunscreen body cream, $23, sephora.com
Formulated to tackle the aging effects of sun exposure.
(Photo by: drugstore.com)Neutrogena Ultra sheer dry-touch sunscreen spf 45 Value Pack (comes with two), $13.49, drugstore.com
Dermatologist recommended and a crowd favorite.
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Josie Maran argan daily moisturizer SPF 40, $32, sephora.com
Everything you love about argan oil, with the added bonus of SPF.
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