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.
Mattifying sunscreen means no more greasy, shiny face.
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Supergoop! City & Sand Sunscreen Travel Tote, $35, amazon.com
Only bringing a carry-on? That's no excuse to skip the sunscreen. Supergoop's got you covered with this TSA-friendly travel tote.
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.
In addition to protecting against UV rays, this natural sunscreen stick soothes and moisturizes skin.
Plus, it's recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and costs less than $10. I'm sold.
Clinique broad spectrum spf 50 sunscreen body cream, $23, sephora.com
Formulated to tackle the aging effects of sun exposure.
Dermatologist recommended and a crowd favorite.
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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