Best sunscreens for spring break

L'oreal Sublime Sun Body Lotion(Photo by: drugstore.com) Nothing ruins a spring break trip quite like a bad sunburn, as I know from an unfortunate firsthand experience.

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.


Chanel UV Essential(Photo: Chanel.com)Chanel UV Essential, $52, chanel.com

Mattifying sunscreen means no more greasy, shiny face.




(See also: Best beauty products from the drugstore)







Supergoop! City & Sand Sunscreen Travel Tote(Photo by: Supergoop!)

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(Photo by: sephora.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.







Yes to Cucumbers natural sunscreen SPF 30 stick(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.

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(Photo by: sephora.com)

Clinique broad spectrum spf 50 sunscreen body cream, $23, sephora.com

Formulated to tackle the aging effects of sun exposure.









Neutrogena Ultra sheer dry-touch sunscreen spf 45(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.








Josie Maran argan daily moisturizer SPF 40(Photo by: sephora.com)

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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