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The Best Sunscreens of 2014

June 25, 2014

It’s that time of year again! Summer is officially here. That means more pools trips, barbecues, hikes, and gardening. There is no doubt that spending time outside has both physical and mental benefits, but if you plan to be out in the sun for an extended period of time, sunscreen is a must! We have created a list of what we feel are the best sunscreens of 2014 and why. From anti-aging, to kid-friendly sunscreens, they are all here! So get out and have some fun in the sun- just make sure your skin is protected!


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen Cream- SPF 40 La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 40

Created by the skin care specialists at La Roche-Posay, this facial sunscreen has been tested on photosensitive skin and children. If you are one who burns easily or has skin reactions often, you will love this sunscreen. It is fragrance free and PABA free, making it a go-to for all members of the family, no matter what the age. Keep in mind that because it is designed for sensitive skin, the cream is thicker than others to provide ultimate UV protection. This sunscreen is perfect for a long day spent at the beach. It comes with a price tag of $35.99, and it is worth every penny!


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Neutrogena Age Shield- SPF 30

Neutrogena has come out with a sunblock that doesn’t feel anything like traditional sunscreen. If you are someone who hates the feeling of applying thick, greasy sunscreen, this is the one for you! Neutrogena Age Shield provides ultimate protection for your face. The specially designed formula with Helioplex technology was created to help combat sun-induced free-radical damage that can cause the aging process to speed up. It is easy to tell that the sunscreen is oil free; it feels like you are wearing nothing at all. Use Age Shield if you want to avoid premature skin aging. Coming in at $12.49, the price is a bargain!


Coppertone Oil Free Faces- SPF 30Coppertone Oil Free Faces

Sunscreens tend to be oily and greasy, which is a problem for those of us who are prone to breakouts. Coppertone Oil Free Faces will not clog pores or cause breakouts. It is lightweight and fast absorbing, making it easy to pair with makeup. To avoid any clumping, let the sunscreen absorb into your skin for a couple of minutes before you apply your foundation. If you love the product as much as we do, also use Coppertone’s Oil Free Sunblock for all over protection.


Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Clear Sunsceen- SPF 46

This sunscreen created by the skincare professionals at Elta MD is oil free and made with niacinamide, which helps to protect skin types that are prone to acne and discoloration. The cream absorbs into skin immediately and feels lightweight once it is applied. For this reason, it can be worn with or without makeup. It is fragrance free, making it perfect for sensitive skin types. It is also PETA approved, meaning the company does not test its products on animals. The sunscreen comes with a price tag of $30.00- and amount that all users say is well worth it.


Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream Sunscreen- SPF 40Supergoop

This product will be sure to earn a permanent spot next to your sink! The cream is made with sea buckthorn to prevent aging and will help protect, moisturize, and brighten your skin. The buckthorn fruit helps to lighten dark spots, and is filled with nutrients that help improve elasticity and bring life back to your skin. Sit the convenient pump bottle right next to your hand soap and you will provide all day protection to an often-neglected area! Pick some up or order it online at Nordstrom for $29.95.



Neutrogena Beach Defense Stick SunscreenNeutrogena Beach Defense Stick Sunscreen- SPF 50+ 

Neutrogena’s stick sunscreen is a convenient, mess-free way to apply sunscreen. Keep it in your purse all the time and you will be prepared for any unplanned occasion that is spent in the sun. It is perfect for areas prone to sunburn such as tops of hands, feet, ears, the scalp, and the bridge of the nose. You might expect a stick to feel waxy, but this goes on smooth and light while still offering superior protection perfect for adults and children. At just $10.99, you are getting a lot of bang for you buck.


Coppertone Clearly Sheer Spray


Coppertone Clearly Sheer- SPF 50+

The name says it all! This sunscreen is specially formulated to be lightweight, and will not leave any residue on skin. It has been tested on acne-prone skin and will not cause breakouts. It doesn’t have the typical sunscreen fragrance, but instead smells light and citrusy, an even that scent goes away quickly. The moisturizer contained in the sunscreen helps to prevent your skin from drying out. This all-over sunscreen comes in at just $9.49.



Neova DNA Damage ControlNEOVA DNA Damage Control Everyday- SPF 44 

A Cosmopolitan favorite, this Neova sunscreen uses breakthrough DNA repair technology that reduces signs of aging as well as the burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. It contains moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling hydrated without a thick residue. It is fragrance free, making it perfect for sensitive skin. At $39.00 list price, it is one of the more expensive sunscreens on the list, but a do little digging and you should be able to find it for less!


Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen


Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen- SPF 50

This super water resistant sunscreen provides all-day, superior protection. The texture is light, it is fragrance free, and a little bit goes a long way! To help the sunscreen last as long as possible, put it on after you moisturize. The bottle may seem small, but will last up to eight months if you use it regularly on your face. Visit the Kiehl’s website to order it and many other fantastic skin care products! Price: $25.00.


Elizabeth Arden RX Triple Protection Factor


Elizabeth Arden RX Triple Protection Factor- SPF 50+

If you are looking for a seriously powerful anti-aging sunscreen, this is the one for you. It is only available in physician offices. Its hydrating formula is contains a DNA enzyme complex and antioxidants. Using this product will help to reduce and delay the visible signs of aging. It has become a new standard in skin care and is a must-have for any individual who wishes to slow the signs of aging effectively.



Clarins broad spectrum oil


Clarins Broad Spectrum- SPF 30+

This new formula from Clarins is a must-have for both your skin and your hair. It protects from the drying effects of the sun, salt water and chlorine. It is a dry oil, meaning it will not feel greasy after it is applied, so it can be used on dry, oily, or combination skin. It is water and sweat resistant. It also helps to promote a glowing, healthy tan. Find it on the Clarins website for $35.00!



Coola Sport Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen


Coola Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray

The spray nozzle on this sunscreen allows for easy to apply, all over coverage- especially if you are riding solo! The ingredients are organic- and it also comes in a piña colada scent! If you prefer scentless sunscreens, try the new unscented version. No matter what scent you choose, it can be bought for $32.00 and many online retailers!