It is sunny outside today. You need some sunblock so you do not burn, but how do you choose? Hmm. Which is the Best SPF Sunscreen Lotion I Should Use? That is what this article will do for you. It will answer just that question. In my research based on consumer reports and Amazon ratings, I found the best two on the market depending on what you will be doing outside. If you are basking in the sun after a long day of outdoor fun, you have one. If you plan to backpack all, you have another. Either way, let’s get started.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk
Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2 x 4 inches (7.1 x 5.1 x 10.2 cm)
Weight: 6.4 ounces
Protection Level: broad spectrum SPF 60
Volume: 5 ounces (141.7 g)
Texture: rich, velvety cream
Water Resistant: 80 minutes
Top Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10.72%, Octisalate 3.21%, Octocrylene 6%, Oxybenzone 3.86%
Recommended Application Time: 15 minutes
A General Overview
The number one dermatologist recommended sunscreen, this sunscreen milk will melt onto your skin like butter. It has been rigorously tested to meet the standards of doctors, so you can rest easy knowing that it went through difficult testing. Worldwide, it was recommended by 25,000 dermatologists and those were just the ones they managed to get a hold of to talk about it with.
If you have a nose sensitive to smells, then do not worry. This sunscreen is fragrance free. You will not have to worry about filling your nostril with unwanted scents. It is also paraben-free, non-comedogenic, allergy tested, oil free, and safe for sensitive skin. In other words, it is safe to use. Your skin will be the better for it. Many cosmetics on the market use ill reputable chemicals and compounds, making them untrustworthy. Because of this sunscreen’s qualifications, it is nearly an organic sunscreen. Compared to others on the market, it has advanced protection because of combined UVA/UVB filters and antioxidants.
It tends to run around $30 to $40, but I saw it last at $35.99. It is more expensive, but it is the best of the best. You have to accept a higher price as a consequence. When you buy this though, you are getting fantastic results.
Customer Testimonials and Reviews
On Amazon, this product averages 4.5 stars out of 426 customer reviews. Those are a lot of testimonials. On Consumer Reports, it is tied for first in the best sunscreen at 100 out of 100. That is a very high rating. The testimonials you see below come straight from Amazon, unedited for your reading pleasure.
The Positive Reviews – the Vast Majority
AC wrote in “Excellent Protection, No Residue” that, “I have very fair sensitive skin and just spent 8 days on a boat, usually only applying this once each morning on face and body, and have absolutely no sunburn, barely even a tan. I was super impressed with how long it protected my skin without diligent application throughout the rest of the day. I use high end cosmetics and skin care products, including other very expensive sunscreens, and found this sunscreen to be the most effective with no goopy, chalky, or greasy residue.” It sounds like a winner to me. AC gave it 5 stars.
In “Feels like the least Greasy Product out There,” Michael Smith wrote, “There are a number of good SPF options out there, but what sets this apart is how it feels. This is the least greasy product that I have used. So if it feels “less bad” you use it more. That is not to say that there no lotion feeling, there is, this is just the best I have discovered…The only negative is the cost. It’s expensive for the SPF, however I feel it worthy of consideration because of how it feels. I have reordered.” He does raise a valid point. The cost is quite deterring, but he reordered. For its price though, it does a darn good job.
Bookworm wrote in “Everyday Product” that, “I was a little nervous to try this product because I haven’t had the best of luck with face sunscreens other than at the beach. I have very fair skin, but all other sunscreens made me breakout. I use this sunscreen everyday and have not broken out at all. I do not even have to use a moisturizer when I wear this, which is an added bonus.” He gave it 5 stars.
Rory wrote in “The Added Bonus of Reducing the Probability of Skin Cancer is a Nice Cherry on Top” that, “My results have been fantastic. I started noticing a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles about three or four months in of twice daily use. Two years in, I am constantly getting comments on how young I look by strangers. A male cashier at a corner store recently commented on how young I look. Many of my friends think I’m about 25-26. These are welcomed compliments since I’ve never received any like them at any point in my life.” He gave it 5 stars.
In “Probably the Best Sunscreen Ever,” Sami wrote, “I’m a ginger and I got sunburnt today because I thought I could go out in the garden for 10 minutes without sunscreen… I should have put on my La Roche-Posay! This stuff is better than Neutrogena (better be, for that price) and goes on thick at first, feeling a bit more like the Neutrogena 100SPF even though this is rated at 60SPF. Then it “melts in” and is quite comfortable and I forget I’m wearing it. I use it on my face, too! It feels more like wearing a bit of lotion/moisturizing cream. It also works REALLY well.” Sami gave it 5 stars.
The Negative Reviews – There is some Worthy Critique Here
Bluejeans wrote in “Don’t Get it in Your Eyes” that, “I bought this because it was highly recommended by Consumer Reports. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that it is very thin (I guess that’s why they call it “milk”) and with the very least perspiration it got in my eyes and it stings like crazy for a long time,” giving it 3 stars. If anything, this review is an exception to the many positive reviews you already saw.
In “Great Sunscreen, NOT Recommended for Sports Use,” Sam Archer writes, “This is a super highly rated sunscreen that I got after reading Consumer Reports. Pricey but great protection from the sun. Not sure I can tell the difference between this and other SPF 60 sunblocks as far as skin protection. My one big gripe with this is that when it gets wet or you sweat, it becomes creamy white on your skin and just wipes right off. You can rub it into your skin before you exercise or sweat and it becomes clear but when it gets wet then my face turns white like someone poured milk on it…Otherwise, I like it.” He gave it 3 stars.
While it is a noteworthy critique, he still admits that he likes it. If it just wipes off like he says, then he did not rub it in enough and that is why it seems to be coming off so easy. One more point too, an important part of the directions listed is to apply it 15 minutes before use. You cannot jump right into the thick of things after applying this sunscreen. Nearly all sunscreens are like that. You need to give the sunscreen some time to work its magic.
Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50
Weight: 9.6 ounces (272.2 g)
Volume of Sunscreen: 8 ounces (226.8 g)
Top Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 10.0%, Octisalate 4.5%
A General Overview
As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, I want a product that can handle my active lifestyle. You just do not know when sweat and sun mix together to hit you when you least suspect it. This sunscreen is designed for the outdoor adventurer.
Also, I’m a university student, so I prefer the less expensive option. I would get the former sunscreen, but I just cannot afford that sunscreen at this point in my life. I am trying to save my money for my Bachelor’s Degree of UC Santa Cruz alright! Geeze. That is what really appeals to me about this sunscreen. You get the best bang for the buck. One ounce of this sunscreen costs less than $2. That is a very good deal in my book. If you have an active lifestyle and need to save money for your next adventure, then this is the way to go.
It tends to run around $10 or so, making it a very reasonably priced sunscreen compared to the others you will find on the market.
Customer Testimonials and Reviews
On Amazon, this sunscreen averaged 3.9 stars out of 48 reviews. While it did not get the most stars, it is still worthy of your skin.
Positive Customer Testimonials – there’s Quite a lot of Them
In “Works Good,” Ross1 wrote, “The sunscreen seems to work quite well. I have used several different types of sunscreen over the years and this one seems to work as well as any of the others. I burn quite easily but didn’t with Equate Sport. Equate, Banana Boat and Walgreens Sport are all quite similar. Banana Boat and Walgreens Sport were identical. The ingredients of all three were also identical but Equate Sport seemed to be a step above the others. He gave it 5 stars.
MichaelA wrote in “Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50 Sunscreen with UVA/UVB Protection” that, “I chose Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50 for several reasons: 1. NPR science Friday discussed how many sunscreens were ineffective because they provided little to no UVA/UVB protection. The show elaborated on the importance of UVA/UVB and Equate has both. 2. Consumer Reports ranks Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50 #2 for Sunscreens with a score of 99. The #1 Sunscreen with a score of 100 was more than double the price of Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50. 3. Amazon carries and I could get quickly for myself and ship to another fair skinned family member. And of course, it is just as easy to reorder when supplies get low. 4. This sunscreen blends into the skin easily without leaving white blotches,” giving it 5 stars.
In “Excellent Product, Very Good Price,” J. Streit wrote, “this is one of the cheapest and yet according to Consumer Reports one of the very best sunscreens. The price at Walmart is a lot cheaper, $4.23, but for me the difference in price was worth not having to drive to a Walmart. Some people do not like the odor of this product, but once it was applied I did not notice it. I have used it several times including for swimming and it seems to be very effective.” He gave it 5 stars.
C. Myers wrote in “Excellent Value for the Cost and it Works” that, “[it is] really effective and stands up to swimming. I bought it last year after reading a review in Consumer Reports and was not disappointed. I used it every day while on vacation and consequently needed more this year. It kept me from burning even being out three or four hours in the water. Great price and great product.” He gave is 5 stars.
Negative Customer Reviews, Important to Take into Consideration
One critical review really stood out to me. It was worthwhile to read. Bianca F.S. wrote in “Love Equate, Not Crazy about this Sunblock” that, “I’m a big fan of Equate products. Who wouldn’t be? Cheaper than name brands and usually just as effective. Unfortunately, this sunblock appears to be the exception to the rule. I bought it for my vacation in Turks and Caicos and I might as well have not worn sunblock at all. I was burned within hours and blistering within days.”
Writing further, she states, “I used as directed, applying liberally and reapplying at least every two hours (usually more frequently) and reapplying immediately after being in the water. I thought I had just misjudged the strength of the sun, but I used a different sunblock on my face (Coppertone Oil Free Faces) and had no problem with burning on my face so I tend to believe it’s the quality of the Equate sunblock…Not the end of the world to have to sit on a beautiful beach fully clothed, but definitely a downer.” She gave it 1 star.
While Bianca writes a critical and substantive review on this sunscreen, I think you should treat it as an exception. Compared to the other reviews, it is a needle in a haystack of positive reviews. Also, you need to remember that you are paying much less than you ordinarily would for sunscreen. You get what you pay for, but this case was an exception. I think you should still give this sunscreen a shot. For its price, it is very appealing.
Final Thoughts to Send You on Your Way
Splendid! You have worked your way through the top two sunscreens on the market, one for the big wallets and one for the budget oriented outdoor adventurer. You should be all set to have a sunburn free adventure outside. Even if you are dark skinned, you need to protect your skin from the sun. You do not want a lot of wrinkles in old age.
In a previous article, I talked about dog camping supplies. If you are planning to bring your dog along with you on this bright, sunny day, he or she will be sure to need some help like a doggy bowl or a dog backpack to feel a part of the pack. It is a worthwhile investment.
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