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Top 10 Drugstore Sunscreens

Affordable And Effective Sunscreens To Buy From The Drugstore

Affordable And Effective Sunscreens To Buy From The Drugstore

It’s no secret or surprise that experts recommend wearing sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Truthfully, sunscreen should be the most important step in your skincare routine. But with hundreds of formulas to choose from, it can be quite the challenge knowing which formula is best for your lifestyle. Not to mention, some sun protectants come with a rather hefty price tag. And since we’ve all been there, aimlessly scanning the sunscreen aisle with no clue or direction, we’re here to help you pick the best formula that feels good and doesn’t break the bank—courtesy of our data-driven algorithm, of course. By searching the web for best-selling buzz, editor must-haves, and positive user reviews, we can officially say we've created a trusted list of the best products to date. And believe us, these picks are so effective at keeping your skin protected and preventing sun damage, you’ll actually want to buy them over and over again. Ahead, find the Top 10 drugstore sunscreens to toss in your beach bag to keep your face and body healthy and shielded while enjoying some summer sun. Opening image: @neutrogena

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July 8, 2020

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Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen
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Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen

BEST FOR: A chemical-free option for sensitive skin

HELPFUL TIP: If the unsightly white cast that comes with most mineral sunscreens is a concern for you, apply a lightweight powder foundation on top of the sunscreen when using it on your face.

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion

USERS SAID: “Very nice product! I have very pale skin, and living in Florida means I’m exposed to very bright sunlight every day. I got this sunblock for daily use, and it was the best decision ever. The price and quality are beyond my expectations! It's not oily, does not leave any residue after application, and absorbs very fast after putting it on my face. Great sunblock to wear under foundation or even just on bare skin on its own.”

FUN FACT: This formula is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion

LOVED FOR: This sporty sun protectant has staying power even through water activities. Plus, it has a matte finish and doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy residue.

FUN FACT: This formula is the #1 sport sunscreen on the market.

Australian Gold Sunscreen Lotion

BEST FOR: Providing the skin with a natural, sunkissed color while protecting from harsh UV rays

FUN FACT: Infused with Kona coffee, this one won't leave you with that icky sunscreen smell after you apply it.

Hawaiian Tropic AntiOxidant + Sunscreen Lotion

BEST FOR: Aging or sun-damaged skin

WHAT IT DOES: Every time you apply this sunscreen, a layer of antioxidants coats the skin to help prevent long-term skin damage and signs of aging. 

Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

USERS SAID: “Okay, this is a great sunscreen. It smells great, doesn't leave a white film, doesn't sting mine or my family's eyes, and doesn't irritate the skin. I feel protected and don't come home sunburned. My skin feels great and looks great.”

ABOUT THE BRAND: All Sun Bum products are reef-friendly, vegan, and free of sulfates, parabens, and gluten.

Alba Botanica Coconut Oil Hawaiian Clear Spray SPF 50 Sunscreen

WHY YOU NEED IT: Thanks to the blend of coconut extract, shea butter, and avocado oil, this sunscreen hydrates the skin without feeling heavy or greasy.

FUN FACT: This sunscreen is 100% vegetarian, reef-friendly, and leaping bunny-certified.

Neutrogena Beach Defense Body Spray Sunscreen

WHY YOU NEED IT: Spray sunscreens are not only convenient but very quick to apply. Bonus: this beachy formula helps protect against sun and water damage.

HELPFUL TIP: Apply this sunscreen 15 minutes before going out and reapply every two hours.

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Spray

BEST FOR: Fair skin that easily burns

USERS SAID: “My husband and I both burn easily, and we go to the NC Outer Banks every year on vacation. This is the ONLY sunscreen I have ever found that goes on easily, starts protecting immediately (seriously, you can pretty much spray this on and go directly in the water with no issue), doesn't rub off on clothes, and keeps my super fair husband and my super fair self from burning at all."

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100

WHY YOU NEED IT: The Dry-Touch technology leaves a matte finish, so you can protect your skin from sun damage without feeling sticky.

FUN FACT: Neutrogena is the #1 dermatologist-recommended suncare brand.

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