Here's how to find your perfect body sunscreen
No matter what's on your protection wishlist
By Team BEAUTYcrew
October 14 2020
Sunscreen is one of the uttermost important products in your skin care routine, and yet it’s still somehow ridiculously difficult to find a good one that you actually rate.
Because while it obviously needs to work (broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection is non-negotiable), we all have different preferences when it comes to the way our protection looks, feels and hey, even smells.
Some of us lust after a sheen-y effect, whereas others would do anything for a solid oil-free option, and some see natural status as the most important factor, while their friends might just want something that smells like pure summer.
Success in the SPF department all comes down to exactly what you're looking for – but honestly, even if you know what you want, it can still be tricky to find it.
Luckily, we've done the legwork for you, and tracked down a perfect formula for every skin type and wish list criteria. You officially no longer have an excuse, so go on, get slathering...
Best sunscreen for dry skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF50
Finding a formula that's both nourishing and non-greasy is never simple, but boy oh boy, does this one deliver. The water gel texture, combined with the hit of hyaluronic acid loaded into it, is just what parched skin needs to feel pampered while out in the sun. Delivering top-notch sun protection with broad-spectrum SPF 50+, it's non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and water-resistant; not bad considering it's a total bargain.
Best sunscreen for oily skin: Heliocare 360 Fluid Cream SPF50+
The best option for oily skin is one with a matte finish; something that's unfortunately not always easy to get your hands on. Don't worry, though – this grease-proof guy is the one for the job. Delivering the most effective sun protection you can get here in Australia (SPF 50+), it's both oil and alcohol-free with an ultra-light gel texture that absorbs in a flash. Basically, you'll feel like you're wearing nothing, but the sun-safe results will prove that you most certainly are.
Best sunscreen for beach days: Cancer Council Active Pink Sunscreen
The sunscreen formula you pack in your beach bag always has to be especially effective, plus a whole plethora of other things, e.g. waterproof, sweat-proof and able to offer a dry touch finish so that sand won't stick to you all damn day. This one fits the bill thanks to its fast-absorbing, oil-free and water-resistant nature (it'll stay that way for up to four hours, too!). Our favourite bit? Sales from this pink tube help fund cancer research, patient support and education, so it's a winner all round.
Best sunscreen for sensitive skin: We Are Feel Good Inc. Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
The chic peach packaging will draw you in, but have faith: it's more than just a looker. Anyone with sensitive skin knows that you're often damned if you do and damned if you don't with sunscreen; on one hand you have redness in the form of sunburn (not okay!) and on the other, you have redness in the form of irritation (not fun!). This gentle fragrance-free formula, however, is so lightweight, non-greasy and effective that you'll stop dreading the vital skin care step altogether. It's also free from preservatives, parabens and oxybenzone, so you can feel good about topping up every time.
Best natural sunscreen: Natural Instinct Invisible Natural Sunscreen
There's no doubt that chemical sunscreens are effective, but they're generally not the right fit for those who favour natural formulas. This is where mineral options, like this lightweight tinted SPF, come in; it's 100 per cent free of toxic chemical UV filters, titanium dioxide and synthetic preservatives, plus it's totally safe for the environment. But while it's not loaded with nasties, it is packed with hydrators like jojoba, shea butter and vitamin E to care for skin, while also delivering that broad-spectrum protection you crave.
Best glowy sunscreen: Ultra Violette Extreme Screen Body & Hand Sunscreen SPF50+
Yes, staying sun-safe is obviously incredibly important, but there's no reason why you can't look good doing it. This super lightweight SPF contains just a hint of shimmer to keep your skin looking glossy and glowing while also making sure it's as protected as possible. It'll be helping you to glow beneath the surface as well, though, thanks to its hydrating, radiance-boosting blend of cooling aloe vera and vitamin E.
Best-smelling sunscreen: Le Tan Coconut SPF50+ Lotion
While we definitely don't condone priming your skin with coconut oil in the name of getting your tan on, we do encourage applying an SPF50+ that smells just as summery. You'll feel like you've been transported to a tropical island as soon as you get a whiff of this coconut concoction, but hey, it's a stand-up sunscreen, too. Offering four hours of sweat and water-resistant protection, it's the kind of dreamily scented SPF that you'll have absolutely no issue re-applying every time that four hour mark rolls around...