We turned to Dr. Judith Hellman, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, to weigh in on our favorite sun blockers.


We turned to Dr. Judith Hellman, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, to weigh in on our favorite sun blockers.

AeonSkin ProSport Non-Drip Sunscreen SPF 50+

I definitely don’t glow—I’m a sweater—and AeonSkin ProSport Non-Drip Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($18, aeonskin.com) is the ONLY liquid sunscreen I’ve ever tried that says non-drip and means it. I love how the silicon base glides over my skin and feels silky (not waxy). If the formula wasn’t nearly $9 per ounce, I’d bathe in it. —Jessie Sebor, editor in chief

Dr. Hellman’s Take: AeonSkin seems to be the best answer for sport fans—great for outdoorsy people on the move. It has SPF 50, UVA and UVB protection, and the non-drip formula. The silicon base gives a smooth feel to it. Since it’s not a spray, it will work on the face as well as on the body.
Grade: A+

Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+

Simple is essential when it comes to my sunscreen, and Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+ ($30, aveneusa.com) has the winning combination of being water—i.e., sweat—resistant, paraben- and fragrance-free and easy to apply—it even works upside down! —Allison Pattillo, contributing gear editor

Dr. Hellman’s Take: I like the Avene. It has high SPF and both UVA and UVB protection, and even some Evian water in the formula. It should be reapplied frequently due to the light formulation. I would use a non-spray product for the face.
Grade: A

Brush on Block

I like to keep sunscreen in my backpack, so Brush on Block ($32, brushonblock.com) is ideal, because I don’t have to worry about it melting or oozing all over. The powder can protect my face, neck, arms and legs—and it’s TSA-ready, so I just keep it in my bag on trips. —Nicki Miller, managing editor

Dr. Hellman’s Take: This is a convenient product for the face. It has zinc and titanium oxide, both good physical (not chemical) blocks. It will work best for people with oily skin, as it will absorb some of the otherwise obvious shine and won’t add extra moisture. It has SPF 30, so it may not be sufficient for extended periods of outdoor activity.
Grade: B+

Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30

“Coppertone” screams “track meets” to me, where one bottle of that slimy rub was passed around. I’ve since ditched the squeeze bottle and now opt for the misty version—Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 ($8, coppertone.com)—before every run. I’m never fancy when it comes to products, so price, familiarity and accessibility are what I look for when purchasing a sun shield.” —Caitlyn Pilkington, web editor

Dr. Hellman’s Take: As this only has SPF 30, it’s useful for arms, legs and exposed chest areas during a morning jog. However, it’s not practical for use on the face, which can’t be sprayed safely and would benefit from a higher SPF.
Grade: B+

Cotz Flawless Complexion SPF 50

Being a sun worshiper when I was a naive teen was not the best choice I’ve made. Now that little fine lines greet me every morning, I need to stock up on the sunscreen, however, I’m hesitant to put harsh chemicals on my face. Cotz Flawless Complexion SPF 50 ($20, cotzskincare.com) is made for the face so it’s chemical free, doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, isn’t greasy and is helping those fine lines around my eyes from growing. —Erin Douglas, art director

Dr. Hellman’s Take: This product is clearly aimed at the face. It has 20 percent zinc oxide, which is an excellent physical sunblock, a high SPF of 50, broad-spectrum coverage and a pleasing light texture. It will work well on different skin types, from dry to acne prone. I think this is a nice product.
Grade: A+

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