When you’re planning for a day outdoors on a bike, you need to plan head-to-toe sun protection.
That means you’ll need a sunscreen for your body, face, and lips that provides strong, broad-spectrum protection and can resist sweat. Here are 11 great options to protect yourself from the sun from head to toe.
Sunscreen for the face.
Protect your face, ears, and neck with sunscreen formulas specially made for the sensitive skin in these areas. You can double up on protection by adding sunglasses and a hat.
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen is a mineral-based sunscreen that’s perfect for sensitive or breakout-prone skin. In addition to an SPF of 46, it contains hyaluronic acid and lactic acid – ingredients which actually care for the skin while protecting it from the sun! This formula is fragrance-free and doesn’t contain parabens.
Neutrogena Sport is a facial sunscreen that offers a very high SPF of 70+ and is sweat-proof and waterproof. The formula contains an electrolyte complex to help keep skin hydrated. This facial sunscreen is oil-free and PABA-free and has major “stick-to-itiveness” so if you’re in a very hot climate or planning a more vigorous ride it can keep up.
This silky formulation is powered with broad spectrum SPF 60 protection plus antioxidants to help your skin resist sun-related and free radical damage. The formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes of fun in the sun and at just 5 ounces the bottle small enough to easily toss into your bag for re-application throughout the day.
Sunscreen for the body.
Avoid some epic tan lines (and the pain of sun scorched quads) with a layer of sport-strength sunscreen.
EltaMD UV Sport Sunscreen is a zinc oxide formula with SPF 50 that will resist sweat and water. This is a lotion based formula that you’ll need to rub into skin. Be sure to apply 1-2 inches under the seams of your clothes so that skin that gets exposed as you move around is still protected.
Spray sunscreens are a great way to get broad, even coverage over your entire body. It’s a good idea to apply before you get dressed to make sure you have maximum protection. Some sprays can be oily or sticky, but Banana Boat Dry Balance sunscreen has a dry feel and matte texture, and SPF 50 Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
thinksport has the best rating available from Environmental Working Group and the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements. It’s a mineral sunscreen that’s free of harmful chemicals and powered with zinc oxide to provide broad spectrum SPF 50, water-resistant protection.
Goddess Garden Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen is a lotion with powerful clear zinc oxide powered SPF 50 protection and soothing aloe vera. This formula is specially made for sensitive skin. It is fragrance free and contains conditioning ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil.
If you like mineral sunscreen but don’t like lotions, try this SPF 30 sunscreen continuous spray formula instead. It’s a little less powerful than some of the other formulas on this list, but it’s free of harmful chemicals and water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Sunscreen for the lips.
TropicSport Mineral Lip Balm provides broad-spectrum SPF 15 protection plus sunflower oil, coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick is a fragrance
Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm has a zinc-oxide mineral formula with SPF 30 and is free of common irritants and allergens such as parabens, oil, PABA, oxybenzone and gluten.
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