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Finding the best sunscreens just got easier. New FDA rules require products to pass a standard test in order to claim broad-spectrum protection on their labels. Manufacturers can no longer use the word "sweatproof" or "waterproof" and can claim water resistance only after providing the FDA with proven test results. Say good-bye to above-50 SPFs: There's not enough evidence of additional benefit. Experts recommend you use broad-spectrum products with at least SPF 30 and reapply often. Here are our top summer picks.
From left to right:
Supergoop! Sunstick, SPF 30+, $14.50 A protective stick is handy for touchups and easy-to-forget spots like your ears and scalp.
Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 30, $11 This oil-free formula won't leave you with greasy skin or breakouts.
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face, SPF 50+, $11 Silica powder and emollients make it feel extra light.
Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion, SPF 50+, $11.50 A mineral block that uses zinc oxide for protection.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 30, $35.50 Alcohol-free and great for sensitive skin.
Coppertone Sport Pro Series with Duraflex, SPF 50+, $11 Tested and perfected on professional athletes who really sweat!
Aveeno Hydrosport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30, $10 You can reapply this formula as soon as you get out of the water and it stays on.
Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment, SPF 36, $20 Moisturizes and protects delicate lip skin. (The turquoise tube is pretty chic, too.)
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, June 2012.