Banana Boat is one of the brands that offer a little bit of everything when it comes to sun protection and aftercare. Their formulations are approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation and come in sprays for easier, non-stick application.
What we like: It can absorb excess moisture, which gives it a nice matte finish on your skin.
For those who spend their days in the sun because of sports or other physical activities, the Badger Sport sunscreen is a must-buy. Not only is it made from all natural ingredients that don't harm the environment (so you can use it for reef swimming!), it's also gentle on your skin.
What we like: The 22.5 percent zinc oxide gives you up to 80 minutes of intense activity or swimming – it’s waterproof until it gets fully absorbed, so you don’t have to worry about it being washed off!
Vegans will love this animal-free sunscreen from Natio. The SPF50+ rating makes it so that you can get up to four hours of fun in the sun before you need to reapply it again, and the additional ingredients like Aloe Vera extract help repair your skin from the other effects of sun exposure.
What we like: it's locally made and certified to only use all-natural ingredients – perfect for the product-conscious sun lover.
It’s not as cheap as the other ones on this list, but the MDSolarSciences formula makes sure you get what you pay for. It's easy to apply and all the ingredients have been medically tested to be effective at blocking UVA exposure while still being thin enough for oily skin to easily absorb.
What we like: It's small and portable, so you can bring it anywhere! It’s a good alternative to most store-bought sunblocks, like Ombra's sunscreen.
The Badger Lavender Sunscreen Cream is a little thicker than most lotions, but that's primarily due to the fact that it's made of completely organic and non-toxic ingredients. It’s most effective for anyone who finds normal sunscreen too harsh on their skin, as the few ingredients make it compatible with almost all skin types.
What we like: The lavender scent will make you think you're not wearing sunscreen at all.
This sunscreen has the perfect mixture of ingredients that both block out the sun and lock moisture in your body – a good combination! Skin issues like flaking and drying out will never be an issue with this, making this perfect for a lazy afternoon on the beach. It's also not animal-tested, so you can slather it on without any guilt.
What we like: Even skin coverage combined with moisturiser to keep you fresh on a hot day? Sign us up!
Children and infants have incredibly sensitive skin, but you can't hide them from the sun forever. For those times where the little ones need to tag along outside, Neutrogena's Sheer Zinc Sunscreen has them covered. Hypoallergenic and using mineral-based ingredients, it has an SPF rating of 60 – almost twice your usual sunscreen for extra protection.
What we like: It's scent-free – very useful if your baby is picky about that sort of thing.
The face can be one of the tricker areas when it comes to sunscreen since it needs the correct balance of both moisture and oil to prevent it from drying out. EGO's SunSense formulation allows you to get maximum protection without sacrificing that balance. Plus, it’s specially made for dry skin.
What we like: It's light and easy to apply, non-greasy to the touch and virtually unnoticeable once you put it on.
We've talked a lot about the importance of keeping your skin safe from the sun, but something else that you may not have thought of is your hair. Aveda uses a gentle yet powerful formulation that provides all the UV protection your hair needs on a hot day. Simply spray it on and reapply when necessary – it's that easy.
What we like: It's made of all natural products, making it one of the best natural sunscreen formulas you can buy.
This brand creates some of the best sunscreens in Australia, with high-quality ingredients that stay on longer, cutting down how often it needs reapplication. This particular bottle tops many lists of the best sunblocks you can get right now, with glowing reviews from users all around the country.
What we like: None of the weird sunblock scent when you’re applying it, which is great for everyday use.
(Don’t) Feel The Burn
So the next time you feel like going out on a sunny day, drop by the drugstore and get yourself one of these products (and maybe some tinted glasses while you’re at it). There’s no reason to stop having fun in the sun because of some UV rays – put on some lotion and spray on some cream, and you’ll be more than ready to go. Have fun!