Summer is here, and with that comes sunbathing and sun burning. Don’t get caught with damaged skin this year.  Here are 4 tried and true best beach sunscreens.

Best Beach Sunscreens. Girl standing at beach.
Tried and true best beach screens for a day at the beach. Photo by Jens Kreuter on Unsplash

Different types of skin react differently to the sun.  It is part of our DNA.  It is something we cannot change.  But we can be smart and protect our skin when we are in the sun, such as a day at the beach.

Lighter skin burns more quickly because there is less melanin in the skin cells. Melanin is a pigment in the skin that provides protection from the sun.  Darker skin usually has more melanin. Tanned skin is the body’s response to repairing the skin from sun damage and trying to prevent future damage.

Sun damage can lead to skin cancers, with Melanoma being the most dangerous.  All skin types can get skin cancer. Just because someone does not burn easily does not mean they cannot damage their skin and get skin cancer. Therefore, protect your skin from the sun. Use a sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF. The higher SPF numbers only add a little more sun protection than 30 and 50. Here are four tried and true best beach sunscreens to help safeguard your skin.

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion

Best Beach Sunscreens. Bottle of Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion
Best Beach Sunscreens. Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion.

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion is a “best beach sunscreen” and my favorite sunscreen. It is lightweight and fast-absorbing.  Applying sunscreen can be such an arduous process, but this sunscreen is quick and easy to use. It is so light that you will not even remember you have it on your skin. It is water-resistant for 80 minutes.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion

Best Beach Sunscreens. Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion.
Best Beach Sunscreens. Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion is another “best beach sunscreen.” It is also lightweight and easy to apply.  It is like the Neutrogena Beach Defense, but a tad heavier.  It is still easy and quick to apply. It is water-resistant for 80 minutes.

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear UltraMist Sunscreen Spray

Best Beach Sunscreens. Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear UltraMist Sunscreen Spray.
Best Beach Sunscreens. Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear UltraMist Sunscreen Spray.

If a sunscreen spray is your preference, the Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear UltraMist Sunscreen Spray is the way to go. It is the “best beach sunscreen.” Many sprays can leave your skinning feeling like it was just painted with a can of spray paint! But Banana Boat’s spray is not like that. This spray is lightweight and easy to apply. It does not leave the skin sticky or stiff.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick

Best Beach Sunscreens. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick.
Best Beach Sunscreens. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick, the final “best beach sunscreen,” is super easy to apply. It glides on smoothly and can be applied to wet or dry skin. It is a wonderful product on my children’s faces because it effortlessly slides on the skin without annoyance to them.  No white mess, either.


While you are at the beach this summer, ensure you apply sunscreen to protect your skin.  Try any of these best beach sunscreens to make life easier and skin well protected.