NWR: Best sunscreen for a beach trip?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
3763 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Neutrogena has always held up well for me. I was in Hawaii for a week last month and didn’t burn at all using it. I started out with SPF 50 the first few days and worked my way down to 30.

Post # 3
423 posts
Helper bee

kawood0618 :  I use super goop 50 spf for everything. It’s good and not too expensive! Doesn’t break me out either.

Post # 4
1565 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m fair skinned and burn stupidly easily. I’ve had success with Neutrogena’s stuff, but if you have the money to spare my new favorite is Coola’s spray sunscreen. It applies evenly, reapplies easily because it’s a spray, and doesn’t sweat off. I usually wind up with burned patches that I missed when reapplying sunscreen but I haven’t had that problem once with this stuff. I don’t see myself going back to any other sunscreen now that I’ve discovered this. 

Post # 5
14987 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like Neutrogena sheer touch.  It’s not thick and greasy like many others.  And it’s a smaller 3oz bottle so I can buy them at home on sale and pack it with me and not pay inflated beach side pricing for sunscreen.

Post # 6
9459 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I like supergoop or blue lizard. Bonus is they’re both reef safe so you aren’t adding chemicals to the water that will kill marine life. 🙂

Post # 7
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Blue Lizard (sensitive version). I’ve been using this sunscreen for years and have never gotten burned. I see it at Walmart or Walgreens (online). Amazon will also carry it but it’ll be more expensive. Walmart will be cheapest, but Walgreens may have a good sale (ex: buy 2, get 1 free)

Post # 8
469 posts
Helper bee

I usually double up. I really carefully apply a lotion and then top it off with a spray. Might be overkill but it reassures me that I haven’t missed a spot. 

Post # 9
5188 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Whatever you do, do not get banana boat. I’ve seen so many people get horrible burns from using it, aweful allergic reactions. You can google other people’s experiences with it also. Just a big no. 

Post # 10
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I use Bare Republic for my face and Pacifica for the rest of my body. Both are awesome! The Bare Republic goes on a little greasy, but dries to a nice matte finish. They are both cruelty free,  paraben free, and free of chemical absorbers as well. Both are lotion sunscreens, which I prefer because I always tend to miss spots with the spray on variety. You can get both from Target. I live at high altitude and spend a lot of time in the mountains where the sun exposure is pretty high. I have had great luck with both. Hope you have a fun trip! 

Post # 11
189 posts
Blushing bee

I used neutrogena and loved it until I got an allergy to it. Now I use La Roche Posay and it’s brilliant. Little more expensive, but certainly does the trick. 

Post # 12
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I love Sunthera, you can go from low spf up to 60, and waterproof. It doesn’t streak or look white and I’ve never gotten burned with it

Post # 13
9026 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Most sunscreens are actually really bad for the ocean and some are really bad for humans as well (contain parabens and the like). Here are a couple that have been tried and tested by divers/snorkels who spend a lot of time in the sun:

Tropical Sands SPF50+ Natural Biodegradable Sunscreen

Thinksport Sunscreen SPF 50+



Post # 14
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

I second Thinksport SPF 50+.  It’s a physical block sunscreen so it takes some time to sink into your skin but it works and I love that it’s safe for me and the environment.  

Post # 15
16 posts

I’ve had really good luck with both Neutrogena (Beach Defense) and also Sun Bum. I used to love Hawaiian Tropics but they changed their formula and now it doesn’t work for me at all. I’m super fair skinned too but these both work great for me. 

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