Here Comes The Sun

Editor's Note: Thank you to those of you who entered our Storybook giveaway. Brandon B. won! Canadian readers: We look forward to doing a cool giveaway for you soon! 

Nothing ruins a sunny escape like a sunburn. You didn't fly all the way to the beaches of Tulum or the coast of Croatia to sit in your air-conditioned room with a bottle of aloe gel, a cold compress and a sour disposition. Don't let a burn rain on your sunshiny parade.

With this is mind, we've selected our favorite sunscreens for your face and body, whether you're looking for something to fit into your daily skin care regimen or something to stash in your luggage as you dash off to the desert. Seriouslythese are awesome.

Face sunscreens (top row)
Serum: Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 30 
Fluid: Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Lightweight cream: EltaMD UV Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 45
Tinted cream: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Stick: Sun Bum SPF 30 Face Stick

Body sunscreens (bottom row)
Spray: Sun Bum SPF 50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen 
Sensitive skin lotion: La Roche-Posay Lightweight Lotion SPF 60
Mineral & organic lotion: Coola Sport SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa

Trip Styler Tips:

  • Always apply sunscreen as the final step of your morning routine.
  • For everyday wearregardless of your skin tone or genderchoose a daily moisturizer that contains at LEAST SPF 15. {Here at the TS HQ, we do a min of 30.}
  • Don't rely on the SPF in make up, like BB creams, to get you through a day outside; instead think of it as an added bonus.
  • Look for key words like broad spectrum, PA+++, UVA and UVB protection, as well as active ingredients like titanium dioxide, zinc dioxide, avobenzone and mexoryl.
  • Spending the day outdoors? Apply a thick coat of sunscreen, reapply every one to two hours and stay in the shade when possible. Use a shot-glass-sized amount on your body and a teaspoon on your face.
  • Road tripping? Don't forget to apply sunscreen when you're in the car—especially on the side of your body that faces the sun.
  • Consider your geographical location when you factor your level of skin protection. Even seasoned travelers sometimes forget this rule. When Trip Styler's Editor in Chief was visiting the Banyan Tree Mayakoba last month, she thought she'd protected herself with an application of high SPF in the morning and a beach-side perch under a palapa, but the strong Mexican sun gave her a much more than rosy glow.

  • Finally, *if* you do peel from an unfortunate sun sizzle-session, skip the loofa and rub baking soda on your skin to exfoliate! 

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

[graphics assembled by @heatherlovesit, top image by gray malin via pinterest, sun protection info via paula's choice]