Summer is all fun and games until you’re layering on aloe vera every five minutes, desperately trying to recover from a sunburn, and the red, achy patches aren’t just the result of a long beach day. Anytime you’re in the sun — like for a weekend walk in the park or an after-work rooftop drink — it’s a possibility. Unfortunately, while we are pretty diligent about applying sunscreen all over our faces every day, sometimes we forget that the other 90% of our body needs a security blanket when we’re not on vacation.
If the idea of applying a sticky, chalky sunscreen to your arms and legs for a Monday at the office sounds unappealing, think again. Beauty brands have found clever ways to put SPF in all our go-to products: facial moisturizers, setting sprays, and even body lotions. These formulas offer the same body-care benefits, including moisturizing ingredients and glowy finishes, with a side of SPF.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best body lotions with SPF 30 or more, so you can protect yourself from the sun on a daily basis, and put that aloe vera away… for now.
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Supergoop! Forever Young Body Butter with Sea Buckthorn SPF 40
Not only does this moisturizing body butter protect your skin from the sun, but it immediately relaxes you with eucalyptus, clove, and vanilla, so you feel like you’re fresh out of a spa — minus the bill.
Supergoop! Forever Young Body Butter with Sea Buckthorn SPF 40, $34, available at Sephora
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF 30
We get it: A sun-kissed glow is your ultimate summer goal, but what if you could achieve it without needing to sit under the sun? This vitamin C body lotion leaves your skin more radiant over time while also protecting it from UV rays.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-protect Lotion SPF 30, $23, available at The Body Shop
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil SPF 45 Body Butter
If you’re looking for a mineral formula, then this body butter was made for you. Free of both oxybenzone and octinoxate, this lotion with SPF protects your skin and the Earth.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil SPF 45 Body Butter, $42, available at Sephora
Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF 50
This body lotion with SPF has a lightweight finish that won’t make your skin feel greasy. Bonus: It’s waterproof (up to 80 minutes), so you won’t have to worry about your sun protection dripping away on your sweatiest days.
Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50 sun cream, $33.5, available at Selfridges
Glytone Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40
The biggest advice dermatologists give when it comes to aesthetic treatments — like laser hair removal or body peels — is to protect your skin from the sun afterwards. This oil- and …read more