Face the sun with protection

Lauren R. Niemcewicz

Summer time means summer rays. But it’s not all about that sunkist face for the season. It’s common knowledge those UVA and UVB rays are getting any weaker, so before you and the kids step out into the sunshine protect those you love and your skin with your best defense: sunscreen.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock

Benefits: It has Avobenzone and Oxybenzone for protection against short and long-wave UVA rays, plus Helioplex to help the active ingredients protect skin for up to five hours. Keep in mind that although Neutrogena calls this product a 'sunblock,' no sunscreen can completely protect you from damaging rays.

Where: At your local drugstore

Price: $10

Blue Lizard Sunscreen Sensitive SDF 30+

Benefits: Best for those with sensitive skin and babies. Blue Lizard Sensitive and the identical Blue Lizard Baby formula contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which act as a physical barrier against broad-spectrum UVA and UVB rays. Blue Lizard Sunscream is water resistant. Because this sunscreen is thicker and creamier than others, it can take longer to apply.

Where: At your local drugstore

Price: $11.50

Lancome UV Expert 20

Benefits: Lancôme's UV Expert 20 contains Mexoryl SX -- which is the most effective UVA-blocking ingredient available, according to skin-care experts. In July 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mexoryl for use in the United States, but right now, Lancôme UV Expert 20 is the only widely available product containing it outside of Canada and Europe.

Where: Nordstrom, Sephora, local department stores.

Price: $35

Banana Boat Surf Sunblock

Benefits: This new water-in-silicone formula blends like a lotion and creates a waterproof shield for up to eight hours. Contains the same ingredients as most sunblocks like Octinoxate, Oxybenzone and octisalate all chemical blocks that absorbs the sun’s rays. And the physical block titanium dioxide, which reflects and scatters sun’s rays.

Where: At your local drugstore

Price: $7

Murad Oil-free Sunblock Sheer Tint

Benefits: For a polished face this sunblock provides a subtle tint for all skin tones. The oil-absorbing silica gives the face a matte look. Active ingredient is titanium dioxide to protect skin against broad-spectrum UVA and UVB rays.

Where: Sephora

Price: $20