Every year, it seems you hear something different about sunscreen. It's a lifesaver, but then the chemicals are toxic. They're all the same or there's some new magic bullet. We've cut through the chatter to offer some solid advice along with four tried-and-true favorites. Some things to keep in mind: don't go overboard with an SPF higher than 50. It's like the gas mileage sticker on a car. The rating is based on test conditions that you'll likely never achieve in the real world. Look for "broad spectrum" lotions: They block both UVA rays—the type that cause wrinkles and skin cancer—as well as UVB, which cause sunburns (and can also cause cancer). And avoid those spray-on sunscreens. Yes, they keep your hands lotion-free, but dermatologists say they scatter too wide and most of it evaporates before absorbing into the skin.
Oil-Free Sun Guard
This citrus-scented, vitamin-enriched lotion boasts an SPF 45. It's oil-free and also has naturally soothing calendula to repair red, inflamed skin.