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Slideshow: Sunscreen Test

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Coppertone Endless Summer Ultrasheer Sunscreen Stick Because it comes in a slim twist-up stick, the SPF 30 Endless Summer Ultrasheer doesn't hog…

Coppertone Endless Summer Ultrasheer
Sunscreen Stick Because it comes in a slim twist-up stick, the SPF 30 Endless Summer Ultrasheer doesn’t hog pocket space or leak. It’s also oil-free, so it doesn’t tend to clog pores. Application may take a few seconds longer than a lotion you can slap on your face, but as a bonus, you can put it on without removing your gloves. Protection-wise, it’s tough to beat: It contains zinc oxide, and one coat lasted testers all day.
Application: 4.5
Feel: 5
Endurance: 5
Tester Take: “The twist-up stick was fantastic. Like a wonderful big tube of lipstick-but I shouldn’t tell you all of this because I’m a burly ski patrol man.” -Eric Weishuhn.
Price: $6 for a three-ounce stick.
coppertone.com

Neutrogena Active Breathable SunblockSPF 45 Active Breathable Sunblock looks, feels and smells like a skin moisturizer (it's made by a cosmetics…

Neutrogena Active Breathable Sunblock
SPF 45 Active Breathable Sunblock looks, feels and smells like a skin moisturizer (it’s made by a cosmetics company, after all) but protects you from the whole spectrum of UV rays. It gets its grease-free consistency from silica powder, an ingredient that absorbs oil. The only gripe from our testers is that it needs to be reapplied after a few hours if you’re really working up a sweat.
Application: 5
Feel: 4
Endurance: 2.5
Tester Take: “Quick application, without the need to heavily rub into the skin.” -Joe Han.
Price: $10 for a four-ounce bottle.
neutrogena.com

Rocky Mountain Titanium Dioxide Formula  SunscreenAttention, paleface: If you want to preserve your fish-belly hue at all costs, put on SPF 50+…

Rocky Mountain Titanium Dioxide Formula Sunscreen
Attention, paleface: If you want to preserve your fish-belly hue at all costs, put on SPF 50+ Titanium Dioxide Formula. This odorless sunscreen is made for high altitudes and goes on thick (until it’s rubbed in), but it won’t wash away, because while many sunscreens are film-based, meaning they coat your skin to protect it, this one actually bonds to your hide.
Application: 2
Feel: 2.5
Endurance: 5
Tester Take: “A more secure lid would be a plus.” -Alex Clayton.
Price: $4 for a two-ounce bottle.
rmsunscreen.com

Dermatone Z-Cote Lips 'n Face Protection Creme  Z-Cote gives you the sun-blocking benefits of zinc oxide without making you look like a circus clown.…

Dermatone Z-Cote Lips ‘n Face Protection Creme
Z-Cote gives you the sun-blocking benefits of zinc oxide without making you look like a circus clown. With some vigorous rubbing, this SPF 30 cream vanishes into your skin-and it’ll hold up on the slopes longer than your legs will. Plus, it’s a water-free moisturizer, which means it helps prevent chapping and windburn. Although it’s touted as “fragrance free,” it has a sweet, fruity smell-which isn’t so bad.
Application: 3.5
Feel: 3
Endurance: 4.5
Tester Take: “Very smooth, but it takes awhile to massage in.” -Chad Caldwell.
Price $4.75 for a half-ounce tin.
dermatone.com

Protech Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 Plus Some sunscreens clog your pores like shortening. Not ProTech's Moisturizing Sunscreen, which contains…

Protech Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 Plus
Some sunscreens clog your pores like shortening. Not ProTech’s Moisturizing Sunscreen, which contains avobenzone (see “Sun Smarts,” below). Nearly scent-free and grease-free, it goes on smoothly and vanishes quickly. Testers found it more effective if a second coat was applied halfway through the day. One warning: Don’t apply it near your eyes. When it mixes with sweat, it’s a serious tear-jerker.
Application: 4
Feel: 5
Endurance: 3
Tester Take: “Most impressively, it doesn’t leave a greasy palm film.” -Zoe Amos.
Price: $15 for a three-ounce bottle.
protechskincare.com

Aloe Gator SPF 40+ Gel The good news about the Aloe Gator SPF 40+ Gel sunblock is that one application lasts the entire day, no matter how much you…

Aloe Gator SPF 40+ Gel
The good news about the Aloe Gator SPF 40+ Gel sunblock is that one application lasts the entire day, no matter how much you sweat or how soggy the conditions (it received the highest waterproof ratings of any of the products tested). The not-so-good news is that it has the consistency of petroleum jelly until it’s massaged into your skin, and it leaves a slightly greasy residue. Slime aside, this is a worthy, scent-free alternative to other, thicker sunblocks.
Application: 3.5
Feel: 2
Endurance: 5
Tester Take: “The product did not rub in right away, but it did the job as a sunblock.” -Bobby Hoyt.
Price: $10 for a four-ounce tube
aloegator-suncare.com