The Best Sunscreen

Under cloudy or sunny skies, the slopes are a prime place for sunburn. The mountains’ high altitude and thin air expose skiers to unfiltered UV rays. Then you’re hit from below, as the sun’s harmful rays reflect off the snow. Every thousand feet of altitude from sea level increases the intensity of UV exposure by 5 percent. Depending on the altitude of your favorite ski resort, the intensity could increase over 40 percent from a day at the beach. Luckily, you’re (probably) not skiing in a swimsuit but any exposed skin still needs protection. When selecting a sunscreen for skiing, consider the SPF, water and sweat resistance, and reapplication time. Below, you’ll find our top three picks for the best sunscreen for skiers.
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Best for Skin

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk 

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Luxurious UVA/B Protection. This broad spectrum SPF 60+ sunscreen comes in a five-ounce tube and needs just 15 minutes to work. It uses exclusive Cell-OX Shield Technology featuring both UVA and UVB protection. It absorbs fast and leaves skin feeling velvety instead of oily. 

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This tube provides great nutrients for skin while protecting against the sun, so even after a day on the slopes, skin is soft and nourished. It’s allergy tested and won’t aggravate sensitive skin because it’s free of oils, parabens, and fragrances. It needs reapplication every 80 minutes for maximum protection. Buy it today.

Highest SPF

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant

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Maximum Sun Protection. Rated at SPF 100+, this three-ounce bottle keeps skin protected against even the harshest conditions. It’s fast absorbing for the Neutrogena dry-touch matte finish, so you’ll have no shiny face from sunscreen application.

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This sunscreen is specially formulated with Helioplex, protecting skin from damage from UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every 80 minutes to keep skin safe against the sun all day. It’s non-comedogenic and PABA-free. We appreciated how it felt light on our skin through multiple applications. Get it today.

Great for Athletes

Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen

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Sunscreen Tough as You. Sport Face is a 2.5-ounce bottle of sunscreen that’s as much of an athlete as you are. It’s rated SPF 70+ and is snow and sweat resistant. Plus, it withstands the rubbing and wiping from skin when next to hats, helmets and scarves. 

What We Liked: 

For skiers who go hard on the mountain, this sunscreen holds up to snow spray, sweat, and rubbing from outerwear. Reapply every two hours for maximum protection. Even though it’s durable, it still feels light against the skin. It’s oil free and won’t clog pores. Get it here.

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