How to Ensure Serious Spring Break SPF Safety

You've deprived yourself of carbs for weeks, your bikini area is freshly waxed, even your eyebrows are on fleek, there's no denying it ladies, spring break is here.

Some may think the best protection on spring break is a pack of Trojans, but serious safety is shielding your skin from the sun. Before you take off to a villa in Cabo, or a penthouse in Palm Springs, be sure to stock up on SPF.

Keep in mind your delicate skin has not seen intense sunlight in months, so you are much more susceptible to painful (and damaging) sunburns.

No matter your budget, we have recommendations to keep you and your wallet covered. So go ahead and have another cocktail, because even if you pass out on your lounge chair, you can rest assured your skin is protected.

For those who’d rather spend money on cocktails than SPF:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion in SPF 30 and SPF 50
This clear lotion has an instant cooling effect that reduces skin temperature on contact by 4˚F. The never-sticky, no-residue formula delivers long-lasting protection through an exclusive patented complex of UV filters. Infused with powerful antioxidants like vitamin E and white grape seed, the barely-there lotion keeps skin looking youthful and healthy.
Price: $10+ at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Alcohol-Free Clear Finish Spray in SPF 30, 50 & 70
For those who don’t want to deal with all that rubbing, try a SPF spray.  This ultra-lightweight lotion protects skin from the sun’s harsh rays without leaving any streaks or residue. The new alcohol-free, non-drying formula, leaves skin soft, safe and sun blocked without any visible trace.
Price: $10+ at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

Sun Bum Pro SPF 50 Lotion
Partying under the sun has its perks, but since sunburn is not one of them, toss a pocket sized SPF in your tote for endless protection.  Slather on water-resistant Sun Bum Pro SPF 50 Lotion for loads of UV protection without that greasy feeling.  Plus, if you happen to get tossed into the pool, you won’t turn into a chalky white wench.
Price: $13 at

Sun Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion
You can’t go wrong with a lightweight, moisturizing sunscreen lotion that smells as good as it protects.  It’s easy to trust that your skin is being shielded from harmful UVA/UVB rays, plus you can feel good about the vitamins and antioxidants that are enriching your skin.
Price: $16 at

For those who’d rather spend SPF than laser treatments in 5 years:
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50
High-protection SPF can be challenging for combination and oily complexions, often creating a heavy look on the skin and clogging pores. Physical Matte UV Defense has a proven dual function against sun and shine, providing SPF 50 broadspectrum coverage in a weightless mousse texture. The aerated silica technology is able to absorb up to 15x its weight in oil, and the optimized smoothing base and translucent color spheres refine and perfect the appearance of skin tone and texture. The formula is noncomedogenic, and proven to maintain a matte finish even in hot, humid conditions.
Price: $34, Available soon at

Skin Laundry Advanced Protection SPF 35
This daily moisturizer contains broad spectrum SPF 35 for sun protection along with mild and moisturizing extracts to sooth and hydrate skin. This powerful sun shield is fortified with skin salving ingredients to stimulate circulation and revitalize, hydrate and improve skin firmness (that bikini confidence is growing by the minute).
Price: $25, Available at and Skin Laundry clinics nationwide

blisslabs active 99.0 UV Protect SPF 30
Bliss spa has created the ultimate fusion of science and spa in the new active 99.0 line. This lightweight, non-greasy translucent lotion is filled with 99% active ingredients to protect from the harmful rays of the sun to prevent aging, dark spots, and wrinkles.
Price: $50 (1fl oz), Available at bliss spas nationwide and on

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30
Battle the sun’s rays and firm the skin with one single product. Erno Laszlo’s Firmarine SPF 30 feeds new collagen growth while enhancing skin firmness and bounce. Its ocean –hued formula is equipped with a key bio-marine ingredient, Spirulina Maxima, a fresh water, blue-green algae prized for its health benefits. The silky cream protects with Vitamins E, C and A, Organic Green Tea, Multi-Mineral Complex and mineral-rich Deep Sea Water to boosts the skin’s immunity (anti-viral, anti-bacterial) all summer long.
Price: $195, Available at Nordstrom and

Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Hand Treatment SPF 25
You’ve shelled out plenty for your mani, but nail polish can’t fix granny hands.  While on vavca, your hands are just as exposed to harsh environmental elements as your face. Protect them from dehydration, discoloration and photo-aging and brighten and protect your skin with Erno Laszlo’s intensive UV hand cream.
Price: $68, Available at

Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner with SPF 15
You just spent all this money on the perfect sun kissed highlights, can’t hide your head under a hat.  So shield your hair and scalp with a leave-in conditioner that delivers full protection with a non-greasy, natural finish. Its Moroccan argan oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5, hydrates hair and tames frizz without weighing it down while the built-in SPF sunscreen protects hair color and texture and scalp sunburn.
Price: $26, Available at

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