Stylish New Sun Care

Whether in cans, sticks or tubes, formulations and packaging are more attractive than ever.

By Jamie Matusow, Editor-in-Chief 07.05.17

Sun Care has entered a new dimension, it seems, is taking packaging cues from its Skin Care and Personal Care cousins. An extensive selection of products is available this season, and the deco effects on many of the items make them beach bag-worthy of attention.

Most important, consumers, especially outdoorsy types and beach-goers have gotten the message loud and clear: Sun protection is essential to avoiding negative effects that can be caused by sun exposure.

Dr. Julie Karen, a dermatologist and paid sponsor of Edgewell Personal Care, says, “I always stress the importance of wearing sunscreen every day, rain or shine, but it’s especially important if you are going to be spending several hours in the sun. Skin cancer is extremely common; over the past thirty years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined so it’s crucial to stay protected. You need to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming, sweating or toweling off. I always tell my patients to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.”

Two products Dr. Karen recommends are from Banana Boat, which she says has “a ton of great options for the whole family.” Two of their new products are Dry Balance Sunscreen and Kids Sport Sunscreen with PowerStay Technology.

See the following sunscreen products in the slideshow above.

Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion

Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion is described as a solution to sticky sunscreen, so re-application isn’t a greasy chore. The lightweight, non-greasy formula provides safe and effective UVA/UVB protection and has water-resistant formula for up to 80 minutes that keeps you protected from the sun while feeling dry and fresh, so you can enjoy your day – no matter where you are.

Banana Boat’s Kids Sport Sunscreen Lotion

Everyone knows how difficult it is to get kids to hold still for sunscreen application—especially when they’re at the beach or pool. Banana Boat’s Kids Sport Sunscreen Lotion and Lotion Spray with PowerStay Technology is meant to ease the friction. The mild, tear-free and sting-free formula provides safe and effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is water-resistant (up to 80 minutes).

Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Mineral Sunscreen Spray

Sun care packaging never looked so pretty, as it does with a new line of products from Pacifica. Not to mention that it also combines skin care and probiotics. Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, part of a collection for lips and face, is an SPF mineral-based spray that offers UVA and UVB protection, and was inspired by founder Brook Harvey-Taylor’s family’s passion for surfing and sun protection.

Coola's Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum

Coola lets you flaunt a tan without any sun exposure at all. The brand’s organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum features a potent blend of Argan Oil, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and plant stem cell cultures designed to leave skin feeling smooth, hydrated and glowing. The streak-free and transfer-free gradual tan product lasts up to 3 days and is great for use alone or added to your everyday face moisturizer.

Coola’s Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick

Coola’s Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 is a non-nano, zinc oxide formula with plant-derived antioxidants. It offers 80 minutes of water resistance, and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection—all in an easy-to-use stick. Enriched with reparative sea kelp extract, moisturizing coconut, avocado oil, and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, this 70% organic formula makes application a breeze.

Bare Republic SPF30 Clearscreen Sport Spray

Bare Republic SPF30 Clearscreen Sport Spray is a transparent, vegan, plant-infused protective formulation that shields skin from harmful UV rays. It’s water resistant up to 80 minutes, and the spray offers maximum protection with minimal mess. It is suitable for use by the whole family. The graphic elements on the can depict sun and water in a modern way.

Alba Botanica’s Cool Sport Spray

Alba Botanica’s Cool Sport Spray SPF 50 touts that it offers lightweight, non-greasy protection, with a quick-dry mist cool that cools and refreshes skin as it sprays on. The brand says the product offers durable broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, and is water resistant & sweat resistant for active use. The biodegradable, gluten-free formula, which contains no parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or artificial colors, is cruelty-free and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Jurlique Sun Specialist SPF40 High Protection Cream

Jurlique Sun Specialist SPF40 High Protection Cream PA+++ is a rich cream that combines UVA and UVB sunscreen ingredient technology with new Superberry Complex, a fruit extract blend that delivers essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to condition and protect the skin from the effects of environmental aggressors. Inca Inchi Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and a special blend of natural emollients and Shea Butter helpsz to maintain optimum skin moisturization during sun exposure for skin that looks and feels protected, hydrated and smooth.

Jurlique Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner

If you prefer a tan without the sun, Jurlique Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner is “a lightweight, non-streaky formula is designed to provide multi-benefits of a natural, golden sunless tan, protection from environmental aggressors and intense hydration.” The formulation sounds like a summer smoothie: Sweet Orange fruit extract and a new Superberry Complex, a fruit extract blend that delivers essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to protect and condition the skin “from the effects of environmental aggressors.” Safflower Seed Oil helps to deeply hydrate.

Coppertone's "assurance assessment"

Whatever the packaging and the formulation, what counts in sun care is the protection level. Coppertone, whose name has been synonymous with sun care for decades, recently commissioned an independent "assurance assessment," designed to provide consumers with greater confidence when choosing sunscreen. Bayer, the company behind Coppertone, asked AccountAbility, a trusted, worldwide consulting and standards firm, to undertake an independent assurance assessment of 10 of its top-selling Coppertone products in the U.S., and then make the report available to the public.

Bayer gave the external assurance provider access to the facilities, records and people necessary to conduct its assessment, including: processes, systems, controls, performance data, principles and internal guidelines; testing and performance guidelines developed and enforced in accordance with U.S. regulations; quality assurance processes and systems developed and enforced for packaging and labeling; Bayer's processes, controls and performance guidelines used to manage their suppliers; and 10 different products, including lotions, sprays, sticks and its new "Whipped" sunscreens.

The independent assurance assessment concluded that the Bayer products comply with internal and all applicable external guidelines to ensure the labeling accuracy of Coppertone products, accurately test and implement quality assurance procedures, and are found to comply with quality, safety and efficacy requirements.

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