This is an all-round excellent product. With a unique “pina colada” scent that is sweet without being overpowering, it’s a delight to apply, a process made much easier by the spray applicator that means the sunscreen is quickly absorbed into the skin. It also lasts a surprisingly long amount of time considering its applicator and feels soft and nourishing when applied to the skin.
Given the dreary few weeks we’ve had so far this summer, sunshine might well be the last thing on your mind. But fear not: warmer climes are predicted, which means it’s time to start thinking about protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh glares.
You might think it’s simply your face that needs daily protection, and that body sunscreen is reserved for afternoons spent lazing around on a sunbed. But you would be wrong. The British Skin Foundation advises wearing sunscreen on all areas of skin exposed to the sun.
“A waterproof sunscreen is better, even if you are not swimming, as it protects you better if you sweat,” the organisation advises, adding that you should always apply the sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside, and at least every two hours.
“If you swim or sweat a lot, use it more often,” it adds. “Remember using a towel or lying back on a fabric sunbed can rub the sunscreen off.” It’s also best to avoid the midday sun when possible, as this is when the sun will be at its strongest.
A quick recap: SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and refers to the level of protection against UVB radiation, linked to skin cancer. Ideally, you should look for a four or five-star UVA rating on the bottle. As for how to go about choosing the right sunscreen for you, there are plenty of factors to consider, depending on what you’re looking for – and what specific benefits you’d like from your product. Here is our pick of the best body sunscreens.
How we tested
To help you find the best solution for sun cream for your body, we’ve spent weeks putting different variations to the test. We’ve taken differing budgets into account as well as different skin types and added benefits, from water resistance to how well it repels insects. These are our top-rated picks.
The best body sunscreens for 2023 are:
- Best body sunscreen overall: Coola classic body organic sunscreen spray: £26.95, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for sensitive skin: Garnier ambre solaire sensitive advanced hypoallergenic protection lotion, SPF 50: £8, Amazon.co.uk
- Best waterproof sunscreen: Bali Body hydrating body sunscreen, SPF50: £19.95, Sephora.co.uk
- Best for dry skin: Vichy capital soleil solar protective water enhanced tan: £15.60, Boots.com
- Best budget-friendly sunscreen: Bondi Sands SPF50+ fragrance free body lotion: £7.99, Boots.com