The Best Affordable Sunscreens for All Ages

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US with more than 3.3 million people diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Aside from staying out of the sun, one of the most effective ways to prevent skin cancer is to use broad-spectrum sun protection regularly. And by regularly, I mean year ‘round. As the summer approaches and we’re spending more time outdoors, it’s the perfect time to incorporate sun protection into your family’s daily routine. And listen, if you’re avoiding sunscreen because you’re slathering thick white cream all over yourself and your kids, I hear you, but sunscreen has come a long way. For all your SPF needs, I’ve found several affordable sunscreens that feel pleasant on the skin, are unscented/lightly scented, and are a great deal!

Garnier SkinActive SPF 30 Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

 Garnier Moisture Bomb SPF 30 is affordable

Good for all skin types, this lightweight lotion hydrates the skin while providing an SPF of 30. It is paraben-, petrolatum- and oil-free and does not leave a white residue on the skin after applying. Another key point is that you can use it alone or under your makeup or moisturizer, unlike many other sunscreens.

Get it here for $15 on Amazon.

Hint Sunscreen, SPF 30


I recently discovered this water-resistant sunscreen spray from Hint, well-known for their delicately flavored water. This is an oxybenzone-free broad spectrum sunscreen that the whole family will love – it’s available in a variety of light fruit scents, including grapefruit and pear…how could you go wrong? It has a compressed air delivery system, which means that it dries very quickly and leaves no sticky residue.

Get it here for $13.91 on Amazon.


EOS Active with Aloe SPF 30


We often forget to protect our lips with SPF, but the skin on the lips is delicate and requires attention. This petrolatum-free, spherical balm provides 80 minutes of sweat- and water-resistant protection, nourishing the lips with aloe, shea butter, and jojoba oil.

Get it here for $2.59 on Amazon.


C‘est Moi Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

c'est moi is affordableThis facial sunscreen is made for kids in the teen and tween age range who have sensitive skin. Because it’s not thick and spreads easily, kids won’t mind using it every way. It also contains soothing and nourishing ingredients, like aloe, cocoa butter, and kiwi, so parents can feel good about their kids using it.

Get it here for $14.99 on Amazon.


Babyganics Kid’s Sunscreen Continuous Spray – SPF 50


Just for kids, this broad-spectrum SPF 50+ offers water- and sweat-resistant UVA + UVB protection that is easy to apply.

Get it here for $9.79 on Amazon.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion
Neutrogena SPF

Available in SPF 30 and 50, this hydrating lotion can be used on the body and the face. It won’t clog the pores or leave an unpleasant residue. Besides that, it’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Get it here for $10.99 and up on Amazon.


Surface Sheer Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 50

SPF for the whole family

I just discovered this SPF cream from Surface. It’s lightweight, water-resistant, and Oxybenzone- & Octinoxate-free, for those who might be sensitive.

Get it here on Amazon for $14.99.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray


Available in SPF 30, 45, 70, and 100+, this water-resistant spray is practically weightless on the skin. The packaging features a new “FullReach” design, making the product easy to apply in hard to reach areas, like your back. For this reason, you won’t need any assistance in obtaining the protection you need.

Get it here for $7.49 and up on Amazon.


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