Jeff Dengate is the author.
Every ride, regardless of the season or weather, requires sunscreen. This is especially true in the summer, when the sun’s UVB rays are particularly strong and increase your likelihood of getting a sunburned significantly. Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey, director Jeanine B. Downie, M.D. says, “You need to apply sunscreen before your run but you also need to be diligent about reapplication while you’re outdoors.” Downie recommends that cyclists reapply their sunscreen every hour instead of every two hours. If you’re planning a long ride, make sure to pack sunscreen, or plan your route so that you can return home at the end. And if your skin is oily or your eyes sting, these professional tips can help: Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Centers in New York City, recommends looking for oil-free, water-resistant, or fragrance-free formulas to avoid stinging, and applying it an hour before heading outside to allow it to fully absorb. She prefers powdered sunscreens because they stick better to the skin and are better at absorbing sweat. SPF 30 or higher is recommended by both Downie and Engelman. What Methods Did We Use?
Every sunscreen on this list was thoroughly evaluated and tested by a team of more than a dozen editors. We conduct extensive market research, speak with product managers, and test out the sunscreens ourselves to come up with the best options. On sunny, hot days as well as overcast afternoons, our team of experienced testers applied them with enough time to dry as well as slathered some on right before heading out the door to test their efficacy. For this list of sunscreens, we looked at their performance, price, protection, smell, value, and application ease and convenience.
These sunscreens will protect your skin from head to toe, so grab one or more of them today.