Forget everything you know about sunscreen. The science of blocking rays has seen countless innovations over the years, from using earth-friendly ingredients to easier application methods. The best development? Formulas you won’t hate.
“The complaint I used to get from men was that they’re too goopy or they smell too cosmetic,” says Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, a Toronto-based dermatologist and the author of Beyond Soap. “Let’s face it — hairy men don’t like the goopy ones, so the sprays are great for them,” she says, pointing to other new offerings like gels, sticks, and sport-specific formulas as alternate options.
If you need more convincing, wearing sunscreen on a daily basis not only helps prevent skin cancer, it also keeps you looking young. A 2013 study from Australia found that those who wore sunscreen every day had 24 per cent less skin aging. So find a formula you like, incorporate it into your daily routine and stick with it, because as Dr. Skotnicki says, “There’s really no excuse not to wear sunscreen.”
1. American Crew All-In-One Face Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Designed to soothe skin post-shave, this SPF-enriched hydrator energizes, moisturizes, and prevents ingrown hairs.
2. Live Clean Sport Mineral Sunscreen
Non-whitening, non-greasy, and water-resistant, this broad-spectrum sun protection is made with 98 per cent naturally derived ingredients and is certified reef-safe.
3. Clinique for Men UV Defense SPF 50
This sunscreen is lightweight and oil free, making it easy to forget you’re even wearing it.
4. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Mint SPF 25
Yes, your lips also need protection. This minty balm conditions while it blocks rays.
5. Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce
Made for outdoor action, this invisible sunscreen actually gets stronger when exposed to water and, miraculously, transforms odour from perspiration into something more tolerable.
6. Coppertone Clearly Sheer Whipped Sunscreen
This innovative whipped formula from legendary sun-care brand Coppertone is a lightweight option for the lotion-averse.
7. Sun Bum Signature SPF 50
This mineral-based sunscreen is designed for sunscreen haters — it’s non-greasy and won’t bleed in water or when you sweat. And without any harmful Oxybenzone, it’s reef-friendly, too.