If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
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Sun Bum 50+ Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion
Available at Nordstrom's, Ulta and other department stores, or online at amazon.com or trustthebum.com; $16 for 8 ounces
"Non-greasy lotion goes on smooth and won't wear off even during the most strenuous outdoor activities"
Michelle says: Do you want to know the true test of a sunscreen lotion? You head to Palm Springs, Calif., in late June, smack in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave. Yep, I was there when the brutal temperatures were hitting as high as 123 degrees. I shared some of my 50+ SPF Sun Bum lotion with a fair blonde and an olive-skinned brunette, both who of whom were willing to slather it on and brave the elements. We loved this product and its coconut scent! No one got singed or even pink in the triple-digit inferno as we stepped outside to jump into the pool. This lotion is also waterproof and sweat-proof, which means you don't have to keep reapplying. It soaks in quickly and doesn't leave a sticky residue - a problem with a lot of sunscreens. Other pluses: It's paraben-free, infused with vitamin E and comes with a stamp of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation. It may be a little pricier than other lotions, but it's definitely worth the investment.
Michelle Bearden, 57, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and WFLA-TV.
SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50
Available at several spas in the Tampa area, including The Grand Beauty Spa and Red Bamboo Medi Spa (find a list at www.skinceuticals.com/_us/_en/members/locate_professional.aspx); online at skinceuticals.com, skinstore.com, amazon.com; $40 for 3 ounces
"This sunscreen increases skin's resistance to UV and heat stress and protects collagen from UV damage."
Wendy says: I'm a big fan of this paraben-free, oxybenzone-free sunscreen. Gone are the days when I step outside without sunscreen, but it can be hard to find one that is effective without feeling greasy or like it is smothering the skin. SkinCeuticals goes on light and works. I've worn it on my face with and without makeup, and it is always effective. It proved itself recently during a full day at the beach. I used SkinCeuticals on my face, and another sunscreen on my body. My face, which is prone to burning, was protected all day. Other areas of my body didn't fare as well. The maker says the Sport UV Defense is water resistant for 80 minutes and has been proved effective by marathon runners. My one criticism is the scent, which is a bit medicinal. But that's a small tradeoff for reliable skin protection.
Wendy M. Whitt, 46, is a freelance writer and editor.
Peter Lamas Sheer Zinc Moisturizer SPF 30
Available online at peterlamas.com and amazon.com; $44 to $60 for 1 ounce
Clarisa says: Too much sun worshipping as a teen, followed by a bout with melasma after the birth of my oldest child 11 years ago, has left me serious about wearing sunscreen - every day. I'm willing to spend more on sunscreen so my face doesn't get too greasy or pale from that dreaded white film. Peter Lamas Moisturizer scores high in my book. I initially was worried about the thickness because of the zinc oxide. As long as I mixed it in well and let it dry a few minutes before applying makeup, I had no problems and appreciated the extra coverage, especially in the summer when you can burn just walking across a parking lot. I also tested it during some extremely sweaty runs. Verdict: no redness and no dripping into my eyes. The moisturizer is also all natural and has grape stem cells and photosomes, said to repair damage caused by UV damage.
Clarisa Grelach, 41, is a TBO.com news editor.
Bull Frog WaterArmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50
Available at Walgreens, Target, CVS and Wal-Mart; $10.99 for 6 ounces
"Cools and refreshes overheated skin on contact with soothing menthyl lactate. Replenishes sun-parched skin with a sheer layer of weightless moisture."
Kim says: Bull Frog's WaterArmor Sport InstaCool comes in a close second to my top sunscreen of all time: Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock. It has a lot of the same great features, including a continuous spray that cools the skin, and it is water and sweat resistant. And it did a fine job with sun protection. But ... it just doesn't smell as pleasant as the Neutrogena sunscreen. The scent isn't bad, but it isn't good. And the spray isn't quite as cool going on. Those are my two favorite things about the Neutrogena spray! So, yes, I used up the whole bottle of Bull Frog, but now I'm back to my Neutrogena.
Kim Franke-Folstad, 54, is the editor of 4you.