9 Top Rated Sunscreens To Buy – All Under $9!
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What are the best sunscreens under the sun? ☀
With summer just around the corner, sunscreen is HOT on our minds, especially as more people than ever protect their skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Thanks to the helpful research conducted by Consumer Reports, we’ve rounded up the 9 top rated sunscreens to buy, and they’re all UNDER $9!
Trader Joe’s: $5.99
As if we could love Trader Joe’s even more. Their sunscreen spray has been given the highest ranking for spray sunscreen application by Consumer Reports, and for good reason! It provides UVA & UVB protection, contains skin nourishing ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, and coconut oil, and it’s water resistant! The best part? It’s only $6 a can!
“Trader Joe’s for the spray – best ever.” – Addiana via Facebook
You probably already recognize Equate as the Walmart generic brand, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s lower quality. This lotion has been rated “Excellent” for blocking UVA and UVB rays and has an enjoyable floral, citrusy aroma.
This great aerosol option offers excellent UVA and UVB protection. Its formula leaves very little residue so it won’t feel sticky or tacky – perfect for the beach! Along with this spray’s water resistance, you’ll enjoy the nice coconut and tropical fruit aroma. 🏝
“The only one I use is Banana Boat 50.” – Sharon via Facebook
Not only is this a top-recommended brand by pediatricians, it scored a 95 rating by Consumer Reports thanks to it excellent UVA/UVB coverage. Its slight baby powder and rose scent is also a nice change from common sunscreen fragrances.
Another great offering by Coppertone! This lotion slathers on the protection and is water resistant. And, unlike the lotions above, testers reported this sunscreen has a barely noticeable aroma.
Hip Tip: When looking for this in store, you might see a couple variations of the packaging since Coppertone has recently updated the look of the bottle. Both Coppertone Ultra Guard packages have the same formulation inside.
With an overall score of 93 by Consumer Reports, the Walmart generic brand offers great UVA/UVB protection sunscreen at a wallet-friendly price!
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I’m a BIG fan of Aveeno face scrubs, body wash, and lotions, so I’m thrilled this brand made the top rated list! This sunscreen has an overall Excellent rating, and in the specific category of UVB Protection, it was rated “Very Good”. This water and sweat-resistant formula is non-comedogenic and oil-free so it won’t cause blocked pores!
Equate is not a force to be reckoned with (this is the THIRD time they’ve made the list)! This spray version of their sunscreen receives its high rank from solid UVA/UVB protection (though it was rated slightly lower for UVA protection than other sprays previously listed). It also has a pleasant, beachy aroma and a wide spray application (important for antsy kids running for the sun).
The dermatologist-recommended suncare brand Neutrogena, developed this formula with beach-goers in mind. This lightweight, oil-free, and fast-absorbing spray is great for active families, and it’s perfect for easy application in sandy areas. It scored Excellent overall, with a UVA protection of “Very Good”.
Hip2Save readers LOVE the SPF 30 and the SPF 60 variations of No-Ad Sun Care because of it’s UVA/UVB protection and no-residue formula. This sunscreen wasn’t on Consumer Reports’ most recent sunscreen recommendations list but they’ve given it great reviews in the past. It’s worth giving a shot based on all of the positive reviews on Facebook!
“I love the sunscreen called “NO-AD” it works great, rubs in easily and it’s very budget friendly.” – Shannon
“The no-ad stuff is actually really good and very reasonable.” – Tonya
“No-ad… cheap but it works.” – Tara
Curious about Consumer Reports’ top sunscreen recommendation?
It’s La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk. And while it comes in at a whopping $36 for a 5 oz bottle, it’s rated 100/100 by the CR research team. It’s dermatologist tested, allergy tested, paraben-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and contains antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals. Oh, and did we mention it has superior UV protection? The only thing this lotion CAN’T do is shake the beach sand from your towel.
Note that these prices may vary by location. They are meant to be used just as a base comparison price.
What’s your favorite sunscreen?
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Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.