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Best sunscreen

What’s the best sunscreen? I’m very fair and burn very easily. I would prefer to use one that’s reef safe. 

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In this morning's paper (wsj), 50 sunscreens are tested and 6 winners and 6 runners-up are highlighted, although "reef" was not mentioned.

Sheer SPF, WSJ July 20-21 

(I tested the link and could see the article without signing in, but if it did not work when you clicked, your local library and some Starbucks should have a paper copy.) 





I just found a tinted version of Badger that is my new go to. It’s the only zinc based sunscreen that doesn’t leave me all white. 


I only trust Zinc Oxide sunscreens for my skin and for the ocean. This one is sold at REI, goes on smooth, isn’t oily, and doesn’t turn my skin white:


Badger Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 has positive qualities, such as reef safe and not absorbed by the skin into the bloodstream like some large non-mineral name brands. However, it uses non-nanoparticle zinc oxide and can be visibly seen when applied. I apply it every 1-2 hours when running in day time. Badger also has a facial stick and lip balm as well.