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You Asked: Sunscreen for Sports

Dear FitSugar,

I am a fair skinned girl who really enjoys her outdoor sports. I also am a
very sweaty fair skinned girl and have noticed that most sunscreens do not
keep up with me. I apply at least 30 minutes before going outside but
still often end up with a mild burn.

Can you recommend a sunscreen with real lasting strength? I love a tan
but I love my skin more.

Ahhhh....a fair skinned athlete after my own heart - she "loves her skin more" than a tan. Well for this scenario, I highly recommend Water Babies by Coppertone.

I discovered this sunscreen in my quest for a sunscreen for my two fair skinned, active daughters. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays, plus it is SPF 50. Since the lotion was formulated for kids it is hypoallergenic, gentle and moisturizing. It is also PABA free (one of the chemicals you want to avoid). Plus it provides instant waterproof protection.

It is thick and can be difficult to rub in completely, so it leaves a little white aura about your skin, but the sunscreen stays put long periods of time. I would not, however, use this sunscreen on my face since it is not labeled "non comedogenic" so it will clog your pores. I am just really particular about what I put on my face. Water Babies can also sting your eyes so I like to just steer clear of that area.

Look for it at you local drugstore or buy it online from for $8.49 for an 8 ounce bottle.

Join The Conversation
boredatwork boredatwork 10 years
I like the Hawaiin Tropics Ozone sunscreen SPF 70. I can't tan, all I do is burn and this is all that works for me, for my face and all over.
mem952 mem952 10 years
I LOVE a sunscreen called Invisible Zinc. You really don't notice it once it's on, even under make-up. They have a waterproof sports sunblock now which I haven't tried but if it is anything like the every day product it could be amazing. It may be only available online outside of Australia.
queencessjosie queencessjosie 10 years
Coppertone has a line specifically for sports-players that's waterproof. It comes in 30+ SPF, but I would not suggest it. It's very sticky and annoying, and I'm sure there are alternatives like the one above. So, stay away from the one I mentioned.
colleen115 colleen115 10 years
I used to be the biggest Waterbabies fan but I decided to try to go cruelty free with all of my cosmetics. Coppertone has not yet adopted a cruelty free policy so I shopped around and found a brand called HIC spf 50. HIC does not have the cruelty free logo but I emailed them and they said they don't test on animals. The equally fantastic part is that HIC is THE BEST SPORTS SUNBLOCK EVER. It spreads easily, absorbs completely, my face looked BETTER with the HIC on than freshly washed, my skin was luminous but not shiney and the most amazing thing: NO STINGING IN EYES. I did a full cardio workout, face dripping with sweat, and never did I get any sunscreen in my eyes. It is only sunscreen ever to protect my eyes from burning 100%! The comfort level of this product is off the charts, like nothing else I have ever tried. And it works a sunblock too of course! You can see I love this product. I got it at and it was 11.99 fof 4oz. Not cheap, but it IS a superior product. Especially for face and eye area!!!!!!!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
You knwo what I love for my face? Netrogena's Braod Spectrum Sunscreen. I haev the SPF 45 and just bought the 70. I haven't been in the sun this year at all, and am giong to the Caribbean next week. I am not always spot on with the rest of my body, but I take care of my face. The sunscreen is very light and non-greasy. you can't even feel it when it is on (at least you can't the 45)
smarler smarler 10 years
Awesome! I'm exactly the same way.
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