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Moisturizing from head-to-toe is important. Applying sunscreen is important. So why not combine the two and lighten up your beauty routine? “Using a body lotion with SPF hydrates your skin and provides sun protection in one simple step,” says Dr. Marie Hayag, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Fifth Avenue Aesthetics.
With a variety of lotions out there, Dr. Hayag suggests finding a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB lotion with a high SPF. “The higher the SPF, the better. There is no such thing as a maximum SPF,” she says. However, it’s important to remember that the efficacy of your SPF depends on how well you apply it. “A shot glass amount is ideal for your body, and it should be applied every two hours, especially if you’re outdoors.”
With that golden rule in mind, explore our picks for the best body lotions with SPF below.
Best Overall: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil SPF 45 Body Butter
Slather on this best-selling body butter with a broad-spectrum twist. Infused with their iconic 100% pure argan oil, this lotion truly feels luxurious on the skin. And the SPF 45 is just the icing on the cake.
A cocktail of aloe vera, chamomile extracts, and antioxidants make this body lotion the perfect go-to. Byrdie contributing writer Joline Buscemi loved the value of the product when she tested it—it’s a whopping 32 ounces and comes with a handy pump for easy application.
Give dry, itchy skin some relief with this weightless formula that seeps right into your skin. With broad spectrum SPF 15, it acts as a shield against sun damage—just remember to apply liberally throughout the day for total protection.
Reviewers love how this formula glides right on, without that oily or sticky feel. With a combo of hydrating vitamin B5 and broad-spectrum SPF 15, it’s the perfect addition to your daily skincare routine.
A mineral sunscreen that doesn’t irritate your skin? A godsend. “The formula contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for sun protection, and ceramides and hyaluronic acid for hydration,” says Dr. Hayag. Even better, it feels lightweight on the skin and absorbs quickly.
Hands down, the high SPF 40 is the best anti-ager in this formula. However, it also features a slew of ingredients to keep your skin bright and tight—like fatty-acid-enriched sea buckthorn, argan oil, and meadowfoam seed oil. And we can’t forget to call out the rich, creamy texture, which makes the application feel like a spa moment.
Soothing colloidal oatmeal not only replenishes moisture without irritation, but it also works to protect the skin with a barrier that locks that moisture in. Plus, there is no added fragrance, so it’s perfect for those with sensitive noses.
Best Reef-Safe: Unsun Cosmetics Body Lotion Sunscreen SPF 15
This silky body lotion is great for your skin and the environment. Its formula is reef-safe, meaning it doesn't contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have both been shown to cause harm to coral reefs. Instead, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide broad-spectrum SPF 15 protection while shea butter and green tea leaf extract nourish the skin. It's also cruelty-free and doesn't contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or artificial fragrances.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find the number of body lotions with SPF from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses needed to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will evaluate the product ASAP.