16 Effective Sunscreens That Will Leave You With Money to Burn

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SUN SAFETY

Sunscreen should be worn year-round as part of an everyday routine, not just on hot, sunny days or at the beach -- and most people don't use enough. Dermatologists recommend a full ounce for an average adult in a bathing suit, applied every two hours, as well as after swimming or vigorous exercise. Given how much sunscreen is required, stocking up on low-cost lotion can be a big money saver. Cheapism.com scoured user reviews and expert recommendations online to find inexpensive and midrange sunscreens that meet minimum SPF standards (at least 30), are rated water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and offer "broad spectrum" protection from two types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA, linked to skin aging and cancer, and UVB, which causes sunburn.

Gina Briles contributed to this report.

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EQUATE ULTRA PROTECTION SPF 50

Price: $7.50 for 16 ounces | Buy it from Walmart
Although there are some complaints of oily residue or tackiness for this store-brand sunscreen, consumers appreciate that it provides reliable protection at a startlingly cheap price.

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NO-AD SPORT SPF 50

Price: $9 for 16 ounces | Buy it from Walmart
This is one of Cheapism's picks for best cheap sunscreen. No-Ad may not be as well-known as some brands, but it's a veteran with more than 50 years on the market. As the name suggests, the company doesn't advertise, which helps keep costs low.

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PURE SUN DEFENSE SPF 50

Price: $5 for 8 ounces | Buy it from Kmart
Kids like the princesses, superheroes, and other fun characters on the packaging. Experts and consumers like the easy application, mild scent, and effective protection against UV rays.

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EQUATE BABY SUNSCREEN SPF 50

Price: $5 for 8 ounces | Buy it at Walmart
Sunscreen should be avoided for children under the age of six months (instead, keep them in the shade), but older babies and children can benefit from a moisturizing sunscreen such as this store brand.

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BANANA BOAT SPORT SPF 50

Price: $7 for 8 ounces | Buy it at Walmart
This offering provides SPF 50 coverage and promises a non-greasy lotion that won't run into eyes.

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SMART SENSE SPORT SUNSCREEN SPF 50

Price: $7.50 for 8 ounces | Buy it at Kmart
This 50 SPF store-brand sunscreen features moisturizing vitamin E and a non-greasy formula.

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AUSTRALIAN GOLD SUNSCREEN SPF 30

Price: $8 for 8 ounces | Buy it at Walmart
This SPF 30 sunscreen is relatively inexpensive and includes natural sunflower oils that help condition the skin while protecting from the sun.

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HAWAIIAN TROPIC SHEER TOUCH SUNSCREEN LOTION SPF 30

Price: $8 for 8 ounces | Buy it at Walmart
Oil-free and with additions such as vitamins C and E, mango fruit, and shea butter, this SPF 30 lotion leaves the skin soft.

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OCEAN POTION PROTECT AND NOURISH SPF 30

Price: $8 for 8 ounces | Buy it at Walgreens
This is a non-greasy formula with vitamins A, C, and E and plant extracts for moisturizing and anti-aging. Online reviews praise it for being gentle on sensitive skin and light enough to use daily.

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BANANA BOAT BABY SPF 50

Price: $9 for 8 ounces | Buy it on CVS.com
This hypoallergenic formula is tear-free, fragrance-free, and PABA-free, with SPF 50 sun protection for little ones. Adult reviewers say they love to use it alongside their children.

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NEUTROGENA BEACH DEFENSE SUNSCREEN BODY LOTION SPF 30

Price: $8 for 6.7 ounces | Buy it at Target
This lotion protects from excessive water exposure as well as from the sun.

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ALBA BOTANICA VERY EMOLLIENT SPORT SUNSCREEN SPF 45

Price: $5.50 for 4 ounces | Buy it on Jet.com
This mineral sunscreen is reef-safe and contains 100 percent vegetarian ingredients. What it doesn't include are parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances.

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BABYGANICS MINERAL-BASED SUNSCREEN SPF 50+

Price: $9 for 6 ounces | Buy it at Target
Designed primarily to protect the sensitive skin of babies and children, this thick lotion eschews chemicals, parabens, PABA, and fragrances, relying on the active ingredients zinc oxide and titanium oxide to ward off damaging rays. Perhaps the best thing about this mineral-based product is its relatively affordable price.

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COPPERTONE CLEARLY SHEER SPF 50

Price: $8 for 5 ounces | Buy it at Walmart
This lightweight, breathable lotion won't clog pores and leaves skin soft and smooth, reviewers say.

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AVEENO BABY CONTINUOUS PROTECTION SPF 55

Price: $9.50 for 4 ounces | Buy it at Kmart
This sunscreen features fragrance-free skin protectant for little ones -- and anyone else with delicate or sensitive skin. It contains soothing oatmeal that helps promote soft and healthy skin.

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OCEAN POTION FACE OPTION SPF 45

Price: $3 for an ounce | Buy it at Walmart
This tub is geared toward use on the face, lips, nose, and ears. Although it may seem a little pricey, a little goes a long way.