Summertime is all about enjoying fun in the sun — as long as you’re doing it safely! If you’re out and about this summer, particularly during the peak sunny hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m., it’s critical you take care to seek sun protection in the form of shade and sunscreen.
But how do you block out harmful rays without spending an arm and a leg on sunglasses or a sun shade? It’s actually not that difficult to find products that will help you stay safe in the sun on a budget. In fact, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite, affordable ways to enjoy the warm weather right here!
1. Neutrogena® Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $9.99 at Target
One of the most obvious ways to stay safe in the sun is to apply sunscreen, like this broad spectrum spray-on sunscreen by Neutrogena®. But keep in mind, sunscreen is only as effective as the person putting it on.
First, ensure you’ve picked a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection — many sunscreens only protect against UVB rays; you’ll want one that covers both UVA and UVB.
Second, your sunscreen should ideally be at least SPF 30. Finally, make sure you apply it every two hours, or more frequently if you’re sweating, swimming, or drying off with a towel.
2. Epic Eyewear Retro Hiphop Legend UV400 Oversized Square Frame Sunglasses, $12.99 at Overstock
Yes, sunglasses help keep you from squinting in the sun, but they also help protect your eyes! Just as spending too much time in the sun ages your skin, exposing your eyes also prematurely ages your cornea, potentially leading to eye diseases.
Polarized sunglasses aren’t enough. Look for sunglasses that offer full UVA and UVB protection — they’ll be marked with a UV400 rating. You may also want to consider a wraparound style to keep excess light from seeping in.
The good news? You can easily find tons of great styles for the whole family at great prices at retailers like O.co!
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3. Pure Garden 10-Foot Offset Aluminum Hanging Patio Umbrella, $129.99 at Home Depot
Your safest bet after a few hours in the sun isn’t to apply more sunscreen, it’s to seek shade. If you still want the enjoy the warm weather without risking your health, make sure your patio has an umbrella handy (it’s also helpful if it starts to drizzle!).
While many patio dining sets can be adapted to use an umbrella, you may want to opt for one with a movable stand like this 10-foot umbrella from Home Depot. This way you can easily relocate the umbrella to block the sun at any time of day, whether over a conversation set or where the kids are playing.
4. Cabela's Women's Triune Pants with 4MOST UPF™, $34.99 at Cabela's
What you wear is just as important as what you put on your skin. Many performance clothing brands are now indicating a UV Protection Factor (UPF) to help you select items that will block out the sun, like this pair of comfy pants from Cabela’s.
In general, opt for darker colors, tightly woven fabrics, and full-length tops and pants. If you’re worried about overheating, seek out items made from moisture-wicking materials to stay dry and fresh.
5. Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 50 Sunscreen Lip Balm, $1.99 at Kmart
Even if you’re diligent about applying sunscreen, you may have forgotten about your lips! Just like the rest of your epidermis, failing to protect your lips puts you at a higher risk for skin cancer, never mind the fact they’ll also age more quickly thanks to sun exposure.
Want a moisturized, pretty pucker years from now? Invest in a lip balm loaded with SPF protection, like this water-resistant option from Banana Boat®. You can still layer it with your favorite lip color products — just apply it as a base and then pair with a lipstick or gloss.
6. Toddler Boy Carter's Lobster Rashguard Swim Set, $24 at Kohl's
Longer sleeves will naturally block out more sun, so consider investing in rash guards for the whole family if you love to spend time by the water.
They’re specifically designed to get wet and perform just like a regular swimsuit in the water, but the tightly woven fabric helps block out more harmful UV rays and is a great, sunscreen-free solution for squirmy little ones.
Not only will the kids look super stylish in this lobster-print set, this rash guard also helps protect against bumps and scratches poolside, on the beach, and in the water.
7. SwimWays Spring Float with Canopy, $49.98 at Sears
It can be tempting to think that when you’re chilling out in the pool, that you’re avoiding the sun’s reach. But water can actually reflect more sun onto your skin (plus wear down your sunscreen), so it’s super important you can find some shade out on the waves.
This comfortable recliner float features an adjustable canopy to keep the sun out of your eyes. Bonus: It also comes with a cup holder and comfortable back rest!
8. Nine West Packable Super Floppy Hat, $29.99 at Macy's
A sun hat is a summer fashion essential — not only for looking good, but for staying safe! While a baseball cap provides shade for the face, it fails to protect the neck and ears, which are both prone to burning.
Instead, look for a hat that offers at least two to three inches of coverage to protect your eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. This ultra floppy hat is an excellent pick because it’s easily toteable and won’t lose its shape — just tuck it in your beach bag or suitcase and put it on when the sun hits the skies.
9. TRESemme Climate Control Climate Protection Finishing Spray, $4 at Kmart
You probably already know that spending time in the sun can fry your locks, fading your color and giving you dry, straw-like tresses by summers’ end. The trick is to invest in a multi-tasking product that both gives you the style you want and protects against the elements.
10. BDK Beach SunShade Royal Palm Beach Folding Accordion with Static Cling Sun Shade, $26.99 at Overstock
Many people feel that because their daily “outdoor time” basically consists of driving to work and entering a building, they’re safe from the sun. But ongoing, prolonged exposure to the sun can still have an effect — even more so if you’ve got a long commute or are going on a road trip this summer.
These sun shades are great for blocking out UV rays, particularly in the backseat for the kids. Use the larger sun shade to keep the sun from roasting your seats on particular hot days.
11. Toddler Girls' Zebra Coverup and One Piece, $26.99 at Target
Little ones are some of those most sensitive to the sun, so be sure to pay extra attention to keeping them safe.
Apart from regularly applying sunscreen, make sure they slip into a coverup when they’re not splashing around. Target has a range of cute combinations of swimsuits and coverups that will make them feel like they’re simply completing their outfit, instead of hiding from the sun.
12. Picnic Time Portable Umbrella, $36.99 at Kohl's
Packing up for a day at the beach or the park? Be sure to tote along an umbrella to provide some shade from the blazing heat.
Look for one with a handy travel bag to make it easy to bring with you or leave in the car for any impromptu outdoor excursions. This sturdy aluminum and fiberglass option can be set up by anyone in the family and easily holds its ground in both sand and soil.
13. Ergodyne Chill-Its 6650 High Performance Hat with Neck Shade, $18.82 at Sears
If you spend loads of time in the sun, a shade hat may be required to keep the sun’s rays and heat at bay.
These hats resemble baseball caps, but come a built-in panel to protect the neck (you can also try a DIY version by tucking a bandanna under another any hat you own). If you’re buying a shade cap, look for one in a moisture-wicking fabric to help keep sweat at bay.
14. Dreambaby Strollerbuddy Extenda-Shade, $32.99 at Overstock
If you’re pushing the baby around this summer, be sure to keep them out of the sun! This convenient sun shade can be attached to any small stroller, but is totally portable and can be stashed away when not in use.
Available in a range of fun colors and prints, this canopy serves up UPF 50+ protection, which is one of the safest ratings a UPF product can provide.
15. Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $35 at Macy's
Even when it clouds over and starts to rain, the sun’s rays are still reaching down. Make sun protection a total no brainer by incorporating it into your beauty routine.
More and more beauty brands are offering SPF products. Like with sunscreen, opt for one with broad spectrum protection and a high SPF rating, like this compact from Clinique. Remember, a cosmetic product isn’t a substitute for sunscreen if you’re spending a long time outdoors — use this fluid makeup as a base and layer on sunscreen throughout the day.life / How to Stay Safe in the Sun On a Budget