There are probably 100 different sunscreens available at drugstores, but of those 100, there’s only a few I would bother buying. I firmly believe Zinc Oxide is the best sunscreen ingredient, and there are almost no drugstore sunscreens that contain decent levels of Zinc Oxide.
Blue Lizard is the only drugstore brand I currently buy. They have a few different products, and the Zinc Oxide ranges from 6%-10%, which isn’t spectacular, but it’s the highest concentration of Zinc Oxide I’ve seen in a drugstore brand.
Blue Lizard Sport SPF 30+
This is what I’ve been using for the past year as a sunscreen for my body. It’s Very Water Resistant, so it’s good if you’re going to be outside sweating, or going to the beach or pool. It has 6% Zinc Oxide, and other chemical sunscreen ingredients (Octinoxate, Octocrylene, and Oxybenzone). I personally like water resistant sunscreens, since it gets sooo hot in the summer here, and I end up sweating the second I leave the house. Their Regular sunscreen is the same as the Sport, but it’s not water resistant.
Blue Lizard Sensitive SPF 30+
I just picked this sunscreen up today. I hadn’t seen it on the shelves until recently, or I would have grabbed it a long time ago. It’s not water resistant unfortunately, but it has 10% Zinc Oxide, and 5% Titanium Dioxide. This is great for people that have sensitive skin and can’t handle chemical sunscreen ingredients. It’s also good for children 6 months and older. This sunscreen appears to have the exact same ingredients as their Baby version. I’ll probably use this every day, but if it comes off when I sweat, I’ll go back to the Sport version.
While I’ve been obsessed with sunscreens that have the highest percentage of Zinc Oxide possible, as well as super high SPFs, I am satisfied with the Blue Lizard sunscreens because they are affordable (they cost about the same as regular drugstore sunscreens, or maybe a few dollars more) and they offer adequate sun protection. The good thing about cheaper sunscreens is that people tend to use the proper amount of sunscreen because the cost isn’t outrageous. When I use expensive sunscreens, I get stingy with my application and probably don’t use as much as I should.
The bad thing about Blue Lizard
I personally wouldn’t use Blue Lizard on my face. It contains pore clogging ingredients, and even their new Face sunscreen has pore cloggers. If you are not prone to acne at all, using it on your face should be fine. If you are prone to acne on your body, this sunscreen could also pose a problem, so be aware of this issue I haven’t ever tried it on my face, so I don’t know if the product leaves a white cast at all, and I don’t know how it looks under makeup. On my body, I don’t really notice a white cast. For my face, I use these sunscreens.
This sunscreen doesn’t smell like coconuts (which I personally love). The Sensitive version has no fragrance (great for people that are allergic to fragrance), and the Sport has a very faint, yet pleasant scent.
Where to find Blue Lizard
You can buy it online at Drugstore.com. I picked up mine at CVS, and according to the Blue Lizard website, other retailers that carry it include: Rite Aid, Ecker, Stop & Shop, Longs, Ralphs, Duane Reade, Kroger, and a few other stores. On Drugstore.com, you can get a 5 ounce bottle for the same price as the 3 ounce bottle (about $9.50). It’s too bad it’s not sold at Target, Wal-Mart, or Kmart. Also check out my review of Vanicream sunscreen.