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Awesome Sunscreens For Around The Yard (Or Anywhere!)

The great outdoors can help you feel and stay healthy, even when it’s only your backyard. A bright, sunny day is wonderful! But if you’re going to be in the sun, you also have to protect your skin. So what are your best choices when it comes to sunscreen? 

Don’t worry; we’ve done some checking for you! We looked at a lot of brands and types to help you choose a sunscreen that will keep your skin healthy short- and long-term. 

There are a lot of options out there – most do a good job, although a few just aren’t worth it. We’ve talked elsewhere about why sunscreen is so important and how you should use it. Here, we’ll look at some of the best options around.

What We Considered

When we evaluated sunscreens, we looked at a lot of factors.

First and most importantly, we considered how good they are for you. That means they should have an SPF of at least 30. We also stuck to those between 30 and 50, since any increase in protection by higher SPFs is so minor that it’s not significant.

We also wanted to be sure that we recommended only those that have broad spectrum protection. That means they block both UVA and UVB rays.

But we went beyond these, too, for some quality of life issues.

For instance, how does the sunscreen feel? Too many have an oily sensation. We looked for something that felt smoother and more natural.

We also were concerned about the smell. No one likes an unpleasant smell or something with the odor of chemicals. Sure, not everyone will have the same taste, but we tried to stick to ones that are generally considered pleasant.

Recommended Sunscreens

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen

neutrogena 45 spf sunscreen
  • SPF: 45
  • Type of protection: Broad spectrum
  • Application: Lotion
  • Scent: Neutral

From experts in skin care, this Neutrogena product is great for sensitive skin. The white cream disappears as soon as you rub it in. 

Banana Boat Light As Air Sunscreen

banana boat light as air 50 spf sunscreen
  • SPF: 50
  • Type of protection: Broad spectrum
  • Application: Lotion
  • Scent: Fresh

It smells a bit like line-dried clothes, so it’s just natural to have that pleasant smell on your body. No greasy feeling to it, and it absorbs quickly.

Sun Bum Original Scent Sunscreen

sun bum sunscreen original scent
  • SPF: 30 
  • Type of protection: Broad spectrum
  • Application: Lotion
  • Scent: Listed as “original”; mild, pleasant

Sun Bum does a great job protecting the skin. The application is smooth, although some people find it slightly greasy. Overall, a great product with a pleasant smell!

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen

sunscreen 30 spf from Hawaiian tropic is great with no oily feel
  • SPF: 30
  • Type of protection: Broad spectrum
  • Application: Lotion
  • Scent: Mango

I love mangoes, so I was a bit partial to this variety. If you share the same taste, you’ll love it. But it’s not so overpowering to be annoying if you’re not a fan.

Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen

coppertone sport sunscreen for all ages
  • SPF: 30
  • Type of protection: Broad spectrum
  • Application: Spray
  • Scent: none

This spray sunscreen applies nicely and is clear on dry skin. If you apply it on wet skin, it might look white for a few moments before clearing.

There’s no greasy feel, and it doesn’t leave an oily trail in the water either.


As Mary Schmich wrote back in 1997, “Always wear sunscreen.” She also left a lot of other great advice to that year’s graduating class, but rightly stressed sunscreen’s importance. But since we have to do it, we should make sure we get the most useful, and most comfortable type available. We’re sure you’ll agree with our suggestions!

About Us

Tom and Sarah Greenwood are the dynamic duo behind “Yards Improved,” dedicated to the joys and challenges of gardening, pool maintenance, and lawn and patio care. With Tom’s passion for landscape design and Sarah’s enthusiastic approach to gardening, they share their journey of transforming their backyard into a thriving retreat. We strive to offer practical advice aimed at helping you enhance your outdoor space.