Whether the destination is the rocky shores of Montauk or the Aeolian Islands’ secluded seas, a peek inside the summer-escape luggage of swimsuit designers the world around will reveal a treasure trove of maillots fit for every occasion: the itsy-bitsy bikini, the surf-proof one-piece, the shore-to-street bandeau… and, of course, their SPFs are as carefully considered.
Take it from Mikoh’s Oleema Miller, who says, “It’s by far the most important part of my beauty and beach routine—and a daily essential.” Luckily, she adds, there’s now a wealth of ray-fighting formulas to choose from: “Natural, plant-based, chemical-free, or those extra-potent ones for long days in the sun . . . . ”
Here, 10 women who have managed to seamlessly merge sand and style sound off on the best sunscreens to stock up on before your next beach day, from a rosy lip balm to a coconut-scented cream that doubles as one stylist’s secret hair weapon.
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“I love Piz Buin’s brown bottle [sunscreen]. It’s got such a nostalgic look and smell, and reminds me of holidays with my parents. All my siblings and I are very fair-skinned, so sun cream was a huge feature, or we ended up looking like lobsters.”