Rider’s Request: Best Sunscreen?
We’re about to state the obvious: Equestrians spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether you’re hacking, showing, or cheering on a friend—you’re constantly being exposed to the sun’s rays—and at risk of getting a sunburn, premature aging, or even skin cancer. And that brings us to state something even more obvious: Sunscreen is key to keeping your skin healthy and dewy both in and out of the ring.
But not all sunscreens are created equal: When it comes to picking from the array of brightly colored bottles, you’ll want to find a broad spectrum mineral sunscreen—these formulas contain active mineral ingredients that act as a shield to block the sun’s UVA and UVB rays (a chemical sunscreen absorbs the sun’s rays and is made of irritating chemicals that can cause a negative reaction on your skin). Below, a few of our favorites.
FOR YOUR FACE
This primer-meets-sunscreen is a total multitasker—the noncomedogenic (aka non-clogging) formula is great for protecting all skin types from UVA and UVB rays, and also preps skin for a smoother makeup application in one easy step. But don’t think it’s just for wearing under makeup—the brilliant fragrance-free formula is easily absorbed, leaving skin feeling smooth and protected, regardless of the next step in your beauty routine.
BAREMINERALS Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily Prep Lotion (here)
FOR YOUR BODY
Skip the gnarly rider’s tan and opt broad-spectrum protection on all exposed body parts—including your hands, which are one of the first parts of your body to show age. We love to Kiehl’s Sun Activated Mineral sunscreen because it’s formulated for sensitive skin—it isn’t greasy or heavy, but instead smoothing it on skin feels hydrating, and it’s sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Kiehl’s Sun Activated Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 (here)
FOR YOUR HORSE
Your horse spends just as much time outdoors as you do—so protecting its skin is just as important. (Quick rule of thumb: The lighter your horse is, the more likely he or she is to get burnt.) Apply something gentle yet effective—we like Coppertone Waterbabies cream SPF50 for muzzle, and the spray version for the rest of the body—every time you re-up your own sunscreen.
Coppertone Waterbabies cream SPF50 (here)