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The 2012 Beauty Awards: The Best Sun Protection Products

The best sunscreens, sunblocks, and self-tanners.

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Best Everyday Body Protector

Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($9, drugstores). The menthol and aloe extract in this nongreasy blocker make it "feel like a cool splash of water" and "great for applying during a workout," testers said. $

Runner up:

SuperGoop! SPF 40 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Day Cream for Body ($16, nordstrom.com)

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Best Everyday Face Protector

Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 Day Screen Tint ($40, clarinsusa.com). Spiked with subtle pigments to even out your tone, this formula protects skin with a gentle mineral sunscreen. "It saves time, because I don't have to wear foundation anymore," a convert said.

Runner up:

Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30 ($16, drugstores)

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Best Sweat-Proof SPF for Your Face

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunblock SPF 30 ($10, drugstores). This fragrance- and oil-free formula "is absorbed easily" and kept one reviewer protected through an afternoon baseball game. $

Runner up:

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 ($38, Sephora stores)

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Best Sweat-Proof SPF for Your Body

Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 45 Silkscreen Dry-Finish Lotion ($29, vichyusa.com). We tested this on hot beach days, reapplying after two hours, and during long runs in the sun. The verdict: It "goes on like satin," "dries in seconds," and "keeps me sunburn-free."

Runner up:

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 45+ ($12, drugstores)

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Best SPF for Your Lips

Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($5, drugstores). The cult classic gets a pout-protecting update with broad-spectrum SPF. "It's the longest-lasting balm I've ever used," a fan said. $

Runner up:

Nivea A Kiss of Natural Volume SPF 15 ($4, drugstores) $

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Best Portable SPF

MD Solar Sciences Natural Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40 ($13, mdsolarsciences.com). This zinc oxide and titanium dioxide twist-up withstood a triathlete's test: "It fits nicely in my bike pack and is easy to swipe on whether I'm biking or running."

Runner up:

Clarins Sun Control Stick SPF 30 for Sun-Sensitive Areas ($26, department stores)

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Best Self-Tanner for Your Body

Jergens Natural Glow & Protect SPF 20 ($9, drugstores). Readers liked the fact that this moisturizing gradual tanner is bolstered with SPF 20. "There was no streaking, and I got the color I wanted in just a few days," a user said. $

Runner up:

Philosophy Here Comes the Sun Age-Defense Golden Glow Self-Tanner for Body ($28, philosophy.com)

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Best Self-Tanner for Your Face

Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Face Gel ($16, sephora.com). This no-mess gel with hydrating mango extract sweeps onto skin evenly, thanks to its handy brush applicator. It gives an "instant, natural bronze," one reviewer said.

Runner up:

Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care ($141, neimanmarcus.com)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2012.

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