Five sunscreens with extras

MELISSA WILLIAMS-KING
Last updated 11:24 22/01/2014
These slip-slop-slap gems can also make you smell better or look more bronzed ...
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STAY SLAPPED UP: The easy-to-rub-in sunscreen number three makes cleaning up sunscreen art a much easier task.

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These slip-slop-slap gems can also make you smell better or look more bronzed; one of them even means less time rubbing in ...

1. Model Co Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen with Lip Balm SPF50+, $29.95

The basics: High SPF protection for the face.

The extras: Sunscreen is tinted light bronze with a matte, non-greasy texture so it has the look of a tinted moisturiser. We love the flip-up cap that contains lip balm.

The cons: With its hot pink tube and girly gloss plus mirror, this one's not for family use.  

2. Neutrogena Beach Defence Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, $24.99

The basics: High protection sunscreen for the body in an easy-to-use continuous spray.

The extras: This one is about 25 per cent larger than the other popular Neutrogena sprays, so it's great for the whole family to use. It's also water- and sweat-resistant for up to four hours, making it ideal for the beach.

The cons: Be careful of relying on a spray on a windy day! When going to the beach, we suggest starting the day with an application of lotion, then using the spray to top up the rest of the day.

3. Nivea Light Feel Every Day Sun Lotion SPF30+, $16.29

The basics: High protection sunscreen for face and body.

The extras: This shouldn't really be considered an 'extra', but many sunscreens fail this test: This RUBS IN very easily. It's also lightweight in feel and doesn't leave a white film on skin.

4. Sol Scents, $18

The basics: Medium protection sunscreen in a palm-sized bottle.

The extras: No need for perfume at the beach - these cute little sunscreens come in seven refreshing scents, including Pina Colada, Cucumber Melon and Vanilla Silk.

The cons: Not so good for the Kiwi bloke who might unwittingly coat himself with a floral fragrance. It's only an SPF15, so you'll need to reapply it more often.

5. Coola Sport SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray, $50 (available in Pina Colada, Citrus Mimosa and Unscented)

The basics: High-protection sunscreen for the body in an easy-to-use continuous spray.

The extras: Contains 97 per cent organic ingredients and the two cocktail-inspired scents add some tropical decadence.  

Cons: This one's not cheap! Also, as per our earlier comments on sprays, make sure you apply them out of the wind.

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