New Kids on The Sun Block, best new sunscreens to try for coming holiday breaks

Now is the time to clean out the old sunscreens from under the sink or in the cabinet and invest in some new products that will serve you well, for everyday sun protection, or vacations coming up like spring break and Memorial Day.

This is the time of year to prepare for the coming seasonal changes in weather.

Monsters and Critics loves companies that use certified organic ingredients, and that stay far away from all animals.

Criteria for our picks in the best of beauty category differ from many mainstream beauty magazines and blogs, in that we look for items that fit the bill for the following checklist: The grooming products must be paraben-free, cruelty free, preferably American-made and unique in concept and packaging, and they must be reasonably priced.  

All the products listed below are outstanding in performance and are recommended to be included in your suncare arsenal.

Monsters and Critics put these products to the test, and we have come up with our picks for “New Kids on the Sun Block,” the best new sunscreens that range from super emollient thick and rich creams perfect for dry shins and arms, to a fantastic new self-tanner that has no funky smell and delivers a perfect color.

Tried and true, these clever products deliver what they promise and will not let you down. Take us shopping with you for new suncare that works.

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark


Made in the USA
Love this bronzing gel for so many reasons. First the clean smell, it is nothing like any self tanner  I have ever used. The deep dark gel color makes using it a no goof experience so spots are not missed.  Pump applicator is my favorite hassle-free dispenser and the packaging is sleek.

No Parabens, PETA approved, this self-tanning lotion is paraben-free and packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients that help nourish and hydrate the skin. Summer Glow is recommended for all skin colors and tones as it highlights and blends with your own skins pigment.

Alba Botanical SPF 30 Natural and very emollient sunblock – Aloe Vanilla


Made in the USA
Very Emollient and Botanically Moisturizing Mineral Sun Protection

This super rich cream is wonderful to wear on dry legs and arms, and it is water resistant, Certified Organic Ingredients, 100% Vegan, no animal testing, no Parabens
UVA/UVB protection

It packs a subtle vanilla scent and feels wonderful putting on.  Caveat: Way too heavy for my face, but everywhere else I loved it.  Not greasy but sense, rich and hydrating.  Formulated with vitamin E, green tea and aloe to care for sensitive, sun-exposed skin.

Vichy Capital Soleil 30 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion


Made in the USA
Fragrance free, Oil-free, no Parabens, UVA/UVB protection.

Capital Soleil SPF 30 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion provides broad-spectrum UVA + UVB protection is a workhorse lotion that is light enough to wear on the face, and fights skin-aging free radicals. Vitamin E and White Grape Polyphenol help protect the skin.  This non-greasy, lightweight formula is perfect for sensitive skin is allergy-tested, is fragrance-free and water-resistant. Fast to absorb, no greasy filmy feel once applied.

Avalon Organics Vitamin C Moisture Plus Lotion SPF 15


Made in USA
100% Organic, Vegan No animal testing. No Parabens. Paba-free. EU Cosmetics Directive Compliant
This orange scented lotion is rich amd moisturizing, and like the Alba SPF 30 product mentioned above was way too rich and scented for me on the face, but for the body it was brilliant. Nice size bottle that packs well, and great for those who want a lower SPF to get more color.


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