When you’re climbing in the great outdoors, your top priorities are keeping safe: making sure your harness is strapped on correctly, your helmet is fastened on your head, and your ropes are properly rigged. Your skin is no exception and must be slathered with sunscreen.
The Gold medalists: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70 (1,550) and Kiehl’s Lip Balm (P650)
What they survived: Three weeks of climbing in the scorching sun and cold wind on the big walls of Yosemite, California. The skin on my face didn’t feel sticky, the lotion disappeared into my skin (I didn’t look like a Geisha), and when I perspired, my eyes didn’t sting. The lip balm kept my lips from chapping, while giving them a hint of color.