05/27/2016 03:59 EDT | Updated 07/13/2016 10:59 EDT

The 10 Best Sunscreens That Will Protect Against The Blistering Sun All Summer Long

Three letters: SPF.

It's time for us to get real with you.

Yes, we know you're excited to hit the beach, throw down the towel and bake in the sun this summer. We are too. Having a tan is awesome, we know that! But tanning is only awesome when it's done with protection. Yes, we're talking sunscreen.

Sunscreen is important. We repeat, sunscreen is important.

There are probably days when you skip lathering yourself up, leaving yourself helpless against UV rays because you don't like the oily feeling of sunblock on your skin. But guys, don't make it a habit. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and according to HuffPost Style, sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of the disease.

SPF also prevents facial brown spots and slows down the development of wrinkles. Which is great.

When looking for a sunscreen, make sure you're looking for active ingredients like zinc oxide, which, according to Real Simple, reflects compounds away from the skin. You'll also want to find a block that has water resistance, broad-spectrum coverage and of course, a high SPF.

And while some sunblocks can be greasy, sticky oily and downright expensive, trust us, once you find the right, moisturizing formula, you'll be rubbing on the good stuff all summer long. And your skin will thank you for it.

Check out 10 of our fave sunscreens below!

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