Since summer is quickly approaching and May is Melanoma Awareness month, it’s the perfect time to discuss sun protection and what to look for when choosing a sunscreen. We’re also going to share with you some of our favorite sunscreens of choice and why we love them!
To start, let’s talk about what to look for to get full protection from both UVA (wrinkle causing rays) and UVB (which are the sun burning rays). Obviously we want both, so the most important thing to look for in your sunscreen is to make sure it says “broad Spectrum”. Ingredients with broad-spectrum protection include benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX).
Secondly, we want to make sure we have a high enough SPF to really make sure we are protected. While some think SPF 15 is ideal, at WDC we typically recommend at least an SPF of 30, which filters out about 97% of UVB rays.
The most forgotten, yet most important part of getting the desired protection from sunscreen is apply and RE-apply. Most sunscreens now have a time limit they are effective for, so take note of this on the bottle and be sure to apply throughout the day!
We carry a number of amazing sunscreens at our office, but we’ve narrowed down our favorite top 4 sunscreens to share with you today!
- Revision Intellishade: This tinted SPF 50 sunscreen is one of our favorites for daily use on the face. It is a thicker moisturizer giving you both high sun protection for your face, as well as, coverage for blemishes. One of our favorite features of this product is that is comes in a regular or matte form appealing to people with oily and normal skin alike
- Elta MD UV Pure Borad Spectrum 47: This oil-free, paraben-free, hormone-free, and dye-free sunscreen is our favorite for a daily body or face sunscreen, going on smoothly to both wet and dry skin. This is also one of our top choices to use for babies, or if you have very sensitive skin.
- Elta MDUV Aero Broad Spectrum 45: This continuous spray sunscreen makes it easy to protect hard-to-reach places. EltaMD UV Aero sprays on white so you can see coverage then dries clear when rubbed in. It’s a great sunscreen to have on hand when you need an extra one!
- Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: This lighter option for facial sunscreen coverage is a chemical-filter free broad spectrum sunscreen. With SPF 50 protection, this sheer sunscreen provides a matte, ultra light finish. We love that it’s safe for use on post-procedure skin and sensitive skin. The zinc oxide formula boosts skin’s defense against heat stress and UVA/UVB rays.