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Sunscreen and Sun Protection Products

Use only the best sunscreen for your sun protection because sun damage is irreversible. Your sunscreen needs to block all the UVA and UVB rays and last as long as possible on your skin. Most sunscreen products don't do either! All of my products provide the most advanced broad spectrum sun protection. Enjoy the outdoors and be confident that you have the best sun protection possible.

The best sunscreen (previously called sunblock) gives you broad spectrum protection from all the harmful UVA and UVB rays. As a dermatologist who specializes in skin cancer I'm constantly reviewing the advances in sunscreen formulation and scientific research to be certain that my patients and my family have the best, most advanced sun protection. It's my opinion that zinc oxide is currently the best sunscreen ingredient for broad spectrum and long lasting UVA and UVB sun protection. Plus, technological advances have created zinc oxide that rubs onto your skin invisibly so it's easy to wear every day.

Zinc oxide (and its cousin titanium dioxide) is considered a mineral sunscreen (also called physical sunscreen). When applied to your skin, the mineral sits on top of your skin bouncing the UV rays off just like bouncing a ball off of a wall. It provides non-irritating, hypoallergenic, broad spectrum and stable UVA and UVB protection that you can trust. Zinc oxide is also the best dermatologist recommended sunscreen for sensitive skin.

The other type of sunscreen is called chemical sunscreen (confusingly also called "organic" sunscreens). It actually is absorbed into your skin and blocks the sun's rays with a chemical reaction that occurs inside your skin. The reaction creates a little heat, (making you feel hotter in the sun) as it breaks down the chemical sunscreen ingredients so that they aren't there to protect you anymore. This means that your skin steadily runs out of chemical sunscreen when you're in the sun. Chemical sunscreen can also break down in the bottle before you even buy or use the product.

Of the two types of mineral sunscreen ingredients I recommend only zinc oxide and not titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide rubs more invisibly onto your skin and gives better broad spectrum protection. I recommend the zinc oxide used alone at high concentrations or combined with octinoxate (a chemical sunscreen ingredient that works very uniquely with the zinc oxide) for the best broad spectrum sun protection. Pick products based on your skin type, activities, budget and product preference.

Need help picking the perfect sunscreen?
View Dr. Bailey's Sunscreen Comparison Chart.

Remember, harmful and aging UV sun rays come through most windows so you need sunscreen everyday on all exposed areas of your skin. Sun protection and mineral zinc oxide sunscreen should be part of your daily skin care routine for skin cancer prevention and anti-aging skin care. I've covered all the sun protection bases for you at DrBaileySkinCare.com. I've got:

  • The best sunscreen for your face, body, lips, and delicate eye area. I have natural sunscreens, micro zinc oxide sunscreens and water resistant sunscreens for wet and sweaty activities
  • Sun Guard so you can make your own sun protective clothing
  • The UV Detecto Ring to test your sun exposure and learn when you're at risk for sun damage
  • Sun hats that are practical and well-priced


Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick

Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick | Price: $16.00
At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet!
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Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen

Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen | Price: $19.00
The best all natural, UVA-UVB broad spectrum, high performance sun screen for your 'wet and sweaty activities'.
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MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum | Price: $32.00
Luxurious, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with a Silky "Barely There" Finish.
At the request of my patients and customers, I searched long and hard for a sunscreen that not only had a lightweight, dry feel, but also would work as a makeup primer under mineral makeup. What I found was MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 Broad Spectrum sunscreen.
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Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 | Price: $25.00
My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest!
It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Citrix has 7% micro sized zinc oxide and other sunscreen ingredients in an oil free base. It's invisible on the skin and shouldn't aggravate acne or sting the eyes. Perfect for over your other skin care products and/or under makeup.
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Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen | Price: $25.50
This is the ultimate in pure mineral sun protection.
Its SPF 30 protection is provided entirely by 17% micro sized zinc, without any chemical sunscreen agents. The best sunscreen for protecting the skin around sensitive eyes or for pure mineral facial sun protection. Oil free too so shouldn't aggravate acne.
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Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen | Price: $13.00
My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies.
You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.
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EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen | Price: $29.00
Completely invisible, oil free and ultra light feel in the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin.
Alcohol free yet so light on your skin that you won't even know it's there. Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that's perfect for layering over other products or used alone.
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EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Sunscreen | Price: $24.00
Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin.
Another EltaMD wonder! This paraben free mineral zinc oxide sunscreen layers beautifully with your other skin care products.
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EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 | Price: $10.00
Protect your delicate lips from the sun every day with a sunscreen lip balm you will love to use.
You'll love EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 because you can trust its cancer-fighting sun protection.
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Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen

Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen | Price: $45.00
This luscious and all natural face cream is my absolute new favorite face sunscreen!
Natural, broad-spectrum mineral zinc oxide protection that feels and looks so good on your skin that you'll want to wear it 24/7.
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Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | Price: $24.00
Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection.
This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!
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LipTect SPF 45

LipTect SPF 45 | Price: $8.00
LipTect SPF 45 is formulated from zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
This pleasant lip balm provides pure mineral-based sun protection for fragile lips.
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Sun Guard Laundry Treatment

Sun Guard Laundry Treatment | Price: $4.00
Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments.
Wash Sun Guard into clothing during a normal wash cycle and your garments will give you sun protection for approximately 19 launderings. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!
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UV Ray Detecto Ring

UV Ray Detecto Ring | Price: $2.50
Learn when you are exposed to harmful UV rays.
The Detecto-Ring consists of plastic UV sensing beads and a colored key ring. Keep it on your key ring and test your sun exposure - the white beads turn color when they're exposed to UV-A or UV-B. Get ready to be surprised!
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Sun Protection Hats

Sun Protection Hats
I want you and your family to be perfectly sun protected and that means having the right hats.
Sun protection hats need to have the recommended 3" to 5" brim and complete scalp protection in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and all my UPF 50 hats do.
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