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. Cynthia Bailey MD
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 for your needs?
View Dr. Bailey's Sunscreen Comparison Chart.
I tell all my patients to remember that harmful and aging UV sun rays come through most windows so they need sunscreen everyday on all exposed areas of their skin. Cynthia Bailey MD
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 want it to be easy for you so I've covered all the sun protection bases for you at DrBaileySkinCare.com.
- 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
- Practical and well-priced sun hats with all the dermatologist’s recommended features of a proper sun hat
- The UV Detecto Ring to test your sun exposure and learn when you're at risk for sun damage
Trust that your sun protection is protecting your precious skin!
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$20.00Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift! Learn More
At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection.Learn More
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!Learn More
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.Learn More