Body Sunscreen and Sun Protection
Why do you need to use only the best sunscreen on your body, arm, leg, scalp and neck skin?
Body, arm, leg and neck skin shows signs of premature aging due to sun exposure. Even small amounts of regular UV exposure will cause it. Daily sun protection is the best way to prevent it!
What are some of the most common sign of sun damaged skin on the body, arms, legs, scalp and neck that can be prevented?
- crepey skin,
- thin skin (atrophy),
- easy bruising (actinic purpura),
- uneven skin pigment,
- Poikiloderma of Civatte (uneven red and brown pigment on the sides of the neck)
- sun spots (solar lentigines).
Most people associate the changes of sun damage to aging, but it’s not – it’s UV ray damage to skin structure.
As a dermatologist, I recommend that you wear broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed every day – all day all year, no matter where on the earth you are! Enjoy the outdoors and be confident that you have the best sun protection possible.
Use only the best body sunscreen for your sun protection to prevent premature skin aging on your body, arm, leg and neck.
Use sun protective clothing to shrink the area of exposed skin that needs sunscreen, then apply sunscreen to what you can’t cover.
When do you need to reapply sunscreen?
- bathing or washing your skin,
- toweling off,
- Every 2 hours during prolonged exposure.
It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.
These body sunscreens are dermatologist recommended, broad spectrum, SPF 30+ and most are water resistant to 40 or 80 minutes.
What are the best dermatologist-recommended sunscreens for the body, arms, legs, scalp and neck?
The best sunscreen (previously called sunblock) gives you broad spectrum protection from all the harmful UVA and UVB rays. As a dermatologist who has specialized in treating skin cancer for over 30 years, 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. I’m find out from my patients what products work and what don’t because their skin exam makes it clear.
As a dermatologist who has specialized in skin cancer care for over 30+ years, I know 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 and much of the UV protection involves bouncing the UV rays off, just like bouncing a ball off of a wall.
Zinc oxide is also hypoallergenic and the best choice for sensitive skin sun protection.
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. I’m not a huge fan!
Which of the two mineral sunscreens are best?
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 my Sunscreen Comparison Chart to see how dermatologists help you understand the differences in recommended sunscreens.
I tell all my patients to remember that harmful and aging UV sun rays come through most windows so they need sunscreen every day on all exposed areas of their skin.
I want sun protection and mineral zinc oxide sunscreen to be part of your daily skin care routine; it helps lower your risk of skin cancer and is the most important part of anti-aging skin care.
I want sun protection to be easy for you so I've worked hard to give you all the tricks and tips that a dermatologist knows:
- The best sunscreen for your face, body, lips, and delicate eye area.
- Natural sunscreens.
- Reef safe sunscreens.
- Invisible zinc oxide sunscreens.
- Easy to use water resistant sunscreens for wet and sweaty activities.
- Sun umbrellas.
- Sun Guard so you can make your own sun protective clothing.
- Sun protection gloves for your hands.
- 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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My SunSavvy Around Town Bundle is complete sun protection that’s perfect for everyday use. Whether you’re at work, school, a weekend outing, or special celebration, you’ll be covered.$113.85
Soaking up all the sunny-fun summer has to offer means extreme, sun-protection tools need to be close at hand. Yep. You're you’re going to be outside at BBQs, concerts, lounging by the pool, having fun in the river or on the lake, and more. You’ve been waiting all year for this! And, I’ve got your skin covered so that you get all the bliss without the sun damage.$172.35
Lightweight, 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!$25.00
These stylish and high-performance men's microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/4" brim. They fit perfectly and won't blow off because they have both an adjustable chin strap and an adjustable brim strap to hold them securely to your head.$19.00
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Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids.$15.00
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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!$2.50
Block the harmful UVA/UVAB sun rays from your hands.$40.00
Block UV rays with confidence with this titanium umbrella. Make the shade follow you! This is my ultimate travel accessory and I never pack my suit case without it!$45.00
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.$44.00
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.$35.00
My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. 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.$13.00
The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. This kit includes Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 for the face, ears, and neck, along with Solbar Zinc Sunscreen SPF 38 for the chest, hands, and other areas that need sun protection.$43.20
The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.$56.25
Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!$4.00
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!$24.00
The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.$20.00
At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet! Reef safe too.$16.00
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Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.$19.00
Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma.$47.00
Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.$47.00
Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.$32.50
Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin. Perfect for normal to dry skin with it's hyaluronic acid and just a little light oil to moisturize your skin without leaving a heavy feel.$26.50
Antioxidants play a huge role in protecting your skin from free radicals that damage precious, nucleic acids (DNA) and skin structures (lipid cell membranes, to name a few).$278.10
Fade an uneven complexion almost instantly with the best pigment lightening products. Reverse fine lines and wrinkles and return your appearance to younger days. This kit has everything proven to do the job!$365.85