As a dermatologist, I know that broad spectrum sunscreen is the best and most effective anti-aging facial skin care product you can use.
Sun-damaged skin is wrinkled, thin, spotty, and old looking − and it's hard to reverse! Love your facial sunscreen, wear it every day, and prevent sun damage. Hate your sunscreen, and you won't use it. Let me help!
Use only broad spectrum sunscreen, match it to your complexion type, love the look and feel of the product on your skin − and you're set 365 days a year -- your skin is protected and you're fighting skin aging.
How do you pick the right sunscreen for your skin type?
It's important to match your sunscreen to your skin type. Here's how I match sunscreens to complexions for my dermatology patients.
Top Sunscreens for Dry to Normal Skin
- Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream with very natural tinting is great for blending pigment flaws (and it's an office favorite).
- Use EltaMD Daily Sunscreen if you don't want tinting.
- Water resistant products include Citrix Sunscreen (another office favorite) and Solbar Zinc Sunscreen. These oil-free formulas feel hydrating. Both are economical and perfect for protecting the sides of your neck, the V of your chest, arms, and hands.
- Glycolix Elite Sunscreen is ideal for extremely sensitive skin if you don't want tinting.
Top Sunscreens for Oily Skin
- Sheer Strength Pure Mineral Sunscreen is oil-absorbing, with tinting technology that blends into all skin tones to soften complexion flaws. It is an excellent primer for those who wear makeup.
- MDSolar Sciences Sunscreen also provides a very natural tint to blend pigment flaws. The technology in this sunscreen mattifies to absorb oil. It's also an excellent primer if you wear makeup.
- EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen has both a tinted and non-tinted option, and is great for oily skin and acne-prone skin.
- Citrix Sunscreen and Solbar Zinc Sunscreen listed above give water-resistant coverage without tinting. These oil-free formulas feel hydrating and are not as light on oily skin as the MDSolar Sciences or the EltaMD UV SPF 46. Both are economical and perfect for protecting the sides of your neck, the V of your chest, arms, and hands.
Top Natural Sunscreens
Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen is loved by people who want only natural ingredient products and have dry to normal complexions. Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream is an all-natural tinted sunscreen for facial use that is deeply hydrating. Performance sunscreens for extreme sun exposure include the Raw Elements products (Raw Elements EcoStick and Raw Elements Eco Formula Lotion), designed for surfers.
To fight skin aging, you need a broad spectrum sunscreen, not just an SPF product that feels good.
Sunscreen is your first actionable step to daily sun protection. Know that to fight skin aging, you need to wear broad spectrum sunscreen 365 days a year, from sun up to sun down. When any UV rays pass into your skin, they start a cascade of events that leads to a breakdown of your collagen, which is how you get wrinkles. UV rays also thin your skin, and cause uneven pigment and age spots.
In my opinion, as a dermatologist who has studied sunscreen development for over 30 years, the best broad spectrum sunscreens (previously called sun blocks) are based in mineral zinc oxide. I've worn an invisible zinc oxide sunscreen ever since it was invented, and my skin looks better in my 50's than it did in my 20's. It's never too late to start!
Why do I, as a dermatologist, believe that zinc oxide provides the best sunscreen UV ray protection for your skin?
Zinc oxide sunscreens work by layering invisible zinc particles on your skin that bounce UV rays back into space. In contrast, chemical sunscreens (chemical sunscreens are made with chemicals that are confusingly called "organic" sunscreen ingredients) pass into your skin and stop UV rays with a chemical reaction that happens inside your skin. The reaction generates heat and breaks down the sunscreen as it blocks the UV ray. I don't like that mechanism of action or product breakdown, and that's why I recommend zinc oxide sunscreens for your broad spectrum sun protection.
Wear zinc oxide sunscreen on your facial skin every day to fight skin aging. At the same time, you'll be reducing your risk of skin cancer. Pick the right product for your complexion and you'll love the way your skin looks and feels, today and for years to come! Remember, harmful UV rays can come through most windows and penetrate clouds, and they also bounce into the shade. You need sunscreen on your face 365 days a year on our sunny planet.
Need more help picking the right sunscreen? View my Sunscreen FAQ Comparison Chart.
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This Antioxidant Anti Aging Skin Care Kit offers the best skin care products made today to brighten skin, and help reduce wrinkles and age spots while at the same time protecting your skin from the sun and every day stresses.$241.70
Strong, yet non-irritating sunscreen and sun block is essential for people with sensitive skin.$38.50
The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.$52.50
Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids. These hats also work well for adults with smaller head measurements.$21.00
At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet!$16.00
The best all natural, UVA-UVB broad spectrum, high performance sun screen for your 'wet and sweaty activities'.$19.00
These stylish and high-performance men’s microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/2" 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.$18.00
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.$13.00
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!$20.00
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!$43.00
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.$38.00
Enjoy the maximum benefits of glycolic acid to brighten your skin and treat age spots using Glytone Facial Cream 3 with the highest level of glycolic acid that I recommend for home use plus my Antioxidant Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit. Use Glytone Facial Cream 3 for dry skin and the best antioxidant anti-aging skin care products made. Have confidence that you're using the best products that skin care science has to offer!$283.70
This is the ultimate in 'nonchemical', mineral, physical sun protection. It is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin.$25.50
Luxurious, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with a Silky "Barely There" Finish.$32.00
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.$25.00
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.$32.00
Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin.$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!$24.00
The best dermatologist recommended hypoallergenic lip balm and sunscreen - all in one product!$8.00
Protect your delicate lips from the sun every day with a sunscreen lip balm you will love to use.$10.00
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.$45.00