EltaMD has done the seemingly impossible with their UV mineral sunscreen, SPF 46, that now comes in a clear or tinted option. You get an SPF 46 from the magic combo of zinc oxide and octinoxate, yet this sunscreen spreads easily and dries quickly leaving no film or sheen. This, plus the fact that it's oil-free and noncomedogenic make EltaMD UV SPF 46 the best sunscreen for oily and acne prone skin in my opinion.
The tinted option is perfect for softening complexion flaws for all skin types. The tinting is subtle and blends nicely into most complexions.
This sunscreen is also paraben free, fragrance free and perfect for sensitive skin. It's earned the Environmental Working Groups' rating of #2 meaning it meets their stringent natural skin care and eco concerns.
As an added plus, EltaMD UV SPF 46 also contains high-purity niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help calm redness and inflammation from acne, seborrhea or rosacea.
Dr. Cynthia Bailey Wants You To Know These Important Facts About Sunscreen
It's my opinion that zinc oxide is the best sunscreen ingredient for broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection.
Zinc oxide, and its cousin titanium dioxide, are considered mineral sunscreens (and are also called physical sunscreens). When applied to your skin these mineral/physical sunscreens sit on top of your skin and bounce off the UV rays just like bouncing a ball off of a wall. They provide non-irritating, hypoallergenic broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that you can trust. Nano technology made it possible for mineral sunscreen to be applied invisibly to your skin. New zinc oxide technology has made it possible for even non-nano zinc oxide products to rub almost invisibly onto your skin too.
Mineral sunscreens are the only sunscreens that I trust and recommend. That's because the other type of sunscreens, called chemical sun screens (and also confusingly also called ‘organic' sunscreens!), actually absorb into the top of your skin and block the sun rays with a chemical reaction that occurs within your skin itself. The reaction creates a little heat, which make you feel even hotter in the sun. More importantly, it breaks down the chemical sunscreen ingredients so that they aren't there to protect you anymore. Thus your skin steadily runs out of the chemical sunscreens when you're in the sun.
The mineral sunscreens on the other hand last longer on your skin because the UV rays don't break them down like this. They're also more stable in the sunscreen bottle than ‘chemical' sunscreens, which break down while they sit in the bottle waiting for you to buy them and use them.
Of the mineral sunscreen ingredients, I recommend only zinc oxide and not titanium dioxide because it rubs onto your skin better and gives better broad spectrum protection.
Remember, harmful and aging UV sun rays come through most windows. You need to apply sunscreen to the all exposed areas of your skin every day even if you don't plan to spend time outdoors. Applying a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen should be part of your daily skin care routine!
Creating perfect sun protection requires picking the right products for your skin type and activities.
Need help picking the perfect sunscreen? View Dr. Bailey's Sunscreen Comparison Chart.