The best sun protection uses a combination of tools, the best sunscreen, and smart choices to protect skin from damaging UV rays.
Protect your skin from sun up to sun down all year round, and you will be rewarded with younger looking skin for your lifetime.
I am a pro at sun protection, and I have the very best sunscreens and tools to help you build convenient sun protection that works. This includes a combination of:
- Clothing made with UPF 50 fabric. Winter fabrics are often UV protective, but summer fabrics are not. Invest in real sun protective clothing for all your outdoor warm weather activities. Click here to see our clothing options.
- Real sun hats that are easy to wear and convenient.
- The best dermatologist recommended sunscreens.
- A real sun umbrella so you can take your shade with you into the sun.
- Sun protection gloves, because who wants all those age spots on the back of their hands (not to mention skin cancer and crepey and thin hand skin)
Here is my proven dermatologist's sun protection strategy.
First, cover as much of your skin as you can with sun protective clothing. Then, for the skin you can't cover, ASK yourself how well your exposed skin is protected:
A: Apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ mineral zinc oxide sunscreen to all exposed skin. Reapply as recommended during the day for continuous exposure. Don’t forget lips and scalp!
S: Seek and create shade. Use a proper sun hat to protect the top of your scalp and to shade your head and neck. Use a UPF 50 umbrella for portable shade. Wear UV blocking glasses to protect your eyes and seek out the shady places when possible.
K: Know your UV exposure risk by understanding UV ray intensity – they bounce off things (yep), they are harmful in morning and evening and they are most intense around the equator and midday in the summer. Use the Detecto Ring to test your knowledge and learn those surprising places where you’re exposed (i.e. some windows, some shade etc.)
See my Dr. Bailey’s sunscreen comparison chart to pick the sunscreens that meet your needs.
What are Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey’s favorite sunscreens?
Daily Wear Face Sunscreens: Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted BB Cream for dry to normal skin (I wear this every day, my 60+ year old facial skin loves it!), Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen for normal to oily skin and acne prone skin. These give you the best and most dependable pure mineral sun protection.
What are my dermatologist-approved sun protection tools?
Find my affordable and highly recommended sun hats here
Know that every UV ray you keep off your skin means healthier, younger looking skin and lowered risk of skin cancer. You and your family deserve the best and most trusted sun protection. - Cynthia Bailey, MD, Dermatologist and Skin Wellness Expert
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
Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!$4.00
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!$48.00
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!$27.00
Good looking and high-performance UPF 50 sun protection hats for kids.
Regular Price: $17.00
Special Price $10.00
Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids.
Regular Price: $15.00
Special Price $10.00
High-performance, stylish, smart UPF 50 protection for your face, scalp, temples and ears.$27.00
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.
Regular Price: $16.00
Special Price $12.00
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.
Regular Price: $19.00
Special Price $15.00
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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
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
Protect your delicate lips from the sun every day with a sunscreen lip balm you will love to use. Treats and prevents chapped lips with its uniquely effective moisturizing ingredients.$10.00
A popular dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic lip balm and sunscreen - all together in one product.$8.00
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).Includes FREE Extremely Gentle Foaming Face Cleanser with purchase. For a limited time.
Regular Price: $313.00
Special Price $282.00
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.
Regular Price: $178.50
Special Price $160.65
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.
Regular Price: $130.50
Special Price $117.45
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.
Regular Price: $62.50
Special Price $56.00
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.
Regular Price: $48.00
Special Price $43.20
Natural non-nano mineral zinc oxide sun protection in a deeply hydrating base for your delicate lip skin. Prevent skin cancer and future wrinkles with daily use of sunscreen. That means lips too. Ever notice older lips are pale, shriveled, dry and chapped all the time. That’s sun damage. Just say no by wearing lip sun protection 365 days a year.$28.00
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
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
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
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
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.$48.00
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.
Regular Price: $48.00
Special Price $43.20
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.$45.00
Let Dr. Bailey help.
Pick products from 1) Cleanse, 2) Correct, 3) Hydrate, 4) Protect.
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