Choosing the Perfect Face Sunscreen: Tips and Recommendations
NO TAN IS A GOOD TAN…
Controversial opinion, I know. But, now that you’re paying attention, you should hear me when I say:
Tan skin is actually a sign of cell death
If you’re looking for the science-y definition it’s called apoptosis. This comes from UV rays damaging the skin cell DNA.
Lathering up on sunscreen while you’re on the boat, by the pool, or on the beach may not be the cool thing to do, but your skin needs it AND you’ll still get some tan!
The idea is to filter out the harmful UVA and UVB rays, but keep in mind you should also have a shade plan…. hat, sunglasses, umbrella, long sleeves or UPF clothing!
Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Your Face
Figuring out which sunscreen is best for your face is a lot easier than you think. It's important to consider your skin type and if you prefer a tinted sunscreen or non- tinted.
Here’s why tinted sunscreen is better, watch now.
For those with oily or acne-prone skin, a lightweight, oil-free formula may be best, like EltaMD UV Clear (tinted and untinted options available).
Those with dry or sensitive skin may prefer a moisturizing formula that includes ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, ceramides, etc MDSolarSciences Mineral BB Creme is a wonderful option for you!
If you'll be spending a lot of time in the water or sweating, choose a water-resistant formula with an SPF of 30 or higher.
And don't forget you need to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you're sweating or swimming. Sprays and mists are my favorite way to reapply throughout the day!
There are plenty of different types of sunscreen to consider, so don’t feel like you are limited!
I’m always asked what sunscreens I recommend…
If there’s one sunscreen in general I recommend it’s the EltaMD UV Physical Broad. It’s 100% mineral based and can be used on the face and body as a light, scent-free lotion. (This is actually the item I give the most to ALL of my family and friends.)
Pro Tip: The term 'baby' on sunscreen means it contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. This means that they are 100% mineral sunscreens and great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin!
No matter what type of sunscreen you choose, the most important thing is to wear it daily to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun AND reapply every 2 hours.
Whether you prefer a chemical, physical, or combination formula, make sure to choose one that works best for your skin type and activity level. With the right sunscreen, you can enjoy your time outdoors while keeping your skin healthy and protected.. That’s the ultimate goal!