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, crepey, thin, spotty, and looks old. These changes are harder to reverse than they are to prevent! Love your facial sunscreen, wear it every day, and prevent sun damage. If you don't love your sunscreen, 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 facial 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.
- Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible SPF 50+ Sunscreen has a very light-weight feel and is perfect for layering on top of other hydrating products and for sensitive skin.
- Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray SPF 50+ Sunscreen is also light-weight, untinted and easy to use (spray the product in your palm and then apply, never spray sunscreen on your face!). It is a favorite for men who have facial hair because it spreads so easily.
Top Sunscreens for Oily Skin
- Sheer Strength Pure Mineral Matte SPF 50+ 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.
- Sheer Strength Pure Physical SPF 50+ Spray and Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible SPF 50+ Sunscreen are also loved by oily complexions because they are light weight and easy to wear.
- 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 Sheer Strength Pure Physical Sunscreens 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 Eco Stick and Raw Elements Eco Formula), 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 facial 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.
What is the best complete anti-aging sun protection for your facial skin?
Don't forget to create or seek the shade. When you are outside in UV rays for extended periods of time, add a good sun hat or UPF 50 umbrella to your UV defense strategy.
Remember to protect your delicate lips too - they are part of your facial skin!
Wear UV blocking sun glasses to give extra protection to your delicate eye area skin (hello crow's feet!).
Don't be fooled, the SPF in your makeup is not enough sun protection!
Nope, you are using makeup to create a look. You use sunscreen to create protection. You must put enough sunscreen on to get the full SPF out of the product. Use a sunscreen and top it with makeup. Mineral makeup powders will give your sunscreen a little extra help, which is one of the big reasons why they are my top choice for makeup.
What is the best way to use facial sunscreen in your skin care routine?
Remember Complete Skin Care involves using products for the 4 essential skin care steps, Cleanse, Correct, Hydrate, Protect.
Sunscreen goes on in step 4, which is Protect. Thus. You cleanse your skin, apply products that correct skin problems such as acne, aging skin concerns etc. and balance skin hydration with your favorite moisturizer. Top these products with zinc oxide sunscreen. If you wear makeup, that is your final step.
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