Is Your Sunscreen Working for You?

May 22, 2017


Almost all the sunscreens available at drug stores are not effective at protecting you from the sun. And many of them are chemical sunscreens as opposed to a barrier sunscreen, like zinc oxide. 

Quick Sunscreen Facts:
The most effective sunscreens are broad-spectrum with a high amount of zinc oxide (like Elta MD products). A broad-spectrum sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun. Broad-spectrum means it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.

UVA (aging) rays account for 95% of our sun exposure. They cause:


  • Skin aging

  • Contribute to skin cancer

  • Damage collagen and cells which leads to wrinkling, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity

UVB (burning) rays mostly affect the outer layer of the skin. They cause:


  • Sunburns and tans

  • Increase the risk of skin cancer and other disorders


So before you head out on your summer vacations, make sure your sunscreen is working for you. There’s a multitude of product options available, so here are five tips on which sunscreens are best for your skin type, when and how to use them  effectively:

1) As a Layer Under Your Makeup… Or for men, these are two great SPF, non-tinted options:

UV Daily Non-Tinted: Silky smooth feel, with hyaluronic acid, for drier skin
UV Clear Non-Tinted: Best for oilier skin types

2) As a Makeup Substitute

Use the SPF, tinted versions to even skin tone and replace your foundation:

UV Daily Tinted: Silky smooth feel, with hyaluronic acid, for drier skin 
UV Clear Tinted: Best for oilier skin types
UV Physical Tinted: Best for extra-sensitive skin or post-procedure

3) Water Resistant Protection for Sports

UV Sport: This sunscreen is great for swimmers, runners, golfers and other athletes – or for those who just love to be outdoors! It t is water-resistant for an hour and a half so it won’t rinse off in water or drip into your eyes and sting when you sweat.

4) Everyday Body Protection

UV Lotion Broad Spectrum: Perfect to use over the whole body every day. It doesn’t leave you smelling like sunscreen, or leave you white with zinc residue.

UV Aero: This is best when used as a reapplication layer on top of the UV Lotion (think being at the pool and needing to re-apply throughout the day). The continuous spray makes it easy to protect hard-to-reach places. Sprays on white so you can see coverage then dries clear when rubbed in.

5) Don’t Forget the Lips

Lip cancer is the most common form of oral cancer. I am THE WORST about remembering to protect this delicate area each day, and particularly at the beach or pool.

UV Lip Balm: Feels creamy (contains Hydromanil for moisturization), has long-lasting sunscreen, and helps soothe and protect dry, chapped and sun-exposed lips.

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(Including Face Wash and Body Creme)

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