Which One Do I Need? Here's The Most Succinct Explanation of Sunscreen Products You'll Ever Read

January 19, 2018



With summertime in full swing, I thought a short blog on how to protect your skin with Elta MD sunscreen would be helpful. I think it can look a little overwhelming staring at a bunch of bottles, all with different SPFs, and all with different names that are fairly nondescript. So here’s a quick breakdown of which is right for your skin type or sun protection needs:


UV Clear:

  • Available in tinted and non-tinted

  • This is best for oily or acneic skin

  • For use on the face

  • The tinted version can replace foundation if you just want light coverage


UV Daily:

  • Available in tinted and non-tinted

  • Best for normal to drier skin types

  • Has hyaluronic acid in it for added hydration, giving it a luxurious feel

  • For use on the face

  • Just like UV Clear, the tinted version can replace foundation if you just want light coverage


UV Physical: 

  • Available only in tinted

  • For use on the face

  • This is for extra-sensitive or post-procedure skin


UV Sport: 

  • This one is easy! If you’re being sporty, use this

  • It’s water-resistant for 80 minutes, so it won’t drip in your eyes

  • Can be used on the face or the whole body


UV Lotion: 

  • The perfect SPF to use everyday for the whole body


UV Aero: 

  • Continuous spray

  • For use on the body

  • Water resistant. I LOVE this one because it’s so easy to apply…even sprays upside down.


Here’s a few short facts about sun damage and sunscreens:


  • UVB rays mostly cause sunburn and they are filtered by windows

  • UVA rays mostly cause wrinkles, sagging and aging, and they are NOT filtered through windows (think about all the exposure we get driving in the car)

  • SPF numbers ONLY apply to protection against UVB rays, and SPF 30 keeps out 97% of UVB rays

  • Physical sunscreens, like the Elta MD products, are effective immediately after application

  • Physical sunscreens are safer for your skin and safer for the environment than chemical sunscreens

  • Physical sunscreens work because they have zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which form a barrier against the sun's rays

  • Sunscreen does not cause Vitamin D deficiency


Sunscreen is still necessary on cloudy days

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