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The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

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Protect your face from the sun, but keep that skin beautiful.

Tis’ the season for sunglasses, hats, hand shading, and extended hours of sun exposure. How do you protect your face from the sun, while at the same time protecting your face from chemicals and clogged pores?

Many are anxious about putting sunscreen on their face. The arms, back, legs, neck are fine, but isn’t the skin on the face more sensitive? Is there anything in sunscreen that would block the pores, and make me break out in acne? What about rashes?

Let’s go over some of the best sunscreens for the face. This will not only help you avoid the embarrassing peeling skin on the nose and cheeks; it’ll also help prevent serious sun damage and skin cancer!

First, some basics:

  • Find sunscreen the protects against both UVB and UVA rays (broad spectrum)
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Reapply every few hours

Have acne issues? Try…

EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46

This product has includes niacinamide, a vitamin B3 derivative with anti-inflammatory properties that can fight breakouts. It also has a quality formulation that can be easier on the skin.

Tizo 2 Non-Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40

Liquid sunscreens can be better than thicker formulas, since liquids can be less likely to clog the pores. This is true not just of the face, but of sunscreen on the rest of the body. Protect your face, and avoid body acne at the same time!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60

Typical sun protection products use physical sunscreens like zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays. This kind is a chemical sunscreen that absorbs rays instead. Chemical sunscreens can be less sticky, and easier on the skin.

Cosrx Aloe Vera Sun Cream

A natural anti-redness remedy, aloe is a great ally in the battle against sun damage, and for protecting skin. This sunscreen is aloe infused, and is designed for people with acne-prone skin.

Have dry skin? Try…

EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

We like this formulation because it has hyaluronic acid that will keep skin hydrated as well as protected.

SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30

Don’t want to feel greasy while you’re enjoying this sun? This can be a good option.

CeraVe AM Face Moisturizer With Sunscreen, SPF 30

This is an affordable option with hydrators, so you don’t need to feel stingy when applying.

Love to exercise? Try…

Coola Mineral Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick

Stick sunscreens are great for avoiding that stinging eye problem; when sunscreen drips into your eyes. This product is also water resistant.

Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70+

If you’re looking to do a lot of swimming, this is an affordable and effective option. It contains UVA-absorbing avobenzone and is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

UV Sport 3 Ounce SPF 50

Have your fun in the sun—but play it safe. This sunscreen is great for swimmers, skiers, runners, golfers and other athletes – or for those who just love to be outdoors! UV Sport is water-resistant so it won’t rinse off in water or drip into your eyes and sting when you sweat.

Most economical Try…


Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Body Lotion Broad Spectrum Spf 70

This choice offers some serious protection, with a great price, meaning you can feel good about applying a lot, and often! There is a spray version also, which is great for helping protect kids.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

A reliable broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen that feels comfortable on the skin. If youve got a family to protect, this is a good choice.

A Word From Dermatologist Dr. Myers

There are hundreds of sunscreens out there, and many that are good. Probably more important than the brand is that you apply enough sunscreen, and that you reapply every few hours. Most people are too stingy with their sunscreen.

The best advice is this: find a sunscreen you’re comfortable with on your face, and make sure you use it!

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Skin Care Product Claims to Watch Out For

Sometimes cosmetic products go a little too far in explaining how they’ll help.

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“Refines the pores”

Dermatologists generally agree that topical pore refiners offer a possible temporary result, but aren’t a great long-lasting solution to acne breakouts and oily skin.

“Reduce undereye puffiness”

Many products labeled as eye creams aren’t actually much different than a typical facial moisturizer.

“Facial rollers for better complexion.”

There isn’t much science to support facial rollers as a solution to bad complexion. Most facial rollers from home don’t reach down far enough into the skin to make a lasting impact. You’d be better off getting a professional microneedling that will actually produce collagen back into the skin.

“Charcoal masks to remove impurities.”

Charcoal can absorb certain toxic substances, but using it to get a cleaner face is a stretch.

“Anti-cellulite creams firm up the skin.”

These creams aren’t backed by a lot of research. The active ingredient is actually caffeine, which might temporarily improve the skin’s appearance. It’s important to note that these creams mostly influence appearance, not actual cellulite, which we all have plenty of.

“Use tanning oil to protect your skin while getting a tan.”

Most tanning oils have low, insufficient SPF levels. The sun is among the most dangerous thing for skin, so it’s better to just skip the tanning oil and use the right sunscreen.

“Get rid of stretch marks with this topical cream.”

Stretch marks are bands of broken elastin under the skin that change the appearance of skin after it is stretched. Research published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that topical creams don’t help stretch marks. A better option is laser treatment.

In general, be careful when you read vague claims like “clinically proven” and “studies show” on cosmetic products. The “research” these cosmetic companies do is often dubious and flawed.

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Skin Care Myths

It can be tempting to get lured into fantastic claims on skin care product packaging, and to believe stories from people on the internet about how they transformed their skin. But be wary of the myths and bogus claims.

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Here are some common myths:

Drinking Excessive Amounts of Water Means Better Skin

Drinking water doesn’t lead to better skin hydration, nor does it flush out toxins, as some may claim. Drinking water won’t reduce the chance of wrinkles either. Water is important, but drinking tons of it won’t magically give you excellent skin.

Moisturizers Stop Working Over Time So I Need New Ones

It isn’t likely that your moisturizers, serums and other skin care products don’t work any more. What’s more likely is that your body is changing, and your skin might need some tweaks to your skin care routine. Be mindful of changes such as hormone fluctuations, weather and humidity changes.

Natural Is Better

Not in every case. To many products are labeled “natural” for this to be a reliable approach to your skin care. It’s hard to know the criteria used for each product to decide if it really is natural. And above all, many synthetic products simply work better than a natural alternative.

I’m Older So I Need a Special Skin Care Product

Skin care products are generally designed to treat certain conditions, not certain ages. If you’re dealing with dryness, pigmentation, spots, or whatever it may be, pick a product that deals with your specific issue.

I Don’t Need Sunscreen Because My Moisturizer And Makeup Have SPF

This is false, and a risky attitude, since the sun can be so damaging to skin, especially in Utah. Chance are, you’re simply not applying enough moisturizer or makeup to provide enough defense against the sun.