The best sunscreens are those that provide broad-spectrum protection, which means they protect against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. They should also have an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Some of the best sunscreens available include:
- Physical / Mineral sunscreens: Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that provide broad-spectrum protection by reflecting UV rays away from the skin. They are often less irritating than chemical sunscreens, and they are more stable in sunlight.
- Chemical sunscreens: Chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients such as avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone which absorb UV rays and convert them into heat, which is then released from the skin. They are considered to be more cosmetically elegant, meaning they are less visible on the skin and are more easily absorbed.
- Sunscreens with antioxidants: Sunscreens with antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, or green tea extract can provide additional protection against UV-induced damage to the skin.
It's important to note that the best sunscreen for you is the one that you will use consistently and correctly. A good sunscreen should be water-resistant, easy to apply, and not cause irritation to your skin. It's also important to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Last updated : 1/27/2023