Here’s how the pros protect themselves from harmful UV rays
It’s no secret that you should wear sunscreen every single day (rain or shine!) to prevent premature aging and reduce your risk of skin cancer. But finding the right formula for your skin can be a challenge. Many people complain that sunscreen makes their face feel sticky, flaky, or take on a ghostly white sheen—which is a problem, since if you don’t like the way your skin looks and feels when you’re wearing SPF, you’ll be less inclined to slather it on.
To help you find your sunscreen soul mate, we reached out to dermatologists to find out what products they personally use and recommend to their clients. Here, their top picks.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Fluid Sunscreen
“My favorite facial sunscreens are La Roche Posay Minerale SPF 50 with a tint because it has such a light formulation and doesn’t cause breakouts. I then use Colorscience Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($57; dermstore.com) on top. I couldn’t live without this product! I use it multiple times a day like a pressed powder because it sets makeup and is an amazing SPF, too. It always makes the face look polished (but not shiny) and protected, no matter how many soccer and baseball games I’m at with the kids.”
—Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and assistant clinical professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center
Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield
“Almost as important as prepping your skin for sun exposure (slopping on a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen, using a full ‘shot glass’ amount per application, and re-applying every 2-3 hours) is caring for your skin pre- and post-sun exposure. This is where antioxidants play a vital role in skin’s appearance and health. I use CE Ferulic by Skinceuticals ($163; dermstore.com) every morning to give my skin extra protection against the strong summer sun. Just 5 drops in the morning helps to boost UV protection in addition to my daily and anti-pollution shield, Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield.”
—Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in New York City
iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30
Colorescience Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen
"This daily facial moisturizer provides broad-spectrum protection against UVB and UVA rays. It's light, easy to spread, and will not leave your face feeling greasy. It can even double up as an aftershave product for men."
—Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City
Revision Intellishade Original
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55
“My go-to daily SPF is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 55, the classic original. I use it instead of moisturizer rather than double layering. I like it because it provides a somewhat matte finish and makes me look like I actually am wearing a light foundation without making me look chalky or pale at all. It doesn't crumble or pill like some other sunscreens, and has never made me break out.”
—Jessica Krant, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate