As much as we all can disagree on things, there's one thing that's pretty much a given – how important it is to use SPF every day. That said, the endless choices in the sunscreen aisle can be super overwhelming. They all claim to offer protection, but there are other things to consider, like ingredients contained in the product, your skin type and lifestyle.
Before you stress out, we've sourced some helpful tips from dermatologist Dr. Craig Kraffert president of skincare line Amarte and founder of ReddingDerm in California. And to make things even easier, we've compiled a list of your best bets for sun protection.
Generally speaking, there are two types of sunscreen: chemical, which absorbs the sun's rays, and physical, which deflects them. "Just make sure that SPF is your last step in your skincare process," says Kraffert. Since it is meant to sit on top of the skin, it can block products such as serums and toners, from being properly absorbed. "Makeup, on the other hand is not mean to be absorbed, which is why layering on top of sunscreen is just fine," he says.
Toxin Fighter: Pollutants can be extremely hard on the face and, coupled with excess sun exposure, can lead to leather-like skin. Combat that with Shiseido's Urban Environment UV Protector SPF 42, which contains ingredients that protect against cell damage caused by UV rays, overproduction of sebum and oxidation. Available at Nordstrom stores.
Anti Acne: For those who have oily skin and are prone to breakouts, it's best to avoid sunscreens that contain homosalate. "In addition to having a lingering odor, it can also have a heavy and greasy feel," says Kraffert. Try Clarins Sun Control Stick for Sun-Sensitive Areas SPF 30, or Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, both of which are formulated with mineral filters that are gentle enough for your most delicate skin. Available at Nordstrom stores.
Moisture Resistant: If you plan on hitting the pool, ocean, or staying on shore to play beach volleyball, you need an SPF product that can withstand sweat and water. Shiseido's Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce not only protects your skin, but it also has a hint of color and can become more effective when exposed to perspiration and H20. Available at Sephora.
Normal Skin: Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50's oil-free formula can be used all over and is enriched with antioxidant-rich cellular response technology that can help to fight sun damage. It also contains avobenzone, which easily absorbs into the skin, making it the perfect choice for those with darker complexions because it won't leave a white veil. Available at Sephora.
Organic: With about 70 percent of its ingredients derived from organic sources, Coola's Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa scented spray can keep your skin naturally protected and hydrated. It contains nourishing ingredients like cucumber, algae and strawberry extracts, and red raspberry seed oil. Plus, it smells delicious! Available at Sephora.
Best Drugstore Finds: Not to be forgotten when it comes to skin protection are drugstore buys such as Neutrogena's Age Shield Face Sunscreen SPF 110 and Aveeno Hydrate + Protect Lotion SPF 30. They both contain ingredients that moisturize while keeping the sun's damage in check. Available at Target stores.