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Choosing the best sunscreen can be difficult, so we consulted with the best dermatologist on how to choose a product that is safe and that actually works.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Whatever the prognosis, a sunscreen is one step you should never miss before going out all day. apply (and reapply!)  Sunscreens protect the skin from the strong ultraviolet rays of the sun and minimize the risk of painful sunburns, skin cancer and early signs of aging such as dark spots and wrinkles.

However, buying the best sunscreen can be overwhelming. Do you go for chemical or physical sunscreens? Lotion or spray? That’s why Wrinkles Center has consulted with a leading dermatologist to recommend the best sunscreens. Whether you are looking for the best natural sunscreen, the best cream for babies and toddlers or just the perfect SPF for your face, we have the info for you.

Important note. Sunscreens may expire. Even if last year’s bottle did not reach the expiration date, this date is only valid if the product is stored in a cool, dry place. So be prepared to buy a fresh bottle for your future needs.

How to choose the best sunscreen for your skin (and how to use it)

Try to find a broad spectrum product. This ensures that your SPF protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays. (UVA rays age prematurely and UVB rays burn; both can cause skin cancer). Our experts recommend that you choose SPF 30 or higher.

Waterproof option. Even if you don’t go swimming, a waterproof sunscreen will last longer while you sweat. If you’re on a big outdoor adventure, choose SPF 50 or higher to make sure you stay protected.

If in doubt, choose a lotion. The lotion is easy to apply generously and evenly, which is the key to its effectiveness. If you use a sunscreen like a stick, it should be applied to each skin area at least four times. On the other hand, many sprays are inconsistent; I find that no one puts the spray heavy enough to reach the SPF level indicated on the bottle.

The type of sunscreen matter

Physical or mineral sunscreens (made of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sit on the skin and reflect ultraviolet rays, while chemical sunscreens (made with ingredients such as oxybenzone or avobenzone) work by absorbing them. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne, a mineral-based sunscreen is recommended. Plus, if you prefer a more natural product, they are an excellent option. Indeed there is no denying that because chemical sunscreens are transparent they are preferred by most people.

Apply a small amount of sunscreen that can be rubbed first. Let it get absorbed and then apply it a second time. This is the easiest way to get the full recommended amount of sunscreen to make sure you get the protection on the label. Ideally, a enough sunscreen to fill up a shot glass should be applied to the whole body and reapplied every two hours or so, always after swimming or sweating.