Top Three Sunscreens for 2021
Chase the Sun, but Do not Get Burned.
No doubt that packing for a day in the sun takes some planning. I always make a list and check off the items as I go placing them into my bag. Its not a good feeling to arrive at your destination to realize you have forgotten something really important. In my view, the essentials like a great san free beach towel from www.southbeachtowel.com, an umbrella, chair, water and a great sunscreen are absolutely the most important items. The importance of sunscreen cannot be overestimated. If you put nothing else at all on your face please make sure you at least use sunscreen. There is a misconception, that sunscreen should be applied only when you will have direct sun exposure. The truth is that sunscreen should be used even on a cloudy day and even indoors regardless of your skin tone. A bonus is that a quality sunscreen protects our skin from early signs of aging. More importantly however, it protects us from skin cancer. It is important that your sunscreen be broad spectrum and protect against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Your sunscreen should be at the very least 30 SPF (sun protection factor).
Aside from buying a quality sunscreen, knowing how and when to apply it is really important. Dermatologists suggest that it be the last layer of lotion on your skin after applying other serums or creams and applied to freshly cleaned skin. You want your quality sunscreen laying on top. Apply a generous enough amount to need to rub it in. Once you cannot visibly detect it, you know you have penetrated enough into the top layer of your skin. It should be reapplied over your face and entire body including your feet, ears, forehead, back and shoulders after sweating, swimming, or toweling off.
Do not disregard the added protection of a quality pair of sunglasses, a wide brim hat, umbrellas if you are going to the beach and sun protection clothes.
Now that the basics of sunscreen have been covered, we can move on to the best overall choices according to skin care specialists. It is also a bit overwhelming to choose from the array of brands, textures and formulations. We have narrowed down the sunscreens top dermatologist use for themselves and their own families.
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen SPF 46
☀️BEST OVERALL FOR ALL SKIN TYPES/TONES
This fragrance-free sunscreen is lightweight and ideal for finicky skin types. “Designed for patients with rosacea or acne, this oil-free formula provides light moisture, rubs in quickly, and contains niacinamide as an anti-inflammatory to reduce sebum (a.k.a. oil),” says board-certified dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, M.D., founder of Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics in New York.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
“This ultra-light formula contains antioxidants and is easily absorbed into the skin,” says Dr. Zeichner, so you won’t have to worry about that sticky or greasy feeling. Plus, it’s noncomedogenic, great for sensitive skin (fragrance-free), dries down matte, and doesn’t have that SPF smell.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Face Sunscreen SPF 50
☀️BEST VALUE FOR DRY SKIN
“This oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic sunscreen contains colloidal oatmeal, which hydrates the skin,” says Meghan Feely, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New Jersey and New York City and clinical instructor at Mount Sinai. This SPF feels ultra-nourishing on dry, sensitive skin, and it quickly absorbs while soothing and protecting.
We have created a beach essential list below that you can feel free to print or save in your smart phone so you can be prepared.
- Quality Sunscreen
- Sand free beach towel southbeachtowel.com
- Cooler with ice
- Water or other sports drink
- Sun shirt
- Wide brim hat
- A good book
- Extra cash
- Beach chair
- Beach umbrella