my favorite sunscreens - June 2016

Read sun and sunscreen 101 for why you need to wear sunscreen, what are the most effective sunscreen ingredients, and what types of sunscreen are best for your skin type/concerns. Below I've list my personal favorites. The links are affiliated links, so if you decide to buy the product, I hope that you'll buy it through these links so that I can get a penny or two from it! I've tried all of these products except the lip products (which I have on my want list currently), and they really are my favorites. Nothing is promoted.

 my favorite sunscreens. the best sunscreens


Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

active ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0% , Homosalate 7.0% , Octisalate 5.0% , Octocrylene 5.0%

This is my current favorite moisturizer. It's easily absorbed into the skin and leaves it feeling glowing without feeling oily (whihc is a big problem for me).


Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

active ingredients: Homosalate 10%, Octinoxate 7.5%: Sunscreen, Octisalate 5%: Sunscreen, Avobenzone 3%: Sunscreen.

Supergoop is one of my favorite sunscreens for my entire body. It's a great sunscreen to keep in your bag because you can use it on your face and body. The brand boasts that their unique oat beta-glucan delivers better moisture than hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid is like the "it chemical" of moisture right now). The product is also loaded with antioxidants for anti-aging purposes. I'm a big fan of this brand and their products and will definitely have them on repeat this summer!


Cerave's Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30

active ingredients: Homosalate (12%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octocrylene (2%), Zinc Oxide (3.5%)

Cerave is big on ceramides - which increase skin integrity and allow it to hold more moisture. I haven't used this moisturizer in awhile, but I remember loving it last summer and will probably re-up in the next coming months. In contrast to the oil of olay, it has SPF 30! Again, my make-up goes on very evenly with it because it's so moisturizing.


La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.68%, Homosalate 9.60%, Octisalate 2.88%, Octocrylene 5.38% Oxybenzone 3.46%

I'd been looking for an antioxidant serum (for anti-aging) for awhile when I received a sample of the La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50. Umm yes, that's exactly what I want! I use it every day before applying my moisturizer.


EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

active ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%.

EltaMD is pretty much the boss of sunscreen. It's the brand that every dermatologist recommends. This sunscreen claims to calm and protect sensitive skin types such as acne-prone and rosacea skin.

The eltamd is a physical + chemical sunscreen, which is why it's usually my go to for high exposure days. Before my research for sun and sunscreen 101, I thought physical sunscreens were more effective than chemical sunscreens, but now that we know that's not necessarily true with the micronized particles, I may not repurchase this. It leaves the slightest of white sheen on my face and gives me a matte look. I prefer the clear, glowy look I get from the previously mentioned sunscreens. (see "what are physical sunscreens" and "what are chemical sunscreens" in sunscreen 101 for more info on the most effective sunscreen ingredients).


Coppertone® CLEARLYSheer® Sunscreen Lotion

active Ingredients: Avobenzone - 3 % (Sunscreen), Homosalate - 10 % (Sunscreen), Octisalate - 4.55 % (Sunscreen), Octocrylene - 8 % (Sunscreen)

This sunscreen has an oil free formula that goes on really smooth. Heads up, there are some angry people on amazon who are not a fan, so I almost didn't include it.


Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

I mentioned this above in the face section. I think we're going to invest in the big tub this summer. I've talked myself into it while writing this post. haha. Seriously love this brand.


CeraVe Sunscreen Wet Skin Spray SPF 50

active ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%, Oxybenzone 6%

As mentioned in sun and sunscreen 101, be careful with spray sunscreens!!! Some of the mists are so light they get picked up in the wind and never make it onto your skin! This cerave is the only one I recommend. I actually keep this in my car for quick reapplication to my hands and arms before driving in the evenings (sun damage = old hands!). This also has the ceramides and hyaluronic acid cerave is known for.


Honorable mention: blue lizard and eltaMD.


Lips, in front of the ears, and under the eyes are commonly missed areas of sunscreen application (and very common, inconvenient areas for skin cancers that must be surgically removed). In general, I just rub my face sunscreen on my lips, but lip sunscreen really should be reapplied! If you're staying hydrated and drinking as much water as your should (my goal is 2.5 L/day this summer!), then lip sunscreen should be applied more than any other sunscreen (remember, all sunscreen should be reapplied after water exposure!). My lips definitely got a tan last year and it was very unappealing (I had to apply concealer to them before lip gloss they were so dark!), so I'm going to be better about it this year!

I hope these recommendations have been helpful. remember, use the links in this post if you're thinking of trying them - a girl's got to eat in ny :) don't forget to read sun and sunscreen 101 to learn more about why sunscreen is important!

elyse love, md

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