Here are some things to consider when choosing the right sunscreen stick for you.
SPF level and coverage
First, select a sunscreen labeled as “broad spectrum.” “The broad spectrum means it will protect against UVA rays, which age skin, and UVB rays, which burn skin,” says Dr. Hartman. “Look for a minimum FPS of 30.”
The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends choosing a sunscreen that has:
- broad spectrum protection
- an SPF of 30 or more
- a water-resistant formula
Type of sunscreen
You have the choice between two types of sunscreen.
- Mineral sunscreens use mineral ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to block UV rays. Mineral sunscreens tend to be gentler on the skin, but are notorious for leaving a white cast.
- Chemical sunscreens are those who opt for chemicals like avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone that penetrate the skin and dissipate UV rays. Chemical sunscreens may blend better into the skin, but they may be more irritating.
“Ultimately, the choice is up to the individual, based on personal preference,” says Dr. Zeichner. There’s a new generation of mineral sunscreen sticks that don’t leave a thick white cast like traditional products, he adds.
Dr King says she is a particular fan of mineral sunscreens that contain non-nano zinc oxide, which are larger zinc oxide particles that provide more UV filtering than nano versions of the oxide. zinc.
Color and touch
Finding the best sunscreen for you can take some trial and error, because you won’t know how the sunscreen reacts with your skin until you actually try it. After trying it, you’ll also find out pretty quickly if it leaves a white cast and if it’s right for you.
You’ll also know if you prefer sunscreens that look like lotions or matte options with a less greasy feel. The best sunscreen for you should ultimately be something that you feel comfortable reapplying every two hours.