✔️ Check for broad spectrum coverage. For any sunscreen you use, it’s always important to look for ones that provide broad-spectrum protection, says Dr. Garshick. This means that they will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, ensuring maximum protection from the sun. UVA rays prematurely age your skin, while UVB rays cause sunburnaccording to American Academy of Dermatology (ADA).
✔️ Look for a 9-11% concentration of zinc oxide. As for the concentration of zinc oxide in the formula, Dr. Garshick says it’s generally best to use those that contain at least 9 to 11 percent. Dr. Rodney recommends looking for those that contain at least 10% zinc oxide. “This will provide adequate protection against the sun’s harmful rays,” she says.
✔️ Make sure it’s SPF 30 or higher. To provide protection from the sun, the AAD advises always on the lookout for sunscreens that offer an SPF level of 30 or higher.
✔️ Look for moisturizing and nourishing ingredients. “For those with dry or sensitive skin, it may also be important to look for a sunscreen that contains moisturizing or moisturizing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides or niacinamide, to soothe the skin,” says Dr. Garshick. Dr. Rodney also advises looking for other beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or anti-inflammatory agents.
✔️ Opt for a water-resistant formula. Water resistant sunscreens will protect you from the sun even when swimming or sweating. “A sunscreen will be labeled with water resistance for up to 40 or 80 minutes,” says Dr. Zeichner. “No matter what sunscreen you use, I always recommend reapplying immediately after a heavy sweat or swim.”