Anyone who doesn’t know about the importance of using sunscreen (year-round, but especially in summer,) must have been living on the moon, as skin cancer prevention is a hot topic, and can easily be avoided. With regular application of a good performing sunscreen, not only can you protect your delicate skin from the horrors of skin cancer, but you can add years to your skin’s appearance, and keep it looking its best, all the time and through all the years. With all that we know about the many benefits of skin protection from the harmful rays of the sun, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to seek out the best options.

The Type You Wear Depends on Certain Factors
While knowing that everyone needs to wear sunscreen is obvious, what is not so obvious is that the type of sunscreen each person wears may depend on their particular skin type, and also the specific activity that they are engaged in. The type of sunscreen needed is different for someone who is spending a day on the beach than for someone who is basically in and out of the car on a sunny day while running errands. Some sunscreens are more eco-friendly than others, and those you would choose for everyday use may not protect as well when you are spending long stretches of time out in the sun.

  • EltaMD UV Clear Sunscreen, $23 is a UV clear sunscreen that offers a sun protection factor of 46, and is very light weight. It is formulated to be oil-free and won’t clog pores. It’s fine for applying under your foundation, too. It is good for all skin types, but perfect for sensitive faces prone to breakouts. Cool and soothing to apply.
  • Coppertone Oil-Free Sunscreen, $9.99 with a sun protection factor of 30 offers protection against sun damage that causes premature aging and other sun damage. It’s hypoallergenic and contains no fragrance or oil and is waterproof. It contains avobenzone, which is a synthetic protectant known to block the entire range of UVA rays. Won’t clog pores.
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen Fluid, $33.50 is a little more pricey, but has no parabens or fragrance of any kind, and is extremely lightweight. It is in fluid form and is slightly tinted. Can be used with a foundation, as well. Offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It is actually a mineral sunscreen and its sun protection factor is 50. This one is water resistant and safe for use on sensitive skin.