8 of the Best Sunscreens for Every Type of Person
If you’ve been disappointed by sunscreen in the past, prepare to be pleased. These innovative formulas make UV protection no problem.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in America and among the most preventable. “Want to minimize your skin cancer risk? Wear sunscreen,” says Neal Schultz, MD, a New York City dermatologist. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 30% of women regularly use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour. "Even incidental exposure—5 minutes here, 10 there—cumulates," Schultz explains. "Ten minutes a day is more than an hour by week’s end." If you haven't added an SPF to your daily skincare routine, it's never too late to start. Here are eight options to try.
Despite what you might have heard, a dark skin tone doesn't shield you from skin cancer. "Melanin provides natural sun protection, but some UV light may penetrate and cause damage," says Michelle Henry, MD, a New York City dermatologist. "To reduce the chalky finish of many physical formulas, look for those with a tint or micronized ingredients, which may enable better blending with deeper skin tones in particular," she adds. This option from Australian Gold comes in three shades: far to light; medium to tan; and rich to deep.
Formulas that stand up to sweat and sun often feel heavy or greasy. But you might forget you have on this spray from Banana Boat. The weightless formula provides water-resistant protection and absorbs excess oil and moisture, a bonus on hot, sticky days. Rub in thoroughly after spraying so you don’t miss a spot. Pro tip: To avoid inhalation, hold your breath when spraying your body and spray into your hands to apply to your face.