Did you know that two million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer each year? This means, despite summer coming to an end, sun protection necessitates attention all year long. But while the FDA is cracking down on sunscreen claims and requiring stricter regulation, there's nothing wrong with aiming to get the most bang for your buck when purchasing the right UV protection for your face.
According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, there are currently 200 sunscreen manufacturers making approximately 4,000 different sunscreen containing products. That's a lot of options. So how do you narrow it down for the best chance of protecting your skin from harmful rays and wrinkles? First, be wary of sprays, wipes and towelettes and instead stick to creams, lotions, sticks and gels.
Also, while certain marketing terms will play a part in the new sunscreen guidelines, don't disregard the crop of supercharged sunscreens with added skin-care benefits being introduced. They serve as a reminder of how far sunscreens have come. For a cheat sheet, check out these ten superior sunscreens that are changing the SPF game.
Providing full-spectrum UVA and UVB coverage, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-aging Primer with Sunscreen ($39.50) minimizes pores and provides a high level of SPF 50 sun protection. The oil-free formula virtually dries on contact to a matte finish, as powerful antioxidants work behind the scenes to combat premature aging.
With organic SPF 40 protection and Parsol 1789, Supergoop Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Day Cream ($16) takes the “environmentally friendly” trend one step further byoffering a day creamthat’s free of artificial colors, chemical additives and any ingredients that may harm marine life. The powerful mix of skin-improving ingredients (pomegranate, olive oil and green tea extracts) work to improve the condition of the skin while protecting it.
Suitable for all skin tones, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50's ($30) tinted, ultralightweight formula combines transparent zinc oxide and a unique plankton extract to deliver maximum sun protection, while boosting skin's radiance.
The Skin Booster
Beyond the unique antioxidant- and nutrient-rich formula, Beyond Clear PROTECT Broad Spectrum SPF29isa powerful oil- and chemical-free sun protectorthatleaves a completely non-greasy, just-the-right-amount-of-hydration finish on the skin—it even contains vitamin C to break up dark spots and brighten tone.