How to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type and expert recommendations – Forbes Health

Choosing the right sunscreen for your skin type is also of utmost importance. Here, the experts offer their top picks for different skin types. (note that Dr. Paviol’s practice sells Skinceuticals and EltaMD, and Dr. Goldstein’s practice sells EltaMD).

Dry skin

Look for sunscreens with moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin (a natural sugar alcohol that helps lock in moisture), hyaluronic acid (a natural protein that locks in moisture), and ceramides (natural compounds from the skin that retain moisture), suggests Dr. Paviol. .

Dr. Paviol recommends: Skinceuticals Daily Brightening Defense Sun Cream SPF 30

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Beth Goldstein, MD, co-founder of sunscreen company Modern Ritual and president of Central Dermatology in Chapel Hill, NC, recommends: Elta MD UV Elements Tinted Face Moisturizer SPF 44

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oily skin

People with oilier skin may prefer chemical sunscreen over mineral/physical sunscreen (based on zinc oxide), says Dr. Braghiroli, because chemical sunscreens tend to be drier than sunscreens. minerals. However, there are still many mineral sunscreen options available.

Dr. Braghiroli recommends the following:

Dr. Goldstein recommends: Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30

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Sensitive skin

Mineral sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc as active ingredients are generally less irritating to the skin, according to Dr. Paviol. And they may be especially beneficial for patients with rosacea, eczema, or allergies to fragrances or preservatives, adds Dr. Goldstein.

Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, nicotinamide/niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3), and vitamin C (needed to create collagen) may also be beneficial, Dr. Braghiroli says.

Dr. Paviol recommends: EltaMD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41

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Dr. Goldstein recommends:

  • Elta MD UV Elements Tinted Face Moisturizer SPF 44: Available at Amazon
  • Vanicream: Available on Amazon
  • Solaire d’Avene (for patients with a history of eczema or significant allergies): Available on Amazon

Acne prone skin

Acne-prone skin can benefit from “lighter lotions and specifically non-comedogenic (that don’t tend to clog pores)” products, as thicker products can cause clogging and breakouts, according to Dr. Goldstein . Dr. Paviol adds that niacinamide can also help reduce redness here.

Dr. Goldstein recommends: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 50

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Dr. Paviol recommends: EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46

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Mixed skin

Those with tanned or darker skin should look for tinted or invisibly rubbing sunscreens. Dr. Braghiroli points out that while melanin provides natural protection for the skin, that doesn’t mean patients are completely immune to skin cancer, which requires sunscreen.

Dr Braghiroli recommends: Elta® Tinted Sunscreen

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Dr. Paviol recommends: Super goof! Invisible Sun Cream SPF 40

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Dr. Goldstein recommends: Super goof! CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50

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children’s skin

When shopping for children’s sunscreen, take special care, as children are more prone to sunburn, especially in the summer, says Dr. Braghiroli. Babies under six months should avoid direct sun exposure and sunscreen, she adds. Instead, cover a baby’s skin with loose cotton clothing (like long sleeves and hats) and keep them in the shade.

Older children may also benefit from long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats, especially clothing with ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). Mineral sunscreens are preferred for children, Dr. Goldstein says, because children “absorb chemicals at a much higher rate than in adult skin.”

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Patricia J. Callender