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There’s nothing quite as powerful as sunscreen for preserving your glowing skin. It’s the one beauty product that will give you the biggest bang for your buck and it’s the best kept secret in cosmetic dermatology. It’s preventative, so it’s harder to get excited about than other products. But sunscreen really is the most glamorous investment you can make for your skin over a lifetime.

Sunscreen: Your Beauty BFF

Why is Sunscreen Important?

It shields you from the wrinkles and age spots that cost you time and money to treat. Sunscreen prevents premature aging. It preserves your precious collagen and elastin so you keep that dewy, radiant look that’s so coveted.

What Type of Sunscreen Do I Need?

Some sunscreens offer physical protection. They sit on top of your skin and contain minerals that deflect the sun’s rays. Other sunscreens provide chemical protection. These are absorbed into your skin and convert UV rays into heat. If your skin is not acne-prone, a chemical sunscreen can be a great choice because it’s lightweight. Plus other skin-helping ingredients—peptides and enzymes—are easily added to chemical sunscreens.

Best Sunscreen For Face

The best sunscreen for acne prone facial skin is a physical one that uses minerals to block the sun. Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are considered non-comedogenic, which means they don’t clog pores. The downside is that they may feel heavy.

Best Sunscreen For Body

The best sunscreen for your body is the one that you’ll actually wear. There’s so much variation in the feel of sunscreen that sometimes it takes a little experimenting to find the brand that’s right for you. Whether it’s mineral or chemical protection, the most important thing is to wear it correctly. Choose something with at least 30 SPF and layer it on generously. Be sure to reapply it frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.

Best Baby Sunscreen

Newborns should be kept out of direct sunlight, but babies older than six months can wear sunscreen. Little ones with sensitive skin do well with Zinc Oxide, which is why this anti-irritant is often found in baby products. Zinc Oxide provides the most complete UVA protection possible and is stronger than titanium dioxide.

Tinted Sunscreen

Physical sunscreen with minerals can make darker skin look chalky. This is where a sunscreen that’s tinted can really help. Tinted sunscreens are especially useful on the face as they can double as a foundation. We recommend Taheri MD Ultra Shade Sunscreen available in our online store.

Sunscreen is your best beauty buddy. It protects the collagen and elastin that helps your skin look youthful and radiant. It’s an affordable preventative-care step you can make to invest in your looks. It’s beneficial whether it’s physical or chemical and is a great addition to your daily beauty routine for both your face and body. Our dermatologists can answer any questions you have about sunscreen at your annual skin check up. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.