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5 Physical Sunscreens Your Skin Will Thank You For

It's officially Spring! Now that warmer weather is upon us it’s time for the infamous skincare chat. No need to panic, we get it, you’re no amateur, after all, the number of moisturizers you own would put Sephora to shame.

You’re an exfoliation queen, a mask maven, a pore-less dream! As I said, we don’t doubt your fluidity nor is this a “Throw your routine out in light of the new season” post.

Our update is simple….We come in peace, and hope that you leave with…. an SPF! That’s right, we’re here to talk sunscreen. What is it? What’s up with the chemical vs physical war? And most importantly, which one should you add to your skincare routine?

With all the harmful skincare misconceptions surrounding sunscreen floating around (not to mention the different product options), we came up with a guide highlighting five of our best sunscreen products that your skin will thank you for!

Everyday sun exposure is unavoidable. Especially during warmer months where beaches and backyard play are common. However, getting too much sun does come with risks that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Not only is sun exposure your skins greatest enemy when it comes to sunburn and photoaging but also getting too much sun can also increase chances of skin cancer. This is why dermatologist, moms, and esthetician's alike push the importance of sunscreen.

Sunscreen is the only product on the market that protects against the sun’s harmful UV radiation. Sadly, only about 33% of the population wears sunscreen and out of that 33%, only 5% know the difference between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen.

Physical, or naturally-based sunscreens, contain active mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium, which work by sitting on top of the skin offering protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Chemical formulas (which often contain potentially harmful ingredients like avobenzone and oxybenzone) work by penetrating both the epidermis and dermis changing UV rays into heat and later releasing that heat from the skin.

Due to recent studies, fillers found in chemical sunscreens have been called to question. Many allege these fillers are harmful and warn that continued use of chemical sunscreen may lead to skin cancer and/ or other major health issues.

Because of this, consumers are opting for naturally based sunscreen that get the job done and does so without harming skin or health.

We can’t talk sunscreen that delivers --- risk-free, without mentioning EltaMD. EltaMD is an amazing dermatologist recommended brand that sets itself apart by only offering zinc based formulation.

Additionally, instead of creating a “one size fits all” formulation, EltaMD created a range of naturally based sun care products that play nice with all skin types, lifestyle changes, and environments.

EltaMD has more 15 featured products on our site, but not to worry, we’ve picked out five honorable mentions that we believe are the game changers your skin has been begging for. Interested in finding the best SPF for you? Keep reading, the perfect sunscreen is just a click away.


EltaMD UV Aero

EltaMD UV Aero is a water-resistant sunscreen that protects against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. It is safe for all skin types. EltaMD UV Aero is fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic.

Benefits:

Daily Care, Sun Protection, Repairing & Soothing

Skin Type:

Acne Prone, Combination, Dry, Mature, 

Normal, Oily & Sensitive Skin

Application Area:

Face, Body

Preferences:

Cruelty Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free, Fragrance Free

Key Ingredients:

Dimethicone


UV Daily

EltaMD UV Daily provides Serious UV protection and superior hydration join forces in this sheer facial sunscreen. Developed for use every day, it has Hyaluronic Acid to boost moisture retention and diminish fine lines. This lightweight moisturizer with UV protection can be worn alone or under makeup.

Benefits:

Hydration & Moisturizing, Daily Use, Sun Protection

Skin Type:

Normal, Combination, Mature & Sensitive Skin

Application Area:

Face

Preferences:

Paraben Free, Fragnance Free, Non-Comedogenic, Hypoallergenic

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide


EltaMD UV Sport

EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50 won't rinse off in water or drip into eyes and sting when you sweat. This sunscreen May be applied to wet or dry skin. It is Great for swimmers, runners, golfers, skiers and all outdoor activities. It is also safe for use with children, making it ideal for the your childs after school activities.

Benefits:

Daily Care

Skin Type:

All Skin Types

Application Area:

Body, Face

Preferences:

Fragrance Free, Sulfate Free, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free

Key Ingredients:

Vitamin E, Antioxidants, Dimethicone


EltaMD UV Clear

Oil-free EltaMD UV Clear helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea and discoloration. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Very lightweight and silky, it may be worn with makeup or alone.

Benefits:

Daily Care, Sun Protection, Nourishment & Soothing

Skin Type:

Acne Prone, Combination, Dry, Mature, Normal, Oily & Sensitive Skin

Preferences:

Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free

Key Ingredients:

Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide


EltaMD UV Elements

EltaMD UV Elements SPF44 Tinted is a 100% physical sunscreen in a tinted, moisturizing base. This sunscreen is gentle for even the most sensitive skin types, including post-procedure skin. The chemical-free actives, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide deliver safe but sure sun protection. EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 contains mineral-based UV filters work with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid to defend and moisturize the skin. The universal tint beautifully enhances most skin tones.

Benefits:

Daily Care, Hydration & Moisturizing

Skin Type:

Acne Prone, Combination, Dry, Mature, Normal, Oily & Sensitive Skin

Application Area:

Face

Preferences:

Dye free, Fragrance free, Gluten free, Oil free, Paraben free

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid, Antioxidants, Citric Acid


What’s your favorite EltaMD sunscreen? 

About the Author

Starasia A. is an Aesthetican trained in biochemistry, licensed to laser, and administer botox, Starasia has spent 10 years in the beauty and skin industry. She has worked various roles including but not limited to working in marketing, public relations, editing, as well as building her own brand and line of skin care products. Starasia is trusted by editors, bloggers, and beauty addicts across the globe. 

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