With so many sunscreens to choose from, finding the one you’ll want to apply (and reapply) daily can feel like a daunting task. How are you supposed to know if a sunscreen will hydrate your dry skin, or prevent your acne-prone skin from breaking out? Different skin types have different needs, but everyone needs a good SPF in their routine. Enter EltaMD, the skin care brand beloved by dermatologists and known for its high-performing sunscreens that work for a wide range of skin types, tones and concerns.
What sets EltaMD’s sunscreens apart from others is the formulations, which are easy to apply, feel good on skin and offer powerful protection. “They all have a basis in zinc as the primary UV protectant,” says Larry MacPhee, EltaMD’s general manager. “We believe very strongly in the use of zinc because it’s a physical sunscreen blocker, so not being a chemical, the product won’t erode due to exposure to UV light.” Zinc oxide sits on top of the skin to create a physical shield against the sun. Zinc also has anti-inflammatory benefits and is often used as a treatment for damaged or sensitive skin.
How to Choose the Right EltaMD Sunscreen
Everyone’s skin has different needs, and yours should help guide your choice of sunscreen. Consider the following factors:
Skin type: Is your skin oily, dry or combination? If your skin breaks out regularly, you may benefit from an oil-free formula that helps calm inflammation. If you have dry, flaky skin, you may want to look for hydrating ingredients that provide added moisture in addition to sun protection.
Lifestyle: Do you work outside all day? You may want a formula that’s easy to reapply every two hours. Do you plan on swimming or sweating? You’ll need a sunscreen that’s water-resistant. Do you wear your sunscreen under makeup? A sheer SPF may be your best bet.
Ready to find your EltaMD sunscreen match? Here’s the lowdown on our favorite formulas.