3 million people annually in the United States are diagnosed with Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Another staggering statistic is that one American dies every hour of skin cancer. And one in 3 people in Arizona are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer.
With May being national Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and as we start Summer 2020, we have compiled a list of dermatologist recommended options on how to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays while still enjoying the summer.
As the temperatures climb, are you prepared to protect your skin from the sun this season? It’s hard to know which SPF sunscreen brands are the best. There are also choices of sprays, lotions or sticks.
Sarah Neumann, MMS-PA-C, Physician Assistant of Ahwatukee Skin & Laser says, “Not all sunscreen is created equal.” Sarah stresses the importance when looking for sunscreen, to find one that contains 5% Micronized Titanium or Zinc Oxide. These two components bounce the UV rays off and helps to protect your skin.
Most dermatologist will say that many patients tend to complain about how sunscreen feels on their skin, how it smells and how irritating it can be. All valid excuses but it is very important to protect your skin and to find, buy and use a type of sunscreen that you will wear. Many patients will use excuses just not to wear it, however thankfully we now have so many different options to choose from.
To help you find the perfect formula that you’ll use, here is a list of dermatologist recommended favorites:
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Face Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide
The Anthelios sunscreen line are dermatologist recommended and water resistant. This sunscreen was developed specifically for sensitive skin. It is fast absorbing, none whitening, none greasy Titanium Dioxide sunscreen. The combined UVA/UVB filters to deliver broad spectrum SPF 50 and antioxidants to protect from free radicals. This is a great sunscreen to use every day and works great under makeup.
This easy to use, mineral sunscreen stick is perfect for sensitive skin. With SPF 50, it holds up and works great for prolonged outdoor exposure. This sunscreen may look white on skin due to the ingredients, but it packs a punch in helping protect from the sun. This would be a good option when playing in the sun and surf and not so much as an every day use under make-up.
This option from down under is a great sunscreen and works great at preventing sunburns. Like the matching sunscreen stick, this sunblock is great for sensitive skin and contains zinc and titanium dioxide which are two components that your sunscreen should have. When applying, it is recommended to use about “two finger widths” worth of sunscreen to cover your face and about one ounce to cover your neck and chest area.
Jan Marini antioxidant daily face protectant spf 30 helps protect you against the harmful radiation from the sun. It is also gentle enough on the skin to be used on a daily basis. Spf 30 offers broad spectrum protection to regular or extended exposure. It is non greasy and helps make your skin smooth and soft by moisturizing and controlling oil. The antioxidants in the formula is said to help restore skin and offer protection against further damage.
You won’t find this sunscreen on Amazon and if you are one of the lucky ones to live near a Trader Joe’s, stop in and grab a couple of bottles of this great sunscreen. The chain sells the sunscreen for an absolute steal of $5.99, but only carries the bottle during spring and summer, so stock up. The popular PABA and paraben-free Trader Joe’s SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen has a broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection and skin-nourishing ingredients like aloe, Vitamin E, & coconut oil. It is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
A great, sheer, lightweight mineral sunscreen moisturizer that provides hydrating, chemical-active free sun protection. COOLA Mineral Body Sunscreen provides hydrating, chemical-active free sun protection for sensitive skin. Their technology helps disperse non-nano minerals evenly, for a sheer application with a lightweight and eminently wearable finish.
Dermatologist praise this affordable lotion for its “non-sticky feel” and the fact that it applies cleanly without “leaving a white film” on skin. This is a great lightweight and hydrating choice that is perfect for wearing underneath make-up. Users wearing this should touch up their application every 90 minutes.
This stick is perfect for face protection and has a pleasant light, lemon scent. Parents, this is a great option for the nasal bridge application on children. She pointed out the product could also work well for anyone looking to add some extra moisture to their skin. This stick is great moisturizing sun protection. It is dermatologist approved, and the non-comedogenic roll-on sunscreen delivers UVA/UVB protection and is packed with Vitamin E. It is also oil-free, water-resistant, reef friendly and great for all skin types.
Don’t forget, you can’t neglect your luscious lips during the summer! Dermatologist say that when it comes to sunscreen, most people tend to forget about their lips. The lip area and right above the lips proned to skin cancer. Try this lip balm to keep the area protected, soft, and moisturized.
Looking for cruelty-free, vegan ingredients? This is a great brand to try. The applicator is great for targeted sunscreen application. Dermatologist do recommend that you avoid using sprays on small children since they are more likely to move during the application process. Areas might be missed.
This standard sunscreen spray bottle keeps the cruelty-free, vegan ingredients that Kiss My Face is known for. When applying, dermatologists recommends holding the bottle 6 to 8 inches away from the skin, applying evenly, and then rubbing in to make sure it absorbs properly.
SPF 50 Sunscreen Mineral Lotion provides broad spectrum UVA + UVB protection using non-nano zinc oxide. SPF 50 is effective for adults and kids and water resistant up to 80 minutes. It’s the only FDA-approved sunscreen that protects against all 3 types of UV rays (UVB, UVA2, and UVA1) all by itself! It also contains soothing and moisturizing organic shea and cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, and organic calendula, green tea, avocado, and cucumber extracts. Water resistant (80 minutes)
One of the most common issues dermatologist hear is from women who apply sunscreen, put on makeup and then are exposed for hours of fun and sun don’t have an option to reapply sunscreen without ruining their makeup. Problem solved with this brush on powder sunscreen that allows for convenient, easy, quick application of powder sunscreen over your daily makeup. While it is a little pricier than your standard sunscreen, it does solve the problem of those looking for a convenient way to stay sun safe while looking good.
Dermatologist will tell you that sunscreen is not the only way to protect you from the dangerous UV rays! Protective clothing can help those who are outside for long periods of time. It is always recommended to apply sunscreen, but an addition of UPF Coolibar hat has “dependable UV protection” with a moisture-wicking internal sweatband that add an additional layer of protection from the sun. Neumann recommends, “always wear a hat, the larger the brim the better. Hats offer a cover protection to your neck and ears.” She adds, “And Do not forget about protecting your eyes. Wearing sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays is important to keeping your eyes sun safe.”
Neumann also recommends those looking for a natural option of sunscreen to visit the EWG website.
For more information on skincare visit:
Ahwatukee Skin & Laser or Sun City Dermatology