How to Choose the Best Face Sunscreens
We all know that we need to wear our sunscreen, especially on our faces. There are so many different face sunscreens out there that I thought I would have a little visit with my dermatologist’s office about this. Every time that I go in to Hamilton Dermatology I am reminded that I should wear sunscreen. An annual skin check is always on my calendar for preventative reasons.
So why should we wear sunscreen EVERY day on our faces? Face sunscreens are the easiest and best ways to protect your skin’s health and appearance regardless of your age. Yes, that means wearing sunscreen in the winter or on a rainy day. It should just be an automatic when you are getting dresses for the day. If you uses it regularly it will help prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging.
So, let’s see what the ladies at Hamilton Dermatology recommend for us.
Madison Hamilton, PA Answers My Questions About The Best Face Sunscreens
What is the difference between sunscreens and face sunscreens?
There isn’t really much of a difference. Facial sunscreens are more cosmetically elegant.
What SPF and ingredients should you look for when choosing a facial sunscreen?
ZINC!!! I tell all of my patients that they should pick a sunscreen with at least 7% zinc or more. Other things to look for in a good facial sunscreen are labels that say “:non-comedogenic”. That means that it won’t clog your pores. Getting a facial sunscreen that contains iron oxides is also helpful in preventing sun damage from the visible light spectrum such as computer screens.
Should you use a different facial sunscreen on a daily basis versus when you are going to be in the at outdoor activities or at the beach/pool?
If your facial sunscreen has enough zinc, then you are fine. However, don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours when you are out and about!
When you are at outdoor activities how often should you reapply your facial sunscreen? Sometimes that’s not always easy if you also have makeup on. Is the Colorscience Brush on powder a good touch up?
Yes, you always need to reapply every 2 hours when out!
Yes, I love the Colorscience brush! I take it everywhere with me.
Other Areas That Need Special Sun Protection
Hands and Neck/Decollete are the 2 areas of our bodies besides our faces that show our age. What type of sunscreen should we use on these areas?
You should use the same sunscreens that you use on your face. These areas show the most sun damage. However, seeking shade and wearing clothes to cover the the sun is going to be the number 1 method for prevention.
You can read about how I always keep my hands looking their best year round in addition to keeping sunscreen on them here.
Last but not least, what do you recommend for our lips?
Recommended Face Sunscreens
So what, we have all been waiting for….. what her favorite face sunscreens are for all of us to have in our bathrooms, beach bags, and handbags.
- Hamilton Dermascience Emollient Intensive (Hamilton Dermatology is happy to ship to you)
- Cerave Hydrating Mineral
- Ilia Serum Skin Tint
- Supergoop Mineral
- It Cosmetics
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope that Madison Hamilton was able to help you navigate the best face sunscreens for your face, neck/decollete, and lips for year round. If you are in the Atlanta metro area, I would highly recommend the practice. Mark and I have gone there for years. I also use their medical grade spa on a regular basis for all sorts of treatments to keep my skin looking its best.
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