The SPF aisle is packed with products and can be super-confusing, so we cut to the chase and asked dermatologists which UV protectors they trust enough to use on themselves.
Best basic face sunscreen
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“It’s not just UV rays but also infrared light and heat that cause cellular damage and pigmentation. SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair SPF 50+ is the only sunscreen to offer this trifecta of protection. My daily regime includes a tinted sunscreen with SPF 30, 40, or 50. It’s important to keep in mind that makeup with SPF 20 sunscreen math favors only the highest SPF, not the sum of them all: SPF 40 + SPF 20 = SPF 40, not SPF 60. —Ellen Marmur, MD, dermatologist at Marmur Medical, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. This is exactly what you have to look for in a sunscreen.
Best facial sunscreen with coverage
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“I like to use a BB cream on the weekends and when I hit the gym instead of foundation because it provides enough coverage while feeling light on my skin. I like my skin to breathe. Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream has SPF 30 and is extremely hydrating to my skin while providing antioxidant protection. It blends perfectly into my skin, giving me a natural finished look while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.” —Whitney Bowe, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Laser & Cosmetic Services at Advanced Dermatology, P.C.
Best anti-pollution sunscreen
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“ALASTIN HydraTint ProMineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 is exactly what I’ve been looking for—an all-in-one product that combines all-physical block, environmental protection, moisturizer, age-defying antioxidants, and foundation in a beautiful formulation and convenient pump. It goes on easily, feels lightweight, looks great, and is easy to remove. This will easily become a favorite for everyone who tries it.” —Roberta F. Palestine, MD, dermatologist in Maryland. These are sunscreen dos and don’ts you’ll wish you knew sooner.