Facial Sunscreen: What’s the Best?

Paul M. Graham, DO

Last week, Consumer Reports conducted a study on the effectiveness of varying sunscreens on the market and released a list of their findings. Unfortunately, the majority of the sunscreens that were tested were not specifically designed for the face. Facial sunscreens are not a requirement and typically contain the same active ingredients that are in conventional sunscreens; but some people prefer sunscreen formulated specifically for the facial skin. According to a recent Consumer Reports study, the top sunscreen lotion overall outperformed any facial sunscreen on the market. With that in mind, Consumer Reports released recommendations on the best facial sunscreens currently available.

Before we get to the winners, let me mention one more important concept to keep in mind. Products labeled with the words “natural” or “mineral” performed poorly when compared to their chemical blocker counterparts. Sunscreens that contain only mineral active ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, offered poor UV protection in this study. Despite these findings, physical blocker sunscreens are still a good alternative to those who are truly allergic to the chemical blockers commonly found in conventional sunscreen. With that said, use this information as a tool to help guide your next sunscreen purchase.

Avon Sun + Face Lotion SPF 40
Up & Up Ultra Sheer SPF 30


Photo Credit: Robert Scott Bell

Original Article: http://www.consumerreports.org/sunscreens/best-face-sunscreen/ 

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