There are TONS of facial sunblocks on the market, so how do you know which one is really going to offer your skin the best protection.
Dr. Farah Shah has the answer: protection against UVA AND UVB rays.
According to Dr. Shah, a dermatologist at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Neutrogena is only brand that has Helioplex – a combination of avobenzone and oxybenzone that stabilizes the ingredients in sunscreen and protects your skin from UVB rays. Research is showing that UVB rays are probably more harmful than UVB.
The only other physical barrier is zinc oxide, which is not a good look for anyone, not even the hot lifeguard. Because I was unaware of Helioplex, I have used SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 ($37) that has a transparent zinc oxide.
Both products do the trick, but clearly have different price points.
Two more tips that Dr. Shah recommends:
- Any SPF over 20 is plenty of protection. No need to hunt down SPF 100.
- When you put on your sunscreen in the morning (either under or over your moisturizer), also apply it on the back of your hands. Both men and women are concerned with sun spots on their hands and often have them lasered off. However, they will come back. Prevent your hands from aging with sunscreen. You might not realize how much UVB is effecting your hands, but those rays shoot right through the windshield while your hands are on the wheel, causing them to age faster.