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Lathering on sunscreen isn’t just an outdoor festivals and tours activity, it’s a year-round essential. Soaking up that vitamin D may feel good, but too much exposure can leave you with a red-hot sunburn — and that includes during the winter months.
No matter if it’s rain, shine, overcast or even partly cloudy, wearing a solid sunscreen will help keep your skin looking smooth and healthy. The last thing you want to deal with is sped-up signs of aging or, in worst cases, skin cancer. That’s why Billboard Shopping spoke with with Dr. Angela J. Lamb, a board-certified dermatologist and associate professor of Dermatology to discover the best sunscreens.
Before you go and stock your cart, Lamb shared some tips to keep in mind, including how to know if the one you’re using is truly “the best.”
What Is the Most Effective Sunscreen?
Not all sunscreen formulas are made equally, which makes the ingredients and application especially important when looking for the right one.
“I recommend something that will go on easily, feel good on people’s skin and permit them to wear makeup on top if desired,” she said. Lamb added that you should also look for ingredients such as oxide and titanium dioxide, as “those ingredients are going to help the sunscreen work immediately when applied to your skin.”
How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen?
Reapplication will depend on what you’re doing, according to Lamb.
“If you are outside sweating or doing any sports, your sunscreen really needs to be reapplied approximately every 80 to 90 minutes,” she said. “If you really only spend a little bit of time outside — maybe to or from work during your commute — you can put on sunscreen in the morning, and maybe, if the sun is still out when you leave to go home, reapply or use [a] powder [sunscreen] to touch it up.”
To help upgrade your beauty routine and pack essential commuting gear during the winter season and beyond, check below to shop the best sunscreens, according to a dermatologist, as well as some of our picks and celebrity favorites.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen – SPF 40
Lamb likes this Unseen Sunscreen from Supergoop for its lightweight formula that’s both water- and sweat-resistant for up to 40 minutes once applied. The texture is also clear, allowing you to put it on without worry of leaving behind white streaks.
Neutrogena Purescreen+ Tinted Sunscreen for Face – SPF 30
Lamb loves this Neutrogena’s Mineral UV Tint formula so much she uses it daily. It comes in four shades and adds a hint of tint to your skin once it’s applied.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion -SPF 30
Billboard Shopping has tested this sunscreen out, and I can say CeraVe’s Facial Moisturizer is my go-to. As someone with sensitive skin, finding a formula that doesn’t leave my skin with a burning sensation can be difficult. I’ve used CeraVe before and know that the ingredients are sensitive-skin friendly, which made it almost a no-brainer when determining what sunscreen brand to use. It’s not only lightweight, but doesn’t leave behind a chemical scent and, as an added bonus, it’s the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon for facial sunscreens.
Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum – SPF 30
Black Girl Sunscreen has garnered much earned attention for creating a quality SPF that’s fragrance free and long-lasting (like, up to 80 minutes!). It’s even water resistant, allowing you to take a dip or sweat without needing to constantly reapply.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Face Sunscreen – SPF 30
The previous Billboard Hot 100 Chart topper Selena Gomez has been known to love Drunk Elephant’s Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF, and we totally get why. Not only does it come with the dermatologist-approved ingredient oxide, but it features a fragrance- and essential-oil-free formula that’s gentle on skin without leaving it feeling oily.