With summer approaching and the weather heating, there's a good chance that you're gearing up to spend every possible moment outside. Whether that means enjoying picnics in the park, soaking up rays on the sand, taking your sweat session into the great outdoors, or even working al fresco, there’s one thing all of those scenarios have in common: A serious need for sunscreen.
And that holds true on cloudy days, too, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. “Daily sunscreen use is important for two main reasons: Skin cancer prevention and anti-aging,” says Gary Goldenberg, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Goldenberg Dermatology in New York City. “It's been proven beyond any doubt that UV exposure causes skin cancer and sunscreen protects against UV exposure. But it's also clear that sun exposure is one of the main reasons for skin aging—wrinkles, lines, pigmentation, dull skin, and loss of subcutaneous fat pad leading to jowling."
Meet our experts: Gary Goldenberg, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Goldenberg Dermatology in New York City, Caren Campbell, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in San Francisco, Sheila Farhang, MD, board certified dermatologist and founder of Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics, Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, Fatima Fahs, MD, a dermatologist in Michigan, Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist in Cambridge, MA, Corey L. Hartman, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL, Joyce Park, MD, a dermatologist practicing in Northern California, Jing Liu, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Minneapolis, MN, Candace Spann, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Las Vegas
So let's go shopping for your SPF of the season. Ahead, WH polled dermatologists to get their favorite sunscreens on the market. Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, there's something on our list for you.
1Best OverallUltimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Shiseido Read More
2Best Drugstore SunscreenHydrating Sunscreen Face Sheer Tint SPF 30 CeraVe Read More
3Best For Beach DaysClear Zinc SPF 50 Sun Bum Read More
4Best Mineral SunscreenUV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 EltaMD Read More
5Best For Sensitive SkinPhysical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 SkinCeuticals Read More