Here’s Exactly What to Look for in a Sunscreen

The nearly limitless number of sunscreen choices can be confusing—if you guess wrong, you will literally get burned. Follow these golden rules for finding the best and most protective sunscreen options.


The sun depletes your skin’s antioxidants, so if you can replace those healthy molecules while you protect against the sun’s rays, even better. “One of my favorite sunscreens, ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica, protects with an SPF of 50 from the physical sunscreen zinc oxide. It also contains the potent antioxidant vitamin E, which helps protect against environmental damage in addition to photolyase enzymes, which have been scientifically shown to repair UV-induced DNA damage,” Dr. Robinson says. “In essence, it is protecting and repairing at the same time. It’s a win-win.” Sunscreens with antioxidants are more stable, too, says Patricia Wexler, MD, a dermatological surgeon and owner of Wexler Dermatology in New York City. But keep an eye out for one you should avoid: “Some SPFs have antioxidants added, like vitamin A, which could actually increase the risk of sun sensitivity and even skin cancer.” May 2018

Article by Kimberly Holland