I have just returned from a week in Bermuda — and it has been on my “TO DO” list to share a list of sunscreens that I am using. The sun is the number one disruptor to skin health and beauty, so now is a great time to throw out old, dated sunscreens and stock up on the good stuff!
I still go to the same tried and true dermatologist in Manhattan that I have used since I was in my early 20’s. She is a professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai and has a stellar client roster to boot. (Not to mention that she regularly appears on the Today Show!). So I have picked her brain as well as that of the pediatric dermatologist my children see to get the scoop on good, quality sunscreens without all of the “bad stuff” and here is the list I have to share:
1) La Roche-Posay Sunscreen
2) Ocean Potion Sunscreen
3) Tizo 3
I use Le Prarie facial moisturizers with sunscreen, so I apply that every morning. I am currently using La Roche-Posay daily on my neck/arms/legs even when just running around town. I’m trying to get better about remembering my extremities on a day-to-day basis! I use Ocean Potion sunscreen on my kids (my kids can’t live without the Ocean Potion’s “Clear Zinc Oxide Face Potion”)- and don’t forget your lips! Mine got badly burned in Bermuda and it took days for the burn to subside! It’s essential to carry a lip protectant with sunscreen in it! Scroll down for a good one from Ocean Potion. So the La Roche-Posay, Ocean Potion and Tizo 3 were recommended by my squad of dermatologists – click below on the images for more information on ordering:
In addition to what the dermatologists recommend above, I also rely heavily on sunscreens that are highly rated on the EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens. EWG provides information on sunscreen products from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate both efficacy and the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product – not the product itself – compared to other sunscreens. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. It is a great tool that I have been using 4-5 years since a friend from CA turned me onto it. I also have their app and have found myself on many occasions literally in the grocery store, pulling out my EWG app and looking up brands before buying them! I had good success last year with the Badger brand sunscreens, which are included in their list of top sunscreens. We tried the Goddess Garden line, but my kids weren’t as crazy about it (but it’s still good). The Badger brand gets their highest score and they rate it as a “top choice for sun protection”. That’s good news if you have young children! Finding the right balance of sun protection (UVA/UVB) AND safe, non-toxic ingredients isn’t always easy! Ocean Potion rates highly as well and the La Roche products also get high marks (a bit lower due to some ingredients). Tizo isn’t rated on their website — I included it above because of the dermatologist’s endorsement.
Don’t forget after a long day loaded up with sunscreen and sweating in the sun to exfoliate your face and skin at night! I learned the hard way after forgetting my exfoliator with a breakout that left me feeling like a pre-teen again! For a strong, once-a-week exfoliator I use the Laura Mercier Face Polish (it’s my favorite), and for a daily-use scrub I use the Burt’s Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub . It feels good to go to bed after a beach day feeling clean and fresh! Good products make all the difference!