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“Doctor, which is the best dermatologist recommended sunscreen ? Should I use SPF 15 or SPF 30? What is the correct method of applying sunscreen? “

Sunscreen is an integral part of skin care regime It helps in delaying ageing, prevents, pigmentation, and protects sensitive skin. However, choosing the right sunscreen and the right method of application is paramount. I have covered the basics of sunscreen in the FAQs(Frequently Asked Questions) at the end of this article.

Scroll further for the best dermatologist recommended sunscreen for oily, dry and combination skin types available in India, US and UK . 

Why should I use Sunscreen?

Sunlight has a spectrum of rays called as Ultraviolet rays that are not beneficial for skin. 

Studies show that UVA rays cause aging and pigmentation, while UVB rays cause sunburn and increase risk of skin cancer.

This is the reason you need sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.  

Ozone layer absorbs 100% of UVC, 90% of UVB, and a minimal amount of UVA. Depletion of the ozone layer increases UV transmission. If you live in area where ozone layer is depleted, then sunscreen gets absolutely essential.

Olay Total Effects 7 In 1 Anti Ageing Skin Day Cream SPF 15

Best Dermatologist Recommended Sunscreen

Best sunscreen for regular use if you stay indoors

Skin type: Normal to oily

Skin concern: Any

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If your stay indoors and your skin does not have any major skin concern, then Olay Total Effects 7 In 1 Day Cream, SPF 15 is a good product from regular use. It has anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and green tea extracts that help in skin repair and delay ageing. Niacinamide is a another star ingredient that has anti-inflammatory and skin lightening action.

This product is unlikely to irritate, but cautious use is recommended in super-sensitive skin. 

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream SPF 30 

best sunscreen for regular use above 25 years of age

Best sunscreen or regular use above are of 25 years of age

Skin type: Normal to dry

Skin concern: Ageing

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If you are above 25 years of age and want to delay signs of ageing, then use Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream SPF 30 daily before going to work. It has a proven peptide based anti-ageing ingredients that can delay skin ageing. Carob seed extract help in anti-ageing and skin lightening. Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory and skin lightening action. Green tea also help in anti-ageing and anti-oxidant action. 

Cetaphil PRO Oil Control Moisturising Lotion

Best Dermatologist Recommended Sunscreen

Best dermatologist recommended sunscreen for acne prone skin

Skin type: Oily to combination

Skin concern: Acne, Open pores

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Cetaphil PRO Oil Control Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 is a good option for acne prone skin. It has anti-agent(zinc gluconate), Anti-oxidant (Vitamin E) and anti-inflammatory agents(allantoin and panthenol).

Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen

Best Dermatologist Recommended Sunscreen

Best dermatologist recommended sunscreen for sensitive

Skin type: Dry to Combination

Skin concern: Sensitive skin

Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a physical sunscreen that has zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. It is a good choice for oily to combination skin prone to sensitivity or rosacea and acne breakouts. While it might feel heavy on oily skin, but can be tried for severe or prolonged sun exposures. 

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CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion SPF 30

Best Dermatologist Recommended Sunscreen

Best dermatologist recommended sunscreen for combination/normal skin

Skin type: Oily to combination

Skin concern: Any

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This is light weight water based lotion based sunscreen that can help in repairing skin barrier with help of ceramides. In addition hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide provide hydration and soothing benefits. It can be used regularly for all those who are not exposed to bright sun on daily basis. Cera ve sunscreen can be tried for sensitive skin with caution. Might not suit super-sensitive skin because it is chemical based formula.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen 

Best Dermatologist Recommended Sunscreen

Best dermatologist recommended sunscreen for oily skin

Skin type: Oily to combination

Skin concern: Any

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It is light weight gel based formula that can be used regularly. It offers SPF of 50, that is highly recommended for outdoor exposure in bright sun last for more than few minutes. If your job takes you outside in sun off and on during the day, then you can use this sunscreen regularly.

Banana Boat Sport SPF 50 Family Size Sunscreen Lotion

Best Dermatologist Recommended Sunscreen

Best dermatologist recommended sunscreen for outdoor activities

Skin type: Dry to combination

Skin concern: Tanning due to outdoor activities

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Banana Boat is a reputed brand when it comes to sunscreen. Banana Boat Sport SPF 50 Family Size Sunscreen Lotion is an affordable and reliable sunscreen for outdoor activities. It is light weight and water resistant formula that might not feel sticky or sweaty.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Hydrating Fluid Face Moisturizer SPF 50

Best Dermatologist Recommended Sunscreen

Recommended for pigmented skin

Skin type: Combination to Oily

Skin concern: Ageing, Pigmentation

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Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Hydrating Fluid Face Moisturizer SPF 50 is water based sunscreen with natural extracts of green tea, chamomile, grape seed pomegranate etc. that help in soothing your skin, skin lightening and anti-ageing. If you are looking for one product that gives you benefit of anti-ageing, skin lightening and soothing, then go for this products. 

FAQs

What is SPF? 

Sun protection factor (SPF) is the ability of a sunscreen to delay visible sun damage caused by UVB. 

Sunscreen with SPF of 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays while SPF 45 sunscreen blocks only additional 5% of UVB rays. Still, dermatologist recommend SPF 30 or above.

This is because you don’t apply enough amount of sunscreen. To achieve SPF, you have to apply 2mg/cmof sunscreen. We apply only one-third. 

Should I use SPF 15 or SPF 30?

If you stay indoors, then apply SPF of 15. SPF of 30 or higher is enough for regular outdoor exposure. SPF 50 + is recommended at beach, swimming pools, outdoor sports etc. Water-resistant brands should be preferred if you sweat a lot or before going in pool or sea.

What is broad spectrum sunscreen?

SPF only gauges the ability of sunscreens to protect against UVB rays and not UVA rays. UVA rays are responsible for ageing and dark patches. Therefore, if you want to delay skin ageing and prevent dark spots, then you should use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Zinc oxide, titanium oxide, Avobenzone, Mexoryl etc. are the agents that provide UVA protection. PA+++ sign of label indicate good UVA coverage. In certain countries, Boot star rating is used for UVA protection. Sunscreen with 3 or more stars is a good buy.

Which is the best sunscreen for oily skin?

People with oily skin struggle to find a non-sticky, non-comedogenic matt finish sunscreen. Sunscreen with higher SPF tend to be stickier and heavy on skin. Gel, liquid or fluid sunscreen with SPF 30 is best for your skin. 

The first ingredient on list should be water. Most matt sunscreen have dimethicone base that can occlude pores leading open pores, blackheads and pimples. Avoid them.

Which is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

“Physical sunscreen” made of Zinc oxide are sensitive skin.

Which sunscreen does not feel hot or sweaty?

If you feel hot and sweaty with regular brands of sunscreens, prefer zinc or titanium based physical sunscreen that blocks UV rays; as opposed to chemical sunscreens that convert UV rays into heat. Check out this list of physical sunscreen.

What is the correct method of applying sunscreen?

The correct method of applying sunscreen is as follows:

Shake the bottle before use.

Apply sunscreen at least 15- 30 minutes before leaving out in the sun.

Follow dot method; apply dots of sunscreen on face and massage them thoroughly to form a uniform coat.

Reapply after sweating, swimming, rubbing or washing your face.

Apply on all exposed parts like face, neck and arms for better results.

Do apply sunscreen on lips, under eye and ears.

Around half a teaspoon or 3 ml of sunscreen is required to cover face and neck for adequate protection.

Should I use sunscreen on cloudy day?

Clouds do not block UVA rays, so you should apply sunscreens even on a cloudy or rainy day. Similarly, car window glasses do not block UVA rays, so apply sunscreen before you go for a drive.

Should I use sunscreen on lips?

Yes. Lips lack protective melanin. Lip skin is thin. Moreover, lower lip is prone to skin cancers as well. If you go out in bright sun often then, Use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from UV rays

Why sunscreen irritates in under eye area?

Most sunscreens might irritate eyes. Preservatives, additive and chemical based sunscreen ingredients are the culprits. Mineral sunscreens recommended for kids are less likely to irritate eyes.

Should I apply sunscreen to my kids?

Sun safe behaviour and use of sunscreen at an early age prevents sunburn and delay skin ageing. Apply sunscreen to children before outdoor activities. However, regular use of sunscreen in wheatish skin is not needed. Use purely physical sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium oxide. Please note that use of sunscreen is contraindicated below 6 months of age.

Is regular use of sunscreen harmful?

Following are the “ifs and buts” when it comes to the regular use of sunscreens:

  • Regular use of sunscreens might reduce vitamin D levels especially if dietary intake is not adequate. We suggest you protect your face with sunscreen regularly but expose rest of body to the sun for few minutes daily.
  • Sunscreen ingredients might get absorbed into the blood and alter hormones level. However, absorption of sunscreen occurs only if you eat without washing sunscreen from your hands. Always wash your hands before eating. This will not only remove the germs but also chemicals from skin care products.
  • Sunscreens might increase chances of sunburn, yes but only in those who use sunscreens occasionally rather than a routine, that too in fair skin.

Thus, “If you want to keep your teeth, use brush daily and if you want to keep your skin, use sunscreen daily.”

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