If you have yet to stock up on sunscreen, now’s the time. Of course it’s important to protect your skin year-round
, but as the weather heats up, you’ll inevitably spend more time outside—and more time in the sun means greater risk of sun damage.
When it comes to choosing SPF, the first step is decided between mineral and chemical options. Most dermatologists agree that mineral sunscreen—made with the active ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—is best at protecting skin. These filters form a physical barrier on top of skin, reflecting UV rays. Chemical sunscreens (Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Avobenzone), on the other hand, absorb rays and have (in some studies) been linked to hormone disruption.
Once you decide to go for a mineral formula, consider skin type and tone, when you’ll be using it, and what body part you want to cover. Here’s the best one for every need.