Now and then, we come across splurge-worthy skin care essentials, and this sunscreen is one of them. With over 3,000 Amazon reviews and a spot among the retailer's top-sellers list, Elta MD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen is well worth its $34 price tag.
Dermatologists agree that wearing sunscreen every single day is non-negotiable, and this hydrating, lightweight formula is a true standout among the rest. Ellen Marmur, Board Certified Dermatologist and founder of Marmur Metamorphosis, counts Elta MD’s facial sunscreen among her favorites. “It is gentle enough to use if you have acne, dryness or rosacea, but not greasy for those with oily skin,” she explains.
Amazon shoppers praise the sensitive skin-friendly SPF, calling it ”a real game-changer” and “worth every penny.” One five-star fan writes, “I've been using this sunscreen for about 3 years ... I'm also prone to acne, rosacea, and hyper-pigmentation so to find a sunscreen that's specifically designed to not aggravate those issues is amazing. It has no white cast, no scent, and works beautifully under makeup. It's not matte but it's not greasy — it feels and looks like a very lightweight lotion but it totally works at protecting my skin. Truly the best sunscreen I've ever used.”
Many happy customers note that the sheer formula doesn't leave behind a white cast or a sticky residue, and is ideal for acne-prone skin. "So many of my patients hate the feeling of a thick sunscreen that sits on top of the skin, but EltaMD spreads quickly and feels as if you don’t have any product on," says Dr. Marmur.
Any sunscreen that is virtually transparent and hydrates skin while calming redness and inflammation will easily become a staple in anyone's routine, but the protection is what really counts. The beloved sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays) protection, courtesy of two main ingredients: zinc oxide and octinoxate.
"Zinc oxide is a natural mineral which provides the safest and most effective protection against UV rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc forms a physical barrier on the skin and reflects the sun's rays. Zinc Oxide is the best performing ingredient for blocking both UVA and UVB rays," explains Dr. Marmur. "Since Octinoxate is known to block UV-B rays, you’ll often find it in the ingredients list of over-the-counter sunscreens. Manufacturers also routinely use Octinoxate in all kinds of cosmetic and personal care products to help keep their ingredients fresh and effective."
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