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The Best Sunscreens Money Can Buy, According to Dermatologists

The Best Sunscreens, According to Dermatologists

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If you're the type to spend hours researching before you buy skin-care products, then sunscreen is probably one of your biggest time sucks. These days there are so many potential SPF dilemmas: Lotion, spray, or powder? Do sunscreens with an SPF over 50 actually provide added protection? You could spend an entire day just trying to decide where you stand on the safety of chemical sunscreens.

If you'd prefer someone to do all the work for you, might as well make it a dermatologist. They examine different skin types every day and stay up to date with the latest research on ingredients as part of the job. Lucky for you, we rounded up the best options, according to top docs.

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CoTZ Face Prime & Protect Tinted SPF 40

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Shari Sperling, M.D. of Sperling Dermatology counts this sunscreen that comes in tinted and untinted versions as her all-time favorite face sunblock. "I always use the tinted one, because it is like a natural cover-up and gives you a bronzed look," she says. "It doesn't make you break out and is great for under makeup."

Buy It, $24

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Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen

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Dr. Sperling is also a huge fan of this zinc oxide sunscreen. It's made for babies so it's extra gentle. It's fragrance-free, doesn't contain any chemical sun blockers, and carries the National Eczema Association's seal of acceptance. 

Buy It, $13

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Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

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If finding an SPF with a seamless application is one of your main concerns, consider this lightweight sunscreen. "Currently I am really into the Alastin tinted SPF," says Tanya Kormeili, M.D., a Santa Monica-based dermatologist. "It is so elegant and blends into every skin tone with great protection."

Buy It, $55

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Spray Sunscreen

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Both Dr. Kormeili and Dr. Sperling recommend Neutrogena when it comes to spray sunscreens. This SPF 100+ spray with a nozzle—designed to make back application easier—is Dr. Sperling's favorite.

Related: The Best Face and Body Sunscreens for 2019

Buy It, $9

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EltaMD UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF

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Julie Harper, M.D., an Alabama-based dermatologist, says this sunscreen from EltaMD is her favorite sunscreen for face. "I use it every day on my face and neck," she says. "It's SPF 44, water resistant, and offers broad-spectrum protection, but is also moisturizing and tinted." 

Buy It, $34

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ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica

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ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica has reached holy grail status for Dr. Deanne Robinson, M.D., of Modern Dermatology of Connecticut. "It doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin and it is a fantastic multitasker," she says. "It provides broad-spectrum protection and contains antioxidants that protect the skin from environmental threats as well as DNA photolyases that repair damage that has already occurred."

Buy It, $55

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Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen

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Dr. Robinson also likes Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. It's formulated to act as a weightless primer for makeup, contains red algae and meadowfoam seed oil, and is currently one of Sephora's bestsellers.

Related: How Top Dermatologists Apply Their Own Sunscreen (Plus Their Favorite Sun Blockers)

Buy It, $32

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EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

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You already know this sunscreen is a gem, given the fact it gets hyped by Amazon customers, Reddit, and Kendall Jenner alike. But in case you needed more proof, it also gets Dr. Robinson's approval. It contains contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and lactic acid and is great for people who are prone to acne, hyperpigmentation, or rosacea, she says.

Buy It, $35

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