Having the right sunscreen in your skincare routine is THE essential. If you ask any dermatologist about what product they would recommend if you used ONE toward your skincare routine, it’s sunscreen. Facts.
WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR SUNSCREEN
Wearing sunscreen is one of the best — and easiest — ways to protect your skin’s appearance and health at any age. Used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging.
Our skin works to protect us from harmful ultraviolet radiation, which is why we should use sunscreen to protect us from damaging UV rays. Even on cloudy days, our skin is susceptible to the sun’s rays which can lead to skin cancer, discoloration, and wrinkles over time.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 46 SPF & SPF 60
In theory, sunscreen with super-high SPF should give you the best protection against damaging UV radiation. But in practice, it may not work that way. In fact, some experts say using super-high-SPF sunscreens could lead to more UV exposure — upping your risk for both burns and skin cancer.
Under ideal conditions (like in a laboratory), a sunscreen with higher SPF protection and broad-spectrum coverage offers more protection against sunburn, UVA damage and DNA damage than comparable products with lower SPF values.
ELTA MD 46SPF FACIAL SUNSCREEN REVIEW
The #1 best selling sunscreen on Amazon as of FEB 2022, if that says anything. This is a highly purchased and sought after sunscreen for a reason.
Oil-free EltaMD UV Clear helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to discoloration and breakouts associated to acne and rosacea. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Very lightweight and silky, it may be worn with makeup or alone. Choose from tinted and untinted formulas for use every day.
ELTA MD 46 SPF INGREDIENTS
Active Ingredients: 9.0% Zinc oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate
Zinc Oxide: Natural mineral compound that works as a sunscreen agent by reflecting and scattering UVA and UVB rays
Niacinamide (vitamin B3): Anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and minimizes the appearance of dry or damaged skin and restores suppleness
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid): Humectant that attracts and retains moisture, improving skin feel and restores suppleness
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E): Antioxidant that reduces free radicals to help diminish the visible signs of aging
Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.
HOW TO USE ELTA MD SPF 46 SUNSCREEN
- Apply liberally to face and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure.
- Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
- Reapply at least every 2 hours.
- Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including:
- Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses
- Before use on children under 6 months: Ask a physician
ELTA MD 46 SPF VIDEO DOCTOR REVIEW
LA ROCHE POSAY SPF 60 SUNSCREEN REVIEW
This is also a very highly sought after sunscreen which is typically compared with EltaMD SPF 46.
- Oxybenzone and Octinoxate-free facial sunscreen provides broad spectrum SPF 60 protection
- Non whitening, fast absorbing texture provides a smooth base for makeup application
- A powerful antioxidant complex to help protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays
- Water resistant (80 minutes)
- Formulated and rigorously tested for skin tolerance, even on sensitive skin
LA ROCHE POSAY SPF 60 INGREDIENTS
Cell-Ox Shield® Technology: A key antioxidant technology in the Anthelios sun care range. It combines photostable UVA/UVB filters to deliver broad spectrum protection and powerful antioxidant protection. With Senna Alata, a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells in the upper layer of skin against damaging free radicals caused by the sun.
Vitamin E: Tocopheryl acetate is a synthetic, more stable form of vitamin E. It has antioxidant properties to help neutralize damaging free radicals.
Dimethicone: A silicone-based polymer used as a skin protectant to help reduce water loss.
Silica: A type of powder with a spherical bead shape that provides a silky feel and soft focus effect. It is lightweight and is able to absorb a significant amount of oil from skin.
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water: A soothing water sourced in the town of La Roche-Posay in France and a core ingredient in most of our products. It contains a unique combination of minerals, trace elements, and a high concentration of selenium, a natural antioxidant.
AVOBENZONE 3% • HOMOSALATE 10% • OCTISALATE 5% • OCTOCRYLENE 7%
WATER • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE • ALCOHOL DENAT. • SILICA • DICAPRYLYL ETHER • STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER • PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE • DIMETHICONE • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE • NYLON-12 • DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE • DIETHYLHEXYL SYRINGYLIDENEMALONATE • PHENOXYETHANOL • LAURYL PEG/PPG-18/18 METHICONE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • PEG-8 LAURATE • ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL • POLY C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE • DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE • P-ANISIC ACID • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • DISODIUM EDTA • CASSIA ALATA LEAF EXTRACT • PROPYLENE CARBONATE • SODIUM DODECYLBENZENESULFONATE • TOCOPHEROL
HOW TO USE LA ROCHE POSAY SPF 60
Step 1: Apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure.
Step 2: Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, and at least every 2 hours.
Step 3: If used with other skincare products, use as a last step in regimen. Can be used alone or under makeup.
Sun Protection Measures: read back of packaging. Children under 6 months of age: ask a doctor.
LA ROCHE POSAY SPF 60 VIDEO DOCTOR REVIEW
WHICH IS BETTER? ELTA MD SPF 46 SPF OR LA ROCHAY POSAY 60 SPF?
Both are GREAT choices for sunscreen options. It really varies on how much protection you’re looking for. We encourage you to take a close look at the ingredients to see if there’s something there that you really like or really dislike!