Whether the goal is to protect against cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) rays, minimize exposure to damaging blue light from electronics, or enhance treatment for skin conditions such as melasma or acne, Dermatologists always recommend the daily use of sunscreen. For optimal skin health, a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen should be a part of your everyday routine—and choosing the right product is important, as not all sunscreens are created equal.

The sun protection options on the market today have differences in formulations, efficacy, ease of reapplication, and compatibility with different skin types. You might also consider your personal preferences for texture, tone, and fragrance. EltaMD's sun protection line is the result of incredible amounts of research and care. The range offers something for everyone, so it's no surprise that EltaMD is the number one Dermatologist-recommended, professional sunscreen brand.

So, which EltaMD sunscreen is right for you?

Sunscreen by Skin Condition

Acne and Rosacea

Using daily sunscreen while also managing acne can be a confusing issue. SPF is not only essential for protection here, but it's actually part of the treatment to avoid discolored marks that can be left behind when the breakout settles. This is of particular importance for those with darker skin. That being said, the product must not clog pores or create any other disruption that could potentially worsen the existing inflammation.

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 contains transparent zinc oxide so that it blends with any skin tone and niacinamide (vitamin B3), which helps with inflammation. Other active ingredients, such as hyaluronic or lactic acids, enhance one's natural complexion, through hydration and exfoliation. There is a tinted variant for those who prefer a bit more coverage. Possibly most appealing for those with acne or rosacea is the fact that the oil-free texture is light and non-comedogenic.

Eczema and Psoriasis

When the skin is affected by a chronic condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, mineral sunscreen options are best. The naturally occurring minerals and primary active ingredients, such as zinc oxide, provide ample protection without irritation. There is another benefit in that these formulations frequently offer extra protection against blue light coming from computer screens, cell phones, and fluorescent indoor light bulbs. For a facial sunscreen, tinted EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 delivers, while EltaMD UV Pure SPF 47 is a superb choice for all-over body coverage.

Sunscreen and Skin Tone

Finding the right skin color match is often a barrier to sunscreen use. No one wants to walk around with that chalky white residue sometimes left behind after initial application and worsened by reapplication. In these instances, choosing sheer or color-matched products is generally the best option. There are many EltaMD sunscreens that are a good fit for a range of skin tones from white to dark brown. For year-round use, EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 is a popular choice. It is a sheer facial product that affords protection without a trace.

Sunscreen and Your Skin Routine

Choosing a daily sunscreen is much like choosing a life partner. It's best to really get to know the product to ensure it's compatible with your routine and preferences. Makeup wearers, for example, need to find a product that layers well. Again, EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 is a great option here, as it's very light and cosmetically elegant, playing nicely with other skin products such as antioxidants and serums. The infused hyaluronic acid brings an added radiance that makes it a fan favorite.

For those who want a little extra moisture or prefer a multitasking product that can cut down the number of steps in their routine, EltaMD Broad-Spectrum UV Facial SPF 30+ is ideal. This cream combines sun care and moisturization into one easy step.

Sunscreen and Lifestyle

Indoor Protection

Sunscreen may not always be at the front of your mind if you spend the majority of your day indoors, working. But damaging UV light can—and does—come through car and home windows. (Think of a faded photo on a sun-drenched living room mantle; that's the result of UV exposure.) So, daily protection is necessary even if commuting to and from work is your primary activity. EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum 30+ for the face and EltaMD UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ for thr body also works well here for their two-in-one approaches to SPF and moisturization.

Outdoor Sports Enthusiasts

Those who love to be active in Mother Nature's hills, meadows, beaches, and waters might want to consider EltaMD Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ or EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50. As the names imply, these sunscreens are water-resistant to the highest 80-minute standard and specially formulated to prevent stinging and dripping into the eyes from water or sweat. These are the products you should grab for the whole family to use during trips to the beach or amusement park, or on more solitary ventures, such as surfing, hiking, running, and gardening.

Whatever your sun care needs may be, EltaMD provides something for you. Be sure to choose a daily sunscreen that works with your routine and makes your skin feel its best—this way, you'll be likely to wear it every day, enjoying both the product and optimal skin health for life.


  • Lacey Muinos

    Lacey is a Southern California-based freelance writer who combines her passions—fitness, health, and a vegan lifestyle—with her work to help readers feel and be their best. Her work has been featured in Healthline, Livestrong, Verywell Fit, Eat This Not That, KinderBeauty, and more.

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