Get a Tan, the Healthy Way: The Best Sunscreens for Face and Body

Sunshine, the beach, summertime: sun makes us happy. But only with the proper UV protection! Dr. Dominik Göddertz, a developer of sun protection products for Beiersdorf, gives us some tips on the importance of sunscreen.

Get a Tan, the Healthy Way: The Best Sunscreens for Face and Body

Dr. Göddertz, a beautiful, even tan simply looks great on everybody. But is this even achievable while using a sunscreen with high UV protection? 

Dr. Dominik Göddertz: Of course! A high SPF (short for Sun Protection Factor) might lengthen your tanning time a bit, but the tan will also look nicer for much longer. UV-rays from the sun stimulates the production of melanin, which is responsible for the color of a tan. Due to this, the daily use of a sunscreen can still allow for a healthy bronze glow.

So your advice is to use sunscreen daily? 

Dr. Dominik Göddertz: Yes! You should especially be using sun protection on your face year-round. There are plenty of face creams with SPF that should do in a pinch in the winter time.

What exactly is so dangerous about UV-rays?

Dr. Dominik Göddertz: UVB rays penetrate the epidermal layer of the skin. They are responsible for tanning, but also for sunburns. The high energy given off from these rays can even directly damage your DNA, i.e. the genetic material in the cells. In the worst case, this can lead to skin cancer. Although UVA rays do not cause painful symptoms on the skin, they penetrate very deeply into the cells of the dermis. They can cause the production of free radicals and are the main cause of skin aging and wrinkling. About 80% of wrinkles are caused by UVA rays. They can also contribute to the development of sun allergies.

Should we use a specific sun cream just for facial protection?

 Dr. Dominik Göddertz: Ideally, yes. The quality of facial skin cells differs from the rest of the body: the former tend to be thinner and weaker. Besides that, sunscreens for the body tend to be thicker and more oily, which can leave an unpleasant-feeling residue when applied to the face.

Which SPF for whom?

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Which SPF is right for me? 

Dr. Dominik Göddertz: This depends on three factors: the quality of your skin, your skin type, and the amount of time you plan to spend under the open sky. If you have very light skin and hair, you will likely develop a sunburn more quickly than somebody with dark skin and hair. Due to this, individuals with lighter skin should go for a higher SPF. We recommend facial creams (for all skin types) with at least SPF 30. With this amount of sun protection, only about 1/30, so 3%, of UVB-rays will reach your skin. 

Should I use sunscreen on a cloudy day?

Dr. Dominik Göddertz: Absolutely. UVA- and UVB-rays can penetrate cloud coverage. These rays make up 90% of the rays which reach the earth. 


Is there such a thing as 100% SPF coverage?


Dr. Dominik Göddertz: No, and if there was it wouldn’t be healthy! The body does require specific types of UV-rays. 

How can I tell if I need to reapply my sunscreen?

Dr. Dominik Göddertz: Some people notice a light tingling on the skin. When this happens, one should go out of the sun as soon as possible to avoid a sunburn. However, it’s important to note that each SPF has rough usage guidelines. People with lighter skin can expect to be fine in the sun for about 10 minutes without any sunscreen. If this person uses an SPF of 15, they can calculate their anticipated “safe” time in the sun as 15 (SPF) x 10 (self-protection) = 150 minutes, or about one and half hours. 


Can I stay in the sun longer if I just reapply my sun protection?

Dr. Dominik Göddertz: No, reapplication of sunscreen only re-establishes the protection which has been lost through swimming or perspiration.

Spray with SPF: Coppertone Clearly Sheer Faces Sunscreen

Spray with SPF: Coppertone Clearly Sheer Faces Sunscreen

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2 fl. oz. $13.99 Amazon

SPF: 50 

Application: A lightweight mist for facial use

What we like about it: 

  • Feels light and clean on skin

  • Won’t cause breakouts or clog pores

  • Water resistant

Bottom line: This spray fits in any purse or bag and is ideal for people on the go, as well as people with sensitive skin.

Forever Young: Olay Regenerist Face Lotion with Sunscreen

Forever Young: Olay Regenerist Face Lotion with Sunscreen

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1.7 fl. oz. $16.79 Amazon

SPF: 50

Application: Anti-aging face lotion with SPF 50.

What we like about it: 

  • Regenerating effect on facial skin cells

  • Fast-absorbing and doesn’t leave a greasy residue

  • Gives skin a firm, plump feeling

  • High SPF 

Bottom line: A facial cream perfect the whole year-round, especially if you’re looking for an anti-aging effect.

Fresh and Light: Daylong Ultra Face Fluid Gel

Fresh and Light: Daylong Ultra Face Fluid Gel

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1 fl. oz. $33.90 Amazon

SPF: 30

Application: Facial gel with SPF. 

What we like about it:

  • Works well as a makeup base

  • Prevents extra aging of the skin due to sun exposure

  • No perfumes, preservatives, emulsifiers or extra fragrance

  • Water and sweat resistant if it is well-absorbed in the skin

Bottom line: Has a light cooling effect on the skin. This gel is ideal for people who don’t like using facial creams or have oily skin. 

Fun with Foam: Supergoop Superpower Sunscreen Mousse

Fun with Foam: Supergoop Superpower Sunscreen Mousse

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7.1 fl. oz $34.00 Amazon

SPF: 30

Application: A mousse sunscreen for the body. 

What we like about it: 

  • Has a nice cooling effect, ideal for hot days

  • Water resistant 

  • Has nourishing shea butter and antioxidant Blue Sea Kale

Bottom Line: This fresh foam is great for men and women; easy to apply for people who otherwise don’t like applying sun creams.

For Sensitive Skin: Eucerin Sun Cream Gel and Allergy Protection

For Sensitive Skin: Eucerin Sun Cream Gel and Allergy Protection

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SPF: 50

Application: A sun protection gel made especially for people with skin allergies or sensitive skin. 

What we like about it: 

  • Specially developed for people with skin allergies

  • Free of perfumes and emulsifiers, which can cause sun allergies

  • Ideal for people who often suffer from PLE (polymorphic light eruption)

Bottom line: Our suggestion for people with sensitive skin who are sick of worrying about spending a day in the sunshine.

For Sporty Sun Lovers: Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Spray

For Sporty Sun Lovers: Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Spray

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9.5 fl. oz $8.54 Amazon

SPF: 30

Application: A lightweight mist for use on the body. 

What we like about it: 

  • Specifically developed for use during exercise and outdoor activities

  • Skin feels light and breathable after application

  • Particularly sweat-, weather- and water- resistant

Bottom line: Many athletes have avoided sunscreen for too long, but this sporty spray should put an end to that!

A Touch of the Tropics: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion

A Touch of the Tropics: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion

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6 fl. oz. $16.25 Amazon

SPF: 30

Application: A rich suncream for the entire body. 

What we like about it: 

  • A flowery, long-lasting scent of coconut and tropical fruits

  • Hydrates the skin while still being absorbed quickly into the skin

  • Waterproof

Bottom line: While some people might not enjoy the rich smell of this suncream, we found it rather pleasant.

Extra Coverage: L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen

Extra Coverage: L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen

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5 fl. oz. $9.25 Amazon

SPF: 50

Application: An oil spray which provides sun protection for the body. 

What we like about it:

  • Non-greasy feel and fast-absorbing

  • Colorless, leaves no visible residue on skin

  • Ideal for areas with body hair

  • Enriched with vitamin E and many natural oils

  • Waterproof

Bottom line: If you suffer from dry skin, this oil is a great solution to stay safe in the sun and keep your skin hydrated. 

 

Vegan-Friendly: Lavera Sun Sun Spray

Vegan-Friendly: Lavera Sun Sun Spray

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2.5 fl. oz. $17.49 Amazon

SPF: 30

Application: An all natural-sunscreen for the body. 

What we like about it: 

  • 100% organic and vegan, with 100% natural ingredients

  • Silicon-, paraffin- and paraben-free

  • Includes many natural oils which maintain and promote skin health

Bottom line: This vegan product is great for families of all lifestyles and backgrounds.