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How to choose the best sunscreen for your face, according to a dermatologist

Protect yourself so you can have fun in the sun.
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When you are trying to achieve baby-soft skin, the sun can seem like your worst enemy. And whether you are looking to fight against aging or want to avoid painful sunburns, it is important to select the right sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh summer sun.

Dermatologist Debra Wattenberg stopped by TODAY to share how to choose the right sunscreen this summer. Wattenberg goes through the best sunscreen options for a variety of circumstances, from water activities to indoor protection. Read on to shop dermatologist-approved picks you need this summer.

Dermatologist-approved favorites

Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Lotion

For Wattenberg, the best sunscreen is one you will use, and this Sun Bum lotion is sure to do the trick. She recommends an SPF of 30 or higher and a sunscreen that is water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes and broad spectrum. With a signature scent that reminds people of summer, Sun Bum ticks off all of the boxes for a must-have summer sunscreen.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Water resistant for up to 80 minutes, broad spectrum and non-greasy, this La Roche-Posay sunscreen is a great option for summer. This 100% mineral sunscreen helps protect skin from UV rays and is tested to work even on sensitive skin.

Sunscreen for outdoor activities

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Body & Face Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 100

This summer everyone is spending more time outside, whether that means exercising, walking or even just running errands. For exercising it is important to use a water-resistant product, and you will want to apply a generous amount at least every two hours. This melt-in milk body and face sunscreen is ideal for sun-sensitive skin and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and protected.

Sunscreen for water activities

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion

This lightweight and sheer sunscreen is fast-absorbing, non-greasy and has a matte finish. Since it does not have a heavy finish, this sunscreen is great to use for everyday activities to stay protected from the sun and prevent sunburn. If you will be using this sunscreen on the beach or by the pool, it is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Face sunscreen

COOLA Organic Mineral Sun Silk Creme Sunscreen

We all know that the sun can seriously damage your skin, so take charge and protect your face with this sunscreen. When looking for a face sunscreen product, you should try to find one specific to your skin type. You should also limit the number of products you apply when using sunscreen. This organic mineral sun silk creme gently glides onto your skin and is transparent so you can layer it under makeup.

Indoor sunscreen

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 46

Even while indoors or driving, Wattenberg recommends applying sun protections since UVA rays can penetrate glass windows and damage your skin. This EltaMD sunscreen will provide essential protection, is fragrance-free and includes sodium hyaluronate to moisturize while lactic acid helps refine skin to clear pores and reduce shine.

Sunscreen for kids

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 50

For babies and kids, the best sunscreen to start with is a mineral sunscreen like this one because it is mild and can be used on both body and face. Lotions are the best option since sprays are harder to apply and aerosol is not good for young children. This baby sunscreen has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen.

It is also important to remember not to apply sunscreen on babies under the age of six months, they should never be in direct sunlight.

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