Cosmetic Corner

Cosmetic Corner: Dermatologists Weigh in on Facial Sunscreens

Leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on the top facial sunscreens. See what they’re recommending to their patients and why.


To improve patient care and outcomes, leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on facial sunscreens. Consideration must be given to:

  • Anthelios SX
    La Roche-Posay Laboratoire Dermatologique
    "This medium-weight facial moisturizing cream with broad-spectrum sunscreen seems to be a widely accepted option for daily patient use, and I use it myself.”
    —Lorraine L. Rosamilia, MD, State College, Pennsylvania
  • Anthelios 50
    La Roche-Posay Laboratoire Dermatologique
    Recommended by Gary Goldenberg, MD, New York, New York
  • Elizabeth Arden Pro Triple Protection Factor SPF 50
    Elizabeth Arden, Inc.
    “This is a tinted, chemical-free SPF 50 sunscreen that looks, feels, and smells like its made by a cosmetic company that understands what people want in a skin care product. Additionally, it has several antioxidants and DNA repair enzyme. So not only is it protecting the skin from UV damage, but it’s trying to reverse some of that damage as well.”
    —Mark G. Rubin, MD, Beverly Hills, California
  • EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
    “This sunscreen has an elegant feel upon application and leaves little residue, making it a nice product for daily facial application.”
    —Neil Fernandes, MD, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen
    Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc
    “This sunscreen has broad UV spectrum coverage that blocks against harmful UVA and UVB rays. It has the added benefit of having antioxidants that may slow and reverse photoaging.”
    —Shari Lipner, MD, PhD, New York, New York
  • Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
    “It is very lightweight, especially for a physical block, and is noncomedogenic and sheer but still provides broad-spectrum coverage with both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. There is a tinted version as well that I often recommend for women.”
    —Monica Schadlow, MD, New York, New York

Cutis invites readers to send us their recommendations. Hand creams, scar treatments, and body scrubs will be featured in upcoming editions of Cosmetic Corner. Please e-mail your recommendation(s) to the Editorial Office.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. and shall not be used for product endorsement purposes. Any reference made to a specific commercial product does not indicate or imply that Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. endorses, recommends, or favors the product mentioned. No guarantee is given to the effects of recommended products.

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