How to Pick a Sunscreen

May 29, 2012 | By | Comments (0)


Did you come back from the holiday weekend with a pink nose or red shoulders? If so, it’s time to replenish your stash of sunscreen (and remember to use it). Here are the active ingredients to look for as you’re scanning the aisles.

1. Avobenzone: This is the chemical that penetrates your skin and helps absorb harmful UVA rays. You should also see octocrylene and/or octisalate (also called Helioplex), which help stabilize the avobenzone and make it last longer.

2. Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide: A better option for sensitive skin, these are physical compounds that actually reflect the light from your skin.

Get more information on how to read a sunscreen label and tell us: What’s your go-to sunscreen?