20 Sunscreens For Mature Skin That Derms Can’t Stop Recommending
Oftentimes, aging skin equates to sun spots, wrinkles, and sagging — all of which are natural and don't necessarily need to be stopped. Still, if that's not what you want, then take heed before you go sunbathing: SPF for mature skin will help protect your skin all summer long, and beyond.
According to Dr. Keira Barr, a dual board-certified dermatologist of Resilient Health Institute in Washington, 90 percent of the visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and texture are attributed to ultraviolet (UV) exposure. “SPF should play a role in your daily skincare routine just like brushing your teeth. Consistent. Habitual. Rain or Shine,” she says. SPF protects from the harmful UVB rays which cause skin cancer, and also protects against the aforementioned UV rays which penetrate deep into the layers of your dermis — and all of this contributes to wrinkles and aging skin. Taking preventative measures to protect your complexion from both rays will help to keep your skin healthy, but only if SPF is consistent in your routine.
And while sunscreen is important for skin of all ages, mature skin may be more susceptible to the sun due to the natural decline in skin’s DNA repair and immune functions over time, Dr. Craig Kraffert, board-certified dermatologist and president of Amarte Skincare, explains. The skin also thins and becomes more delicate over time, resulting in increased susceptibility to further sun damage-induced functional decline. Adding protection to your skin will slow thinning and help it to withstand future damage.
If you have mature skin, selecting an SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) with a higher number is also important. The number indicates how long it would take you to burn. So if your skin burns in 15 minutes without sunscreen, for example, then you could stay in the sun for 450 minutes longer with an SPF 30 applied on your skin. An SPF 30 is actually what Dr. Jeaneen Chappell, a board-certified dermatologist based in Texas, notes. According to Dr. Chappell, very few people apply sunscreen in the manner in which it was tested in a laboratory — this is where the higher SPF actually makes a difference, she says.
Even though talk of sunscreen tends to heighten Dr. Naissan O. Wesley, M.D., FACMS and Arbonne Scientific Advisor says to add an SPF in morning before leaving the home, after topical moisturizers, but before makeup, and be sure to reapply the sunscreen after two hours.
Ahead, see 20 sunscreens specially for mature skin recommended by three derms.
Sunforgettable Brush SPF 50
"This is a great product to stash in your purse, car, or desk so you can reapply every two hours. It’s perfect for touch-ups, protection and the added bonus, it comes in several shades to match your skin tone," Dr. Barr says.
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+
Dr. Kraffert recommends this mineral-based sunscreen. It's common irritant free, which is ideal for sensitive and reactive skin.
Ultra Sheer Dry Touch 100+
Dr. Chappell like this SPF because it's sheer, lightweight, and provides a non-greasy feel.
UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
This is an elegantly formulated tinted moisturizer with sunscreen that can double as a makeup primer. "It’s my go to sunscreen and what I recommend the most," Dr. Barr says.
Eryfotona Actinica Suncreen SPF 50+
This SPF is also a great option for mature skin and those with a history of severe sun damage, pre-skin cancer, or history of skin cancer. "It's a light-weight, liquid 100% mineral formulation, with DNA repairsomes that help repair and prevent further sun damage," Dr. Wesley tells TZR.
Water Resistant Sunscreen
This cost effective selection from Dr. Kraffert is a mineral-free formula that rubs in quickly without leaving whitish film.
Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
Dr. Chappell recommends this moisturizer and SPF combination because it gives you the necessary protection while hydrating your skin at the same time.
Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint Face Sunscreen
According to Dr. Barr, this mineral-based sunscreen goes on smooth without a greasy feel. Made with organic ingredients that are gentle on both the skin and the environment, this product is a great one to have on hand.
Pollution Defense CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
"Not only does UV light cause skin damage, but environmental pollutants do as well. This 13-in-1 lightweight mineral sunscreen and CC Cream contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as its active sunscreen ingredients and creates a breathable 'second skin' to protect from everyday pollution which lingers in the air and can stick to the skin’s surface," Dr. Wesley explains.
Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer with SPF
This SPF is a daily part of my skincare routine, Dr. Chappell happens to recommend this 2-in-1 moisturizer to her patients. The prebiotic in addition to thee SPF restores healthy looking skin
RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream SPF 20
This SPF is nice for mature skin since "the formula is extra hydrating which helps with drier skin, and it contains ingredients such as vitamin C and peptides that support collagen and help protect the skin’s youthful appearance," Dr. Wesley explains.
Ultra Veil Facial Sunscreen
This SPF contains four antioxidant extracts with scientific data suggesting anti-cancer benefit. "It goes on like silk and absorbs quickly leaving a moist, touchable, and aesthetically improved skin appearance," Dr. Kraffert says.
Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
This tinted SPF is great for mature skin due to the added plankton extract which increases the skin’s resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.
Capital Idéal Soleil Sunscreen SPF 45
This sunscreen fights skin-aging free radicals with white grape extract that protects the skin at the cellular level to keep it looking healthy.
Protect & Hydrate Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion
The oat antioxidants in this SPF helps to lock moisture into the skin, which is a concern of maturing skin.
MD SolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50
In addition to protecting your skin from harmful rays, the formula contains a blend ceramides and humectants that help to repair the skin's lipid barrier, which is responsible for strong and tight skin.
JOURNEE Bio-restorative Day Cream
This cream gives you the necessary moisture to make it through the day with the added protection of SPF 30. The cream also contains hyaluronic acid that plumps skin and keeps it looking refreshed.
Super Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30
This is a pure mineral zinc oxide sunscreen that contains a blend of antioxidants that help your skin's environmental defenses that prevent aging of the skin.
UV Expert Aquagel Defense Primer & Moisturizer SPF 50
This SPF is more than a sunscreen — it works as a primer and moisturizer too. The formula contains moringa extract which promotes cellular growth and protects skin tissues from damage.
A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer With White Tea
In addition to the SPF 40, white tea ingredients provide a layer around the skin to help delay the appearance of signs of aging.