Do your skin a favor with this top-rated sunscreen

Anna Hecht
November 1, 2017

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  • This daily sunscreen is a top-rated pick for protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

When the sun is beating down, it's imperative to apply sunscreen — especially if you're spending a lot of time outdoors.

When outside, we're exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun on a daily basis, regardless of season. As a refresher, UVA rays are those that penetrate deep into the skin and cause aging. UVB rays, the more harmful of the two, are those that can burn the skin and cause skin cancer.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined over the past 30 years. While many are aware of the dangers surrounding too much sun exposure, there are a few tricky things to consider when choosing the right sunscreen.

Typically, the first line of business is to decide on your level of SPF, or sun protection factor. Sometimes, it isn't clear which SPF strength will provide adequate protection. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it's important to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, so that you're guaranteed to block 97% of UVB rays.

Once you've decided on your desired SPF level, it's time to compare sunscreen brands and products.

For instance, if you tend to break out, you'll want to choose an oil-free SPF that's specifically intended for the face. Or, if you plan on being active (if you'll be swimming or sweating), water-resistant SPF options will serve you well. Then, there are many other sunscreen properties to consider. Are you concerned about your product being paraben-, gluten-, or allergen-free? You'll need to check the label for those specifications.

Don't delay on choosing your sunscreen. Having a highly protective product on hand could make all the difference.

Consumer Reports ranked the best sunscreen products on the market. At the top of their list is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk ($35.99; amazon.com).

It received a perfect score (100 out of 100) — and we can see why. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk has an SPF of 60, it's water-resistant, nongreasy, paraben-free, fragrance-free, gentle on sensitive skin and rubs in easily.

With this top-tier product, you can stress less about whether your skin is protected.

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