Embrace The Sun Responsibly With These Expert-Backed Sunscreen Selections

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There is no denying the presence of the sun as it shines brightly. With pool days and beach picnics becoming our weekend traditions, it's crucial to protect ourselves from its harmful rays. While wearing sunscreen should be a daily practice, we understand that not everyone follows all recommendations and occasionally forgets. However, it's essential to be aware that skin cancer is America's most prevalent cancer, with over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year. In particular, the month of May is recognized as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the importance of education and prevention. The statistics speak for themselves, which is why our Haute Beauty experts strongly emphasize the importance of daily sunscreen application. To simplify your lives, here are their recommended sunscreens.

Dr. Alonso Martin | Medical Spa | Miami Beach, FL

In a world where harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays reign supreme, sunscreen has become an indispensable ally in our daily lives. My all-time favorite (I’ve tried them all) is Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Glow SPF 50 by Colorscience. It is elegant, 100% mineral, chemical-free, hydrating, antioxidant-rich, and provides a pearlescent illuminating glow.  Besides how fabulous it looks and feels, it provides environmental protection against UVA/UVB, pollution, blue light, and infrared radiation.

Beyond the perception that it's solely for beachgoers, sunscreen is an essential shield against the invisible threats lurking in our surroundings. With skin cancer rates soaring, its significance cannot be overstated. Sunscreen acts as a guardian, protecting our largest organ from harmful UV radiation that causes premature aging, sunburns, and melanoma. It offers a crucial defense against the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure, preserving our skin's health and vitality. So, embrace the sunscreen ritual, for its protection is a vital lifeline in the pursuit of a sun-safe existence.

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Refine Health | Medical Aesthetics | Coral Gables, FL & Miami, FL

Living in South Florida prioritizes the education and maintenance of skin protection. A high UV index can cause extreme damage to your skin and place you at risk for developing melanoma. At Refine Health, we implement and educate all our patients on the importance of maintaining their skin health. Our patients investing in their aesthetic concerns using neurotoxins, fillers, Sculptra, Morpheus8, and facials are educated to continue their investment by applying their daily sunscreen. Here at Refine Health, we offer medical-grade sunscreen by SkinCeuticals. The SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 sunscreen protects your skin and offers brightening benefits. Come by to pick up your sunscreen as the summer starts heating up!

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Dr. Anna Chacon | Skin | Miami, FL

Since most of us don't apply as much sunscreen as we should and don't reapply throughout the day, we're not getting as much protection as labeled on the bottle. Choosing the highest level of SPF available brings you closer to adequate protection. With no thick finish, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion 100 offers effective sun protection. With Dry-Touch technology, this Broad Spectrum SPF 100 sunscreen lotion absorbs extra sunscreen oils for a fresh, ultra-light feel and shine-free finish. Helioplex, an innovative sunscreen technology with improved broad-spectrum protection from skin-aging UVA rays and skin-burning UVB rays, is another component of the recipe that has been clinically confirmed to work. This non-oily, waterproof formula is quick to absorb, PABA-free, and comedogenic.

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Bellagena Med Spa | Day Spa | Bradenton, FL

At Bellagena Med Spa have our own formulated sun care products, so Bella Skin Sunshade is my favorite sun protection. Its broad spectrum protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays, reducing the risk of skin cancer. The lightweight formula is perfect for all skin tones & leaves no greasy residue. Sunshade is enriched with antioxidants, fighting free radicals, and promoting healthier skin. Its water resistance provides long-lasting defense, ideal for outdoor activities. The non-irritating and hypoallergenic nature of Sunshade makes it suitable for sensitive skin, providing a gentle yet effective barrier. With its high-quality ingredients and dedication to sun protection, Bella Skin Sunshade is my trusted ally in safeguarding against melanoma.

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The Biltmore Spa | Day Spa | Coral Gables, FL

We absolutely love the DOCTOR BABOR PROTECT RX Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. It is a non-nano mineral blend formulated to meet the clinical grade, precision standards of the DOCTOR BABOR Collection that quickly absorbs into the skin for daily use that’s comfortable and highly wearable. The clean, vegan formula includes natural calming, soothing, and antioxidant ingredients Bisabol, Winter Cherry, and Beta-Carotene to calm, soothe and protect the skin.

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Dr. Bertha Baum | Skin | Miami, FL

My favorite sunscreen is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Sunscreen Mist SPF 30. I absolutely love how it provides effective sun protection while also giving a beautiful glow to the body, making it cosmetically elegant. It's perfect for special events where I want to look and feel my best.

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Dr. Amir Mortazavi | Medical Spa | Orange County, CA

My go-to sunscreen is Botanic Noir’s Ultralight Daily SPF 45. Botanic Noir's Ultralight Daily SPF 45 is a revolutionary sunscreen that combines the power of sun protection with the purity of botanical ingredients. This lightweight formula provides broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, shielding your skin from the sun's damaging effects. Infused with botanical extracts like green tea, aloe vera, and chamomile, it nourishes and soothes the skin while delivering hydration and a matte finish. The non-greasy, fast-absorbing texture makes it perfect for everyday use, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors without compromising on skincare. Botanic Noir's Ultralight Daily SPF 45 is the ultimate companion for healthy, protected, and radiant skin.

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Dr. Mara Weinstein Velez | Skin | Rochester, NY

May Marks the start of festival season, picnics, pool parties, and warmer weather! May is also skin cancer awareness month. So with all of the things we look forward to with the start of summertime, it’s important to remember our sunscreen each and every day. My go-to sunscreen is the Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36. The HydraTint is your daily Sunscreen, Moisturizer, and foundation all in one! The HydraTint is a lightweight mineral, broad-spectrum tinted sunscreen. Not only is it going to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays it’s also extremely hydrating and gives a cosmetically elegant glow to the skin. With titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as its main protecting ingredients, the HydraTint also is enriched with antioxidants and botanical extracts to help prevent air pollution-induced oxidative stress to the skin. A win-win!

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Dr. Kiran Mian, Hudson Dermatology and Laser Surgery | Skin | New York, NY

The one sunscreen I cannot live without is by CosRx. Their Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen SPF 50+ sunscreen has vitamin E, which works really well for my dry skin. I love this sunscreen because being South Asian, I'm always on the hunt for a physical sunscreen that does not leave a white cast. This formula is elegant and perfect under makeup.

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ELIVATE MedSpa Wellness | Medical Spa | Stamford/Greenwich

If I had to choose one sunscreen that I could not live without it would be Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36. It has become a staple in my beauty and skincare routine because it is way more than just your typical sunscreen. It is so lightweight and not only gives me protection but leaves my skin with a gorgeous soft glow. In addition, it is all mineral, super hydrating, and has a bonus of powerful antioxidants to help protect the skin from UVA/UVB and pollution, IR rays, and blue light. How cool is that?!

The ingredients are amazing and the glowing tint is suitable for all skin types. I use it in place of makeup every single day every single season so it makes it impossible for me to forget. When a patient asks for the one thing they can't walk out without it is definitely Alastin's HydraTint Pro Mineral. Oh, and did I mention that not only does it slow down skin's aging process by protecting it from harmful rays but it contains Ecton which helps repair sun damage that has already occurred within the skin? In honor of Melanoma awareness month keep covered and try this anti-aging powerhouse.

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