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Physician's Guide to EltaMD

Not sure which EltaMD sunscreen is best for you? Use this handy chart to determine the most effective sunscreen for your skin type and concerns. All EltaMD sunscreens are broad-spectrum, fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and non-comedogenic.

EltaMD Sunscreen Use Skin Type Description *Fitzpatrick
UV Clear
Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Face Acne-prone, Rosacea, Hyperpigmented Formulated with 5% niacinamide for sensitive skin types. Tinted and untinted formulas. Oil-free. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
UV Elements
Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
Face All Types, Post-Procedure Tinted, chemical-free UV protection for all skin types. Water-resistant (40 mins.) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
UV Physical
Broad-Spectrum SPF 41
Face Extra-Sensitive, Post-Procedure Lightly tinted. Chemical-free with antioxidants. Water-resistant (40 mins.) Oil-free. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
UV Daily
Broad-Spectrum SPF 40
Face Normal, Combination, Post-Procedure Moisturizing UV protection with hyaluronic acid in tinted and untinted formulas. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
UV Facial
Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+
Face Dry, Mature Fluffy and moisturizing. Wear alone or under makeup. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
UV Pure
Broad-Spectrum SPF 47
Face & Body All Types Water-resistant (80 mins.) Natural, chemical-free active ingredients. Gentle and lightweight. Oil-free. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
UV Shield
Broad-Spectrum SPF 45
Face & Body Oily to Normal Lightweight protection. Apply under makeup or use alone. Oil-free. 1, 2, 3, 4
UV Sport
Broad-Spectrum SPF 50
Full Body All Types Water-resistant (80 mins.) Ideal for water sports. Apply to wet or dry skin. Oil-free. 1, 2, 3
UV Spray
Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Full Body All Types Water-resistant (80 mins.) sunscreen in pump sprayer. Oil-free. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
UV Aero
Broad-Spectrum SPF 45
Full Body All Types Continuous spray for easy application. Water-resistant (80 mins.) Oil-free. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
UV Lotion
Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+
Full Body All Types Moisturizing UV protection 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
UV Lip Balm
Broad-Spectrum SPF 31
Lip All Types Long-lasting moisturizing lip sunscreen with antioxidants. Water-resistant (80 min.) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

*The Fitzpatrick scale uses genetic disposition and reaction to sun exposure to determine your skin type. Type I is very fair, type II is fair, type III is light, type IV is medium, type V is dark and type VI is very dark.


Zinc oxide means true broad-spectrum protection

Zinc oxide offers superior broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. It’s also one of the safest sunscreen ingredients, sitting on top of the complexion and scattering UV rays before they reach your skin.

Comparison chart of how the most widely used U.S. sunscreen ingredients reduce the intensity of UV light.

Why Broad Spectrum Matters

When it comes to sunscreen, broad spectrum is the gold standard. Standard SPF levels only measure UVB protection, leaving your skin susceptible to sun damage. Broad-spectrum sunscreens shield against both UVA and UVB rays, and all EltaMD sunscreens provide this superior level of protection.

UVA Rays: The Aging Rays

  • Penetrate deeply into the skin layers, damaging collagen and cells
  • Cause wrinkling, pigmentation and loss of elasticity
  • Can pass through glass (office and vehicles)
  • Are not affected by weather or altitude
  • Are present all day, every day of the year
  • Are up to 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays
  • Increase the risk for skin cancer

UVB Rays: The Burning Rays

  • Mostly affect the outer layer of the skin
  • Cause sunburns and tannin that increase the risk of cancer
  • Vary with time of day and seasons, and are stronger in summer
  • The SPF (sunburn protection factor) number of a sunscreen indicates level of protection from UVB only

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