What are the best Sunscreen brands on the market today?

The American Academy of Dermatology has recommended the top sunscreen brands on the market: listed in order of preference:

The survey was conducted at the 2007 American Academy of Dermatology, (AAD) Annual Meeting.

The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD), Seal of Recognition program for sunscreen products was started for a good reason: to help educate the public about the dangers of sun exposure.

The original concept was that the "AAD's Seal of Recognition" would be awarded to sun protective products that complied with strict academy regulations. However, the critics claim it can be bought without meeting these requirements. To apply for the seal, manufacturers are obliged to pay $5,000 for the application, $10,000 on approval of the application and a further $10,000 the following year.

According to the AAD, these funds go to running skin cancer education campaigns. Critics claim the sunscreen brands that make the list, may or may not meet the standards set forth by the AAD's own regulations. It's up to you to decide.

When using any sunscreen, consider the following:

  • Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF-15 when you're outdoors, such as; walking to the dog or having a quick lunch at an outdoor café

  • Use a minimum of SPF-30 for prolonged periods of time outside, such as; playing golf, tennis or sunbathing

  • Fair-skinned and redheaded people should use SPF 30+ and higher

  • Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours

  • Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours

Learning to read the label is the key to buying the right brand of sunscreen.

The key features to consider when choosing any sunscreen are:

1. SPF - Choose the right SPF for you.

  • SPF 15 will keep you from burning for 150 minutes

  • SPF 30 for 300 minutes


  • SPF rating only indicates your protection from the UVB (burning) rays.

2. Always look for Broad-Spectrum sunscreens. They protect against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

3. Make sure the label lists at least some of these key sunscreen ingredients.

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octyl Salicylate
  • Avobenzone
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Zinc Oxide

Your favorite sunscreen may not be all it's cracked up to be.

See The Environmental Working Group's annual Sunscreen Guide. This is the biggest and best database of U.S. sun protection products ever!! Rating 292 brands and 1,700 sun protection products.

EWG's Sunscreen Guide - 2012

Here is a list of some of the many sunscreen brands available in the United States today:

Where to buy Sunscreen:

Many of the most common sunscreen brands listed are carried at your big box retailers and local drugstores, (e.g. Walgreens, CVS, Target, RiteAid, Walmart).

However, some are not as easy to find: Here is list of some websites I have found that sell sunscreen brands not commonly found on the drugstore shelves.

  • sephora.com
  • drugstore.com
  • e-vitamins.com
  • GreatSkin.com
  • vitadigest.com
  • Beauty.com
  • paulachoice.com
  • DERMAdoctor.com: Skin health articles & advice. Top skincare brands recommended by dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin. Free UPS 2nd Day shipping on all domestic orders over $49.

Everyone’s skin is different, so it really is up to you to find the best sunscreen for yourself.

Learn more about:

Sunscreen for children:

About the different types of sunscreens:

The effectiveness of sunscreens and does sunscreen expire?

It really doesn't matter which sunscreen brands you end up using - it matters how well you use it. Tips on how best to apply sunscreen.

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