Take your pick of summer sunscreens

Sunscreen is a must-have, especially now that summer is here. Different types of sunscreens are available. Use this guide as you shop for one, and pick the best form of sun protection for you and the people you love.

What type of sunscreen is right for you?

Creams
Best for the face. Bonus: They're friendly to dry skin.

Sticks
Good for using on the skin around your eyes.

Gels
Work well on hairy areas, like the scalp or a man's chest.

Sprays
Easy to apply to kids. But make sure to use enough to thoroughly cover the skin.

No matter which kind you choose, be sure it offers broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher, and is water-resistant.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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reviewed 9/24/2019

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.