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9The safest sunscreen for everyday use
When you’re using something every single day, you definitely want it to be safe—and let’s be honest, also easy to use.
That’s why Badger Active Clear Zinc Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 is so appealing. It provides broad-spectrum coverage and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes, but unlike many other mineral sunscreens, this one adjusts to your skin tone without leaving a white film.
It’s also lightweight and fragrance-free. An important addendum: You should be using SPF every day, all year long.
A study published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery found that using sunscreen not only prevents future sun damage but can also reverse existing damage, including wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
Scientists theorize this may be because blocking sun exposure with daily SPF allows the skin to rest and regenerate properly instead of incurring more damage and hindering the healing process.
Find out the sunscreens dermatologists use on themselves.