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What ingredients in sunscreens are best in protecting me from the sun?

Cybele Fishman, MD
Dermatology
The most effective, natural ingredients to protect you from the sun are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which block both UVA and UVB rays. In this video, dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD, discusses what to look for when choosing a sunscreen.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The most effective protection from a sunscreen comes from one that contains a high sun protection factor (SPF 30 or higher) and ingredients that screen both UVA and UVB sunlight rays. Read labels carefully. Ingredients that block UVB rays include padimate O, homosalate, octyl methoxycinnamate, benzophenone, octyl salicylate, phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid, and octocrylene. Broad-spectrum sunscreens add mexoryl, oxybenzone, or avobenzone (Parsol 1789) to block UVA rays. Physical sun blocks and chemical-free sunscreens contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which reflect UVA and UVB and are especially useful for people allergic to or easily irritated by chemical sunscreens.

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