9 Best Sunscreens When You're Over 40, According To Experts

Experts share the best sunscreens for mature skin that will offer protection from the sun and keep you looking youthful.

By Krissy Brady, Prevention

The best way to protect your skin against premature signs of aging is to wear sunscreen: That much we already know. But there comes a time when your go-to sunscreen doesn't cut it anymore—whether using it causes you to break out more than you did in high school or the ingredients suddenly start to irritate your skin. Whatever the reason your usual sunscreen stops being effective, finding a new formula that makes your (aging) skin happy is a must.

"Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging, and our skin has already begun its own natural aging process by the time we reach our 40s," says Massachusetts-based licensed aesthetician Carolee Brown. "Our body is now breaking down collagen faster than it's producing it, which means the skin doesn't heal itself as quickly and sun damage takes a greater toll than when we were younger." Plus, past sun damage starts to wreak havoc, making the appearance of dehydration, fine lines, and age spots more obvious than they used to be.

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"The best sunscreens for aging skin provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, while also correcting signs of aging using powerful antioxidant ingredients," says Joel Schlessinger, MD, board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor. 

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We turned to experts to find the best sunscreens for mature skin. Their nine recommendations below will protect your skin and keep it looking youthful: 

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

This lotion contains zinc oxide and octinoxate, which protects skin from pesky UV rays and prevents future signs of photoaging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. It also contains niacinamide, an ingredient that helps minimize redness. "This makes it especially wonderful for acne irritation and post-procedure care," says Schlessinger. Bonus: It's oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and transparent, making it suitable for any skin type.

Buy now: $26-35,;;

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SkinMedica Total Defense Plus Repair SPF 34

SkinMedica Total Defense protects skin against UVA, UVB, and infrared rays using titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and other sun filters, says Schlessinger. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and sun damage with powerful antioxidants. Niacinamide calms the appearance of redness, while green tea extract and vitamin E help protect skin against damaging free radicals that cause premature signs of aging. (Make sure you follow these five new sunscreen rules, researched by Prevention Premium.)

Buy now: $39-65,;

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Moisturizer with SPF 30

The best sunscreens protect you from further UV damage (and, you know, skin cancer), while also stimulating production of new elastin to help restore youthful elastic recoil, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of clinical research in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai in New York. The combination of blackberry and dill extract found in Aveeno's Absolutely Ageless Moisturizer has been shown to rev up skin's elastin production, he says, helping your skin bounce back to its original shape when stretched.

Buy now: $16-22,;;

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Paula's Choice Resist Super Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

Resist Super Light Wrinkle Defense by Paula's Choice is mineral-based and provides superior sun protection without chemical additives or irritating ingredients like alcohol, essential oils, or fragrance, says Florida-based holistic skincare expert K.D. Gates. This particular formula is overflowing with age-fighting antioxidants and leaves a silky matte finish. (If you're over 40, try adding these eight natural beauty recipes to your skincare routine.)
Buy now: $32,;;

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30

"Neutrogena's Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunblock is a lightweight liquid formula that glides smoothly over skin without tugging," says Gates. "Not to mention, it's one of the few choices for women of color—it doesn't leave a white cast." (When applying sunscreen, don't skip these three commonly overlooked spots.)

Buy now: $11-17,;


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Health Magazine: 9 Best Sunscreens When You're Over 40, According To Experts
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Experts share the best sunscreens for mature skin that will offer protection from the sun and keep you looking youthful.
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