Top 5 Sunscreens for Athletes


Broad Spectrum Protection

The best sunscreens protect against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the dermis -- the deepest layer of your skin. These rays not only can age your skin prematurely, but they can make it more difficult for your immune system to protect you from cancer. UVB rays don't penetrate as deeply but they are what cause your skin to burn. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to premature aging, freckles, age spots and wrinkles. Too much exposure to both of these types of ultraviolet rays can increase your skin cancer risk.

When choosing a sunscreen, look for labels that indicate that the brand has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage, and look for a combination of these ingredients:

Block UVA rays:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone (Parsol 1789)
  • Mexoryl
  • Ecamsule

Block UVB rays:

  • Padimate O
  • Homosalate
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate
  • Benzophenone
  • Octyl salicytate
  • Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid
  • Octocrylene
  • Aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
  • Cinoxate

Block both UVA and UVB rays:

  • Titanium dioxide
  • Zinc oxide