Ocean Drive - - Shot On Site Photograph­y By Manny Hernandez -

As sim­ple as it sounds, read­ing la­bels is cru­cial for your skin health. “We want broad cov­er­age when ap­ply­ing top­i­cal sun­screens,” says Fusco, cit­ing the need to shield against UVA rays (re­spon­si­ble for tans) and UVB rays (re­spon­si­ble for sun­burns), as both con­trib­ute to sun dam­age. Luck­ily, to­day ev­ery ma­jor brand of­fers a broad spec­trum with com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion— whether phys­i­cally, in the form of a min­eral-boast­ing pro­tec­tive bar­rier on the skin to block UV rays, or chem­i­cally, in which com­pounds ab­sorb UV ra­di­a­tion into the skin and then re­lease the en­ergy as heat.

New, so­phis­ti­cated phys­i­cal for­mu­las (zinc ox­ide or ti­ta­nium diox­ide) squash the no­tion that zinc only be­longs on the noses of 1980s life­guards. Hamp­ton Sun’s SPF 45 Min­eral Sun­screen Crème con­tains mi­cronized zinc that “dis­si­pates and ab­sorbs right on the skin, so it’s pleas­ant to wear ev­ery day, as you should,” says the brand’s CEO and founder, Sal­va­tore Pi­az­zolla. Green Screen from Far­macy blends an­tiox­i­dantrich Echi­nacea Gree­nenvy with min­eral-based SPF 30 for an evenly toned, pro­tected com­plex­ion.

Known to spread more thinly, chem­i­cal for­mu­las con­tain fil­ters like avoben­zone, oxy­ben­zone, and octi­nox­ate, take 20 min­utes to ab­sorb into the skin, and “[al­low] the cos­met­ics in­dus­try to add an­ti­agers like pep­tides and still leave it ef­fec­tive,” says Fusco. Silky fin­ishes in re­cent prod­ucts like Moroc­canoil’s Sun Lotion SPF 30 and Sun­screen Care Milk-lotion Spray SPF 50+ from Clar­ins make the ap­pli­ca­tion feel more like a spa treat­ment.

For those not sure which kind to choose, Wet­force Sports BB SPF 50+ from Shi­seido and Clé de Peau’s UV Pro­tec­tive Emul­sion for Body SPF 50+ con­tain both phys­i­cal and chem­i­cal in­gre­di­ents.

clock­wise from top: UV Pro­tec­tive Emul­sion for Body SPF 50+, Clé de Peau Beauté ($90). Neiman Mar­cus, Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-6161; neiman mar­cus.com. Sports BB Broad Spec­trum SPF 50+ Wet­force, phi­seido ($38). Sephora, 721...

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