Ask any dermatologist what their favorite sunscreen is, and chances are they’ll all name the same one: Elta MD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46. The universal praise for the mineral-based formula has been well documented in countless doctor interviews and by consumers (hello, 1,348 reviews and five stars). Now, it’s your turn to see if the formula is worthy of the hype, because all of Elta MD’s goods are 20 percent off at Dermstore when you use the code “EMD20.” The hero sunscreen, usually $33, now comes in at $26.40.
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I started using the sunscreen at the recommendation of my dermatologist, Dr. Melissa Levin of Entiére Dermatology, who suggested it because it wouldn’t clog my acne prone skin’s pores. After using it, I’d say what makes Elta MD’s sunscreens stand out is how much it doesn’t feel like sunscreen. There’s no scent. There’s no streaky white cast. It’s also free of all the suspicious chemical ingredients lurking in most sunscreens, with zinc oxide fighting off UVB and UVA rays. It just goes on like a really, really good moisturizer that leaves skin plump and just happens to protect at the same time. I’d argue it’s even better than using an actual primer before makeup.
Even actress-turned-beauty-mogul Drew Barrymore has sung praises for Elta MD. Back in May, she took a selfie with a tube of the tinted version. “I break out from almost every sunblock. So I’m like, ‘Do I want acne or brown pigmentation?’ It’s always been a crappy toss up. Then I found this,” she wrote, “It’s such a lightweight sunscreen with a tiny bit of tint and a good number SPF. I have been [a] longtime fan of this line. They have several options, and all are amazing!!!!!”
Shop more of Elta MD’s five exclamation points-worthy sunscreens, below.