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Summer is synonymous with backyard barbecues, poolside lounging, and, unfortunately, the potential for skin damage and sunburns. We asked three local experts to weigh in on a few sunscreen products and recommend some of their top picks to keep you protected so you can (safely) soak up the sun.


  TizoSolar Protection
Formula Tizo Protection
Facial Mineral Fusion
SPF 40
, $37, Charlotte Plastic Surgery
WexlerPatricia Wexler Daily Defense Anti-oxidant Tinted Moisturizer
SPF 30
, $29.50,
Bath & Body Works
LipLa Prairie Cellular
Luxe Lip Treatment
SPF 15
, $50,
Recommended products
Eleana Esquer
Lead aesthetician with The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
"A lot of my clients want to be protected without looking shiny. This has a matte finish that doesn't look greasy." "After a while of wearing this product, it starts to smell a little funny. When you mix two chemicals together [the tinted moisturizer and the SPF], the scent of the product can change, and the product may not be
as effective."
"This product has organic ingredients which won't dry out the skin, but it's pricey. Coola offers a similar product, the Liplux All in One Treatment. It's also made from organic ingredients like shea butter, avocado, and jojoba oil for just $12.95 (Spa at Ballantyne). I'd go with that." Esquer recommends
SPORTS SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense, SPF 45. It’s oil free, so it won’t run or burn the eyes. It also contains zinc oxide, which blocks pesky UVA rays. $37, Spa at Ballantyne
FACIAL Eminence Sun Defense Mineral Powder, SPF 30. This organic powder is made from freeze-dried fruit and minerals, like zinc and titanium. Plus it boasts a nongreasy matte finish. $58, Spa at Ballantyne
Elizabeth Rostan
Dermatologist with the Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center of Charlotte
"This is a very nice chemical-free sun block that contains zinc and titanium, so it protects against UVA and UVB rays. It also has iron, which minimizes exposure from indoor lights. And it’s made from all minerals, so it feels like a makeup powder." "It does contain 1 percent titanium, an active ingredient that protects against UVA rays. But I recommend products with a concentration of 4 percent titanium or greater." "This moisturizer might feel more luxurious than other brands, but less expensive products achieve the same sun block." Rostan recommends
Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block, SPF 32. This cream contains 18.5 percent zinc, which protects against UVA rays. Available by prescription
KID FRIENDLY Blue Lizard Sunscreen Baby, SPF 30+. The active ingredients in this fragrance-free sunscreen are all organic minerals—zinc and titanium. $9.99, CVS Pharmacy
Broc Pratt
Plastic surgeon with Metrolina Plastic Surgery
"From an aesthetic perspective, the matte finish is a nice selling point for people who don’t want an oily sheen." "This product was created by a dermatologist well respected in our field. Based on the price and the active ingredients, I would recommend it." "It has the appropriate SPF for a lip treatment, but you’ll find a product that's just as effective on sale for five bucks
at Eckerd."
Pratt recommends
Obagi Nu-Derm Sunfader SPF 15. The product contains hydroquinone, which evens out the skin tone and reduces the appearance of age spots. Available by prescription
FACIAL Anthelios Sx Moisturizing SPF 15 by La Roche-Posay. If you’re on the go and don’t have time to reapply, this product offers twenty-four hours of protection. $29.95, laroche-posay.us
The verdict >> Best in show
This sunscreen is chemical free, offers UVA and UVB protection, and boasts
a flawless finish. 
The price is right,
but a moisturizer that provides more UVA protection is encouraged.
Skip it. Other lip treatments will do the trick for less.   
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