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Let's Compare Elta MD's 2 Best-Reviewed Sunscreens

Let's Compare Elta MD's 2 Best-Reviewed Sunscreens

Walking down the sunscreen aisle at your local beauty store will present you with an overwhelming array of options, but one of the top brands we consistently keep hearing rave reviews about is Elta MD. 

With so many options in its product line, we’ve decided to help you streamline your search by comparing 2 of our best-selling Elta MD sunscreens: Elta MD UV Clear vs. Elta MD UV Daily. Read on to find out the main differences between the two, and pick the one that’s right for you!

Elta MD UV Clear

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 is a lightweight sunscreen that protects against harmful UVA and UVB radiation. This product's non-comedogenic composition will not clog pores, aggravate acne, or cause irritation. Ideal for acne-prone, rosacea-prone, and hyperpigmented skin. 

Who Should Use It?

Suitable for all skin types. However, it is best for people who have sensitive, acne-prone skin, or hyperpigmentation.

What Does It Do?

Formulated with niacinamide, EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 soothes blemishes, inflammation, and discoloration. Hyaluronic acid draws in moisture and maintains hydration, resulting in soft skin. Lactic acid and vitamin E, both of which are high in antioxidants, boost healthy skin cells. This mild and fast-absorbing lotion works well under makeup and has the potential to prevent future photoaging damage, such as fine lines, scars, and dark circles.

What Do People love About it?

It doesn't have the oily, liquid texture of traditional sunscreen, rather keeping its form until blended in—much like your daily moisturizer. Bonus? It will easily dissolve into your skin and absorb in 30 seconds. It’s an inexpensive, low-maintenance essential in any regimen. Suitable for use as a daily sunscreen as it is mild, non-irritating, and has additional skin care benefits.



 Elta MD UV Daily

Elta MD UV Daily SPF 40 is mild enough even for post-procedure skin while providing excellent coverage against the sun's damaging UV rays. This hydrating sunscreen, when used on a regular basis, also helps reduce wrinkles and pores for a more youthful appearance.

Who Should Use It?

This formulation works best for people with dry skin or post-procedure skin.

What Does It Do?

This sunscreen includes hyaluronic acid—dry skin’s best friend which has the ability to retain 1,000 times its own weight in water, providing critical hydration while firming the skin. It is also paraben-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic.

What Do People love About It?

Elta MD UV Daily is one of our top sellers because it hydrates without clogging pores, and doesn’t leave a white cast or an oily finish on skin. It feels more like a mild moisturizer than a sunscreen. One of the key components in this face sunscreen is moisturizing, skin-smoothing sodium hyaluronate, which makes it an excellent choice for dehydrated, flaky skin.



 Side-by-Side Comparison Of Elta MD UV Clear & Elta MD UV Daily:

Elta MD UV Clear

Elta MD UV Daily

Main ingredients: zinc oxide, octinoxate, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, and vitamin E

Main ingredients: zinc oxide, octinoxate, sodium hyaluronate, vitamin E

Elta MD UV Clear provides the strongest UV protection at SPF 46

Elta MD UV Daily SPF 40 also provides very sufficient protection from harmful UV rays

Suitable for people with sensitive and acne prone skin since it has niacinamide as a key ingredient

People with dry skin would benefit from Elta MD UV Daily because of its main ingredient, hyaluronic acid

Works mainly as a sunscreen

Feels more like a moisturizer

Absorbs quickly into skin, perfect for oily, sensitive or congested skin

Provides a light, hydrating feel that is suitable for use on dry or mature skin


In A Nutshell:

Both sunscreens work very well at protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. However, Elta MD UV Clear is designed especially for acne-prone skin, whereas Elta MD UV Daily is more suited for normal to dry skin. It all depends on your skin type and preferences, but you can’t go wrong with either option!