Nathan Adrian apply Dermasport's SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen before a swim.

Why Is EltaMD Sunscreen So Expensive?

Christopher Schmidt, MD

Christopher Schmidt, MD

Co-Founder & Dermatologist


EltaMD is a name that often comes up when talking about high-quality skincare. Their sunscreens often contain a combination of physical and chemical blockers that help reduce white cast. 

So, why is EltaMD sunscreen often so expensive?


  1. High-Quality Ingredients: EltaMD sunscreens are often formulated with transparent zinc oxide, a natural mineral compound that provides excellent sun protection, and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate the skin. Both of these ingredients are also found in Dermasport's SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen. 
  2. Dermatologist-Backed: The brand invests in clinically testing their products, and being dermatologist-recommended adds to their market value. The dermatologists who recommend EltaMD frequently also sell it at their medical offices.
  3. Specialized Formulas: EltaMD offers a wide range of products to cater to specific needs, whether it's for acne-prone, sensitive, or aging skin.
  4. Brand Reputation: A strong reputation can often justify a higher price tag, and EltaMD has certainly built a reputation for efficacy and quality.

Is EltaMD the best sunscreen for swimmers? 


Dermatologists recommend Dermasport over EltaMD for swimmers and athletes

For swimmers, finding a sunscreen that remains effective while in the water is crucial. This is where Dermasport's SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen shines. Here's why it's a compelling alternative:

  1. High SPF Rating: With an SPF rating of 50, it offers excellent protection against UVB rays, responsible for sunburn, and UVA rays, which can prematurely age your skin.
  2. Water-Resistance: Swimmers need sunscreen that won't wash off the moment they hit the water. Dermasport's sunscreen use extra-strength water-resistant agents to create a hydrophobic barrier between your skin and the water. Unlike other water-resistant sunscreens, Dermasport's water-resistant agents are all-natural. 
  3. Affordability: One of the biggest selling points is the price. You get the same level of broad-spectrum protection and water resistance as you would from an EltaMD sunscreen, but at nearly half the cost.
  4. Safe for Sensitive Skin: Just like EltaMD, Dermasport's sunscreen is formulated with skin-friendly ingredients like zinc oxide that are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.
  5. Simplicity: While EltaMD offers a broad range of sunscreens, each targeted to different skin issues, Dermasport keeps it simple. Their SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen is versatile enough for most skin types, saving you the time and stress of navigating a complex product lineup.

When it comes to sunscreen, the aim is to find a product that offers broad-spectrum protection, is water-resistant, and suits your skin type. EltaMD is an excellent brand but comes at a premium.

For swimmers, Dermasport's SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen provides all the benefits you'd get from a high-end sunscreen like EltaMD, but at a fraction of the cost. It's not just about saving money; it's about getting the best value without compromising on protection.

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