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The days of laying out in the sun and monitoring the UV index like it’s our full-time job are quickly approaching. While this may be a more enjoyable task (who doesn’t like being tan?), something many of us avoid or simply forget to do before basking in the sun is apply sunscreen. And, TBH, I’m not trying to look like I’m fresh out of a tanning bed circa 2007 (Playboy bunny sticker an all). You can easily avoid a lobster-red sunburn by just applying a little SPF, especially to your face–one of the first areas of your body the sun reaches. Because the only time it’s okay to be a lobster is if you’re quoting Phoebe from Friends.
Choosing the right face sunscreen is crucial for all skin types to help protect your skin from the sun. Not sure which sunscreen is best for your skin type? It feels like there are so many kinds that fuck up your skin, so here’s a quick cheat sheet.
If you have acne-prone skin, finding any sunscreen that doesn’t completely irritate your skin probably seems impossible. Sticking to an oil-free sunscreen will save you from a horrendous breakout.
UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF
This fragrance-free sunscreen is specially made to provide light hydration and broad-spectrum sun protection. It contains lactic acid and sodium hyaluronate which helps clear pores, moisturize the skin, and prevent any further dreadful breakouts.
Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
This dry-touch formula sunscreen is made with perlite, which is a powder that comes from volcanic rock and is known for it’s oil absorbing properties so your skin won’t look greasy AF.
Any sunscreen made with chemical UV blockers can aggravate your face, which is a nightmare for anyone with sensitive skin. Nobody wants stinging, burning, or redness. So if you’re on the sensitive side, look for a mineral sunscreen.
PLAY 100% Mineral Lotion
Made with zinc oxide, this 100% mineral sunscreen will protect your skin from the harsh sun, while the clean, plant-based ingredients will help nourish and shield your skin from all angles.
Oil Control Moisturizer
Hydrate, repair, and protect your sensitive skin with this non-comedogenic (aka won’t clog your pores), dermatologist-tested, and synthetic fragrance-free SPF. This 4-in-1 formula helps absorb oil, reduce shine, hydrate and provide sun protection. Get yourself a sunscreen that can do it all.
With dry skin, you want to look for a sunscreen with hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate. Also, you should avoid anything with fragrances—they can be irritating.
Water Drench Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Hyaluronic Cloud Moisturizer
The extremely lightweight sunscreen shields your skin against harsh UV rays. Once applying, your dry skin will feel moisturized, hydrated and feel silky soft – all without irritating your skin.
Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30
This cult-favorite sunscreen is clinically proven to increase your skin’s hydration while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles, which makes it totally worth the price tag. Bye-bye sun damage, hello glowy skin.
When you have oily skin, you should use an SPF that has a high concentration of Zinc Oxide—at least 5%. This is important as it helps mattify oily skin.
Block Star Daily Mineral Sunscreen
This lightweight, silky, 100% sheer mineral sunscreen blends into skin effortlessly without clogging your pores or leaving behind streaks or white residue. It’s made to help control excess oil that may get worse over the summer and minimizes the appearance of pores.
Acne Control Oil and Pore Control Mattifier Broad Spectrum SPF
Murad’s SPF is made with oil-trapping microspheres that mattify your skin and deliver smooth, soft skin. It’s formulated to control oil and shine for 10 hours while protecting your skin against the sun.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
One of the downfalls of basking in the sun is how much it can age your skin. Luckily, using a broad spectrum formula sunscreen everyday can protect your skin from the sun’s rays and delay damaging and premature aging effects of sun exposure.
A Perfect World SPF 40 Moisturizer
This SPF moisturizer will hydrate your skin while helping delay any signs of aging. It’s antioxidant-rich white tea-infused formula will nourish your skin and further protect its youthful appearance.
Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid
A daily hydrating, broad-spectrum SPF that works to promote healthier, younger looking skin. The water-light formula visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles while helping to prevent further signs of aging.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new information in April 2023. It was originally written by Sydney Wingfield
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