Finding the perfect sunscreen for your face can be a challenge. From thick, greasy formulas to lingering white residue, there are plenty of ways that your traditional SPF may be losing its appeal. However, don't give up on wearing sunscreen just yet (seriously, it's important). Do what's best for your face by investing in a lightweight, non-greasy sunblock that will protect your skin without clogging your pores. It's a simple way to protect your skin without all of side effects you're hoping to avoid.
When it comes to choosing a facial sunscreen, Dr. Gary Goldfaden of Goldfaden M.D. recommended to me via email that you should to choose a sunblock that is specifically formulated for the face. "Look for call-outs like 'non-comedogenic' which means it won't clog pores, and ideally seek formulas that are also fragrance-, oil-, and paba-free, as all of these can cause facial skin irritation," he explains. Dr. Goldfaden also recommends staying away from aerosol sunblock as it may contain alcohol, which can dry out the face.
For everyday wear (not just at the beach), reach for a sunblock with a thinner consistency. These tend to blend into the skin more easily without leaving a greasy or slippery film behind. I find they're perfect for makeup wearers, since you don't have to worry about adding extra oil to the skin that could break down your foundation. Wondering what sunscreens you should be reaching for? Here are nine lightweight sunblocks that are perfect for everyday wear.
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Goldfaden Sunscreen, $45, NordstromKeep your skin protected this summer with this lightweight mist. Simply spritz all over your skin, and pat dry. This formula sinks in immediately and doesn't leave the face feeling greasy or oily.
Shiseido Sunscreen, $33, Sephora
Yes, your eyelids need protection too! That skin is super sensitive, after all.
4. Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50
Sunscreen, $34, supergoop.com
While an oil may seem like the last thing you would want in your sunscreen, this SPF is perfect for those looking for sun protection and hydration without a slippery finish, according to Today.com.
Here's a sunscreen that pulls double duty. This tinted SPF provides the perfect amount of sun protection coupled with matte finish to leave your skin looking and feeling its best.
For those with oily, acne-prone skin, this is the SPF for you. Formulated without excess oils, this sunscreen is great for those who are looking for sun protection that won't clog their pores, according to Glamour.
Get a sunscreen that can do it all. This one by DermaDoctor helps to clarify the skin, while fighting off free radicals and harmful UV rays. Plus, it leaves the skin with a smooth, matte finish, so you won't have to worry about layering your makeup on top of it.
You're sunscreen shouldn't be causing breakouts. Instead, reach for a lightweight option that won't clog your pores. This Neutrogena option even offers a matte finish to leave the skin looking fresh.
Rated as one of the best sunscreens on TotalBeauty.com, this SPF is known for it's lightweight feel and silky formula.
See? There is no reason to be skipping out on your SPF.
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