How to Pick the Right Sunscreen for Your Skin Type
There’s a good chance that you look for skin care products that are formulated specifically for your skin type — whether you’re oily, dry, combination, or sensitive. But do you approach finding a sunscreen the same way — or do you just grab the first one off the shelf before heading out for a beach trip?
If you’ve ever been frustrated that sunscreen makes your face look greasy, then it could be a good idea to take your skin type into consideration before choosing one. Here, learn how to find the right sunscreen for your skin type — and get tips for applying sunscreen and taking other sun protection measures.
How to Pick a Sunscreen for Your Skin Type
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen (meaning one that helps protect against UVA and UVB rays) should be the final step in your skin care routine each and every morning,rain or shine. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), you should use one with an SPF value of 30 or greater and reapply every two hours — or immediately after swimming or sweating and as directed.
As far as your skin type goes, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a sunscreen. If you have oily skin, you may want to look for one that has an oil-free formula, such as a sunscreen gel or SPF lotion that has a matte finish. On the other hand, dry skin types might benefit from a moisturizing sunscreen formula, like a sun cream or even a hydrating sunscreen mist. Finally, if you have sensitive skin, consider steering clear of sunscreens formulated with alcohol or fragrance, which can be irritating.