Sunscreen is the best anti-aging product out there (obviously you know that already), but only if you wear it every single day. If you want to look young longer, get into the habit of slathering SPF on your face (and neck) on a daily basis. No exceptions.
And yet many of us still make excuses for not using a suncreen every day, the most common one being “My sunscreen always makes me break out.” So, wouldn’t it be great to find a sunscreen that didn’t cause or worsen breakouts?
If you also have acne-prone skin like me, check out some of my favorite oil-free and mattifying sunscreens that provide all the necessary UV protection without the unwanted pore-clogging irritants or chemicals. You can wear these alone or under makeup, just make sure you wear them – your skin in five years (and beyond) will thank you!
Coola Suncare Unscented Face Mineral Sunscreen Matte Tint SPF 30 ($36) – This natural sunscreen has a satiny-smooth texture that blends weightlessly on skin and provides light hydration with an all-day matte finish, ideal for those with oily to combination skin. The lightly tinted, unscented formula contains gentle, mineral-based active ingredients to provide broad-spectrum sun protection and helps even out your complexion… great for when you just need a hint of coverage. It’s also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30+ ($42) – This ultra-light serum helps provides serious sun protection without a greasy feel—and no sunscreen-y smell! Packed with hardworking antioxidants to help fight those pesky, wrinkle-causing free radicals, the translucent formula dries with a matte finish making it ideal to use under makeup on a daily basis. Great for year-round use!
La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 ($42.50) – Get the benefits of an anti-aging serum with the protection of a sunscreen! Loaded with a healthy dose of potent antioxidants in a weightless serum formula, this sunscreen offers advanced UVA/UVB protection and dries to a natural, shine-free finish. It can be worn alone or along with a moisturizer and makeup.
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 ($34) – This mattifying, 100% physical facial sunscreen is a great choice for oily, combination and sensitive, acne-prone skin. Enhanced with aerated silica technology, it is formulated to maintain a matte finish even in hot, humid conditions. Its weightless mousse texture dries to a powder finish, minimizing the look of pores and obliterate shine. It’s also slightly tinted to avoid a telltale white cast from the mineral sunscfeen actives.
Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF30 ($28) – Infused with botanicals of Neem, Shatavari and Rose and non-nano micronized zinc oxide (the best UVA-blocking ingredient), , this all-natural non-clogging silky formula works to nourish skin and prevent premature aging. The neem extract, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, helps to heal acne and guard against breakouts all year round! Best of all, it doesn’t make my face look like a pasty mess.
Clinique ‘City Block Sheer’ Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($23) – This sheer, ultra-lightweight face sunscreen absorbs excess oil and is infused with antioxidants to help protect against environmental irritants. It is slightly tinted to offset the whitening effect from the amount of mineral sunscreens it contains. It’s perfect alone, or as an invisible under-makeup primer. It has no chemical sunscreens so works for all skin types, even the most sensitive.
Kate Somerville ‘Daily Deflector’ Moisturizer SPF 50+ Anti-Aging Sunscreen ($48) – Perfect for combination to oily skin, this sheer sunscreen is enriched with a blend of natural mineral clay, aloe vera and natural extracts that control sebum while tightening, soothing and helping skin maintain its elasticity.
L’Oreal Paris Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion SPF 50+ ($11) – If you’re looking for an affordable drugstore acne-friendly sunscreen, here’s your ticket! This oil-free lotion won’t clog pores, and the consistency is so lightweight that you’ll forget you’re even wearing it. It has a silky, nearly weightless matte finish great for those with normal to oily, combination, and breakout-prone skin. Bonus : it also evens skin for a healthy tinted complexion.
Shiseido ‘Urban Environment’ Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 ($32) – Midday oil-slick your main issue? This ultra-light formulation spreads smoothly and contains mineral powders and herbal extracts to minimize the appearance of pores, prevent over production of sebum and maintain a shine-free finish. Oh, and did I mention it’s oil free?
Pure MD Protected Presence SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen ($44) – This lightweight sunscreen with zinc oxide not only effectively protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays but also contains soothing elements to help calm irritated skin. The texture is the most cosmetically elegant I’ve tried in a physical block – there’s absolutely no white case despite a high percentage of zinc oxide!
What is your favorite facial sunscreen? Share with us in the comments below!
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