How do you choose the best sunscreen for your skin type?
It really comes down to reading labels. “You can have sensitive, dry, oily, or acne-prone skin, and your choice of sunscreen can make it better or worse,” Dr. Michele said. If you take the time to learn about your skin’s needs and the products you’re interested in, you’ll feel good about the sunscreen you’re putting on your face.
Which sunscreens are best for each skin type and skin tone?
If you have dry skin, look for sunscreens that contain glycerin, lanolin, oils, dimethicone, hyaluronic acid, and/or ceramides. According to Dr. Michele, all of these ingredients are great moisturizers and will lock-in moisture, especially in warmer weather. These ingredients will also help maintain the skin’s pH balance and can help with eczema-prone skin. However, you should try to avoid any sunscreens that contain alcohol as it can dry out your skin and cause irritation.
If you have sensitive skin, look for products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free to avoid triggering any allergies or skin irritations. Mineral sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are usually good options. Other chemical sunscreen options should be avoided since these are more likely to cause adverse effects like burning, stinging, and red itchy bumps. You may want to avoid any sunscreens with alcohol and preservatives as well since these ingredients can cause skin irritation.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, stick to matte sunscreens. Matte and even water-based sunscreens can help to keep excess oil under control and ensure your makeup doesn’t come off. Also look for sunscreens that state they’re non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts.
If you have a dark skin tone, opt for chemical sunscreens over mineral ones, which are more likely to leave a visible white cast.
Now that you know which ingredients are best for your skin, we’ve rounded up some of the best sunscreen options out there right now. Check those out below.