We all know how important SPF is for preventing not only skin cancer, but also the photodamage that causes signs of aging in your skin. No matter what season it is, sunscreen is a vital step in your daily skin care regimen. To find out what sunscreens are best for your skin type, keep reading.
Why You Need It: Sunscreen blocks UV rays from penetrating your skin. This helps prevent skin cancer and even signs of aging, including dark spots, change in texture, and fine lines and wrinkles. Every day our skin is exposed to UV radiation — even on a cloudy day — which is why sunscreen should be an essential part of your morning skin care routine. For best results, here's what you should look for in finding the right formula for your skin type.
For Oily Skin: Go with an oil-free option. Also, physical sunblock ingredients (such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) can usually make a formula more thick, so your best bet might be to opt for chemical sunscreens that use avobenzone and oxybenzone with a lightweight consistency. Many of the lighter formulas must be shaken and can even help mattify your complexion, like Coola Suncare SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish Sunblock ($36).
For Combination Skin: If you're worried about a greasy-looking T-zone, opt for a sunscreen for oily skin types. Otherwise, finding your optimal sunscreen can come down to the consistency you prefer. Newer formulations now have a more transparent application, as opposed to the traditional white film that sunblock has been associated with.
For Dry Skin: Look for creamy formulations with added moisturizing ingredients like glycerin and ceramides to protect your skin. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM ($14) is a good option.