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SPF For Your Skin Type: Oily Skin

Hey everybody! Welcome to Beach Week on BellaSugar. Since we all love and adore then sun, but understand just how dangerous its powerful rays are to our skin, we've got to play on the offense. Take precautions when going to the beach, pool or playing outside this summer and slather on the appropriate sunscreen for your skin type.

In this first installment of SPF For Your Skin Type, I've collected a few different sunscreens that are best suited for oily skin. The challenge here was finding products that don't include common SPF ingredients such as zinc oxide, which can clog your pores and cause a breakout. But have no fear, we've found a few that'll do the trick to keep your skin safe in the summer sun!

Dermatalogica Oil Free Matte Block SPF 20 ($45) is a special kind of sunscreen formulated to absorb already existing as well as any new oils on your skin to create a matte finish. It's oil-free, color-free and fragrance free so it won't irritate your skin, and it's also made with green tea to help soothe and calm any special attention areas. Apply liberally and thoroughly to your face before exposure to the sun.

For two more sunscreens for oily skin,

Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF30 ($8) is a fragrance-free, ultra-light dry and non-greasy sunscreen spray that absorbs quickly. And it's got a fab mess-free spray nozzle, which is always handy at the beach. It is formulated with lots of anti-oxidants, vitamins A & E and Parsol 1789r (which protects against UVA and UVB ray penetration). It won't clog your pores, and it's titanium dioxide and zinc oxide free!

SmartShield SPF 30 Sunscreen Gel ($8.95) has a an alcohol base which creates a cooling sensation on the skin. It's made with aloe vera to moisturize and heal, and it's also fragrance-free, waterproof (for up to 80 min), and it won't clog pores—which makes it great for those with oily and acne prone skin.

aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks Bella.
koolkat1021 koolkat1021 9 years what about the rest of the body? I typically go for an spf 70 sunblock as I am that fair and sun sensitive. Got any non-zinc or titatium dioxide suggestions for that?
Chiquita-82 Chiquita-82 10 years
I still can't find the shine-free sunblock for my combination skin. I tried Dermalogica,Vichy,Coppertone,La Roche Posay,Sebamed,Murad and many more... They all shine during the day, i makeup every morning at 07:00 and go to the office and my makeup stays on my face until 19:30-20:00, i use sunblock before i makeup, so i'm looking for something that doesn't shine for about 13-14 hours *sigh*
Tari007 Tari007 10 years
This is huge. I'm very careful with my skin and always protect it from the sun, but finding a sunscreen that doesn't make you feel like a big oil-ball is quite challenging. Thanks for posting these up!
fstremblay fstremblay 10 years
I use La Roche Posay's Anthelios Lait SPF 45 and love it. It contains Mexoryl, which is an effective UVA shield. It's not greasy at all.
xstal xstal 10 years
got any recommendation for combination skin SPF / moisturizer / slight tint ALL IN ONE? i am on my 3rd bottle of the Laura Mercier SPF Tinted's alright, not GREAT...any recommendation much appreciated. (the tine helps to balance out the uneven tone, helps hide the panda eyes as well as the leftover scars from the occasional blemishes...but i think the Laura Mercier stuff is slightly too sheer for my all-too-imperfect skin)
kelli07 kelli07 10 years
I'll have to try one of these products out.
CoolLikeThat CoolLikeThat 10 years
All of the Dermalogica products are worth every last penny! I also love their AdultSkin Cleansing System.
tati33 tati33 10 years
Where can I get the SmartShield SPF?
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 10 years
I use the Proactiv day lotion with spf 15. It keeps my skin soft and blemish free. I love that you can't tell I'm wearing it.
rainbowbite rainbowbite 10 years
I spent years looking for an everyday moisturizer with SPF that worked with my combination/oily skin. I struck gold with the Body Shop's Vitamin C spf 15 facial moisturizer. I cannot recommend it highly enough -- absorbs instantaneously, never shines, but makes my skin feel soft as the day i was born.
KristaMK KristaMK 10 years
Thanks for the recommendations! I am always on the look-out for a good sunscreen suitable for my oily skin.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Hey Bella, where can you purchase the second one? I really like that it won't clog pores.
mtzudiker mtzudiker 10 years
Thank god there's sunscreen for us oily girls. I'm gonna try the Dermalogica one. A lil pricey tho.
bebaLee bebaLee 10 years
The PTR one isn't photostable! :/
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