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2 Sunblocks That Wear Perfectly Under Makeup

You've heard it before, but it's worth repeating: wearing sunblock every day is the best investment you can make in the future health of your skin. In doing so, you'll prevent photoaging — think sun spots, uneven pigmentation, and fine lines — and help protect your skin from cancer-causing UV rays.

I am a freak when it comes to SPF. Unless it's dark outside, it's on my face. Always. So it's important for me to find a non-greasy formula that doesn't pill or leave white streaks. Moreover, I want to be able to wear foundation if necessary, so the right sunblock needs to sink into skin. Finding something that fits the bill is a bigger challenge than you might think, but I tracked down two that do the job. For the scoop, keep reading.

For hippie ethics with a dose of glamour, check out Berkeley-based Marie Veronique Organics' Moisturizing Face Screen ($40). The antioxidant-rich formula provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection and is free of parabens, nanoparticles, fragrance, and petroleum products. It sinks into skin quickly and feels weightless — perfect for wearing alone or under foundation. There's a tinted version, too, but it is too orangey for my complexion. Go for the untinted version and you'll be in good shape.


Whereas Marie Veronique Organics uses zinc oxide to physically block rays, Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Liquid ($12.99) uses chemical ingredients to protect skin. The broad-spectrum liquid disappears into skin immediately and has a light, pleasant scent. It's available in SPF 55 and SPF 70, which should please heliophobes. If you like La Roche-Posay Anthelios Lait like I do, but you don't love its high cost, this one feels very similar for a fraction of the price.

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guiltypleasure guiltypleasure 7 years
I only use Marie Veronique products on my face now. I struggled with breakouts for years, ESPECIALLY from any sort of sunscreen products. Their chemical free formula has done wonders for my skin. Pricey but worth it to be able to have protection without the breakout and irritation from the chems in a product like Neutrogena's.
Advah Advah 7 years
I've recently heard about using coconut oil as "sunscreen" - has anyone else heard this before? It apparently prevents the skin from burning, which leaves me a bit confused (and I guess it doesn't protect from nasty UVs). I used the Neutrogena one for a while; great feeling but it always made my chest breakout (even if I used it only on my face, and I never had breakouts before. Go figure.) + I used it on holiday a couple of weeks ago, and my shoulders still burnt a bit despite repeated applications throughout the day (guess going from Scotland to Texas was a climate shock for my body, but still). Will stick to Anthelios from now on.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I just wear a La Roche-Posay moisturizer with SPF 15 at the moment, because I still haven't found a sunscreen that doesn't make my skin break out. I tried the Anthelios SPF 30, and it's ok, but a little too rich for everyday use.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Pandacn, I'm guessing it's a combination of the moisturizer and primer. Sounds like you are layering things well (lightest to heaviest). Maybe skip the primer for a while and see if that helps; if not, the moisturizer is probably the culprit. And like ShaynaLeah said, 15 + 30 = 30, not 45. :)
pandacn pandacn 7 years
Has anyone tried Sephora's new sunscreen brand, Supergoop? I'd be interested in any reviews!!
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Love Neutrogena's sunscreen! Ladies, remember, even if you put 30 spf on at the same time as 15 spf, they don't combine to equal 45 spf - unfortunately they're only as good as the highest spf (30 in this scenario)
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 7 years
I use an Olay mosturizer with a 30 SPF. Ladies, don't forget to put sunscreen on you neck and hands!
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
I hate the chemical sunblocks- they always sting my face. Can anyone recommend a greaseless zinc oxide formula for the face??
lizbear317 lizbear317 7 years
I love Shiseido Ultra Protection Cream for Face SPF 55. Don't be fooled by the word "cream." It's an oil-free formula. I have really oily skin and I break out pretty easily. This stuff feels great and very soft on my face, and works well as a primer. I also like the high spf. I just ordered my third tube! It's expensive ($35), but it's the only thing that works under my foundation. I've tried Neutrogena, but I just looked really oily all day.
vertes vertes 7 years
Try Clarins spf 40. It's oil-free & dries matte. I use it on my face, under make up.
NewLondonLuxe NewLondonLuxe 7 years
Julisis' Sun Emulsion is still my all-time fave. It hydrates my skin so it doesn't flake, but I love that it's SPF 30. Lightweight and not goopy, either.
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
I have acne-prone skin, and I use Cellex-C Sun Care moisturizer in 30+ and I don't break out at all. I am a redhead, and get sunburns very easily, so sunscreen is a must. I'm very impressed with the cellex-c products I use (foaming cleanser and the suncare).
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Same here risque! Right now I am test driving the sunscreen from Dermadoctor and so far so good. *knocks on wood*
pandacn pandacn 7 years
I have been experiencing major problems with pilling! But between the toner and serum and spf moisturizer and primer, it's hard to tell which thing is the culprit! Is it usually an SPF moisturizer that does it? But sometimes, it doesn't seem to pill. Is it the way that I rub it in. That is a major beauty problem for me!! Once it starts pilling, it's really hard to wipe off, it makes putting foundation on difficult, and I usually don't have time to start over...:( Anyway, I'll try La Roche-Posay and the Neutrogena suggestions though!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I just wear a moisturizer (Aveeno, if you were curious) that has SPF 30, and Bare Minerals on top, which has, I believe, SPF 15. If I'm going to the pool or the beach I wear normal sunscreen, but these seem to do just fine for everyday stuff when I'm inside for much of the day.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
risque, same here. If I'm outdoors for a while (anything from going for a run to going to the pool) I'll take the breakout over the burn, but I don't wear one day to day because it's not worth the breakout if I'll be indoors pretty much all day.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
I've tried 3 or 4 Neutrogena sunscreens, and they always break me out like crazy.
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
I'll have to check these out. I wear sunscreen on my face everyday. Right now I'm using Philosophy's "Shelter". I find that it goes on with an almost matte finish. There's nothing worse than a sunsceen that is too greasy especially on the face.
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