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The Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

On the cloudiest of days, sunscreen is still one of the most important products in your skin care routine so it’s important to get it just right. It needs to be broad spectrum, it needs to be easy to apply and, most importantly, it needs to suit your skin type. Find the perfect sunscreen with our handy and helpful guide.

For Oily and Blemish-Prone Skin

Skin that is prone to pimples and excess shine needs a sunscreen that is lightweight, oil-free and gentle so as not to irritate the skin during a breakout. Look for gel, milk and powder textures that won’t feel heavy on the skin and opt for matte-finish formulas to control shine throughout the day. The Heliocare Gel SPF50 is a firm favourite for those with oily skin due to its weightless feel, while the Murad Oil-Free Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF30 contains micro-minerals to absorb surface sebum. If you want to hide blemishes and angry redness, choose a tinted sunscreen that you can wear underneath foundation – the SkinCeuticals Mineral Matte UV Defense SPF30 is perfect.

For Dry, Tight Skin

Dry skin + sun exposure = even drier skin, so your facial sunscreen needs to be packed with moisture boosters in order to stop your face from becoming tight and uncomfortable. Creams, balms and nourishing lotions work best, and look for added ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid for an extra hit of hydration. ZENii’s Moisturising Sun Protection SPF50 feels delightfully creamy on the skin or you could try the Pevonia Hydrating Sunscreen SPF30 which contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to condition dry patches and prevent inflammation during a day in the sun.

For Combination Skin

Skin that has both oily and dry areas can be hard to balance, so stick to products that sit somewhere in the middle, focusing on formulas that offer light hydration but are oil-free. The DCL Super Sheer Sunscreen SPF50 cleverly hydrates dry areas and mattifies oily ones, while flooding the skin with cell-protecting antioxidants. Another option is the Ophrys Face SPF30 which provides the ideal combination of hydrating ingredients without the inclusion of oil. Plus, it smells amazing!

For Sensitive, Easily-Irritated Skin

Tread carefully when choosing a sunscreen for sensitive skin as the wrong formula coupled with intense sunlight can spell disaster for your complexion. Using formulas that soothe and calm the skin is a given, but you should also opt for sunscreens that only used mineral/physical UV filters, as these are less likely to cause irritation. A great option is the Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF30, which is gentle enough to use on delicate post-procedure skin, as is the Epionce Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF50 which is tinted to minimise the appearance of redness and uneven tone.

For Normal, Balanced Skin

Those with normal and generally unburdened skin have the easiest job of all when it comes to sunscreen shopping. Most formulas will work for you, so just use the sunscreen that feels the most comfortable on your skin. The Babor Anti-Aging High Protection Sun Lotion SPF30 is ideal and can also be used on the body, or you could try Mene & Moy Facial Sunscreen SPF30 which contains Vitamin C to maintain a clear, balanced complexion with every application.

For Mature Skin

Skin that has started to show the signs of ageing needs a sunscreen that is not only going to protect the skin, but repair any damage so that wrinkles and sun spots appear less severe. As skin tends to dry out with age, choose creams and rich lotions over gels and powders. A great anti-aging formula is the iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF30 as it contains actives to reverse collagen damage and the breakdown of DNA, while keeping the skin hydrated. Alternatively, try the Dermaceutic Sun Ceutic 50+ which contains a powerful stem cell stimulator to encourage mature skin to act like its younger self.

For Dark Skin Tones

While darker complexions can opt for any texture that suits their skin needs, the right sunscreen needs to cater for the higher concentration of melanin in the skin. That means avoiding creams and lotions that leave an unflattering white cast on the skin. The Pharmaclinix Sun Blockex SPF50 was specifically created for dark skin tones and provides complete UV protection minus the white cast, while the NIOD Survival 20 contains a lower SPF, which they believe is better suited to those with black or Asian skin as their skin has a naturally higher level of sun protection.

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