You know you need it every day, and (hopefully) you're applying it that often. But there's one challenge that even the most practiced sunscreen experts still face on the daily: finding the best sunscreens to wear under makeup.
Sunscreens have a not-so-great reputation for being sticky, greasy, absorbing at a snail's pace (if at all), leaving a ghostly white residue behind, and making your makeup slide right off your face by mid-day. All of this is fine and dandy if you're applying SPF to your arms or legs, but when it comes to your face — especially on a hectic work morning where you don't have a minute to waste — you need a sunscreen formula that works like a charm under BB cream, foundation, and powder.
The best facial sunscreens that work hand in hand with makeup include physical broad spectrum formulas made from zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — chemical formulas are often too irritating for sensitive skin types and can cause reactions. It helps if your sunscreen is non-comedogenic and contains mattifying ingredients like silica, which absorbs oils and keeps skin fresh no matter what the temperature is outside. Beyond that, you'll want to opt for a formula that's designed specifically for your skin type — and luckily, there are a lot of great options out there.
1A Lightweight Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen That Protects Against Free Radicals
This water-resistant broad spectrum SPF 50 is free of fragrances and parabens, ideal for sensitive skin, and is an incredibly light mineral sunscreen fluid that won't weigh down skin. It contains an antioxidant called Senna Alata that defends against free radicals in the environment, is oil free, and leaves a matte finish for the perfect base under makeup.
2An Anti-Pollution Sunscreen For Dry Skin Types
Described as a "feather light" sunscreen cream that delivers broad-spectrum SPF 40 protection, this formula is especially effective for dry skin types, as it's incredibly moisturizing (and not free of oils). You can use it on both your face and body and one reviewer says her makeup goes on better after this cream leaves her face feeling silky and smooth.
3An Oil-Free SPF 50 With Antioxidants
It's oil-free, non-comedogenic, and rich in antioxidants that repair, rejuvenate, and hydrate skin — and it certainly doesn't hurt that this sunscreen contains SPF 50 for major UVA/UVB protection. It pretty much sinks into skin upon contact and won't get in the way of our makeup. Sensitive skin types will love that it's formulated without parabens, oxybenzone, or fragrances.
4A Soothing Sun Cream With Aloe Vera
Have skin that is sensitive to chemicals and tends to get red and easily irritated? This sun cream with SPF 50 will sooth your complexion with aloe leaf extract and other botanicals that help retain moisture in the skin while protecting it against UV rays. This sunscreen is a light, creamy texture that absorbs quickly and without a trace.
5Layer This Tinted Moisturizer With SPF Under Your Makeup For Added Coverage
When you want full-coverage makeup, start with this 4-in-1 tinted mineral moisturizer with SPF 30, which has antioxidants like grape, pomegranate, and aloe. A light application of this sunscreen moisturizer, which is available in three shades, tones your complexion and makes it even more radiant and ready for foundation or BB cream. You can even wear it alone on days when you want light coverage, sun protection, and a hint of color.
6A Sun Milk For Oily & Combination Skin That Dries Without Greasy Residue
Water, sweat, and even humidity are no match for this cult-favorite Korean sun milk with broad-spectrum SPF 50. It goes on like a lightweight powdery fluid and dries instantly, making skin look and feel fresh and more even in tone. If you have oily or combination skin, this formula will go a long way in sapping excess oils to prep skin for makeup application.
7A Light Liquid Sunscreen With Vitamin E & White Grape Extract
Use this super light sunscreen with SPF 50 and antioxidants like Vitamin E and white grape extract and you'll notice a remarkable difference in your skin, some reviewers say. It's sheer, free of fragrance, and water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. One reviewer says this is the perfect sunscreen for anyone who hates feeling greasy and sticky and that it won't slide off — making it the perfect product to use under makeup.
8This Korean SPF 50+ With Green Tea That Melts Into Skin
The first time I tried this Innisfree sunblock with SPF 50 I couldn't believe how it seemed to sink right into my combination skin, mattifying my oily T-zone and softening my dry cheeks. This Korean sunscreen contains organic sunflower oil and green tea, is incredibly moisturizing, and vanishes under makeup.
9A Dry Sunscreen With SPF 100+ For Ultimate Protection
When only the driest of dry sunscreen formulas will do (and especially when temperatures and humidity levels are sky high), this water-resistant broad-spectrum SPF 100+ provides the most protection possible with zero grease and shine to ruin your makeup look. For a heavy dose of SPF, it's exceptionally light and reviewers say it blends into skin without leaving a grey or white film behind.
10A Super Sheer Mineral Lotion For Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin types rejoice: this ultra-light mineral sunscreen with SPF 50 contains thermal spring water, antioxidants, and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It's also hypoallergenic, won't clog pores, and makes skin feel soft and smooth.
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