The 5 Best Non-Sticky Sunscreens

By Marissa DeSantis

Despite its undeniable importance, sunscreen is viewed by many as a necessary evil. Sure, it prevents sunburn, but it's also synonymous with making your skin feel sticky and essentially a magnet for sand at the beach. Over the years, though, more and more brands have developed non-greasy sunscreens that still offer serious sun protection, but absorb much better into skin. And though traditional facial sunscreens are often associated with heavy formulas that provoke breakouts and clogged pores, many of the best non-sticky sunscreens are designed to be lightweight, oil-free, and even suitable for acne-prone skin.

Whether choosing sunscreen for your body or face, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher 30 minutes before going outdoors (and reapplying every two hours). With that rule in place, you can choose from a number of non-greasy sunscreens that target other preferences and concerns.

When looking for a non-sticky face sunscreen, you can choose a general lightweight option, or something more specific to oily and acne-prone skin. These formulas should be lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic, and may even include oil-absorbing ingredients like silica that prevent skin from greasing up throughout the day.

To keep you fully covered from head-to-toe, whether you're headed to the beach or only seeing the sun on your lunch break, here are five of the best non-greasy sunscreens out there.