MR’s Ultimate SPF Guide For The Sunscreen-Phobic

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Felicia Walker Benson is the founder of ThisThatBeauty. (@thisthatbeauty on Instagram.) Have a makeup question for her? Post it below.

On the topic of sunscreen…

Fact: Regardless of skin type or color, we need it.

Reality: We hate it. And for good reason. Most formulas are too icky and overly sticky, leaving behind clogged pores and a white or gray tint, and what’s with that weird smell? Can’t a girl get in a daily dose of sun protection and not look like a hot mess?

Below, I’ve broken down and addressed the five best sunscreens to address your concerns. Get ready to meet your match!

If You’re Acne Prone:

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For skin that’s prone to breakouts and nasty blemishes, try an oil-free (major key!) dark spot erasing sunscreen like Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. It hydrates, protects and helps prevent future hyperpigmentation from forming.

If You Never Leave The House Without Blotting Sheets:

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Get your situation under control with Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++. The oil-absorbing formula keeps skin shine-free for up to eight hours of wear, which makes it ideal for use under makeup, sort of like a mattifying primer. Formulated with willow bark extract and tea tree oil, MURAD Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ fits nicely if you’re currently using an anti-acne skin care regimen or just want to keep pimples at bay.

If You Like to Fake It:

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Hey, we all love a good “no-makeup makeup” moment. So if you’re looking for sun protection that also provides a hint of undetectable foundation-like coverage, try Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15. Cheat complexion perfection with this glow-enhancing, SPF-spiked bronzer. Apply just a few drops and skin immediately radiates a veil of warmth.

If You Are Super Dry:

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Revive and restore moisture levels in a flash with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15. This drugstore find (that performs like a high end face cream) is oil-free and packed with Purified Hyaluronic Acid — the secret to super hydrated skin. The gel-like texture is perfect for summer. It absorbs within seconds and leaves behind not a single trace of residue.

If Your Lips Need Love, Too:

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Pucker and protect with Fresh Tinted Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, POPPY. Enriched with skin-soothing oils and antioxidants, the pinkish-red tinted balm combines moisture, sun protection and a pop of pretty…all in one tiny tube. Don’t leave home without it!

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  • Erob

    Anyone have a recommendation for an SPF 30 lotion that controls oil? My dermatologist told me 30 is what you should aim for.

    • Neutrogena clear face sunscreen is great. It’s SPF 55 , perfect for those who are in the sun a lot. I love my moisturizer by aveno that soothes redness and evens skintone and it’s SPF 30 but I need more SPF so the neutrogena works well alongside the aveno. Both leave skin moisturized without excess oil, I also struggle with oily skin.

      • Erob

        Thanks!

    • HoneyBeat

      Yadah Oh My Sunblock & Shiseido Urban Environment Sunscreen Lotion For Face are the two I use

  • Emy M

    Skinceuticals Physical Fusion – e’ry day. https://www.amazon.com/Skinceuticals-Physical-Fusion-Defense-Fluid/dp/B004WPWOS0

    This formula has an adaptable tint, is perfectly fluid and matte, and makes for the perfect makeup primer.

  • pia_k

    Coola Matte bb tint w/ spf 35! Awesome for sensitive skin and slightly ‘blurs’ marks you wish weren’t on your face 🙂

  • oliviafortune

    Friends! What’s a good natural sunscreen? Does anyone use or love Korres?

  • Brigitte Ewald

    la roche posay, 50, creme or lotion, tinted or not, great!!!