sun care and self tanning How to Pick the Right Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

So you can stay sun-safe all summer long.

June 08, 2022
Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

There’s a good chance that you look for skin care products that are formulated specifically for your skin type — whether you’re oily, dry, combination, or sensitive. But do you approach finding a sunscreen the same way — or do you just grab the first one off the shelf before heading out for a beach trip?


If you’ve ever been frustrated that sunscreen makes your face look greasy, then it could be a good idea to take your skin type into consideration before choosing one. Here, learn how to find the right sunscreen for your skin type — and get tips for applying sunscreen and taking other sun protection measures.


How to Pick a Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen (meaning one that helps protect against UVA and UVB rays) should be the final step in your skin care routine each and every morning,rain or shine. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), you should use one with an SPF value of 30 or greater and reapply every two hours — or immediately after swimming or sweating and as directed.


As far as your skin type goes, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a sunscreen. If you have oily skin, you may want to look for one that has an oil-free formula, such as a sunscreen gel or SPF lotion that has a matte finish. On the other hand, dry skin types might benefit from a moisturizing sunscreen formula, like a sun cream or even a hydrating sunscreen mist. Finally, if you have sensitive skin, consider steering clear of sunscreens formulated with alcohol or fragrance, which can be irritating.


If you’re always on the go, using a moisturizer formulated with sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, could be a smart choice as it’ll help you cut down on the number of steps in your skin care routine and ensure that your face is protected.

How to Apply Sunscreen

Now that you know how to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type, it’s important to make sure you’re applying enough of it. Like we told you earlier, it’s important to wear sunscreen daily — as well as reapply it at least every two hours. According to the AAD, you should apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside, and you should use enough to cover all exposed skin. 


You’ll likely need an ounce (about a shot glass worth) to evenly cover your body from head to toe. According to the AAD, there are a few areas that are often overlooked — we’re talking about your ears, neck, hands, tops of feet, and along your hairline — so don’t forget to apply sunscreen to these. Keep your bottle of sunscreen with you in your bag so that you can easily reapply when needed.


Other Sun Protection Measures You Should Take

Your sun protection routine shouldn’t stop with applying (and reapplying) sunscreen. According to the AAD, there are a few other measures you should take as well. These include limiting your amount of time in the sun — especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — seeking shade, and wearing clothing that covers exposed areas — such as long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.


To recap — look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that suits your skin type, apply it 15 minutes before going outside and as directed, reapply it at least every two hours, and remember to seek shade and wear sun protective clothing  in addition to wearing sunscreen. With these tips in mind, you’re prepared for a great, sun-safe summer.


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Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn