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Say goodbye to any sunscreen doubts! We take a look at the barriers keeping you from wearing sunscreen-and give you the answers to solve it.


You may not always see it, but the sun is out there. Whether it’s bright and sunny or a cloudy day, the sun’s rays are peaking through and delivering UVA/UVB rays. A sunscreen is a must for your daily life! And, with the summer months coming up, now it’s more important than ever to have sunscreen by your side. The challenge: People still have hesitation sliding on SPF.

If you don’t use broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection daily, ask yourself what you’re worried about: A chalky complexion? Acne? A midday oil slick? Thankfully, those days are in the rear-view mirror. Sun care innovation has come so far, it’s never been easier to add a SPF into your life to protect against the effects of sun damage.

From invisible SPF gel textures to amazing foundation hybrids, there’s a product to eliminate every possible excuse this summer. Here, we’ve outlined which product you’ll need based on your skin type.

If you have oily skin…

A past worry with wearing sunscreen was the chance of adding a bit more shine to your nose. That’s why brands have been working hard at creating gel-like textures that glide on weightlessly, and instantly mattify like a cosmetic primer as they block damaging UV-rays. Dubbed “dry-touch,” these formulas settle in faster than a beach-bum on a lounge chair, and blur pores with a fine finish. Try: La Roche Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 60

If you have acne-prone skin…

Heavy sunscreens that clog pores are pretty much your nemesis—never mind layering sunscreen under foundation in the thick of summer’s humidity. Your new hero? A 2-in-1, lightweight foundation that offers broad spectrum protection along with matte, moderate coverage. Try: CliniqueFIT Workout Makeup SPF 40

If you have sensitive skin…

Sensitive complexions that flare up at the first sign of sunscreen benefit most from what formulas don’t have in them. For those who react to chemical UV-filters, mineral-based sunscreens that wield zinc oxide and titanium dioxide should become your new SPF BFF. For those who can wear amped-up chemical filters like oxybenzone and avobenzone, look for “oil-free,” “fragrance-free” and “non-comodegenic” on the label to squash any chance of redness. Try: Biotherm Urban Defense Ultra Fluid Lotion SPF 50

If you have dry or dull skin…

Like UV-rays, pollution is another major cause that leads to premature signs of aging. Good thing multi-functional SPF formulas are on the rise. Think: radiance boosters like vitamin E anti-oxidants to neutralize toxins; hyaluronic acid to amp up hydration; glycolic acid to speed cell turnover—in addition to much-needed SPF. These powerful products have your back this summer! Try: Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Cream