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How to Find the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

What sunscreen should I use?

Let's start with SPF!

Dermatologists recommend that everyone use a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen daily to stay protected in the sun. But some people might need a Broad Spectrum SPF higher than 30—and you can find out why here.

Now, tell us a little about your skin needs.

Best sunscreens for normal skin types

Here's what to look for:

Wear at least SPF 30

At least SPF 30 every day, and higher SPF options for longer days in the sun

Broad-spectrum protection is key

Broad Spectrum sunscreens to protect against both UVA and UVB sun damage

Water resistant sunscreens

Water resistant sunscreens for afternoons spent sweating or splashing

Expert Tip

Get one you'll like

Choose a sunscreen with extra benefits (like anti-oxidants to help promote youthful looking skin) so you're more likely to use it.

Best sunscreens for dry skin types

Here's what to look for:

Moisturizer with SPF

A daily moisturizer with SPF built in to provide added sun protection while you hydrate dry skin

Liquid sunscreen

Or, choose a liquid sunscreen that spreads evenly under your makeup or facial moisturizer

Zinc oxide

Many people with dry skin prefer the feel of physical sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide

Did you know

Sun exposure can exacerbate a dry skin condition so it's extra important to protect yourself!

Best sunscreens for oily skin

Here's what to look for:

Breakout-free sunscreens

Breakout-free sunscreens that won't cause breakouts

Non-comedogenic sunscreen

Sunscreens labeled non-comedogenic to avoid clogging pores

Oil free sunscreen

Oil-free sunscreens for a non-greasy finish, alone or under makeup

Did you know

Certain prescription acne medications can make skin more sensitive to sunlight. Consider wearing a higher Broad Spectrum SPF sunscreen for your face when using these medications.

Best sunscreens for sensitive skin

Here's what to look for:

Fragrance free sunscreens

Fragrance free and hypoallergenic sunscreens designed to be extra gentle

NEA approved sunscreen

Products awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance are gentle on sensitive skin

Physical sunscreen

Sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide physically reflect the sun's rays without irritation.

Did you know

Many people with sensitive skin find success using gentle baby sunscreens.

Best sunscreens for active lifestyles

Here's what to look for:

Long-lasting sunscreen

A long-lasting sunscreen designed for sweaty activities

Spray sunscreen

Sun protection that sprays on wet skin for easy application

High SPF sunscreen

Higher SPF protection is recommended for activities in hot temperatures

Expert Tip

Don't stop at skin protection!

Protect your body inside and out by drinking water and wearing sunscreen.

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