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how to choose the right sunscreen for different skin types

There are a few different skin types to consider, but sun exposure can wreak havoc on every one of them. Because of that, it is essential as part of a healthy skin care regimen to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. For the best results, you should also choose one that is specific to your skin type. 

The Four Main Skin Types

Sun protection is formulated for the four most common skin types: dry, oily, normal, and combination. Here is a guide that shows you how to choose the right one for your skin type to get you started.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

Dry skin

If you have dry, flaky, or itchy skin, the right sunscreen shields your skin from sun damage and keeps it hydrated. In light of that, look for sunscreens that include hydrating and skin-softening emollients in their formulation, such as sodium hyaluronate and caprylic/capric triglyceride. Project Sunscreen’s roll-on mineral sunscreen is an excellent option because it is free from irritating fragrances & dyes and hydrates skin of all ages and types.

Oily skin

Putting on thick, creamy sunscreens can feel sticky, and choosing the wrong one can unleash a host of skin issues when you have oily skin. Your go-to picks for sun protection when your skin is oily include water-based, powder, or lotions that dry matte – products labeled ultra-light also work well for oily skin.

Normal skin

When you have neither dry nor oily skin, the first thing we have to say is, lucky you! Since you are blessed with normal skin, your selection is pretty straightforward compared to the other skin types. Whether you go with cream, spray, roll-on, or stick, don’t skimp on quality and go with a high-quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen.


Whereas normal skin is pretty straightforward, people with a combination skin type contend with both oily and dry areas on their face. For maximum effect, look for sunscreens that are hydrating, but not greasy. These types of sunscreens don’t pill, and they make an excellent base for makeup. Also, if your skin leans more to the combination side than dry, a separate moisturizer probably isn’t needed.

We know what you’re thinking, there are so many sunscreens out there, and tons to choose from. How do I know what’s best for my skin type? However, selecting the wrong one can make you a hot mess – or even worse – be ineffective and expose you to harmful UV rays.

Invest in Your Skin

Our skin types are different, and so are their needs. Taking steps to identify its needs best helps it function, stay healthy, and look its beautiful best. Also, if you are just starting to use sunscreen, you may not see the benefits immediately. Still, in ten years, they’ll be more noticeable, and with intangible benefits such as protection from dangerous skin cancer.

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