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Question time: Can you help me find a sunscreen that won’t clog my pores or leave my skin looking shiny?
Wed, 18 January 2012 1:30PM
I have really oily, congested skin and struggle to find a sunscreen that doesn’t clog my pores or make it look shiny. Ideally I’d like something broad spectrum that isn’t full of chemicals. Can you help?! I’ve tried soooo many. I would love your advice
As a fellow oily-skin sufferer who gets clogged pores at the drop of a hat, I feel your pain. The good news is, sunscreen formulations have come along way from the heavy, greasy, sticky formulas we slathered on as kids so don’t be disheartened. Here are some sunscreen lotions I wear religiously that don’t cost the earth, or irritate my skin, with a few handy application tips thrown in.
Always apply your sunscreen before moisturiser and makeup. The ingredients contained in face creams can interfere with the ingredients in your sunscreen so unless you have incredibly dry skin that craves more moisture than your sunscreen is providing, I recommend you keep things simple during the day with just your sunblock and keep your moisturiser and active treatment products, like serums for the evening. The latest crop of supermarket-available moisturisers containing broad spectrum SPF 15 or 30, are formulated with the same technology you’d expect to find in an expensive face cream to avoid leaving skin looking shiny or your makeup looking flat, so look for formulas designed for oily/combination skin types and you can’t go wrong. My vote goes to Neutrogena Healthy Defence For Oily Combination SPF 30+.
The pick of the sunscreen crop
Ask any beauty therapist and they’ll be the first to tell you that lots of women experience blackheads and breakouts on their back and chest area which can be caused by a build up of sunscreen products over summer. The greatest way to avoid it is to use a non-comedogenic sunscreen lotion and make sure you extend your cleanser down to the neck and chest area and try using a body brush or loofah to gently remove any product residue.
My vote goes to:
Nivea Light Feel Every Day Sun Protection, SPF 30+, $16.43. It’s so light and fast absorbing, it puts the average body lotion to shame. And I know I’m going against what I just said 2.4 seconds ago in the above paragraph, but I’ve also been know to use this lotion on my face on days when I’ve been too lazy to pack a face-specific sun block into the beach bag and it’s a winner on all fronts.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Lotion SPF 30, $17.99. Boasts dry-touch technology, meaning: it dries faster than you can spell quick sand, without feeling too chalky or powdery.
In terms of natural (or physical) broad spectrum sunscreen options, have you tried Wot Not 30+ SPF Sunscreen? Although it tends to feel heavier and a tad greasier, on the flip side, it uses Zinc Oxide to protect agains UVA and UVB rays, plus it’s free from parabans, petrochemicals and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrance or preservatives. If you’re keen to make the switch to more natural-bsed protectors, take baby steps by using it on larger areas of the body that are less prone to breakouts, like the legs and arms and keep the mattifying stuff for the face and neck.
What’s your favourite sunscreen?
Have you tried Wot Not?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe