Worried your sunscreen will aggravate your spots, or make your oily skin even shinier? Sorry bellas, that’s no excuse to skip the sun protection! Daily sunscreen application is a non-negotiable Down Under. And the good news is, there are a growing number of sunscreens formulated especially for oily and acne-prone skins!
How to shop sunscreen for oily skin
Things to look out for include formulations marked as oil-free, as well as those with mattifying ingredients to dial down your natural shine. You’ll also want a non-comedogenic formula, meaning it won’t clog your pores and lead to new spots. Read on for some of our favourite pharmacy finds!
Providing maximum-level, broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays (think A for ageing, B for burning), this genius face and body sunscreen is matte as can be. It’s oil-free and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores), and uses Dry Touch technology so you’ll never feel sticky.
BEST FOR KEEPING SKIN HYDRATED & HEALTHY:
SunSense Daily Face SPF50+
This little beauty is a pharmacy best seller, and combines top-notch sun protection with the moisturising benefits of Vitamin B3 (yes, oily skin DOES need moisture too!). Helping shield against sunburn, sun damage and premature ageing, the fragrance-free, oil-free lotion has a sheer tint that delivers an invisible matte finish to all skin tones. Apply to the face and neck daily – it’s the perfect base for your makeup. To top it all off, the SunSense range is made right here in Australia! (Always read the label and use only as directed)
BEST PHYSICAL SUNSCREEN:
Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear SPF30+
Quick chemistry lesson: Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays, while physical sunscreens contain minerals that scatter the rays. They typically work thanks to zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, and we love them because they are ace at preventing burning, as well as minimising irritation for sensitive types.
This product from Invisible Zinc is a super clever physical sunscreen that shields the skin with pure zinc oxide, avoiding potentially pore-clogging titanium dioxide. It’s the ultimate triple threat, moisturising and protecting the skin, while giving a golden tint.
BEST BARGAIN BUY:
Nivea Protect & Light Feel Daily Face Veil SPF30
Hydrating and non-greasy, this feather-light sunscreen ‘veil’ contains no solid particles, so it absorbs in an instant. It leaves skin smooth, comfortable and protected against all UV radiation, and makes an ideal base to apply your foundation.
BEST LUXE BUY:
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50+ Ultra Light
Developed for oily and combination skins, this lovely light sunscreen offers very high broad spectrum protection in a non-sticky fluid. Dermatologist tested and free from fragrance and parabens, it won’t clog your pores and even contains soothing thermal spring water. Lush.
Sunscreens have use by dates too! Make sure you bin your bottle after this date as it will be less effective. If you can’t find a date, make sure you throw out any bottles you suspect have been hiding in the bathroom for over two years.