9 oil-free sunscreens that won't slide off your skin
This article originally appeared in Essence by Nikki Brown.
We’re well into the summer season and if you’re still walking out the door without sunscreen, it’s time to reevaluate your morning routine. Contrary to popular belief, not all formulas leave behind a greasy film that melts in hot weather. If you’re completely turned off by oily lotions and sprays, check out 9 matte formulas that won’t suffocate your skin in the summer heat.
Dermalogica Oil-Free Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This formula is lightweight enough to minimize shine, but strong enough to provide ample protection against UV rays. Biotin, yeast, caffeine and more are also included to control oil production and reduce inflammation.
Available at Ulta | $52
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PCA Skin Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Suitable for both day and nighttime use, this mattifying moisturizer is infused with SPF as well as aloe vera to calm irritated skin and provide an extra boost of hydration.
Available at Dermstore | $35
Alba Botanica Cool Sport Sunscreen SPF 50
This water-resistant spray is free of all the nasties (synthetic fragrance, sulfates, parabens, artificial color, phthalates) and just what you need before the next beach day or an outdoor run.
Available at Amazon | $15
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Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and suitable for all skin types, this matte formula smells so fresh, you’ll want to reapply throughout the day.
Available at Target | $8
SENTÉ Pollution Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen
In addition to providing sun protection with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, this chemical-free, oil-free sunscreen also detoxes and rejuvenates dry skin. Available for $49 at dermatologist & plastic surgeon practices nationwide.
La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
This 100% oil-free formula is wearable under makeup, gentle enough for sensitive skin and water-resistant.
Available at Target | $20
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Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion
Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and gentle enough for use on children, this dry finish SPF melts into the skin without leaving an oily residue behind.
Available at Dermstore | $31
CeraVe Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 50
Lightweight and oil-free, this lotion is also infused with the ceramides (molecules that hold skin cells together) that support the skin’s natural protective barrier.
Available at Target | $15
Australian Gold Botanical Natural Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 30
There’s nothing worse than seeing an unattractive white cast over your face after applying sunscreen. That’s why we’re coveting this lightweight natural spray that provides a powdery clean feel without leaving visible streaks behind.
Available at Target | $14