Which Sun Protection is Right for Me?

Sun protection ads usually show white beaches lined with palm trees. Realistically, SPF is for everyday use. Choose a product for your skin type to make daily application hassle-free.

Yes, you really do need to wear sun protection every day, especially if you're serious about defending against the ageing effects of UVA light. If you loathe putting on sunscreen, the formula probably isn't suitable for your complexion.

Some sun creams can be sticky, whitish, and perhaps even drying. But that doesn't mean all sun protection is alike.

 

Which sun protection is right for me?

 

Many kinds of sun protections are now available.


Once upon a time, sun protection was only available as a gloopy white liquid. Old-school SPF took several minutes to apply and left users looking ghostly.

Times have changed, formulas have advanced, and there are now several easy-to-apply options available. Just look at all you have to choose from:

 

Which sun protection is right for me?

If anything, choice may be your challenge. How do you find a product matched to your skin type when there's so many to choose from?


How to choose sun protection that's right for your skin type


The above list of modern formulas includes sun protection for every skin type. This is great news! Choosing sun protection that isn't gummy, gloopy, or ghostly just got a whole lot easier. Check out our chart below for personalised suggestions:

 

Skin type Recommended sun protection Sun protection products to avoid
Dry/dehydrated
  • Moisturisers with SPF
  • Sun creams containing mostly chemical filters
  • Sunscreen oils
  • Sunblocks, which can be astringent and drying
Normal
  • Sun creams
  • Spray-on sun protection
 
Oily
  • Mineral sunblocks, e.g. zinc oxide
  • Spray-on sun protection
  • Sun creams, which can be too moisturising for oily skin types
  • Sunscreen oils
Sensitive
  • Mineral sunblocks
  • Chemical filters that react with UV light to create potentially irritating compounds

 

'Sunblock' refers to ingredients that physically keep UV light from reaching your skin. The two most popular sunblocks are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

'Sunscreen' refers to chemical filters that react with UV light and absorb its energy. Examples include octocrylene and octylmethoxycinnamate.

Sun protection cheat sheet

With the basics under your belt, you may be wondering where to find these perfectly protective partners. We've done the hard part for you by searching our shelves high and low for the best product picks:

 

Skin type Adore Beauty sunscreen recommendations
Dry/dehydrated
Normal
Oily
Sensitive

 

Once you choose the perfect sun protection for your skin type, daily use is hassle-free. Want more information? Our Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen teaches you why sun protection isn't just for sunny days, how chemical sun filters are different from physical ones, and much more.

 

Which sun protection is right for me?