SORTED: How to Choose A Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

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Fact: If you aren't wearing a face *sunscreen every single day, you might as well tip your expensive serums down the toilet. Harsh, we know, but 100 per cent true.

Why? Because 80 per cent of our visible skin concerns can be attributed to sun damage from exposure to UVA rays (the ones that age you) and UVB rays (the ones that burn). There's the not at all small risk of developing skin cancer, too.

Translation? None of your skincare products will make much of a difference in treating fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, loss of elasticity, sensitivity, and loss of hydration if you're not applying at least an SPF30+ but ideally SPF50+ sunscreen over the top. Every day, not just when you're at the beach.

Even though a tube of sunscreen is a fair bit cheaper than most anti-ageing skincare products, a lot of people still don't wear SPF consistently because they haven't found 'the one' yet. A sunscreen that isn't sticky or chalky, doesn't make you greasy, doesn't sting your eyes or break you out, and doesn't pill under makeup.

We consider it our duty to help you find a sunscreen you love so much, you'll want to slather it on every single morning. So, we asked scientist and sunscreen skinfluencer Hannah English to recommend different sunscreens for every skin type.

You can hear Hannah speak about her top sunscreen recommendations in our YouTube video below!

Sunscreens By Skin Type.

The key to finding a sunscreen you like is buying one formulated to suit your skin type.

Just like you wouldn't spend money on a mattifying foundation if you have super dry skin, why wear a dewy finish sunscreen if you get an oily T-zone? It's all starting to make sense, isn't it...

Without further ado, here are Hannah's recommendations for sunscreens for your skin type.

Sunscreens for Dry Skin.

What: Ultra Violette Queen Screen SPF 50+ Luminising Sun Serum

Texture and consistency: A thin, silky fluid that looks and feels like a serum.

Finish: Very dewy and glowy, leaves the skin looking plump and acts as an illuminating primer underneath makeup.

Other: Comes with a dropper dispenser. Has a subtle rose scent those with sensitive eyes may find irritating. Serum texture can take a while to sink in.

What: SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50

Texture and consistency: A lightweight cream.

Finish: A satin finish that's fresh and hydrating, and sets into the skin. Still glowy, but less so than Queen Screen.

Other: More of a moisturiser consistency and finish. Comes in a tube that's convenient to throw in your handbag.

Sunscreens for Combination Skin.

What: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+

Texture and consistency: A very lightweight, water-like fluid consistency that is quite runny.

Finish: Slightly mattifying but still glowy, looks and feels like nothing on the skin.

Other: No white cast. Must shake before applying. Runny consistency can get messy so apply in layers.

What: Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen

Texture and consistency: More of a moisturiser or priming moisturiser cream texture with a peach tint that dries sheer/clear.

Finish: Not too glowy, not too dewy, not too matte. The Goldilocks of sunscreens, gives the skin a primer-like blurred effect.

Other: Hydrating ingredients make this sunscreen suitable for dry skin types, too. Combination skin types can likely skip moisturiser and go straight from serum to sunscreen.

Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin.

What: Ultra Violette Lean Screen SPF50+ Sunscreen 75ml

Texture and consistency: A thick moisturiser consistency with a neutral beige tint that looks sheer once rubbed in on most tones - you can read our full Lean Screen review here.

Finish: Very mattifying and slightly sticky to begin with, does dry down in a few minutes.

Other: Formulated with 100 per cent zinc oxide, which is calming for easily irritated and sensitive skin. May be too thick, sticky or zinc-y if you're used to thinner sunscreen consistencies. Also suitable for oily skin.

Sunscreen for Oily Skin.

What: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+

Texture and consistency: Lightweight gel cream that won't slide around on your face.

Finish: Mattifying finish that dries down fast, so you need to work quickly when applying.

Other: Dry touch finish may be too matte for skin that leans towards combination over oily. Contains silica to actively absorb and help control oil production while wearing.

BONUS: Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ is another great sunscreen with a mattifying finish suitable for oily skin. If you're super oily and want a true matte finish, Lean Screen is your perfect match.

See? No more excuses not to wear sunscreen every damn day. You and your face will thank us for the tough love, promise.

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*SPF is only one part of sun protection! Always seek shade, and wear sunnies, a hat and protective clothing. Use sufficient sunscreen for all unprotected areas and reapply sunscreen as directed. Always read the label. Relating to testimonial-like content around SPF products, these opinions are solely those of the individuals involved, and not of Adore Beauty as a business. Testimonial-style content around SPF, supplements and selected devices from Adore Beauty staff are in full compliance with TGA guidelines.

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