The next time you let out a sigh and reach for a blotting paper, remember this: oily complexions tend to get fewer wrinkles than their dry skinned counterparts. All that extra sebum can actually help to ward off fine lines.
But, and here’s the important part, you’ll only reap the benefits if you’re also protecting your skin from the sun. We all know we should be wearing SPF on the daily (even when it’s cloudy), but their rep as heavy and greasy makes it the step we’re most likely to skip – especially if we’re already battling shine.
Need a little encouragement? We’ve rounded up the best sunscreens for oily skin types. These perfectly balanced SPFs will shield your skin from harmful rays…without creating a makeup slip n’ slide!
Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser SPF30
While oils in skincare don’t necessarily make your complexion greasier (in fact they may have the opposite effect), oil-free formulas can feel more comfortable to wear in warm weather and under makeup.
This moisturiser absorbs in a flash, thanks to its featherweight lotion texture, and leaves zero sticky residue. Offering well-rounded SPF30 protection against UVA and UVB rays, it’s also infused with Aloe Vera and St. John’s Wort to help soothe troubled skin.
Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF15
Although it sounds counter-intuitive, excess oiliness is often a cry for help from skin stripped and dehydrated by over-cleansing or over-exfoliating.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser helps to restore the moisture balance of your complexion with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and Dragon’s Blood (don’t worry, Daenerys, no dragons were harmed – this is an extract from the Croton Lechleri Tree).
The light gel cream won’t weigh you down, but will keep thirsty skin hydrated, plumped and protected with SPF15. It smells pretty peachy, too!
The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 With Antioxidants
Dealing with shine and sensitivity? Try a physical sunscreen like The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF15.
Often found in sun creams for babies, physical UV blockers, like zinc oxide and titanium oxide, offer sun protection without the stinging and itching that sometimes accompanies chemical sunscreens.
This silky lotion sinks in easily to shield delicate complexions and, unlike those thick baby sunscreens, there’s no unflattering white cast.
Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day
This all-rounder offers lightweight UVA and UVB protection with SPF15. Ideal after your morning cleanse, gel-like texture gives oily and combination complexions a much-needed hydration boost without upsetting the skin’s delicate oil balance.
The fruity kick of vitamin C and guava extract doesn’t just smell amazing, they also help to refine pores and keep skin clear and bright.
wet n wild Color Icon Bronzer SPF15
If we’ve still not convinced you to slather on the sun cream, how about boosting the SPF in your makeup routine?
While we don’t recommend relying on your makeup for sun protection, SPF enriched powders the perfect way to amp up your UV defence while knocking back shine.
wet n wild’s Jumbo Color Icon Bronzer has a hint of shimmer and a warm tint that gives you sun kissed skin and shields you from the rays up to SPF15. Win-win!