How to Pick the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

Many people have been asking me for skincare advice lately on whether they should wear sunscreen if they’re just staying home all day. The answer is a big resounding YES. Why? Daily sun protection is an essential step in your skincare routine to prevent skin cancer or premature aging skin. And the truth is you’re still going to be exposed to harmful UV rays indoors because windows do not stop UV rays.

So, first things first, do you know how to pick the best sunscreen for your skin type? Here are some tips you need to know when you shop for the best sunscreen that compliments your skin. Keep scrolling and see what’s on our list!

Find out your skin type:

Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin Type Etude House - UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++

Oily Skin Type

Spring and summertime are tricky seasons for oily skin as the humidity and temperature can spike up oil production from sebaceous glands.

So, to keep the greasy shine at bay, sunscreens that are formulated with a lightweight texture, meaning a water-based or gel-based formula with a matte finish, work best for oily skin type.

What We Recommend:
Try Etude House’s UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel for a 3-in-1 high-functioning sun protection that your oily skin needs. From wrinkle-care, whitening to UV protection, this refreshing sun gel works wonder on oily skin. It boasts a sheer, water-splash texture that provides the perfect oil-free look with a smooth, non-sticky formula. Infused with chamomile, aloe vera, and bamboo extracts, this sunscreen keeps your oily skin well-hydrated throughout the day.

Treat your oily skin with these lightweight sunscreens:

 Etude House - UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++  make p:rem - UV defense me. Blue ray sun gel - 75ml  THANK YOU FARMER - Sun Project Light Sun Essence - 40ml  A'PIEU - Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel

Best Sunscreen for Dry Skin Type THANK YOU FARMER - Sun Project Water Sun Cream - 50ml

Dry Skin Type

Dry skin type is often associated with eczema and acne-prone breakouts so moisturizing sunscreen with an irritant, chemical-free formula in the form of a cream is highly recommended.

It’s quite common for people with dry skin type to choose an everyday moisturizer or essence that contains SPF protection with soothing emollients like ceramides, Centella Asiatica, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid.

What We Recommend:
Your dry skin needs an enriched hydrating formula like THANK YOU FARMER’s Sun Project Water Sun Cream Known for its botanical sun care power, this sun protection is coated with moisture particles from Phyto-Oligo oil and Centella Asiatic extracts, delivering a smooth-rolling sensation on the skin with its Sliding Texture Technique. It doesn’t suffocate your skin or overdue your makeup with a heavy layer, but instead offers a soft skin texture that feels and looks perfectly natural.

Keep your dry skin hydrated with these sun-care beauties:

 THANK YOU FARMER - Sun Project Water Sun Cream - 50ml  MISSHA - All Around Safe Block Essence Sun - 50ml (SPF45 PA+++)  Farm Stay - Visible Difference Snail Sun Cream - 70g  COSRX - Shield Fit Comfort Sun SPF50+ PA+++ - Shield Fit Snail Essence Sun - 35ml

Best Sunscreen for Combination Skin Type COSRX Shield Fit Comfort Sun SPF50+ PA+++ Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun

Combination Skin Type

When it comes to combination skin type, oily T-zone and dry cheeks seem to be the biggest concerns which makes it extra difficult to find the perfect sunscreen that can address and balance the unevenness with such specificity.

Go for a lightweight formula that provides just as much moisture as the heavy ones. It’s also ideal for you to stay away from irritating ingredients like fragrance, alcohol or paraben so it doesn’t drive your oily part crazy.

What We Recommend:
Try COSRX’s Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun to bring balanced sun protection to your combination skin. Formulated with all green ingredients like Centella Asiatica extract, this comforting sunscreen protects your combination skin from external stressors while keeping your oily T-zone in check with a soft matte coverage. No greasy residue and cakey base – a true hero product for on-the-go beauties like you!

Best sunscreens for your combination skin:

 COSRX - Shield Fit Comfort Sun SPF50+ PA+++ - Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun  SOME BY MI - Truecica Armament Vehicle 100 Calming Sun Cream  make p:rem - UV defense me. Blue ray sun fluid  MISSHA - All-Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk - 70ml

Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin Type make p:rem - UV Defense Me. Moisture Sun Cream (SPF50+ PA++++)

Sensitive Skin Type

Don’t let sensitive skin get in the way of your sunny day routine. There are, however, several ingredients you should avoid when shopping for sunscreen, which are: alcohol, fragrances, oxybenzone, and salicylates.

So that leaves you with ONE solution: aim for a gentle, organic sunscreen with chemical-free formula.

What We Recommend:
Give your sensitive skin some T.L.C. under the sun with make p:rem’s UV Defense Me. Moisture Sun Cream. Free from irritating chemicals like paraben, sulfate, and alcohol, this gentle sunscreen is packed with soothing ingredients like panthenol and Vitamin E which helps with healing and skin-conditioning. With EWG approved ingredients, this sunscreen offers the safest sun-care protection for your sensitive skin so you can enjoy a sunny day out with no worries.

Start your day with these gentle sunscreens:

 make p:rem - UV Defense Me. Moisture Sun Cream (SPF50+ PA++++)  PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun - 60ml  Isntree - Sensitive Balancing Sun Protection+ (SPF50+ PA++++) - 60ml  COSRX - Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

Best Sunscreen for Normal Skin Type A'PIEU Pure Block Natural Daily Sun Cream

Normal Skin Type

If you’re blessed with normal skin, you can pretty much choose with no worries. Any type of sunscreens that are labeled “broad-spectrum” will do, no matter it’s gel or cream.

Most people, however, tend to gravitate towards sunscreen that has brightening effect as a pre-makeup base.

What We Recommend:
Give A'PIEU’s Pure Block Natural Daily Sun Cream a go if you prefer a lightweight, breathable layer of sun protection to start your day. This daily sun cream features aloe, red fruits, and flower extracts to boost skin’s vitality when your tired skin needs most. You’ll love how refreshing it feels while it brightens up your complexion upon application and see the instant glow on your morning face.

Other skin-loving sunscreens you will also like:

 A'PIEU - Pure Block Natural Daily Sun Cream  FRUDIA - Tone-Up Base Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++  Etude House - Sunprise Must Daily Sunscreen  SOME BY MI - UV Shield Daily Mild Suncream SPF50+ PA+++

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