Finding the Right Sunscreen for Your Skin Type
What Paula's Choice Customers Are Saying
Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50+ is literally the perfect sunscreen, and I've tried everything from cheap drugstore brands to Shiseido and Clarins. I'll never use anything else! —Trish
It Takes Experimentation
The issue for any skin-care product, but especially sunscreen, is that it can feel heavy, greasy, clog pores, cause irritation, or not be moisturizing or mattifying enough. It always takes some amount of experimenting to find the right one for you, but following the guidelines below can help you finally discover the perfect sunscreen for your skin type and preferences!
What About Higher SPF Ratings?
Although most people can use sunscreens without incident, sunscreens with higher SPF numbers (think SPF 30 and up) have a greater risk of causing irritation. You can test a sunscreen on the inside part of your arm over a period of days to see if your skin reacts. That isn't always 100% accurate for your face, but it can help reduce the chance of a reaction. Generally, to avoid stinging around the eyes, you may need to stick with a sunscreen with mineral actives of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. And of course, wearing sunglasses is an extra measure of protection to keep the eye area from showing signs of aging.