Finding the Right Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

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Finding the right sunscreen for your skin type is critical. You have to feel comfortable wearing it daily because if you don’t then the likelihood is you won’t wear it— and that’s not good!
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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.

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About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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