How to find the best sunscreen for your skin type

How to find the best sunscreen for your skin type

Sunscreen is a hard one. We all know and understand the importance of sun protection, however finding a formula that doesn’t break you out or ruin your makeup, amongst other things, can be almost impossible. We spoke to the Dermalogica Education Manager, Emma Hobson about how to identify your skin type, as well as how to find the right sunscreen for it.

RELATED: This ingredient could seriously help reduce pigmentation

RELATED: Your summer skincare checklist is here

How do I identify my skin type?

“Skin type is determined genetically,” explains Hobson. “[It] can be categorised by assessing the amount of oil secreted by the skin. Your skin type doesn’t fluctuate much month to month, it will slowly and progressively change as you age.” Skin is also more likely to become dryer for women post-menopause, says Hobson.

Combination: “The T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) are more oily than the rest of the face, and you experience an oily shine down the centre. In the T-zone you may find some blackheads and congestion and occasionally the odd breakout. The skin on the rest of the face is fairly well balanced,” she explains.

Oily: “The skin on the entire face is generally oily. [This is due] to overactive oil glands. You can be congested and experience breakouts anywhere on the face,” she says.

Dry: “The skin doesn’t produce enough oil, this is not to be confused with the skin condition of dehydration, when the skin is lacking in moisture (not oil). It is not common for young people generally to have dry skin, for the majority of people it comes with age. The skin often feels taught and tight, you won’t have any open pores or an oily shine.”

Normal: Not too much oil secretion and not too little, normal skin [is generally] perfectly balanced. No visible open pores, congestion, blackheads, redness or pigmentation, including freckles,” explains Hobson.

Why is it important to use sunscreen specific to your skin type?

“In the past, many sunscreens contained oil, as well as comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients such as artificial colours,” which meant they were more likely to be contributing to breakouts, explains Hobson. “Today, however, many sunscreens are completely oil free, feather light and even have ingredients that help prevent breakouts.”

“Sunscreens today are created not to simply protect the skin against UV rays, they are created to protect against oxidation from free radicals, as well as being treatment products to achieve good skin health, work with your skin type and your skin condition for ultimate performance and results. Many treatment moisturisers [now, also] double up as a sunscreen with SPF between 30 and 50.”

So, what type of sunscreen should I be using?

Oily: “Oil free, mattifying, feather light and [often] designed for oily skin.”

bh loves: Dermalogica Medibac Oil Free Matte SPF30, Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defence SPF30 (find it at

Acne-prone: “Oil free, mattifying and feather light, similarly to oily skin, but look for formulas that contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, which help prevent congestion.”

bh loves: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50+ (find it at, SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF 50+

Dry and/or sensitive: “A facial sunscreen containing nourishing barrier lipids (such as Shea Butter and vitamin E) and hydrators (such as Hyaluronic Acid) to keep the skin smooth, soft and nourished. I suggest a sunscreen with either a blend of chemical and physical sunscreens or if the skin is more sensitive, then a physical sunscreen,” says Hobson.

bh loves: Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF30, Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF50+ (find it at

Combination: “Lightweight hydrating sunscreen,” should be your go-to explains Hobson. “It can be oil free or with just a touch of oil, the key is hydration combined with antioxidants.”

bh loves: Sunbum Signature SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion (find it at, Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30 Mattifying

Top tip: bh also recommends using an SPF product for your lips, such as Blistex Ultra Lip Balm SPF50+. It also works for all skin types! 

Main image credit @tashoakley

What is your go-to sunscreen for your skin type?

Have you tried any of the products mentioned?

Review them now to earn points that you can swap for free beauty products in RewardsRoom.

Share your thoughts

Comments 5

  1. Strong And Powerful Love Spell To Win Your Ex Back.. I have decided that i am going to spend the whole day on the internet just to make sure that a lot of people are able to read this my testimony about Dr.Ayoola who is a powerful spell caster, After been abandon by my Wife i was so lonely that very day that i decided to go through the net for some relationships tips, I never knew that this was the road map that will secure the return of my Wife. After reading a lot of tips on how to restore my relationship in a more better way i discovered that Dr Ayoola has a lot of recommendation than other spell casters, So with this i had my mind made up that Dr Ayoola was the right person to help me in getting my Wife back to me, And i contacted Dr Ayoola through his details which i saw on the internet and i was so happy that i chose to work with Dr Ayoola because his work was 100% perfect and the spell brought my Wife back to me with fast relief you can also contact him for help now email or contact or call him on whatsapp +31684065675 or website


     My name is MICHEAL RACHEL. When I read a testimony online on how DR DAVID the great and most powerful spell caster helped to bring back Divorce husband or wife EX LOVER. I was wondering how this can be true, Because many have failed me in the past without any result from them. I just let the post pass by and move on to the forum. To my notice under again, Some person posted and said tested and trusted spell caster. After reading through the mail it was this same man DR DAVID she was talking about. So I have no other option than to really check up how he works. I was totally devastated when my beloved husband left me. It was like my entire world vanishing into sorrow and pain. I know it sounds weird but out of all the spell casters I contacted, he was the only one to give me that impression of being so true and trustful. More than his words, He brought my husband back and he made all my wishes come true. He is now loyal, pays attention to me, he offers me flowers every Sunday, and we often go out at the cinema and the restaurant. My husband came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promised never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. My family are living together happily again.. I will be forever thankful for turning my life from hell to heaven! I believe those who need help should get to him for help. May God continue to use you to save broken relationships. To every one with marital problems, divorce issues, lost lovers or any relationship related issues, you can contact DR DAVID and wonder about the ultimate spell caster. contact him on his Email Address @   His Website:: his WhatsApp +2347040654140 

  3. Contact Prof Remmy at if you want to get your Husband, Wife, Boyfriend and Girlfriend back now and regain your happiness. Hi i am Bianca from USA I have just experience the wonders of Prof. Remmy love spell, that have been spread on the internet and worldwide, How he marvellously helped people all over the world to restored back their marriage life and get back lost lovers, and also help to win lottery. I contacted him after going through so many testimonies from different people how he help to bring back ex-lover back, i told him about my husband that abandoned me about 8 months ago, and left home with all i had.. Prof Remmy only told me to smile and have a rest of mind he will handle all in just 24 hours, After the second day my husband called me, i was just so shocked, i pick the call and couldn’t believe my ears, he was really begging me to forgive him and making promises on phone.. He came back home and also got me a new car just for him to proof his love for me. i was so happy and called Prof Remmy and thanked him, he only told me to share the good news all over the world .. Well if you need an effective and real spell caster contact Via email: Call +27660670249 or WhatsApp: +1-517-201-7336 or visit :

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00