September 23, 2016
Skin so oily and prone to breakouts that you’ll sometimes skip moisturiser and even forgo the sunscreen? Well, that’s not cool at all. Finding the perfect sunscreen for oilier complexions can be a real struggle because anything that’s mildly greasy might unleash hell on the surface of your face. However, we’ve discovered a few lightweight sunscreens that not only protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also contain nourishing ingredients to treat and hydrate your skin – minus the slick! These formulas are thin and they’ll make a great smooth and matte base for the rest of your makeup routine.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++
This cult classic sunscreen comes with a new & improved formula to extend its protection against long UVA rays. Its ultra-light texture also features Rosa Gallica to soothe and calm an angry epidermis. Those with sensitive, oily skin will thank its fragrance-free, oil-free, colourant-free, and non-comedogenic formula that helps to prevent premature ageing.
$52 each, available at Kiehl’s outlets
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++
True to its name, this sunscreen by Kate Somerville does indeed have a waterlight texture that feels silky and hydrating on the skin, never greasy. Its cutting-edge delivery system ensures that the sunscreen stays within a reservoir on the surface of the skin. We love the fact that this product is loaded with anti-aging ingredients, including peptides, antioxidants and a few ingredients that promise to soothe and restore optimal moisture levels to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
$78 each, available at Sephora
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluid Ultra-light
La Roche Posay’s formula is virtually weightless, paraben-free and fragrance-free – another sunscreen that’s perfect for oily, super sensitive skin. Its optimal SPF 50+ protection is also reinforced to protect the skin against long UVA rays, thanks to its optimised filtering system Mexoplex®. Even if your skin isn’t oily or sensitive, you’ll surely appreciate its thin, fluid texture and lightweight matte finish. A great option for those who find sunscreens a little too heavy for daily wear.
$46.90 each, available at Guardian and Watsons outlets
Algenist Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50
Lightweight is the name of the game, and the Algenist Sublime Defense glides onto the skin like a dream. This fast-absorbing, super light fluid has an oil-free formula that’s designed to go on top of your skincare routine and under your makeup to leave a velvety matte finish. The sheer formula also features Alguronic Acid that’s combined with anti-oxidants and rich botanicals to delay the signs of ageing caused by sun rays and various environmental stressors.
$53 each, available at Sephora