How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Face

When choosing the right sunscreen for your face, it’s important to consider your unique skin type, and which ingrents will benefit you most. Every face is different, but most of us fit within these four buckets: Combination, Oily, Dry, or Mature.

 For oily or acne-prone skin, choose ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to help absorb excess oil and sebum. Mature skin benefits from sunscreens with antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid. For combination skin, opt for lightweight, formulas with hyaluronic acid or glycerin to keep skin hydrated. 

No matter what skin type you have, The American Academy of Dermatology recommends water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher, containing broad-spectrum protection. 

Choosing Between Sunscreen Gel, Moisturizer and Serum

Now that we’ve narrowed down the best ingredients to benefit your skin type, let’s select the ideal sunscreen formula: Gels, serum, or moisturizer?   

 With a weightless formula and waterless texture, Image Skincare’s PREVENTION+® clear solar gel SPF 30 is the ideal works-for-everyone sunscreen. The gel formula delivers broad-spectrum sun protection with a clear finish (no white cast) so it’s suitable for all skin tones. It also absorbs into the skin quickly, without clogging pores, making it suitable for everyday wear and use under makeup. 

Sunscreen serums work for all skin types. They offer the dual benefit of sun protection and skin care support. PREVENTION+® sun serum SPF 30 is packed with beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants and skin-nourishing vitamins. It packs a healthy punch by banishing rays and optimizing your skin’s healthy glow. Serum sunscreens are often used as a skincare layering step, applied before moisturizers or makeup.    

Moisturizer sunscreens are perfect for those with dry or mature skin. Richer in texture than serums and gels, the hydrating properties quench thirsty skin in addition to protecting it from UVA/ UVB rays. PREVENTION+ daily hydrating moisturizer SPF 30+ and PREVENTION+® daily ultimate protection moisturizer SPF 50 are all-mineral daily SPF moisturizers with zinc oxide that rub in seamlessly, leaving a sheer, weightless finish under makeup or alone. Additionally, the antioxidants help protect against environmental skin stressors that can cause dryness, discoloration and signs of premature aging.

If uneven skin tone is a concern, a tinted moisturizer sunscreen is ideal. PREVENTION+ daily tinted moisturizer SPF 30 is perfect for those who want subtle coverage while protecting their skin from the sun. Its silken texture glides on smoothly, hydrating with a hint of color that leaves skin with a healthy, natural glow.  

The oil absorbing ingredients in matte moisturizer sunscreen works well for those with acne-prone or oily skin. PREVENTION+® daily matte moisturizer SPF 30 protects and primes the face, leaving a soft, matte finish. Its lightweight texture and shine-minimizing formula blends weightlessly into the skin, making it an excellent base under makeup, too.

Whatever ingredient, effect or formula your face requires, there’s a sunscreen for that—and we’ve got you covered. Click here to find your sunscreen match!