Guest post by Emma Hanson

Our dermatologists keep saying that wearing sunscreen is the key to protecting your skin and keeping it healthy, yet we’re often reluctant to listen – and end up regretting. Getting your hands on just any sunscreen is not the solution, but how do you go about finding one that actually works on your skin perfectly? Every skin type is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all sunscreen out there in the market. While some want to wear sunscreen under makeup regularly, the others want it to be water resistant too. We all have our preferences and criteria.

So, how do you ensure that you have got the right one for yourself? Start with these considerations.

Dry vs Oily Skin

There are different kinds of sunblock available for diverse skin types. The lightweight gel and water-based ones are usually good for oily and acne-prone skin. On the other hand, the moisturising cream-like texture suits dry and flaky skin.

Glycerin, essential oils and other moisturising ingredients present in sunscreen suit dry skin. Some sunscreens are made especially for sensitive skin and are hypoallergenic and free from all kinds of scents. So, make sure you do consider your skin type when looking for sunscreen for yourself.

Go for SPF 30 Plus

We all know how UV can not only accelerate aging but also lead to cancer. You can only perfectly protect your skin from such rays if your sunscreen is at least SPF 30. If your complexion is too bright and tends to burn easily, it means that your skin is highly sensitive to the sun rays. Therefore, it is safer to use greater SPF like SPF 50 or so. However, do keep in mind that no matter what SPF you use, no sunscreen provides 100 percent protection against the sun rays.

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Sunscreen with Alcohol

More often than not, sunscreens contain alcohol. If you are taking any skin treatment for your acne or other skin problem, using such a sunscreen might not be a good idea. However, if your skin is acne-prone, alcohol-induced sunscreen might suit you better and even prevent the acne from aggravating.

Do observe how your skin reacts to different ingredients and products. If your skin is acne-prone and it dries out because of the medication you use, using a cream-based sunscreen might maintain the pH balance and keep it moisturised. So, it all depends on your circumstances, and how your skin looks and feels in certain days too.

Makeup with SPF is NOT Enough

If you think that your foundation with SPF is enough to protect your skin from the harmful atmosphere, you are making a major mistake. The best way to use sunscreen under makeup is to apply it at least half an hour before your begin your foundation routine.

If your skin is oily or acne-prone and you cannot use moisturisers and sunscreen separately, you can also buy a moisturiser that contains high SPF. If you find your sunscreen a little greasy, you can use blotting paper to take off the excess. Also, make sure you apply it to your entire face, neck and ears.

If you are wondering how to apply the sunscreen again throughout the day when your makeup is on, here is the answer: You can simply get your hands on a setting spray that has SPF in it. It will not only help reactivate the sun protection, but also set your makeup perfectly.

Emma Hanson is a mother of two, a skincare freak and an avid reader. She loves trying out new products and treatments for healthy and glowing skin. She shares her knowledge and experience by writing regularly on her blog. She is one of the co-founders of


Further reading:

Steps for heat-proof makeup

Just the right sunscreen for you

Summer skincare