How To Choose The Right Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

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Sunscreen is a crucial part of your daily skincare routine, but are you using one that fully suits your skin type? La Roche-Posay are a brand that truly formulate their suncare with specific skin types in mind...

Ever had a sunscreen break you out? Or leave you with a white film on top of your skin? Or made your dry patches look worse? Finding the right sunscreen that fits seamlessly with your skin type can be a bit of a minefield. We've teamed up with suncare experts La Roche-Posay to take you through the best sunscreen to use for each skin type. Remember: sunscreen should be worn 365 days of the year and with such incredible formulas now on the market, there's no longer any excuse! 

Types of sunscreens:

Sunscreen for combo skin (or normal)

For those lucky enough to have a normal skin type, or just a small dry or oily patch here or there, you're likely looking for an SPF cream that just does the basics; sinks in well, feels comfortable and doesn't leave any greasiness. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid 50+ boasts a really lightweight texture and has become a bit of a suncare icon over the past year. Compatible to suit all skin tones, it is invisible to the eye and melts into your skin with little effort needed. Fans of Anthelios have suggested that it's a great, effective base for makeup and can even be replaced by your regular moisturiser due to its hydrating properties. 

Key benefits:

  • Non sticky, doesn't leave white marks

  • Water, sweat and sand resistant

  • Broad, photostable UVA/UVB/Infrared protection

  • Uses patented filtering system Mexoplex¬ģ combined with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

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Sunscreen for oily skin

If your skin type is oily, acneic or prone to blemishes, you probably find choosing sunscreen a bit of an ordeal. Past experiences may have deterred you from using SPF every day as you're afraid that it'll break you out or you'll have a reaction. We get it - you don't want to feel like you're adding further greasiness to the situation, right? Luckily for you, most suncare brands have now clocked onto this issue and formulated some incredible mattifying suncreens specifically suited to oily skin types. The La Roche-Posay Anti-Imperfection SPF 50+ has mattifying properties thanks to ingredients such as perlite and zinc gluconate whilst still providing very high UV protection. 

Key benefits:

  • Contains niacinamide and salicylic acid to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and any inflammation

  • Charged with Air Licium which delivers long lasting shine control¬†

  • Formulated with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which nourishes and hydrates skin

  • Prevents UV induced marks

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Sunscreen for dry skin

Sun exposure leads to a lack of moisture in your skin which means that dry skin types must be super vigilant when it comes to hydration in summer. A hydrating sunscreen is essential if you're already tackling dryness. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Hydration Cream SPF 50+ boasts high ultraviolet protection and is charged with glycerin and La Roche-Posay's Thermal Spring Water to keep your skin super hydrated and to help lock-in moisture. Although this sunscreen is moisturising, the formula sinks in to your skin effortlessly without slipping and sliding around your face throughout the day. When using it within your everyday skincare routine, simply miss out your usual moisturiser if layering both together feels too much.

Key Benefits:

  • Very high UVA, UVB and infrared protection¬†
  • Super moisturising without the greasiness
  • Ultra comfortable so ideal for sensitive skin, too
  • The Anthelios line has been proven by a file of 16 clinical studies carried out by world-renowned expert dermatologists

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Scalp sunscreen

Your scalp is a super delicate part of your body and often gets overlooked when it comes to applying sunscreen. Forbes recently interviewed Dr Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He stated that "given that the scalp faces upwards, directly towards the sun, and often goes unprotected, it is not surprising that scalp skin cancer rates are on the rise." If you're not a hat person, protecting your scalp in the sunshine is crucial - especially if you're in direct line of the sun all day. It is evidently a little trickier to apply sunscreen to your hairline without creating a bit of a mess. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Face Mist SPF50, albeit mainly for your face, can also be effectively used on your scalp to ensure you protect it. The spray application is super quick, the formula absorbs fast and it dries without leaving any white residue, meaning you can carry on with your Summer's day without having to deal with greasy hair. Boasting high UVA and UVB protection, this face mist is also super handy for topping up your SPF throughout the day and can act as a setting spray over makeup, too! 

Key benefits:

  • Light and fresh mist application
  • Water resistant formulation
  • Contains Air Licium technology to help absorb sebum¬†
  • Includes La Roche-Posay's Thermal Spring Water for hydration


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Face Mist SPF50

Shop La Roche-Posay's full range of sunscreens at Face The Future online today. Have a question about a La Roche-Posay sunscreen? Contact us or call us on 0113 282 7744.

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