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Choosing the Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

Guest Author - Samantha Jackson

There are many sunblocks out there, and there are also many skin types. Choosing the best sunscreen for your skin type will make your entire day at the beach more enjoyable, and it will keep you from burning or feeling oily.

Fair Skin

Fair skin is light, and it tends to burn easily in the sun. You may even have a hard time tanning if you have very fair skin. Since burning is a problem, you should get a sunblock that has at least 30+ SPF. Itís also a good idea to get a product with a physical block to really stop your skin from burning.

The most common blocks are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are especially important if you burn very easily.

Oily Skin

Oily skin never seems to work well with sunscreens. The lotion itself is normally oily, and that just causes your pores to clog. It also makes your skin feel slimy throughout the day. There are certain sunblocks out there that will keep you comfortable and safe.

Get one that is oil-free. Fragrance-free and noncomedogenic sunscreens are also good for you, as these tend to have even less of an oily texture. Spray-on sunscreens are light, so your skin will not develop that oily feeling that it gets from the suntan lotion.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is basically the same as fair skin when it comes to sunscreen. You should look for high SPF lotions, and it should also have a physical block in the ingredients. The physical block may be even more important for this skin type, especially if you burn very easily.

Sensitive skin is typically not oily. If you happen to have oily skin at the same time, then it might be a good idea to prioritize safety over comfort.

Dark Skin

Aesthetics and safety are important with people that have dark or tanned skin. Normal suntan lotions, especially those with physical blocks, donít look very good against dark skin. The white lotion sticks out, and physical blocks tend to look chalky.

You should instead go with a transparent sunblock that you can spray on. This will keep you protected, without making the suntan lotion look unappealing.


People who are being treated with retinoids commonly have skin that peels. The skin can burn easily, and certain sunblocks can be irritating. Stay away from chemical suntan lotions, and opt for physical blocks.

You should also get a lotion that is SPF 30+, and make sure it protects against a broad spectrum of light. This should keep you from feeling any pain or discomfort while at the beach.

Suntan lotion is really important when you plan to be out in the sun, especially if you burn easily. However, you donít want to get the wrong lotion for your skin type. If you just consider your skin type, and if you get the proper lotion, then you should have no problem keeping yourself burn-free, and you will feel good while doing it.
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