Should You Be Using An Oil-Free SPF?

Should You Be Using An Oil-Free SPF?

There are a myriad of SPF options out there — different formulations, sun protection factors and consistencies. One important distinction between different sunscreens is whether a product contains oil or is oil-free. There are pros and cons to using either product. We’re investigating when you should be using which formulation and why. Find the best SPF moisturizer for your skin type.

When To Use SPF Formulated With Oil

1. Your Skin Is Dry

Dry skin lacks natural oils so a good way to maintain oil levels is by using products that are formulated with humectants and oils to help nourish and hydrate skin. Skin can get especially dry in the sun or in hot temperatures so if your complexion is prone to dryness, use a product that can help restore its natural oils. Look for broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher, re-apply regularly; particularly if your skin is flaky or dry and never skip SPF, rain or shine.

2. Your Skin Is Shiny

Oily skin does need to be hydrated however it doesn’t necessarily need more oil. You can use an SPF formulated product that is oil-free and if you experience excess oiliness. Opt for a product that can regulate shine. After all, you don’t want to spend the day thinking about whether your skin is too oily-looking. Look for a product that protects your skin with broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher and apply generously to your face, neck, chest and all over your body on beach days.

3. You Have Blemishes

Excess oil on skin can exacerbate acne-prone skin so adding more oil in the form of an oil-based SPF is not advisable. A great way to get SPF protection, diminish the look of blemishes and improve your complexion is to use a BB cream. Garnier SkinActive 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free helps control shine, minimizes the appearance of pores, evens skin tone, and protects skin from the sun. The formula also contains mineral perline and antioxidant wild berry and mattifies your skin and protects it from free radical damage.