Sunscreen: You probably have oily skin if your skin feels greasy and looks shiny a few hours after washing it. The sebaceous glands behind your hair follicles are overactive and create more sebum than normal if you have oily skin.
The last thing you want to do is use skincare products that add additional oil to your skin. You might think that this means you shouldn’t wear sun-screen if you have oily skin, however, sunscreen is necessary for all skin types.
The problem with applying sunscreen to oily skin is that it might cause your skin to look even more greasy than before.
Here are some tips for choosing a good sunscreen for oily skin.
Tip 1: Use water-resistant or water-proof sunscreens
Water-resistant and waterproof sunscreens are better for use on oily skin.
They don’t need to be washed off, which means they stay on your skin a little longer and protect it from sunlight more effectively. You can even go swimming or sweat a little without having to worry about removing them before you leave the house.
Tip 2: Apply sunscreen after using acne products
If you have oily skin then you probably also have acne.
You should only apply sunscreens after treating your skin with other products, not before or during.
This is because other products often contain anti-acne ingredients which cause the skin to be more sensitive than normal to sunlight.
When you’re ready to apply sunscreen, simply spread it evenly over your skin. It’s a good idea to wear gloves when you’re applying it so you don’t accidentally get the sunscreen on your hands and then transfer it to your face later on.
Tip 3: Apply a thin, even layer of sunscreen
It might sound obvious but all sunscreens should be applied in thin layers. If you apply too much of the product then your skin will look greasy and shiny after applying it.
The best way to make sure that you’re using the right amount of sunscreen is to apply a layer on one side of your face, let it dry for 10 minutes, and then check how your skin looks in the mirror.
If it’s still shiny, apply a second layer to your other side and check again after 10 minutes.
It’s better to go with two thin layers instead of one thick layer.
Tip 4: Wear sunscreen underneath makeup
You might be tempted to skip wearing sunscreen underneath your makeup because you think that the foundation or BB cream you use provides some sort of protection.
The truth is that most foundations and BB creams only offer a sunscreen protection factor (SPF) between two and eight, which means they can block 20-80% of UVB radiation from reaching your skin.
If you don’t wear any sunscreen underneath your makeup then your skin will be at risk of sun damage.
To protect your skin, apply a strong sun-screen underneath makeup and wear it throughout the day. If you use foundation or BB cream with SPF 20-50+, then you don’t need to wear sun screen underneath it.
If you have to choose between a sunscreen with low SPF but high UVA protection, or one with high SPF but poor UVA protection, it’s better to opt for one with lower SPF because it has stronger UVA advantages.
Remember that SPF only indicates the amount of UVB radiation blocked by the product so if you’re not sure how strong the SPF is, check for a UVA protection symbol.
Tip 5: Refresh your sunscreen using powder products
Most people choose loose powder to set their makeup with because it leaves a matte finish without blocking pores or clogging them.
If you have oily skin then you should also use a loose powder with SPF to refresh your sunscreen every time you leave the house. This will help you protect your skin from harmful UV radiation while also controlling shine on the surface of your skin.
When you have oily skin it’s best to use sunscreen that won’t make your face look greasy or shiny.
Wearing water-resistant or waterproof sunscreens is the easiest way to go, but if this isn’t an option then wearing an oil-free product underneath makeup is a good alternative.
Just remember that applying sunscreen once isn’t enough and you need to re-apply it every two hours.