These Lightweight Powder Sunscreens Will Perfect Your Skin While Protecting It

These Lightweight Powder Sunscreens Will Perfect Your Skin While Protecting It

These Lightweight Powder Sunscreens Will Perfect Your Skin While Protecting It

When you think of sunscreen, your mind probably jumps to a thick, goopy lotion that smells way too strong and feels overly sticky. But protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays doesn’t have to be so inconvenient. In fact, it can become an easy (and enjoyable!) part of your beauty routine if you perfect your base with a slightly different formula.

Enter powder sunscreens: These high-performing SPF powders offer additional sun protection, absorb excess oil, and even out your complexion without feeling heavy. “Powder sunscreens are beneficial to those who wear makeup in the summer but don’t want the greasy feeling of a lotion,” says Ellen Marmur M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist and founder of Marmur Metamorphosis Skincare.

Still, “powder SPF should not be your primary form of sunscreen and is best used for touch-ups during day-to-day sun exposure,” says Shari Marchbein, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Downtown Dermatology in New York City. They’ll definitely come in handy when you want to mattify your face sunscreen, reapply without disturbing your makeup, and need to throw something in your bag to travel with. Depending on your skin type, activity level, and desired coverage, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best powder SPF for you.

How to choose (and use) the best powder sunscreen

Kick up the SPF: Look for a broad spectrum powder that’s SPF 30 or higher, and opt for mineral formulas (meaning they contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) as they tend to be less irritating if you have a sensitive complexion.

Mind your skin type: Because powder sunscreens sit on top of the skin, they’ll be your best friend if you’re oily or acne-prone. If you’re on the dry side, look for finer powders that contain hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid or ceramides, to avoid a heavier-looking application.

Don’t forget to reapply: Like any other sunscreen, it’s important to reapply your SPF every two hours. Powder sunscreens make this process much easier, since you can simply touch-up over your makeup and don’t have to get your hands messy. Still, it’s important to note that most powder sunscreens aren’t water resistant for long periods of time, so be sure to read the label if you plan on spending time in the water.

Now that you have the basics down, we made the process of finding the best powder sunscreen a bit easier. Below, the best formulas to reach for all year long.

They make it possible to actually reapply every two hours!

From Prevention