Finding a good sunscreen for oily skin can be a hassle, because most sunscreens contain things that will make your skin oilier or react adversely. If you have oily or combination skin then it’s extra important that you are careful of using the wrong skin care products.
First of all, you may not need to use a sunscreen if you’re only going to be outside an hour or two. As long as your skin is well moisturized you rarely need to apply anything, unless you go sun bathing for hours on end of course.
What to Avoid
In most sunscreens you find at the pharmacy or regular store you’ll see ingredients like mineral oil, alcohol, and synthetic chemicals. Those things are not particularly great for oily skin.
Mineral oil (also called paraffin wax, liquid paraffin, and petrolatum) is oily skin’s worst enemy. It clogs your pores and makes it harder to get rid of toxins, which in turn encourages acne. And it is just one of the many causes of oily skin.
Synthetic chemicals like padimate-o, parabens, dioxanes, and ureas are common in sunscreens as in most skin care products on the market. Sure, they are cheap and give the product longer shelf life. But studies show that many of them may increase the risk of cancer and cause skin irritation.
What to Look For
The best sunscreen for oily skin is a completely natural product, made with ingredients that promote healthy skin. Good ingredients to look for are jojoba oil, natural vitamin E, olive oil, and lavender. Zinc oxide is mainly the protecting property in natural sun lotions, but many plant oils and essential oils can help protect you as well.
You may think that since you have oily skin you need to avoid using products containing oil. But the truth is that you only need to avoid petroleum by-products like mineral oil and refined plant oils, which clog the pores.
Cold pressed plant oils are very good for your skin, and they are safe to use with no risk of clogging the pores. The same goes for finding the best moisturizer for oily skin, because taking care of your skin is important, even when you’re not outside basking in the rays of the sun.
The Best Sun Protection
Whether you have oily, combination or normal skin the best protection against the sun comes from inside your body. If you have a healthy, strong, well-nourished body then you can easily spend a lot of time outside without needing to worry about sunscreens at all.
After health and nutrition, the best sunscreen for oily skin is light clothing, as it won’t affect your skin negatively like many regular chemical sunscreens can do. And the third best thing is a natural sunscreen, free of synthetic chemicals and petroleum by-products.
This is what I believe after my own experience, I highly recommend you research oily skin care on your own and decide what is true for you. 🙂