Our Favorite No-Pill Sunscreens to Wear Under Makeup
The most important step in your skin-care routine is applying sunscreen — no ifs, ands or buts about it. That said, if your beloved SPF starts to pill up, flake off or cause little gritty balls to form under your makeup, it can be tempting to skip sunscreen altogether. Thankfully, we are here to help you steer clear of sticky formulas and look for lightweight options that you can apply before your makeup. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our editors’ favorite sunscreens to wear under makeup, ahead.
If you have sensitive skin that’s prone to burning we recommend this option. While most sunscreens with such a high SPF can feel thick, oily and sticky, this La Roche-Posay option is fast absorbing with a velvety finish.
Looking for a moisturizer and sunscreen in one? Try this anti-aging option from Vichy. With phyto peptides, vitamin C, Vichy mineralizing thermal water and SPF 30, it improves the look of dark spots, uneven skin tone and loss of definition and firmness.
This mineral sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and gives skin a radiant, tinted finish. Not only does it help boost your skin’s defense against environmental aggressors, but it’s also fragrance-free and paraben-free.
Finding a sunscreen to wear under makeup doesn’t have to break the bank. For a drugstore option, try this mineral sunscreen from CeraVe. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide reflect the sun’s rays from the skin’s surface. This option is ideal for people with sensitive skin. It doesn’t leave a greasy texture and spreads easily.
Looking for a multi-purpose product that will protect, moisturize and prime in one? This Lancôme option is for you. The oil-free face primer and moisturizer with SPF 50 provides long-lasting hydration, sun protection and a suitable base for makeup. It should be the last step in your skin-care routine and applied prior to foundation.
According to the brand, this sunscreen is specifically designed to grip makeup. Its oil-free, SPF 40 formula controls shine and provides a velvety base for makeup. Plus, it’s formulated without oxybenzone and octinoxate.
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