No matter your age, skin type or complexion concerns, dermatologists unanimously preach that sunscreen is the most critical step in everyone’s daily skincare routine. Sure, there are a few other factors such as covering up, seeking shade and avoiding sun during peak hours—which, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association, are between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.—that are also imperative to safeguarding the health of your skin, especially in summer, when the ultra-violet rays are stronger. But if skin is left unprotected, UV exposure can cause sunburn, premature signs of aging (such as fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation) and even skin cancer.
Most of us are well aware that sunscreen application is the single most important skincare step, the major roadblock consumers face is compliance, especially for those who have oily skin. Unfortunately, certain sunscreen formulas on the market tend to leave oily skin types feeling greasy and lead to excess shine, clogged pores and even breakouts. The good news? The right sun protection can be enough to make you want to wear it consistently. And luckily, technology has come leaps and bounds in the category in recent years, including Vichy’s newly updated Capital Soleil range, which offers plenty of matte and lightweight sunscreens that bestow skin with a shine-free, non-oily finish.
Read on to discover sunscreen for acne prone skin that’ll deliver complete sun protection without the shine and the tips, tricks and seasonal sun and skincare product swaps that will help prevent summer breakouts.
What’s the best moisturizer for oily skin in the summer?
When humidity hits and the temperatures skyrocket, it doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your skincare routine; however, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, there are some minor changes that you might consider when you’re transitioning from winter to summer.
Just like your wardrobe, your skincare routine may need to go lightweight. Swap out a heavier moisturizer in favour of a gel formula or serum. Two great options for oily skin are Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying & Hydrating Daily Skin Booster Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Water Gel. The former is a Vichy bestseller. It’s made up of 89% mineralizing thermal water (sourced from the volcanic waters of Vichy, France), plus moisturizing hyaluronic acid and glycerine. As a result, it feels as light as water when it goes on—perfect for those humid summer days. The latter is like a breath of fresh, cool air on the skin—and it’s so lightweight that it practically feels like nothing. Infused with 97% naturally derived ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, Vichy mineralizing water and plant sugar mannose, it boosts hydration and radiance.
How do you choose the right sunscreen for oily skin?
It’s essential that any sunscreen for oily skin be lightweight, non-greasy and non-comedogenic. (Translation: It won’t clog pores.) Some UV ray filters are inherently moisturizing and rich, so they can block pores. An oily skin sunscreen should also be free of overly nourishing ingredients that can be pore-clogging, like coconut oil and isopropyl palmitate.
You can now find non-comedogenic tinted sunscreen and even ones capable of absorbing sebum like Vichy Capital Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch UV Lotion SPF 60, which is handy when humidity causes the skin to crank out even more oil. It’s formulated with absorbing perlite, which provides long-lasting sweat and sebum absorption and leaves a matte appearance, making it one of the best sunscreens for acne-prone skin. Plus, it’s non-greasy, which means no shine and no stickiness.
What is the best sunscreen for oily skin?
Most dermatologists will tell you that the best sunscreen for your skin type is the one you use every day. We know sunscreen is the most vital don’t-leave-home-without-it step, so it’s important to find (and use) one with broad-spectrum protection of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. Don’t forget about your hands, feet, ears and lips. Here, we’ve narrowed it down to the best formulas for oily skin in all the areas.
Best facial sunscreen for oily skin
a. Bid adieu to a shiny complexion with this lightweight face sunscreen. Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra-Light UV Lotion SPF 60 gives a non-greasy finish and absorbs quickly with an invisible finish. As far as performance goes, it leaves a soft, powdery finish and doesn’t feel dry—almost as if you had lightly dusted a finishing powder over your skin. If you’re looking for a matte finish that absorbs oil, an excellent option is the previously mentioned Vichy Capital Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch UV Lotion SPF 60.
b. Best body sunscreen for oily skin
If you’re struggling with inflamed bacne breakouts, that’s where the Vichy Capital Soleil Bare Skin Feel UV Lotion SPF 60 comes in. This particular blend of physical and organic filters has an innovative dry-touch formulation that feels like your daily skincare. You won’t have to worry about pilling, uneven application, white residue or shine with this fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and impossibly lightweight sunscreen.
c. Best sunscreen for lips
The skin on your lips is just like the skin on the rest of your face, and it’s vulnerable to burning, sun damage and, yes, even skin cancer—especially since this is an area that’s often neglected when it comes to sun protection. In fact, because your skin is thinner on your lips, they’re even more at risk. However, if you have oily skin, you likely don’t have oily lips; this is because your lips don’t have any sweat or oil glands—but they are more sensitive. For the perfect lip sun protection, look for formulas containing at least SPF 30 and super-hydrating ingredients that will make lips smooth and soft. Try Vichy Idéal Soleil Stick for Sensitive Zone SPF 60. It’s also great for the eye area, the ears and the nose.
What’s the best cleanser for oily skin?
If you’ve been diligently applying your sunscreen during the day but not properly washing it away at night, it could lead to clogged pores and even breakouts, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin. One practice that can be helpful is double cleansing, which is as simple as it sounds: cleansing twice to ensure you’ve removed all your makeup, sunscreen and any excess oils. But what kinds of cleansers are best for each step—removing sunscreen and actually washing your face? Start with a micellar water like Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution. Specially formulated for people with oily skin, this micellar water won’t leave your face looking greasy; rather, it works hard to remove makeup and sunscreen and also serves as an acne treatment, cleansing away impurities that cause blemishes, pimples and excess sebum.
For the second cleanse, look for foam, gel or cream formulas. This step ensures that no additional SPF or makeup is hanging around. Try Vichy Pureté Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel. This award-winning gel cleanser delivers a rich lather that effectively removes all impurities while leaving skin feeling soft and fresh, without tightness.