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Here is a list of photostable, broad-spectrum that shouldn't irritate your skin. They are sunscreens with decent finishes and minimal that get good reviews and are generally well tolerated by most people. However, exactly how it will feel or whether it will break you out will depend on your skin.

This is just a general list of good, protective sunscreens for you to consider because I know is really hard. I think it's also safe to assume that these sunscreens are water-proof and therefore will require a makeup remover or of some sort for effective removal.

In general, European sunscreens have better protection but the trade off is a higher chance of irritation. Asian sunscreens offer decent protection against UVA and UVB rays, but not as much protection against UVA rays as European sunscreens. However, Asian sunscreens seem to be better tolerated and have more cosmetically elegant finishes. Both European and Asian sunscreens seem to be better (and more preferred) than US sunscreens.

The below sunscreen chart is separated into , chemical sunscreens, and sunscreens with both physical and chemical :

NOTE: A by the product name means that these sunscreens are not available in the US.

Not all of these sunscreens will work for your skin, but the above chart is a good place to start when searching for the sunscreen that will both feel great and offer maximum UV protection.

This is a growing list of sunscreen recommendations and will be continually updated when there are new products. Please check back often!

Type UV Filter Product Name Comments PHYSICAL SUNSCREENS Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 10.8 (PA+++)
  • Filters: Titanium Dioxide 15%, Zinc Oxide 10%
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Mineral powder sunscreen; Self-dispensing bottle with brush; Easy to re-apply during the day; Must apply enough powder to get maximum protection; Good for those with oily skin; Talc-free; Comes in tinted versions
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 5.8 (PA++)
  • Filters: Titanium Dioxide 5%, Zinc Oxide 5%
  • Price:
Thick texture; Can be a bit greasy; Takes time to absorb into skin; Good for those with skin sensitive to chemical UV filters; Fragrance-free
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 9.5 (PA+++)
  • Filters: Zinc Oxide 12%, Titanium Dioxide 6%
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Leaves a slight white cast; Can be drying; Texture is runny and lotiony; Light weight; Spreads easily; Preservative-free
  • SPF: 41
  • PPD: 8.6 (PA++)
  • Filters: Zinc Oxide 9%, Titanium Dioxide 7%
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Chemical-free physical sunblock; Lightly tinted; Some may find the texture to be heavy; Good for sensitive skin; Fragrance-free;
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 7.3 (PA++)
  • Filters: Titanium Dioxide 10.78%, Zinc Oxide 2.40%
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European version has abovenzone in it; Can leave a white cast; Lotion-like texture; Takes awhile to absorb; US version good for sensitive skin Zinc Oxide Only
  • SPF: 20
  • PPD: 6.8 (PA++)
  • Filters: Zinc Oxide 17%
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Good for sensitive skin; Sinks in quickly; Does not leave a film Livestrong sunscreen Comments CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS Avobenzone-containing
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 8.8 (PA+++)
  • Filters: Octocrylene 7%, Avobenzone 3%, Octisalate 5%
  • Price: .95
Good for those with dry skin; Marketed as a sunscreen moisturizer; Canadian and American versions are different - Canadian version has Octinoxate 7.5%, Mexoryl SX 4.0%, and Titanium dioxide 2.5%; Has fragrance
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 4.3 (or PA++)
  • Filters: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 7%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 3%
  • Price: .99
Waterproof; PABA-free; Applies greasy but dries matte; Good for those with oily skin; Has oxybenzone, which is controversial; Lower SPF version seems to have a better finish
  • SPF: 100
  • PPD: 12.4 (PA+++)
  • Filters: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%, Oxybenzone 6%
  • Price: .99
Uses technology; Somewhat thick consistency; Takes awhile to dry but dries matte for most people; Contains oxybenzone, which is controversial
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 4.4 (PA++)
  • Filters: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 8%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 3.5%
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Non-greasy, dries matte; Contains oxybenzone, which is a questionable sunscreen filter at the moment
  • SPF: 45
  • PPD: 3.7 (PA+)
  • Filters:Homosalate 10%, Octocrylene 10%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Titanium Dioxide 2%
  • Price: .95
Low UVA protection; 100% Vegetarian; Has green tea in it; Well-tolerated; Can be greasy if you apply too much; Texture is a little thick
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 8.2 (PA+++)
  • Filters: Octisalate 5%, Homosalate 5%, Oxybenzone 4%, Avobenzone 3%, Octocrylene 2.7%
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Can get a bit greasy; Has a light "sunscreen" smell; Contains oxybenzone, which is a questionable active
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 10.4 (PA+++)
  • Filters: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Oxybenzone 6%
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Goes on greasy, dries matte; Absorbs into skin quickly; Very light, liquid texture; Minimal white cast; Contains oxybenzone, which is a questionable sunscreen filter Tinosorb and Avobenzone-containing
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 38
  • Filters: Tinosorb M, Tinosorb S, Avobenzone, Octocrylene
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Excellent protection; Not shiny, dries matte; Liquidy texture; Leaves a slight white cast for some people No Avobenzone

(Chemical Sunscreen)

  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 8
  • Filters: Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Parsol SLX, Uvinul A Plus, Ensulizole, Tinosorb S
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Comes in a blue bottle; Used to be Anessa Perfect Smooth Sunscreen (the one in the silver bottle); Milky, runny texture; Sinks into skin; Slippery, silky feeling; No white cast BOTH

(Physical and Chemical Filters)

Octinoxate, Zinc Oxide, and/or Titanium Dioxide
  • SPF: 55
  • PPD: 10.4
  • Filters: Octinoxate 7.4%, Titanium Dioxide 2.2%, and Zinc Oxide 16.3%
  • Price: .50 for 1.2 oz
Good high protection sunscreen; Sweat proof so great for workouts (but must use oil-based cleanser to remove); Can make skin look whiter; Dries matte though can be drying for some people; Comes in both lotion and cream form; Strong fragrance
  • SPF: 38
  • PPD: 6.1 (more like PA++)
  • Filters: Octinoxate 7.4%, Zinc Oxide 9.6%
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Dries matte; Can make skin look white; Isn't as drying as Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection SPF 55; Takes at least 10 minutes to fully absorb; Must remove with oil, cleansing oil, or makeup remover
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 2.8 (PA+)
  • Filters: Octinoxate 7.5%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Titanium Dioxide 2.4%
  • Price: .99
Not very good UVA protection; Good for those with sensitive or reactive skin; Can feel a bit rich on your skin; Slight fragrance
  • SPF: 46
  • PPD: 5.8 (PA++)
  • Filters: Zinc Oxide 9.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%
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Contains Vitamin B3; Fragrance-free; Oil-free; Good for sensitive or acne-prone skin; Not greasy and doesn't leave white cast; Light texture
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 8
  • Filters: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide
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Dries slightly matte, but gives skin a glow; Available in Asia, hard to find in the US; Must shake before using; Milky texture; Easily absorbed
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 8
  • Filters: Octinoxate 6.48%, Uvinul A Plus 0.72%, Zinc Oxide 5.94%
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Good for those with dry skin; Texture is runny and milky; Fragrance-free; Alcohol-free; Sinks into skin; Dries matte; Enriched with vitamins and extracts
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 5.8 (PA++)
  • Filters: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 9%
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Light texture; Takes around 5-10 minutes to sink in; Does not leave a white cast; Slightly moisturizing KOSE Medicated Sekkisei Sun Protector SPF 50+ PA+++
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 11
  • Filters: Octinoxate 7.49%, Zinc Oxide 19.97%, Ensulizole 2.5%
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Must shake well before use; Texture is white and watery; Dries semi-matte; Can look a bit shiny if not rubbed in; Slight scent
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 8
  • Filters: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide
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Used to comes in three versions: Lucent (basic sunscreen), Nuance Up (lightly tinted), White Protect (whitening sunscreen) but Lucent and Nuance Up were discontinued; Claims to help "whiten" skin; Very water resistance; No fragrance; Milky texture; Nice finish; Dries matte, not too greasy Tinosorb, Avobenzone, Mexoryl, and Titanium Dioxide
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 28
  • Filters: Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, Tinosorb S, Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX, Univul T
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No white cast, but may leave an oily film; Light, liquidy texture; Absorbed quickly; European version better than Canadian; Fragrance-free, paraben-free; Has silicones (cyclo- hexasiloxane)
  • SPF: 30
  • PPD: 20
  • Filters: Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX, Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, Tinosorb S, Uvinul N 539 Messmethoden
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Sinks quickly into skin; Dries semi-matte; Thin, runny texture; Leaves slight white cast
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 39
  • Filters: Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX, Parsol 1789, Uvinul N 539, Uvinul T 150, Titanium Dioxide
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Fluid, liquidy texture; Nice finish, but may be somewhat greasy; Made for children, so should be well tolerated by adults
  • SPF: 50
  • PPD: 20
  • Filters: Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, Tinosorb S, Meroxyl XL, Uvinul T, Meroxyl SX
  • Price:
Light, lotion texture; Good for those with oily skin; Dries matte, nice finish; Has alcohol in it so it might be drying for some skin types



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