The Best Sunscreens and Sunblocks for the Face

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The Best Sunscreens and Sunblocks for the Face
A waterproof sunscreen is a necessity at the beach. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Maintain your youthful appearance and keep wrinkles away by applying a facial sunscreen every day. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear sunscreen on exposed skin, regardless if you spend the days inside or outside. The sun sends harsh ultraviolet rays down which can cause premature ageing, skin cancer and sun spots; choose the best sunscreen for your skin type and apply every morning.

Normal Skin

The term "normal" skin simply means your skin adjusts to different factors and skin care products with zero to minimal irritation. Take advantage of your normal skin and pick the sunscreen you like best, based on the feel, smell and coverage that suits your personal needs. Neutrogena Age Shield Sun Block is rated one of the best sunscreens available for normal skin by both "Elle" and Paula Begoun, a skin care expert. The sheer formula offers anti-ageing protection, skin conditioners to keep skin hydrated and is waterproof and sweat-proof. Another normal skin option includes Estee Lauder's Sun Block for Face because of the smooth, whipped texture, non-irritating formula and sweet smell.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skinned people are prone to rashes or a burning sensation if their skin does not react well with certain ingredients in cosmetics and lotions. Most sensitive-skin people know what ingredients work and what do not; however, the Clinique City Block Sheer Daily Face Protector was rated one of the best by "Elle." The sunscreen provides a sheer, all-day coverage that removes perspiration and absorbs oil on the skin to stop irritation. The formula is safe to use around the eyes and is ideal for sensitive skin. Another option is Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sun Block Lotion, which is formulated for sensitive skin and is fragrance-free.

Oily Skin

Keep oily skin balanced with a oil-free and non-greasy sunscreen. Rated as the best by "Elle," Shisedo Extra-Smooth Sun Protection Sunscreen is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that helps to prevent premature ageing and dryness in oily skin. Another option is Dermatalogica Oil Free Matte Block Sunscreen. The product absorbs any oil on your skin, provides a matt finish, is oil-free, fragrance-free and made with green tea to help soothe skin.

Acne Prone Skin

Acne-prone skin can be tricky when looking for the perfect sunscreen to keep your skin irritations at bay and to prevent burning or redness around current irritations. Begoun recommends Clinique Face Cream for acne prone skin because it is free of harsh chemicals that inflame acne, is quick to absorb into the skin and does not clog pores. Another option for acne-prone skin is Neutrogena Oil-Free sunscreen. The oil and fragrance-free formula hydrates skin with no irritation or greasy residue.

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