Question time: Can you help me find a sunscreen that won’t clog my pores or leave my skin looking shiny?

Wed, 18 January 2012 1:30PM

I have really oily, congested skin and struggle to find a sunscreen that doesn’t clog my pores or make it look shiny. Ideally I’d like something broad spectrum that isn’t full of chemicals. Can you help?! I’ve tried soooo many. I would love your advice

Anna, xx

Dear Anna,

As a fellow oily-skin sufferer who gets clogged pores at the drop of a hat, I feel your pain. The good news is, sunscreen formulations have come along way from the heavy, greasy, sticky formulas we slathered on as  kids so don’t be disheartened. Here are some sunscreen lotions I wear religiously that don’t cost the earth, or irritate my skin, with a few handy application tips thrown in.

Always apply your sunscreen before moisturiser and makeup. The ingredients contained in face creams can interfere with the ingredients in your sunscreen so unless you have incredibly dry skin that craves more moisture than your sunscreen is providing, I recommend you keep things simple during the day with just your sunblock and keep your moisturiser and active treatment products, like serums for the evening. The latest crop of supermarket-available moisturisers containing broad spectrum SPF 15 or 30, are formulated with the same technology you’d expect to find in an expensive face cream to avoid leaving skin looking shiny or your makeup looking flat, so look for formulas designed for oily/combination skin types and you can’t go wrong. My vote goes to Neutrogena Healthy Defence For Oily Combination  SPF 30+.

The pick of the sunscreen crop

Ask any beauty therapist and they’ll be the first to tell you that lots of women experience blackheads and breakouts on their back and chest area which can be caused by a build up of sunscreen products over summer. The greatest way to avoid it is to use a non-comedogenic sunscreen lotion and make sure you extend your cleanser down to the neck and chest area and try using a body brush or loofah to gently remove any product residue.

My vote goes to: 

Nivea Light Feel Every Day Sun Protection, SPF 30+, $16.43. It’s so light and fast absorbing, it puts the average body lotion to shame. And I know I’m going against what I just said 2.4 seconds ago in the above paragraph, but I’ve also been know to use this lotion on my face on days when I’ve been too lazy to pack a face-specific sun block into the beach bag and it’s a winner on all fronts.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Lotion SPF 30, $17.99. Boasts dry-touch technology, meaning: it dries faster than you can spell quick sand, without feeling too chalky or powdery.


In terms of natural (or physical) broad spectrum sunscreen options, have you tried Wot Not 30+ SPF Sunscreen? Although it tends to feel heavier and a tad greasier, on the flip side, it uses Zinc Oxide to protect agains UVA and UVB rays, plus it’s free from parabans, petrochemicals and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrance or preservatives. If you’re keen to make the switch to more natural-bsed protectors, take baby steps by using it on larger areas of the body that are less prone to breakouts, like the legs and arms and keep the mattifying stuff for the face and neck.



What’s your favourite sunscreen?

Have you tried Wot Not?



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  • Posted by: Becca Master Fan // Wed, 18 January 2012 01:39pm

    I love UV Perfect by L’Oreal. IZ & Neutrogena also does amazing sunscreens.

  • Posted by: melany Master Fan // Wed, 18 January 2012 02:16pm

    I’ve tried the Neutrogena sunscreen and it’s heavenly! It’s light to the touch and doesn’t leave have that unpleasant scent of typical sunscreens.

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Wed, 18 January 2012 04:51pm

    Neutrogena is awesome. Right now I’m using a spray on Ella Bache Body Saver sunscreen which is really great and non-greasy.

  • Posted by: Tanya-1300689823 Newbie // Wed, 18 January 2012 09:35pm

    I like both the Natural Instinct Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF30+ or the UV natural sunscreen SPF30+.

  • Posted by: Rebecca-1314689428 Enthusiast // Thu, 19 January 2012 11:18am

    Nivea also make a fabulous Daily Face Veil SPF30+ sunscreen specifically for the face, which I use religiously. It’s got a lovely light texture and makes a great primer for foundation.

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Thu, 19 January 2012 01:59pm

    That WOTNOT one is super greasy, all natural ingredients but leaves you shiny and oil slicked ( I like that on the beach, “slimming”! ) but I wont wear it with clothes as it sticks to everything.

    Loving Banana Boat Everyday SPF 30 right now – used it all over Christmas- huge tube and great value and a really easily spread texture that sinks right in.

    Face wise Im struggling Kosmea have discontinued their moisturiser with SPF30 and promise me they are relaunching a new one soon but am stuck for a natural & physical sunscreen in a moisturiser ? Any recs? Loved the Kosmea one and am nearly out…

  • Posted by: Zingtoki // Thu, 19 January 2012 02:22pm

    I am acne prone and redness prone and avoided sunscreen like the plague for that reason! But now, older and wiser, I’ve found hands down Ultraceuticals Daily Moisturizer SPF30+ is the best by far. Since their prods are so hardcore, they had to make a sunscreen that would protect but also not ruin your hard work and I think it ticks both boxes magnificently. Not cheap, but worth it.

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Thu, 19 January 2012 05:22pm

    I haven’t found an SPF moisturiser yet that I like. Although I’ve just received one to trial for a survey company, I have no idea what brand it is but it’s an SPF moisturiser. It is much better than any I’ve tried before, doesn’t smell as strong and doesn’t leave me shiny like others have. I can’t wait til the end of the trial to find out what brand it is.

  • Posted by: Monica Master Fan // Thu, 19 January 2012 05:57pm

    Im so glad Primped puts such an emphasis on sun protection. It’s not only your looks that suffer if you don’t take care of your skin. Thank you.

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Fri, 20 January 2012 09:17pm

    I’m definitely a fan of Neutrogena’s sunscreens. They’re easy to wear and not too greasy. I wish more brands made products with 30+ SPF!

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Sat, 21 January 2012 05:56pm

    I always have issues with consistency, texture and scent of sunscreen worn on my face. Therefore, I always look for foundation with spf.

  • Posted by: Anna // Sat, 21 January 2012 06:45pm

    Thank you!!!!! I’ve tried using the neutrogena ultra sheer and its great! Spot free! x

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Sat, 21 January 2012 09:41pm

    i use the neutrogena and love it.. i wear it under my makeup and its awesome as a makeup primer!

  • Posted by: Alishes Devotee // Mon, 23 January 2012 02:08pm

    Thanks Primped for caring about sun protection. Not enough people seem to care about the damage it can do, not to mention how it ages the skin. I am a big fan of very wide brimmed hats, and sunscreem all over.
    I like both the Neutrogena sunscreens mentioned, but find I only can use a small amount on my face or I look really oily. I also like Invisible Zinc, but need to get more. I’m also on the lookout for a spray sunscreen for touchups during the day, so as not to riun any makeup that may have survived the heat.

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Mon, 6 February 2012 09:05pm

    I haven’t tried any of these. I’m slightly terrible and I don’t tend to use sunscreen as often as I should….

  • Posted by: louweeez Master Fan // Fri, 17 February 2012 12:26pm

    @strawbsundae I have issues with consistency, texture and scent of sunscreen worn on my face too, I have Dry-Normalish skin and all the above is unsuitable for me (WOTNOT – too greasy/incompatiable with makeup, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer – too scented, Nivea too heavy) I borrowed my friends BananaBoat suncream and i really like it – BananaBoat Faces Oil-Free SPF 30+ I have been using it everyday for about 2 weeks.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 10 October 2013 07:03pm

    Nivea have a great range of suntan lotions. I have one for the face and it is so lightweight, offers an SPF30.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 13 October 2014 04:59pm

    I have some of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion, its good stuff, lightweight and non greasy.


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