The Sunscreen Holy Grail
July 6, 2014 6:11 PM Subscribe
I've read tons of past askme's about sunscreen, but I still can't find an ideal candidate, so let's make another snowflake. Are there really physical sunscreens out there with NO white cast and a light feel (won't drip off my face in the sun)? Conversely, can I trust a chemical sunscreen to be decently photostable and protective, since my skin isn't especially reactive?
posted by serelliya to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 70 users marked this as a favorite
Me and my skin: Asian with medium yellow undertones (MAC shade NC30), tan easily, normal/combination type (oily t-zone in summer, dry cheeks in winter). I have stress-triggered eczema and metal contact allergies, but have never reacted to any skincare or makeup products.
Currently I use CeraVe Facial Lotion AM (SPF 30) as a moisturizer and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch (SPF 55 or 70) as sunscreen, but neither consistently, and that's what I want to change by finding the "perfect" sunscreen. The CeraVe is a heavier consistency than its PM cousin and tends to leave a white cast. The Neutrogena is fine for my body, but it tends to get trapped in my eyebrows (which are dry and a bit flaky due to the eczema) and otherwise leave visible white particles all over the place. I've also tried and returned Philosophy's Oil Free Moisturizer because being out in the sun made my t-zone feel slick and greasy.
What I'm searching for:
1) SPF 30 or higher.
2) Can be applied once in the morning and forgotten about if I'm not spending long periods of time in the sun (i.e. close to photostable).
3) Does not leave a white cast on medium-toned skin or make my face greasy when I sweat.
4) Must not be tinted, because I don't wash my face at night unless I've worn makeup (rarely) or am taking a night shower.
5) Preferably priced under $30... I am open to ordering online to ship to the US even if the active isn't FDA-approved, or sampling expensive products at Nordstrom or Sephora. Drugstore would be great, but I know I'm asking for the moon with my previous requirements.
tl;dr: Know of a physical sunscreen that works well for people of color, or a broad-spectrum chemical sunscreen that's photostable? And not is astronomically priced? Do tell, please!