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July 8, 2019

Our Fave Sunscreens For Oily Skin, Dry Skin, and Body Skin

We all know by now — sunscreen is not one-size-fits-all. So what sunscreen is best for your skin type? We asked our resident sunscreen tester  contributing editor Sheryll to break down her fave sunscreens for every skin type.


Hi everyone! Let’s talk about sunscreen.


We all know my feelings on sunscreen (spoiler alert — your routine is trash without it). But there are about 1,003,095,345 different types to choose from. There are sunscreen sticks, sprays, cushions, creams, gels, powders — you name it, it probably comes in a sunscreen form. But which one is right for you? Let’s talk about it!


Oily skin sunscreens


If you have oily skin, finding the right sunscreen for you might feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. But have no fear, for I am your fellow oily-skinned person, and I have tried a LOT.


Look for anything that says “watery, aqua, milk, milky, or gel” in the name. These products, like the Etude House Sunprise Mild Watery Light, are typically very lightweight and are hydrating without the heavy feeling that a lot of sunscreens have. They embrace the whole “water/aqua” thing wholeheartedly. Typically, these types of sunscreens can be quite runny or liquid-y and absorb into the skin very quickly.


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In my thorough studies, I’ve also found that sunscreens with a watery gel texture tend to not leave the dreaded white cast most sunscreens are known for, meaning they are perfect for those with darker skin tones. The one negative? In order to make these sunscreens so light, some might have a lot of alcohol. If you’re sensitive, make sure you check the ingredients!


My oily skin favorites


Earth’s Recipe Waterful Sun Gel


Pros: Extremely lightweight, hydrates without a sticky, heavy, or greasy feeling


Cons: Can start to separate if you don’t use within six months


Labiotte Blue Safety Sun Stick


Pros: Easy-to-use stick, can carry in a bag without worrying about it getting everywhere, no white cast, extremely hydrating, also protects against blue light


Cons: Is scented somewhat heavily, if that’s not your jam.



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Dry skin sunscreens


If you have dry skin, you’re sunscreen journey might be a tad more straightforward. You’re gonna want to look for sunscreen with the words “cream, creamy, moisturizing, moist, balm.” These types of sunscreens will have a texture and finish more similar to your regular moisturizer.


Some of these sunscreens will have the dreaded white cast, so it’s a bit more trial and error to find the one that will work for you. Quick tip: Sunscreens from brands that are marketed towards “more mature” people (like Sulwhasoo, The History of Whoo) have some excellent albeit slightly expensive options.


My dry skin picks


Blanc & Eclare Serein Essential Sun Cream


Pros: Rich, moisturizing texture, contains niacinamide for an extra brightening boost


Cons: On the pricey side, but worth it!


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Eclado Natural Perfect Sun Cream


Pros: Super rich and creamy texture, is a chemical and physical sunscreen hybrid


Cons: Has silicone, can be a potential trigger for some


Body sunscreens


Now since we’re all planning to live our best lives outdoors this summer, we need to talk about body sunscreen. Please don’t end up like me with five different types of tan lines — bikini lines, tank top lines, tan lines from my shorts, flip flop lines … a mess. Sunscreen will help prevent all of those things, plus, ya know, protect your skin from the sun. I read a lot by the pool, so body sunscreens have been getting a lot of use from me.


My favorite types of body sunscreens are those that are waterproof. Even if I’m not in the water, I will 10/10 be sweaty, so I want to make sure I’m protected. My only other concern with body sunscreens is that they need to be completely white cast-free. I can’t look ashy out here!


My fave body sunscreens


Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk


Pros: Super soft, silky finish, comes in two sizes (the bigger one is perfect for the body), is sweat and waterproof


Cons: Contains alcohol


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Etude House Sunprise Leports Waterproof


Pros: Specifically designed for sports and water activities, is waterproof and sweatproof


Cons: Small size, but thankfully is inexpensive so can buy multiple at a time


What are your fave sunscreens for your skin type and body? Let me know in the comments!



Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.




This is really helpful! I'm still looking for my holy grail, although I love seaNtree Waterful Donkey Milk sunscreen. I appreciate that you mentioned the smells ... it's embarrassing, but there are products that work completely fine that I just won't use because of their scent.


I just got the Etude House sun stick in the mail today, and I'm so excited to see how it wears! I love that I can carry it in my bag without fear of spills! If that one doesn't work out, I may try the labiotte.


The Missha Soft Finish sunscreen is what I use in the summer for my oily T-zone. It gives me a soft, matte finish and really does help control oil all day. It's pretty amazing. It has a slight powdery consistency so make sure to pat it in completely and wipe along the jawline so it doesn't clump up there.