Beauty Buzz: How to avoid the “greasy” feel of sunscreen

Dear Andi,

I know I need to wear it, but I hate the greasy feel of sunscreen. Any recommendations?

I am the same way and tend to avoid sunscreen altogether to prevent that icky grease-slick feeling.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock ($9.94, Target) has a dry finish that is great for people who hate to wear sunscreen. The patented Helioplex technology (which baffles me, but sounds good) protects from both UVB and UVA rays, and the oil-free formula makes it safe to use on your face as well as your body. For the same price, you can get the lotion or the easy to apply spray.

While I’m on the subject, just a couple of sunscreen tips to keep your skin healthy as we spend more time outside.

  • Apply your sunblock just before your make-up, but wait on other areas until right before you run out the door to keep from accidentally washing it away as you get ready.
  • Reapply every two hours when you are out in the sun.
  • Don’t forget your ears and the tops of your hands. Keep a travel size tube of SPF lotion in your purse for after handwashing, to keep your hands looking young.

Finally, if you ignore all of these tips and end up with sunburn, you won’t be alone for sure, but learn your lesson young lady (imagine a wagging finger). A sunblock enriched with vitamin E, like Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Lotion ($8.99, Target) will help you heal while you protect. You can also take vitamin E pills or actually break open the capsules and rub the oil directly on you irritated skin, which my dad swears by!

Have fun in the sun (cliché, cliché) but be smart and healthy and don’t forget to lather up the kiddos, too.

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