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Skin Care Jesus Approved 👍 Sunscreen Masterlist

Yes, you read correctly! It’s here! 

Originally posted by df5k

All of the following are sunscreens that are:

  • Made for the face
  • Octinoxate + Oxybenzone free
  • At least SPF 30 and PA +++ or “Broad Spectrum” (those really concerned with UVA protection would do best to use sunscreens with the PA listed)
  • Minimal white cast (if any)
  • Organized by UV filters and skin type!

I also went ahead and categorized these sunscreens into price ranges.

  • $ = <$15
  • $$ = $15-$25
  • $$$ = $25<

Oilier Skin:

Physical:

  • Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF 35+/PA +++ ($)
  • Goodal Mild Protect Natural Filter Sun Cream SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care SPF 50/PA+++ ($)
  • Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion ($)
  • CoTZ Silky Foam SPF 30 ($$)
  • Blue Lizard Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($$)
  • CLINIQUE Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($$)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid with Zinc Oxide SPF 50 ($$)
  • Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Bare Minerals Prep Step SPF 50 ($$$)
  • IT cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour SPF 50+ ($$$)
  • Murad City Skin Age Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50/PA++++ ($$$)

Chemical:

  • It’s Skin Smart Solution 365 Matt Finish Sun Gel SPF 50+/PA++++ ($)
  • the SAEM Eco Earth Power Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ ($)
  • Avene Sun Care Very High Protection Sun Emulsion SPF 50 ($$)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 ($$)
  • Bioderma Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50 ($$$)
  • MURAD Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ ($$$)

Hybrid:

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream ANTI-SHINE ($$)
  • Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sun Cream SPF 35/PA+++ ($$$)

Drier Skin:

Physical:

  • *Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($)
  • Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer ($-$$)
  • Farmacy Green Screen SPF 30 ($$$)
  • *Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($$$)
  • SkinMedica Mineral Shield Tinted SPF 32 ($$$)
  • Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 ($$$)
  • Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 ($$$)
  • MAKE P:REM Blue Ray Sun Cream SPF 50/PA ++++ ($$$)
  • MAKE P:REM Natural Sun Cream SPF 50/PA+++ ($$$)

Chemical:

  • A'pieu Power Block Essence Sun Cream SPF 50+/PA++++ ($)
  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($$)(does contain retinol)

Hybrid:

  • Alba Botanica Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 ($)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Cream COMFORT ($$)

All Skin Types:

Physical:

  • TonyMoly My Sunny Kids & Mom Sun Cream SPF 35/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Aqua UV Protection Cream Mineral Filter SPF 48/PA+++ ($)
  • Sante Labo Ultraviolet Radiation Forecast UV Cream SPF 50/PA +++ ($$)
  • Elta MD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen ($$$)
  • Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($$$)
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen ($$$)
  • NIOD Survival 30 - SPF 30/PA +++ ($$$)
  • *MAKE P:REM Blue Ray Sun Fluid SPF 50+/PA++++ ($$$, but 200ml, so its actually quite affordable)

Chemical:

  • Yadah Oh My Sun Slush SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Aqua UV Protection Cream Water Drop SPF 50+/PA++++ ($)
  • SkinFood Dragon Fruit Powerful Sun Essence SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Coppertone Clearly Sheer Faces Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($)
  • Bioderma Photoderm Anti-Age Creme SPF 30 UVA ($$$)
  • Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Shiseido Anessa Essence UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Mild SPF 35/PA+++ ($$$)
  • Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Mild SPF 50/PA++++ ($$$)
  • MAKE P:REM Capsule Sun Gel SPF 50+/PA+++ ($$$)

Hybrid:

  • Nivea Kids Protect and Sensitive Sun Lotion with SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Smoothing Optical BLUR UNIFYING ($$)
  • IOPE UV Shield Sun Multi Fluid SPF 50+/PA+++ ($$, and it’s 100ml)

This is not an exhaustive list, as there are likely tons of sunscreens out there that I don’t know of that meet my standards. You may also find that you like a sunscreen from a category outside of your skin type. Feel free to experiment. I will be updating this list if I come across any new sunscreens that meet my criteria.

POC may want to stick with chemical-only formulas, to avoid white-cast.

Full disclosure: I have not personally used every sunscreen on this list. I compiled this list from ingredients lists and user reviews. I place an (*) before the one’s I’ve tried.

Skin Care Product Order 🗒️👌

Let me just jump right into things. When we start talking about “10 Step Korean Skin Care” and similar multistep routines, the order in which you use those 10+ products can get confusing. This is a guide that incorporates a fusion of Western and Eastern skin care.

Step 1: Point Makeup Removal (Night)

   This is the specific removal of difficult makeup, such as mascara. A makeup remover can be used, but if you feel comfortable, then you can use the following oil cleanse to remove all of your makeup and skip this step.

Step 2: Oil Cleanse (Night)

Step 3: 2nd Cleanser (Day +/or Night)

Step 4: Wash Off Masks (Day +/or Night)

   Face masks that you keep on for a period of time and then wash off. Ex. Clay masks, exfoliating masks, etc.

Step 5: Acids (Day +/or Night)/ Retinols (Night)

   This is where you would use BHAs (ex. salicylic acid, betaine salicylate) and AHAs (ex. glycolic acid, lactic acid). In that order if you’re using both at the same time. A 20 minute wait time after each acid allows for them to have the most effect (unless otherwise directed by the product). SUNSCREEN IS ESSENTIAL WHEN USING ACIDS/RETINOLS. I would not recommend using retinols and acids on the same night.

Step 6: Vitamin C (Day)

   Vitamin C serums can be photo-protective, so its good for use during the day. They also work best at a low pH, thus their place early on in the routine. Works best with a 20 minute post-application wait time.

Step 7: First Essence (Day +/or Night)

Step 8: Hydrating Toner (Day + Night)

Step 9: Essences, Serums, and Ampoules (ESAs) (Day + Night)

   Use the order of thinnest to thickest consistency. If an ESA contains oil, use it after ESAs that do not contain oil.

Step 10: Sheet Masks (Day + Night)

Step 11: Eye Cream (Day + Night)

Step 12: Moisturizer/Facial Oil (Day + Night)

Step 13: Sleeping Pack (Night)

   These are heavy duty, occlusive moisturizers you can apply at night to seal in and boost moisture/hydration.

Step 14: Spot Treatment

   I cleanse the area where the zit is and then apply.

Step 15: Sunscreen (Day)

   Wait 20-30 minutes after application before going out into the sun.

Obviously, you would not use all of these products every day and this guide doesn’t touch on the interactions some of these steps might have with each other. You do not need all of these products to have a good routine. This guide can be flexible in some cases. I’ll update this guide if I create dedicated posts for these steps.