10 Sunscreens That Won’t Leave You A Greasy, Ashy Mess This Summer

"I went for UV facial skin analysis and the insane results have persuaded me to use sunscreen. Every. Damn. Day..."


Women's Health |

I’ve been assisting with beauty for a couple of months now, and the thing I hear the most is the importance of sunscreen — and how doomed you are if you don’t use it every day. Especially on your face.

Heard it all before? Don’t stop listening just yet…

It turns out the hype is true. And I have a true story to prove it. A while back, I’d gone for UV light facial skin analysis at a Nimue #12WeekChallenge launch. The analysis takes you further than the naked eye; instead, it checks your skin’s health from deep, deep within.

Look, I knew the results weren’t going to be great — because I’m definitely not a daily sunscreen girl. But I was more than a little depressed at the results. I’m 24, and already my skin was properly damaged due to the history of cumulative exposure to environmental factors. The biggest culprit? The sun.

Don’t be like me. I learnt the hard way. Apply sunscreen on your face every day. To make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up the coolest, most effective ones that won’t leave you oily, ashy or uncomfortable.

Payot Sunny Creme Savoureuse SPF50

This SPF 50 offers intense sun protection and shields your skin against photoaging- premature ageing of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation. It has an invisible, non-greasy texture, meaning you won’t look oily soon after application.

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Payot Sunny Creme Savoureuse SPF50

R 395

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INNISFREE Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care

A Korean fav, this multifunctional, water-resistant UV cream is non-sticky and offers long-lasting SPF 50+ protection.

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INNISFREE Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care

R 375

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SVR Sun Secure Fluide SPF50+

Given that this sunscreen has a light texture, it penetrates instantly into the skin meaning that your skin won’t have a sticky or greasy feel.

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SVR SUN SECURE Fluide SPF50+

R 237

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Sebum Control Water Sun Gel SPF50+ PA+++

Another Korean product, So’Natural water gel sunscreen, absorbs really well into the skin without any white residue. It blocks harmful UV rays and blocks microdust, protecting your skin from the harmful effects of pollution. And it doubles as a sebum controller, which prevents your face from getting too oily.

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SEBUM CONTROL WATER SUN GEL SPF50+ PA+++

R 290

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UV Face Q10 Anti-age & Anti-pigments SPF50

Powered by coenzyme Q10 to prevent sun-induced fine lines, wrinkles and pigment spots, Nivea sunscreen offers immediate protection of 50 high UVA/UVB against sunburn and premature skin ageing.

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UV FACE Q10 ANTI-AGE & ANTI-PIGMENTS SPF50

R 91

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Solal SPF 30ml

Solal’s SPF 30 is a broad-spectrum sun protection cream that leaves a matt appearance, which makes it the perfect base-layer for your makeup.

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SOLAL SPF 30ml

R 309

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CLARINS Dry Touch Facial Sun Care UVA/UVB 50+

Protecting your skin against sun damage, this sunscreen spreads easily without leaving white streaks.

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CLARINS Dry Touch Facial Sun Care UVA/UVB 50+

R 415

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defence for Face SPF50

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defence is designed to hydrate and protect your skin against sun exposure for up to 8 hours.

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ELIZABETH ARDEN Eight Hour Sun Defence for Face SPF50

R 349

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VICHY Ideal Soleil SPF50+ Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch

Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water and SPF 50+ protection, this sunscreen offers mattifying sun protection with a no-shine finish.

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VICHY Ideal Soleil SPF50+ Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch

R 285

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REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum

A mattifying mineral sunscreen, it forms a physical barrier to help reflect the sun’s rays. The formula also protects against blue light and is reef-friendly- meaning that after you take a dip in the ocean, your sunscreen won’t cause damage to sea life.

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REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum

R 660

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