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Chris Avatar

I think the ELTA MD products are cruelty free, and they’re great! If your skin is normal or normal/dry, you might like the the one called “UV Lotion.” It’s SPF 30 with zinc, and if you get it on sale at dermstore or lovelyskin, you can get 7 oz. for about $25.

Also, have you ever searched Beautypedia? You can search for cruelty free products and then by price range, I think.

LMM Avatar

Elta MD is my favorite. The UV Clear SPF 46 is my go-to. It’s so soothing, and it’s not sticky at all. I have oily skin and it’s my year-round moisturizer.

patsyann Avatar

For everyday use and under make up, I like COOLA face spf 30 classic (unscented and moisturizing). This is non greasy, goes great under foundation and feels very light. For being on the beach and out on the water or any other all day outside in the summer sun type activities, I rely on Coppertone Sensitive skin faces 50spf. This has zinc oxide in it and goes on white but within about 10 minutes the white fades out. I have rosacea which flares when I am in the hot sun, this is the only sunscreen that prevents that process for me. I have worn foundation over it from time to time but it is not an ideal combination. I don’t have oily skin but I do get dry in the summer due to the climate I live and play in.

Lisa Avatar

A huge second vote for La Roche Posay SPF 50 and slightly tinted. I wear it for baseball games and it has worked great! It *can’t* be greasy and it doesn’t sweat off in the 2-3 hours for a game.

They have it at Target and Walgreens.

Vanessa Avatar

I guess me fourth?
Although I’ve been trying to switch to Neutrogena pure and free liquid most days because I go through the hydralight really fast. It’s not cheap enough for that… But the hydralight is still a treat for me.

Beautyleaks Avatar

I love the new Dermalogica Sport SPF 50 for face and body. It is nicely hydrating and not greasy.

P.S.When i used to have more oilier skin in the summer, i loved the Skin ceuticals mineral SPF 50.

Kica Avatar

L’oreal Face 50. It’s lightweight, doesn’t break me out, doesn’t leave my NW45 face looking like Casper, and wears well under makeup.

Lanie Avatar

I have sensitive skin, so I only use mineral-based sunscreens. I like CeraVe AM lotion, Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery and Hydralight sunscreens (both SPF 30), and Elta MD’s UV Lotion SPF 30+. The Elta is actually a body sunscreen, but the ingredients are the same as the facial sunscreen and you get more bang for your buck (7 oz. for about $25). All of these go on smoothly and absorb well. I find if I apply the sunscreen and then let it sit for about 30 seconds or so, I can then rub it in to get rid of any white cast,

Lanie Avatar

I need to try that one, especially since Skinstore has a 20% off everything sale going on right now. Have you tried the Citrix antioxidant sunscreen by the same brand?

Christine Avatar

Hi Lanie! I just tried the Citrix, as a matter of fact. I found it to be greasy compared to the Elta, Cerave, and Replenix products. I wonder if this greasiness is just a fact of life for water resistant sunscreens, though, as I haven’t tried any that were both truly elegant *and* water resistant. For now, I’m going to use the Citrix when I go for a jog or something–i.e. when I’ll be sweating and wearing no makeup. By the way, I think I would repurchase Solbar Zinc SPF 38 rather than the Citrix for this purpose, as the Solbar is so much cheaper and very similar (although without the antioxidants).

Lee Avatar

I really like EltaMD Clear 46. It’s got a high SPF (46), doesnt’ break you out, and feels weightless under make-up. Since I started using it (my dermatologist recommended it), I no longer look for excuses to to put on sunscreen andmy skin looks much better.

RM Avatar

i love Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50 Toucher Sec (matte finish). I get it when traveling overseas or order from French drugstores online. I’m also a sensitive rosacea sufferer, but this stuff is great.

Tamara Avatar

I have sensitive acne prone skin, so right now I love MD Solar Sciences SPF 50 Sunscreen. It’s mineral based, non-greasy, doesn’t leave a white cast on my dark skin or cause me to break out more. For the most part it also doubles as a primer. I used to like Josie Maran’s SPF moisturizer until they reformulated it.

beck Avatar

Jack Blacks double duty spf 25 i believe its called, comes in a large blue pump bottle, its
fabulous!
i used to use Josie Maran’s spf face moisture, and have a new unopened box of the new formulation, I haven’t tried it yet
but i heard the new formulation has had complaints..

Maddie Avatar

Biore’s SPF50 sunscreen for the face. It’s super light and non-greasy, and dries quickly to a matte finish so it’s perfect for wearing under makeup. It doesn’t budge, even when sweating, and it’s a lovely price too!

Kate Avatar

L’Oreal silly sheer and Neutrogena clear face. I have suuuuper sensitive skin and hate feeling greasy. I’m not allergic to either and I can’t tell that I’m wearing either.

summerblue Avatar

Use Dr Denese SP30 Day Cream. Having sensitive skin, a lot of the chemical sunscreens cause me to blotch out so I try to stick with physical suncreens. The Active Ingredients are Zinc Oxide 7.5%, Octinoxate 7.5%. The octinoxate doesn’t cause me any issues. As it does contain silicones, it also services as my foundation primer. I have dry skin so I don’t have to deal with undo oiliness with the cones. It only has a mild sunscreen smell.

Chelsea Avatar

I switch between Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50+ tinted sunscreen (makes it so I can skip foundation – is way too dark, but it blends out) and Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid SPF 50 (the normal cream breaks me out like crazy, this doesn’t!) I use mineral-only sunscreens due to sensitivity.

pePear Avatar

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion SPF 30
I really…really in love with this product There’s nothing greasy about it. It’s so light, it’s almost like putting water on your face,Best drugstore sunscreen!!

Samantha Avatar

I have been using a new product- Ocean Elements Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30 and I love it! It is a combination moisturizer/SPF that was developed by a dermatologist. It is made with marine ingredients and has no chemicals. My favorite part about it is that it is sheer enough to wear alone or under makeup, so I can wear it every day.

Nicole Avatar

Sun Age Control SPF30 by Lancaster. Perfect for a day outside.
I use a tinted moisturizer (Laura Mercier Oil fee with SPF) on a daily basis.

Nicole Avatar

I love Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion. It’s broad spectrum with a SPF of 30. I get it from Target for $12-$13 and it’s great for my oily, acne-prone skin! Doesn’t break me out and I’ve been using this for years. My liquid foundation and powders go on great right on top of it. I use this even when I stay indoors and study (I’m a nursing student) and don’t put on any makeup. It’s my everyday day moisturizer! I definitely recommend!

Eileen Avatar

Tizo is a water resistant, physical, SPF 40 sunscreen containing micronized 3.8% zinc oxidize and 8% titanium dioxide. It comes in clear for light complexions and tinted for medium to dark complexions. It dries to a satin-matte finish and doubles as a primer. A great physical sunscreen for dry skin is Josie Maran’s argan oil SPF 47 sunscreen. It contains micronized 6.4% zinc oxide and 5.1% titanium dioxide. I know Josie’s new formulation has had some mixed reviews, but as long as you are aware that this is best suited to dry skin, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Nikki Avatar

Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 30.
But for more heavy duty sunscreen, I like Neutrogena Age Shield face lotion SPF 70. It smells nice and is very lightweight.

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