Skincare

The best sunscreens that don't make you break out

Finding a sunscreen that isn't gross and greasy is a battle. So we've done the hard yards for you and found these beautiful products that will protect your skin without the annoying side effects.

By Rebecca Sullivan
Every single Australian should be wearing a sunscreen with SPF 50 everyday, all the top dermatologists recommend, but very few of us actually follow through with that advice.
That's usually because many sunscreens on the market just aren't nice to wear.
They're oily, greasy, leave an unflattering white cast on the skin or block our pores and cause breakouts.
So we've done the hard yards for you and tried all the gross sunscreens out there, so you don't have to.
Here are seven beautiful 50+ sunscreens perfect for acne-prone skin that won't break you out.

Mecca To Save Face 50+

This beautiful product feels just like a moisturiser. (Image: Mecca)
This cult, best selling sunscreen from Mecca Cosmetica's own in-house product line doesn't feel like a greasy sunscreen.
Instead, it feels like a beautiful hydrating moisturiser.
This version contains SPF 50, which is the gold standard we should all be wearing everyday.
The chic black tube also comes in a mini travel version for $15. It's perfect if you'd like to test this product out before committing to the full bottle, or to lighten your load in your gym bag or travel suitcase.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion 50+

Every product in Neutrogena's HydroBoost range is awesome. (Image: Neutrogena)
Not all amazing suncreens have to come from a speciality beauty shop.
You can get awesome products from the supermarket while you're doing your weekly grocery shop.
This Neutrogena sunscreen isn't greasy and can also be used on your body, so there's no need to double up with two different products.
$17 from Coles, Woolworths, Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.

Cetaphil Suntivity Ultra Light Lotion 50+

It's cheap, easy and non-allergenic. (Image: Cetaphil)
Good old Cetaphil is a staple brand for millions of people with sensitive or acne-prone skin, because all of their products are gentle and fragrance-free.
Their sunscreen is super hydrating - after application leave it to settle into the skin for a minute and it will look beautiful.
$17.50 from Chemist Warehouse and Priceline.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid 50+

The French really know what they're doing when it comes to skincare. (Image: La Roche-Posay)
Legendary French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay is famous for their massive range of SPF products, including sunscreens, tinted fluids, tinted BB creams and their anti-shine/matte range.
They have long been champions of protecting skin - it is a French brand after all, so you know it's good! - and encouraging women to wear SPF everyday.
This Anthelios Xl fluid is the brand's signature sunscreen. It doesn't make you greasy or leave a white cast all over the skin.
While it seems a bit oily when you first apply, after about 30 seconds it completely sinks into the skin to create a matte-ish look.
$29.95 from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse

Aspect Envirostat 50+

This cute mini bottle is perfect for chucking in your beachbag. (Image: Aspect)
Now we move up to the fancier end of the spectrum.
Aspect is an awesome Australian skincare brand that are known for their incredible serums - but they also produce a great sunscreen.
This one is four hours water resistant so it's perfect for a day at the beach or the pool.
It's non-greasy and best of all, smells absolutely incredible.
$30.80 from Adore Beauty

Ultra Violette Queen Screen SPF 50+ Lightweight Sun Serum

How cute is this packaging?! Impossible not to love. (Image: Ultra Violette)
Ultra Violette is an independent Aussie beauty brand that literally just launched a few weeks ago.
Their mission is to make beautiful SPF products that feel like skincare, not thick, gross sunscreens.
Their hero product is the Queen Screen, a serum-like solution that isn't greasy or thick. It's a pleasure to use and the cute blue and pink bottle makes you want to wear sunscreen everyday. $47 from Ultra Violette

Rationale Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF50+

You know you've made it when you buy your first Rationale product. (Image: Rationale)
Aussie beauty brand Rationale and their expensive $160 serums have a cult following, but it's their Superfluid sunscreens that are the quiet achievers among their other more talked-about products.
If you hate wearing makeup everyday but still want a tiny bit of coverage to hide some redness and discolouration, Superfluid is the perfect product for you.
These tinted sunscreens glide over the skin and provide just the right amount of colour.
$85 from Rationale boutiques and online.

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