Everyone knows that shielding yourself from wicked UV rays is key to saving your skin (and life, in some cases), but when so many formulas are thick, greasy and incredibly uncomfortable, it’s not necessarily enticing to do on the daily. And the shine-inducing, pore-clogging protection is even more unappealing when you have oily or acne-prone skin. But still you need to use protection and this is why you should take cover with an easy grooming trick: mattifying sunscreens. The oil-free formulas not only prevent you from looking super shiny, they’ll also absorb excess grease, and won’t leave you feeling like you’re wearing an uncomfortably thick layer of goop.
Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish $36
Most mineral sunscreens leave your face covered in an unattractive white mask, but this one does not thanks to a completely transparent base. Plus, those same minerals won’t aggravate sensitive types or cause breakouts in the pimple-prone.
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ $40
Moisturize without making your skin greasy, reduce excess sebum for eight hours, and protect yourself from the sun with this one kickass multitasker. Just apply in the morning and go.
Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 $34
No matter how sweat-inducing the conditions, this weightless mousse-to-powder texture will maintain a matte finish while making pores appear smaller–and who doesn’t want smaller looking pores?
Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Oil Free Matte SPF 30 $34
A zit-killing cocktail of caffeine, niacinamide, biotin, and yeast extract helps reduce sebum and redness in any pesky pimples that may pop up, all while oil-absorbers sop up grease.
Menscience TiO2 Sunblock SPF 30 $31
Because you shouldn’t head out for that bike or run before giving yourself a once-over with sunblock, but also probably prefer not to feel the sting of SPF-infused sweat in your eyes, stick to a water-resistant formula, like this ultra-light one.