The Best Powder Sunscreens for Grease-Free Application
Sunscreen powders solve two problems at once: They shield skin from harmful rays and they sop up any oil in the process. So on sunny days when you feel like a grease pit, they can be a real lifesaver.
They might sound a little too good to be true, and, in part, they are. When you apply a sunblock powder, you probably won't be getting the level of SPF that's marked on the bottle. "Powders are tested for their protective properties, but sunscreen SPF testing assumes 2mg of product per cm2 of skin," says Sandy Skotnicki, M.D., dermatologist and author of Beyond Soap. This is a bit misleading, since it's more than what you would typically dust on, she adds.
With that in mind, Dr. Skotnicki doesn't recommend using powder sunscreens as a standalone. However, she does approve of using them for reapplication. If you like the thought of getting an added layer of protection while cutting back on oil, here are the best powder sunscreen options available.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF 30
Dr. Skotnicki likes Colorescience's powder sunscreens (the brand was early to the powder sunscreen game), which come in several shades. Another perk: "They do not have any unnecessary ingredients or allergens in their formulations," she says. In addition to UVA and UVB protection, the brand's popular Sunforgettable mineral sunscreen is formulated to protect skin from pollution, blue light, and infrared radiation.
Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45
After applying your makeup, you can lock it down with this 2-in-1 sunscreen setting powder. It comes in tinted and translucent options, and the tube is refillable, so you won't have to buy a new brush when you run out of powder.
Tarte Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
A lot of sunscreens straight-up reek, but this mineral-based sunscreen powder gives off a subtle vanilla scent. A button on the bottom of the tube makes it easier to control how much product you're dispensing.
Paula's Choice On-the-Go Shielding Powder SPF 30
In addition to zinc oxide for sun protection, this mineral sunscreen powder for your face has vitamins A, C, and E, and ceramides, which help to prevent moisture loss.
Belif Almighty Sun Powder
If you prefer pressed powders over loose face powders with sunscreen, try this from Korean skin-care brand belif. You can apply it with your favorite makeup brush rather than the crappier brushes that powder sunscreens often come with. Plus, it's a less messy alternative to loose powder.
Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 30 Brush-On Sun Defense
A popular pick with Amazon customers, this sunblock powder for your face is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. It contains vitamin E, white tea, and pomegranate extract, three sources of antioxidants.
Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen
There's a good chance you'll become better about reapplication if you start carrying one of these dainty jars over a tube of thick lotion. Instead of a brush applicator, this has an attached sponge that you tap onto your skin to release powder.
SUPERGOOP! Poof 100% Mineral Part and Scalp
In a perfect world, we'd all be slathering sunscreen onto our hair parts daily since they're exposed to the sun. But if you avoid SPF near your hair for fear of greasy roots, you can use a powder instead. This one is designed specifically for your scalp and acts like a dry shampoo.