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When it comes to finding the best sunscreen for face, you have to kiss a few frogs before you meet your prince. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and it’s ever-changing. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin type can change with the climate, diet, and age. Therefore, the products you use on your face should also be evolving, especially sunscreen.

While there is no strict match-up of sunscreens to skin types, certain formulas are better for some than others. The “wrong” one can make you want to use it less. It may feel uncomfortable on your skin. It may even itch or sting. A diligent skincare gal would likely apply it anyway (the is the one you’re applying!), but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue searching for The One.

Here’s a handy guide to narrow down your search for the best sunscreen for face.

Oily Skin

If your skin is oily, this means your sebaceous glands are producing more sebum than the average person. It also means that your pores are prone to clogging with oil and dirt. You wouldn’t want to insert a sticky, oil-based product into that mix. A non-comedogenic, water-based product or any lightweight formula would be your best bet. It will that can lead to breakouts. Plus, it won’t feel so slick on your face. You could also opt for one with a matte finish (they exist!) if you want to avoid shine.

POND'S Bright Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ is a lightweight, non-sticky sunscreen that is comfortable on oily skin. It also has Gluta-boost technology and niacinamide, which helps with fading pigmentation from acne scars and sun exposure.

Dry Skin

than other skin types. The AAD notes that it could also be more sensitive because of its lack of protective moisture and natural oils. If your skin is dry, look for a serum sunscreen that combines SPF and skincare. Choose products with hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture to the skin.

Sensitive Skin

Avoid chemical sunscreens if your skin is feeling sensitive since they can cause irritation, although they are easier to apply and don’t leave a white cast. If you use or other exfoliating products such as that make the skin thinner or more sensitive, use a higher level of SPF and reapply every two hours. For this skin type, your top priority is to avoid sunburn.

Sweaty Skin

While not technically a skin type, excessive sweating is something to consider when choosing sunscreen. Water can make your sunscreen less effective, which is why it’s recommended to reapply immediately after swimming or sweating. If you sweat a lot or engage in outdoor activities, choose a water-resistant sunscreen. This type of sunscreen retains its ability to protect the skin through moisture. However, you still need to reapply every two hours.

One more time for the gallery: the best sunscreen for face is the one that you use. However, if you could choose, consider your skin type and lifestyle to get the most out of your SPF product.