Hyspin says…I finally found a sunscreen that doesn’t cause contact dermatitis rashes and bonus doesn’t leave a white cast on my chocolate skin lol. Unfortunately the sunscreen does leave an oily/greasy layer on my skin. What I have been doing is patting/wiping the excess oil off, but I feel that I am removing some of the protection. Is it possible that I could add a concealer or do something else to reduce or prevent over oily layer of my sunscreen without greatly affecting its SPF?
The Right Brain responds:
We’re with you on this one, Hyspin. We hate greasy sunscreens. Unfortunately, those oils are necessary to help dissolve the active ingredients. Still here are a few tips that you might find helpful.
Blot the oil
As Lindygirl in our Forum says, you can use blotting papers to sop up some of the oil. But, you have to be very careful with this because if you remove the oil you’re taking away the UV absorbing ingredients that protect you from the sun.
Cover up the oil
A few years back we wrote about the type of silicone used in Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Geland a few make up primers. This particular type of silicone has a very powdery dry feel so it’s possible that that feel be able to counteract the greasiness you’re experiencing if you put this on top of your sunscreen.
Omit the oil
You could also use a zinc oxide based product. These should be less greasy because they don’t need to have the same types of oils to dissolve the UV absorbers. They just have to suspend the zinc oxide particles.
You might consider trying this Solar Sense product. If you buy this, or any other product, through our link you’ll be helping to support the Beauty Brains.
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