Using The Right SPF For Your Face: Avoid Breakouts & Blemishes

In the winter our skin can become dry, itchy and flaky, but in the summer it has a tendency to switch to oily and congested. For most of us, breakouts can be a real pain - if not a real confidence draining issue. Summer time should mean sunshine, holidays and the tropical scent of sun cream, but for many of us applying SPF can come with a whole load of issues of its own. Most sun creams have a thick texture and are quite heavy on the skin, which can result in blocked pores and congestion. This in turn can increase likelihood of pimples, irritation and aggravated acne... Something we don't want to worry about while sipping a cocktail on the beach. So how can we make sure we're using the right SPF for our face so we can avoid breakouts and blemishes?

In order to prevent breakouts and feeling greasy, think about investing in a sun cream that is specifically formulated for the face. These are more likely to have a light-weight texture, incorporate moisturising properties and be much gentler on our delicate skin. The skin on our face is thinner than the rest of the body; generic SPF therefore tends to be far too heavy for the face, leaving a greasy residue that can cause blocked pores. It can be a real challenge to find a great SPF that not only is specifically designed for the face, but also protects from UVA and UVB rays. 

In an ideal world (where cost is no issue!) you want to pick a brand that has specific skincare knowledge and develops products for specific skin issues. Clarins Sun Crème Solaire Anti-Rides SPF 50  (£16 for 75 ml) ensures that the skin's natural defences are stimulated and strengthened; skin is protected from sun-induced ageing, such as pigmentation, wrinkles, and a loss of firmness. Avene Sun Care Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50 (£13 for 50ml) is specially formulated for sensitive skin. Powerful antioxidants are paired with ultra-soothing Avène Thermal Spring Water, known for its intensely protective and calming effects to the skin, within this lightweight and super moisturising formula.

However, sun specialist Piz Buin have also developed a super lightweight formula that dries within seconds to leave a delicately powdered and velvety finish. Enriched with Vitamin E, to help prevent against ageing, the Ultra Light Dry Touch formula is non-greasy and non-sticky - as well as being formulated specifically for the face. Eucerin also carry a range of SPF products developed specifically for the face; available in varying SPF strengths and even included a tinted version to give a touch of colour, the bottles are small enough to pop in your bag and re-apply throughout the day. 

Even though you may be using the best sun cream in the world, to prevent breakouts during the summer months try to adapt your skincare routine. Remember to take off makeup and all traces of SPF as soon as you can (either in the evening or once you're out of the sun.) Always double cleanse in the evening to ensure all traces of makeup, SPF, excess sweat, dirt and grime are removed - which in turn will promote clean and clear pores. Follow your cleansing routine with a nourishing face oil or serum and a night moisturiser, which will allow your skin plenty of time to replenish and rejuvenate after being exposed to the sun.

Swap to a lighter moisturiser during summer months too. During winter harsh weather and central heating can dry our skin of its natural oils, so the skin needs more moisture and protection. However, during summer time our sebaceous and sweat glands are stimulated by environmental factors, so a lighter cream will be much more suitable for your skin whilst still offering hydration. Hopefully with a little care and attention, your face will be spot free this summer season!

Written by Amy Bambrick


  1. I will have to try Piz Buin face sunscreen, I love Piz Buin products, they smell so nice.


  2. I love Piz Buin, been using their products for a while now. They smell amazing too :-)

    Love, Christine♥

  3. I have tried the Piz Buin and I so love it. It really protects my skin and it also keeps it smooth and moisturized.

  4. Thanks for this post! I'm still struggling to understand what's better: a moisturiser with high SPF (e.g. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot SPF 45) or a light moisturiser and a sun cream on top... There're also products such as Garnier BB sun cream with SPF30 and 50... what's your opinion on this?
    My skin is a combination type, dehydrated and prone to hyperpigmentation.


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