How to Wear Sunscreen Without Looking Greasy

We’ve already pretty much established that the single most important skincare step you should never skip is applying sunscreen. Prevention is always better than cure and there’s no other skincare product that can prevent a myriad of skin problems other than sunscreen. However, despite this fact, we found that a lot of people still choose to skip this crucial step.


There are various reasons why people end up setting aside their sunscreens, but one of the most notable reasons is that people do not enjoy looking all oily and greasy. This is especially true for those who already have an oily skin type—add a greasy sunscreen over it and the result isn’t exactly pleasing. 

So, we totally get it! But this should not be the case with the best sunscreen and proper application. Here are some tips on how to wear SPF without the grease.

Tips on how to wear sunscreen without looking greasy

Look for oil-free mineral sunscreens

The first and most important step is to find the right sunscreen. Not all sunscreens are created equally and some are definitely greasier than others. Look for the best oil-free mineral sunscreen for your skin type, preferably those that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

While mineral sunscreens only protect from UVA and UVB rays, they’re less likely to be oily than physical sunscreens. There’s also a reduced chance for mineral sunscreens to be causing clogged pores and acne. Last but not the least, stay away from oils such as coconut, wheat germ oil, and soybeans since these may promote sebum production.

Prep your face before applying sunscreen

Another crucial step to steer away from all the grease is to prep your skin properly to remove oil build-up. Wash your face with a cleanser and apply some toner. Toners are great for wiping off excess oil. You may also blot the oil from your face, especially in the oilier areas like the T-zone. 

Having a clean and oil-free canvas reduces the chance of oiling up so make sure to prep your skin properly prior to sunscreen application.

Apply sunscreen properly

The amount of sunscreen you apply is also vital. Add a small droplet of SPF to your forehead, cheeks, and chin, and massage the product all over your face. Keep doing so until the skin absorbs all the product.

If you still feel like your skin is oily even after full absorption, lightly blot the excess oil with a blotting film or cotton ball.

Powder up

Unless you’re planning a trip to the beach or to jump into that pool, add a little powder over your sunscreen to mattify your face. Focus on areas where you’re usually the oiliest. Make sure though that you do not overdo this step—only apply a thin layer if you don’t want your skin looking cakey. Moderation is key!

Don’t solely rely on make-ups with built-in SPF 

While tinted foundations and creams with SPF are a lot more convenient, they were found to be less effective in protecting your skin from sun damage compared to stand-alone sunscreens. Lathering on a good layer of sunscreen is far more beneficial for you. 

But this doesn’t mean you should skip on your favorite tinted foundation with SPF. You can very much enjoy your favorite make-up base as long as you make sure to apply sunscreen under it. 


We know that the higher the temperature, the greasier things can get. But the summer season is also the time when you have to stick with your sunscreen the most. May the tips above help you reap the benefits of applying sunscreen without looking greasy. Remember, skipping sunscreen is never an option. 


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