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Here’s How to Wear Sunblock Without Looking Greasy

Here’s the thing: in order to protect yourself from sun damage, you need to wear sunblock all the time. And while moisturizers with built in SPF are convenient, they can only protect you from the sun for very short periods of time. If you’re walking the beach, sunbathing by the pool, or going for a long run, you need to lather up with a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. The problem is, sunblock can make your skin look oily. Here’s how to avoid the shine: 1. Wash your face first. Take steps to remove the oil that has already built up on your skin before applying sunblock. Cleanse your skin and then add toner. Toner is also great for controlling oil on the skin. Additionally, blot the oil from your face, especially around your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). 2. Apply sunscreen. Apply a small droplet to your cheeks and forehead and begin to massage into your skin. Make sure you take the time to really work it into your face. If it’s still oily, use a blotting sheet or cotton ball to lightly remove residue. 3. Apply foundation. If you're not sunbathing, but are planning to be outdoors at an event, for example, you may want to look a little more put together. Cover your sunblock up with a non-oily foundation or powder. Make sure to apply a thin layer. If you overdo it, it’s more likely to look cakey on the skin. Sunblock is a must, but just because your skin is protected doesn’t mean it has to look oily. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak