7 Best Powder Sunscreens That Won’t Mess Up Your Makeup

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Sunscreen in a powder form? Yes, you read that right: Though SPF most often comes in creamy lotions, sheer sprays, or good ol’ white zinc oxide, now sunscreen and powder have officially joined forces to give you mess-free protection, shine control, and sometimes, a little coverage, too.

Powder SPF can be used anywhere, but according to Marisa Garshick, M.D., a dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology in New York City, it’s best used as a touch-up for the face, neck, chest, and hands, which are areas prone to daily UV exposure, and for hard-to reach-or often-forgotten areas like the hairline and scalp. They may not be as practical for the whole body based on the amount you would need to apply to ensure appropriate coverage.

“Most powdered formulations are comprised of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both, which are typically good options for those with sensitive skin,” Dr. Garshick says. “Plus, some powders have a mattifying effect, which is great for oily skin.” If you have melasma, look for one made with iron oxides for additional protection against blue light, which can contribute to hyperpigmentation.

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