8 Oil-Free Sunscreens You Won't Hate Putting On

There's a fine line between skin care that makes you look dewy and skin care that makes you look (and feel) greasy. Sunscreen often straddles that fine line. Some formulas leave a powdery white cast on deeper complexions; others make your pores look like they've been dunked in a deep frier. Neither of those side effects are cute, but what's really not cute is skipping out on protecting your skin from the sun — so finding the right sunscreen is crucial.

If you can't commit to a formula in fear that your makeup will melt off midday, try opting for something oil-free. Fortunately, some of our favorite brands have mastered effective sun protection without the slick, greasy feeling. From dermatologist-approved pumps to hydrating moisturizers, we rounded up some of our favorites, ahead.


At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream

Sunscreens can be dicey territory for sensitive skin types, but this gentle oil-free formula promises to keep skin safely defended against the sun without being irritating or greasy.
Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream$27.00 Buy

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

Dermatologists (and Zac Efron) swear by Elta MD because of its no-frills approach to protection. This formula in particular has SPF 46 to shield your face from UVA and UVB rays, with a sheer finish and nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid to ensure your skin never turns pasty.
Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 $35.00 Buy

Shiseido Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen

If dewy isn't your jam, try a formula that sets to a matte finish. This formula has oil-absorbing powders to keep your complexion balanced, and antioxidants to defend your skin against UV rays and free-radical damage. Because of the silky, satiny effect, it's perfect for use as a primer under makeup.
Shiseido Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen $35.00 Buy

La Roche Posay Clear Skin Oil Free Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion

Sunscreen-induced breakouts are a non-issue with this oil-free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free favorite. The inclusion of La Roche-Posay's proprietary thermal spring water is especially good for irritation-prone skin.
la roche posay Clear Skin Oil Free Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion $19.98 Buy

CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face

Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides make this sunscreen the ideal daily moisturizer, in addition to providing strong SPF 50 defense.
CeraVe CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face $14.99 Buy

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

The loves don't lie: This sunscreen has been "hearted" over 60,000 times on Sephora.com, because it's that good. The silky formula melts into even the driest skin like butter and won't leave behind a greasy cast, leaving skin thoroughly moisturized without feeling clogged.
Supergoop! Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40$16.00 Buy

Neutrogena Hydroboost Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion

Thanks to the transparent formula, a nickel-sized drop of this formula absorbs right into the skin without rubbing it in for five minutes. It'll never make skin look chalky, and the cooling gel texture is especially satisfying if you've been out in the sun.
Neutrogena Neutrogena Hydroboost Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion$7.99 Buy

Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30

If you prefer to keep your base matte, try this shine-free formula, which contains caffeine and niacinamide to soothe inflammation without leaving behind a heavy, greasy feel.
Dermalogica oil free matte spf30$54.00 Buy
Load more...