Comparison of brands: what is the best sunscreen for the face?

Who doesn’t want to always have beautiful and healthy skin? With so many options for brands, products and treatments, this is something possible for everyone!

The starting point is to choose a good sunscreen for the face, an area that is always exposed to UV rays and other factors that cause damage, such as pollution and the daily use of makeup. However, this choice may not be so simple.

After all, when it comes to buying, the protection factor should not be the only requirement. It is also important that the product is suitable for the type of skin, in addition to, of course, having an affordable price.

Thinking about it, the Minute Healthy team decided to help you! We tested 8 facial sunscreens , for different skin types and with different prices.

One of them may be an option for you, check it out!


Protetor Solar Facial Needs

  • Good for : those looking for a moisturizing and cost-effective sunscreen.
  • Works well on : normal to extra dry skin.
  • SPF : 30, 50 or 60.
  • Quantity : 60g.
  • Average price * : R $ 25.

For those looking for a colorless sunscreen for daily use, this product does the job very well!

Needs Solar contains vitamin E in the formula and promises to prevent photoaging. Its coverage is good on drier skins, because despite having an oil-free formula, it may not hold oil very well. The product helps to moisturize, leaving the skin looking healthy and lush.


  • Affordable price;
  • Leaves skin looking hydrated;
  • It is easy to spread and offers good coverage;
  • It doesn’t have that characteristic protective scent.

Negative points

  • It has a very large dosing nozzle, which can favor waste;
  • It does not hold or control oiliness.

Helioderm Suncare Facial – Helioderm

  • Good for: those looking for an effective and cost-effective protector.
  • Works well on: normal to combination skin.
  • SPF : 30 or 50.
  • Quantity: 50g.
  • Average price *: R $ 25.

Helioderm Suncare Facial is great for those looking for a quality skin care product. Provides high protection against UVA and UVB rays, in addition to preventing premature aging of the face – all with a mild fragrance

It has a light texture that facilitates application. However, in the test on oily skin, after a few days of use, we noticed the appearance of pimples. Therefore, this may not be a suitable product for those who have problems with acne .


  • Its texture is easy to apply;
  • Contains practical packaging in tube that facilitates use;
  • It has a color version, which can be used as a base.

Negative points

  • It does not hold the skin oil for a long time on warmer days;
  • It has low resistance to sweat.

Solar Expertise Facial Anti-Wrinkle – L’Oréal Paris

  • Good for : those looking for a protector with anti-aging action.
  • Works well on : normal to dry skin.
  • SPF : 30 or 60.
  • Quantity : 50g.
  • Average price * : R $ 35.

According to L’Oréal, the Solar Expertise Anti-Wrinkle formula ” contains hyaluronic active that moisturizes the skin, prevents wrinkles and sunspots “.

The product has a good durability and is water resistant and can be used on the beach and also in the pool. It is ideal for normal to dry skin, due to the very creamy texture. For oily and mixed skin it may not be so good, as it does not control oiliness throughout the day. In the mature skin test, it showed positive results!


  • Helps smooth out wrinkles and fine lines;
  • Assists in the repair of sun spots;
  • Easy to apply and spread.

Negative points

  • It has a typical fragrance of sunscreen;
  • Despite having oil free formula , it can increase oiliness and favor the appearance of pimples;
  • To remove the product you need make-up remover, due to the high penetration into the skin;
  • It takes time to dry after application.

Nivea Sun Touch Dry Antisignals – Nivea

  • Good for : those looking for a protector with multifunction and dry touch.
  • Works well on : combination to oily skin.
  • SPF : 30 or 60.
  • Quantity : 50mL.
  • Average price * : R $ 40.

Nivea Sun Toque Seco Antisinais combines several benefits in a single product. In addition to protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays, it promises to prevent premature aging and the appearance of signs on the face, caused by solar radiation.

With dry touch and light texture, the product is quickly absorbed by the skin. So it is ideal for daily use, even before makeup. According to the brand it is also water resistant and reduces / controls glare. However, in the test on mixed skin, oiliness persists, mainly in the T zone and on hot days.


  • It is oil free and offers a dry touch;
  • It is water resistant;
  • Can be used on all skin types;
  • It has a color version, which can be used as a base;
  • It has practical packaging with spout that facilitates the application and avoids waste.

Negative points

  • It does not control oiliness on hot days and in very oily areas of the skin;
  • You need to shake the product before using it to make it more consistent.

Renew Solar Advance Ultra Matte – Avon

  • Good for: those looking for a protector with high protection and good hydration.
  • Works well on : mixed and / or sensitive skin.
  • SPF : 50 or 60.
  • Quantity: 50mL.
  • Average price: R $ 42.

According to Avon, Renew Solar Ultra Matte:

“It helps to protect, repair and prevent your skin from suffering the harmful effects of the sun now and in the future . It has a non-greasy, light, quick-absorbing formula that leaves the skin with a dry touch and matte effect all day ”.

In our test, several positive points were found, but although it does not increase oiliness and does not cause blackheads and pimples, the ultra matte effect does not happen as promised. Therefore, the product may be a better option for those with mixed skin or with controlled oiliness.


  • It is easy to spread and does not leave the skin whitish;
  • It is resistant to sweat;
  • Leaves skin more hydrated;
  • It has a color version, which can be used as a base;
  • It does not have such a strong and striking smell of sunscreen.

Negative points

  • It does not have such an efficient matte effect;
  • Leaves skin shiny after application, as it does not absorb as well;
  • It is not sold in pharmacies, only in catalog.

Actine Antioleosity Dry Touch – Darrow

  • Good for: those looking for a protector that controls oiliness.
  • Works well on: oily and / or acne-prone skin.
  • FPS: 30.
  • Quantity: 60mL or 120mL.
  • Average price *: from R $ 50 to R $ 70.

Actine Toque Seco has no parabens, is oil free and non-comedogenic (does not clog pores). So it is a great alternative for those with oily and acne-prone skin!

As it has Zinc PCA in its formula, it manages to control the oiliness of the face for longer during the day. This is also noticeable due to the light texture, which is even super easy to apply and does not leave the skin whitish.

It does not have a strong smell and also does not sting the eye when entering the sea or pool. Oh, and if you have the habit of putting makeup on top of the protector, you can rest assured! It won’t crack or ruin the final make-up result!


  • Controls oiliness;
  • It does not leave the skin whitish;
  • Can be applied before makeup;
  • It does not worsen acne.

Negative points

  • Because it is very fluid, it may end up running on the clothes during application;
  • The tube packaging hinders to be able to remove the protector when the product is at the end.

Ideal Soleil Antiacne – Vichy

  • Good for: those looking for a protector that also helps in controlling acne.
  • Works well on: sensitive, oily and / or acne-prone skin.
  • FPS: 30.
  • Quantity: 40g or 50g.
  • Average price *: R $ 60.

The Vichy Idéal Soleil Antiacne Sunscreen is multifunctional: it has sunscreen and anti-acne action, as the name says!

It is very suitable for people who have a greater tendency to the appearance of pimples and blackheads, as it is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) and has several actives that will help you to control the problem. It is also anti-shine, that is, it does not leave your skin oily during the day.

As it is hypoallergenic, it also minimizes the risk of allergies. The cool thing about this protector is that it also helps in improving the quality of the skin as a whole, because in addition to anti-acne actives, it also has thermal water. Cool huh?


  • Does not leave skin oily;
  • Helps in the control of acne;
  • It does not leave the skin whitish;
  • It has no fragrance.

Negative points

  • Because it has a more creamy and less fluid texture, it ends up not yielding so much;
  • When entering the sea or pool, it causes a burning sensation when it runs into the eyes.

Episol Color – Episol

  • Good for: those looking for a protector that unifies the skin and serves as a base.
  • Works well on: normal to combination skin.
  • SPF : 30 or 70.
  • Quantity : 40g.
  • Average price *: R $ 75.

This is a perfect option for those looking for practicality! Do you know when you feel that laziness of having to wait a few minutes to do the make up after applying the sunscreen?

Episol Color guarantees good coverage and uniformity of the skin. In addition, it does not require many layers of product on the face, which guarantees optimum performance.

However, the matte effect and dry touch promised by the brand is not as efficient. Throughout the day, the glow on the skin, especially in the forehead region, is visible. So, if you have very oily skin, this may not be the best choice.


  • Offers great coverage to small skin patches;
  • It is easy to apply and spread;
  • Does not contain fragrance;
  • It does not increase or favor the appearance of pimples.

Negative points

  • It does not control oiliness in the T zone throughout the day;
  • Transfer a little, so you can stain clothes and towels;
  • It has a slightly restricted color chart (Extra Light Skin, Clara, Morena and Morena Mais), which may not suit different skin tones.

* The average prices quoted were obtained through research in Consulta Remédios , made on 01/25/2019. Values ​​may change.

So, what did you think of the tips? Now the task of finding the best facial sunscreen just got a lot easier! Regardless of your choice, remember that protection is essential to prevent photoaging and skin diseases.

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