If you suffer from skin sensitivity, it can be difficult to find products that don't irritate or anger your already sore and inflamed skin, especially when it comes to suncare, which naturally contains more chemicals than most skincare due to its UV filters.
Brands such as La Roche-Posay and Vichy however, have been working with dermatologists for years and developing the best sunscreens for sensitive skin that don't cause redness or irritation. Now, more brands than ever are recognising the need to provide sun protection for sensitive skin types, and we have rounded up 10 of our favourites below.
What is sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin varies from person to person, but there are some key signs to look out for, which can you help you self-diagnose if you suffer from any degree of sensitivity.
- Skin feels tight or uncomfortable (especially after trying new products)
- Sore or sensitive to the touch
- Goes red easily
- Needs a lot of extra hydration in the colder months
- Becomes itchy, red or blotchy after using common irritants like fragrance
- Turns red after a hot shower
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it's likely that you do suffer from sensitive skin, which can be easily treated with gentle and minimal ingredient products. However, if you are suffering from severe sensitivity, it's always best to check in with your doctor to see if there is an underlying condition.
Sensitive skin types should always opt for products without common irritants like fragrance, parabens, silicones and sulphates, and always make sure to check that it has been dermatologically tested, which means the product has been reviewed by a skin specialist.
What are the 10 best sunscreens for sensitive skin?
- Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Comfort Cream SPF 30
- SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50
- REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 Mattifying Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 30
- Vichy Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50 50ml
- Ultrasun SPF 30 Family Sun Lotion
- Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive 50+ Very High Protection
- Caudalie Milky Sun Spray SPF 30
- VICHY Idéal Soleil Sun-Milk for Face & Body SPF 50
Best sensitive sunscreens for the face
Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield
First up is Darphin's Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield, which has an SPF of 50; one of the highest factors you can buy. Specially formulated for sensitive skin, it contains a blend of wheat proteins and mineral UV filters to form a breathable shield over the skin. The whole Intral collection from Darphin is perfect for sensitive skin as it helps to reduce redness, irritation and dehydration.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Comfort Cream SPF 30
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Comfort Cream SPF 30 is perfect for those with hyper sensitive skin thanks to its super calming formula. Free from the common chemical nasties that can cause irritation such as fragrance and preservatives, the sun cream is instead infused with thermal spring water, which helps to soothe inflammation, irritation and prickly heat. Plus, it's also hypoallergenic.
SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50
If you have a little dullness alongside skin sensitivity, you will love the SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50. Adding a little glow to your complexion, the sunscreen is completely mineral-based (and so better for the environment) and shields against both UVA and UVB rays so your skin stays protected, healthy and hydrated. Free from chemical filters, it's also suitable for combination complexions.
REN’s Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 Mattifying Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen
Bask in the warm sunshine guilt-free with REN’s Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 Mattifying Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen; a silicone-free formula composed of naturally-derived ingredients, that offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and blue light defence. Formulated for daily use, it’s gentle on even the most sensitive skin types and is absorbed in a flash without leaving behind a sticky residue or ashy cast.
Vichy Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50 50ml
To help protect against the harmful effects of the sun and protect the skin, Capital Soleil Dry Touch includes a wide spectrum filter system and photostable UVA-UVB based Mexoryl ®.
Best sensitive sunscreens for the body
Ultrasun SPF 30 Family Lotion
Ultrasun's SPF 30 Family Sun Lotion is an ideal sunscreen to take with you on holiday as you can use it on all family members, including those with sensitive skin. Free from perfume and preservatives, it's ideal if you also suffer from prickly heat as its non-irritant formula won't cause any flare-ups.
Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive 50+ Very High Protection
Protect even the most sun sensitive skin with Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive 50+ Very High Protection sun care. Featuring long lasting protection after just one application.
Vichy Ideal Soleil Face and Body Milk
For an all-rounder product, suitable for all sensitive skin types, try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Face and Body Milk. It has an SPF of 50, which shields against both UVA and UVB rays, and helps to keep the skin protected without causing irritation. As it's a milk, it's also super lightweight, so suitable for those who don't like the feeling of a traditional sunscreen.
Caudalie Milky Sun Spray SPF 30
New from Caudalie is their range of sun creams and one of our favourite products from the collection is the SPF 30 Milky Sun Spray. The non-toxic formula is environmentally-friendly and works to protect marine ecosystems as opposed to chemical-based SPF's. Shielding against both UVA and UVB rays, the lightweight spritz helps to protect and hydrate, all while keeping the skin silky smooth.
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