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10 of the best sunscreens for sensitive skin

10 of the best sunscreens for sensitive skin

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?

  1. Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield
  2. Ultasun Professional for very sensitive skin
  3. Vichy Ideal Soleil Velvety BB Cream
  4. Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield
  5. Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
  6. Ultrasun SPF 30 Family Sun Lotion
  7. Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Spray SPF 50
  8. Vichy Ideal Soleil Face and Body Milk SPF 50
  9. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body Lotion SPF 50
  10. Clinique SPF 40 Body Cream

For the face

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.

If you suffer from severe sensitive skin, you will want to try Ultrasun’s Professional Protection Sun Lotion. With a high SPF factor of 50, it is specially formulated with antioxidants to keep moisture levels up in sun-drenched skin, while its chemical-free formulation doesn’t cause irritation or extra sensitivity.

If you like to have some coverage in the sun, but don’t want to wear foundation, you’ll love the Vichy Ideal Soleil Velvety BB Cream. Like the other formulas, it has an SPF of 50, yet also has a slightly tinted formula to even out the skin tone and make the complexion appear perfected. Made without parabens, it’s also hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types.

Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Shield is something we never forget to pack when we go on holiday. Firstly, its tiny size makes it perfect for travelling, and you only need a small amount to cover the whole face. Made with Dermalogica’s exclusive UltraCalming complex, it soothes and calms red and angry skin. Plus, it’s free from all common irritants. You can apply it directly to the skin or mixed in with your moisturiser, depending on your preference.

If you are heading away on a city break this year in lieu of a beach holiday, you’ll want to take the Murad City Skin Age Defense Lotion with you. Boasting an SPF of 50, it’s also enriched with Vitamin C which helps to shield against pollution and environmental aggressors; perfect for keeping your skin protected whilst strolling around a busy city.

For the body

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.

Developed with leading dermatologists to protect very sensitive skin, the Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Spray shields against both damaging UVA and UVB rays. It’a also formulated with an exclusive anti-irritant shield complex that prevents sensitive skin from flaring-up in the heat and sunlight.

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 30, 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.

One of the leading suncare brands is undoubtedly La Roche-Posay, and their Anthelios collection, one of the most well-knonwn SPF ranges. The SPF 50 Anthelios Body Lotion is hypoallergenic and free from parabens, making it ideal for those with very fair and sensitised skin.

Everyone knows Clinique is a great skincare brand to use if you suffer from skin sensitivity. With their no-nonsense approach to skincare, they leave it known irritants like fragrance to deliver a product that really works on the health of your skin. Their SPF 40 Body Cream delivers incredible UV protection, whilst also being super fast-absorbing and incredibly lightweight; perfect for those who don’t like to wait around for their sunscreen to sink in.



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