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10 of the best sunscreens for sensitive skin 2019

10 of the best sunscreens for sensitive skin 2019

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. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Comfort Cream SPF 30
  3. SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50
  4. Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50
  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. Caudalie Milky Sun Spray SPF 30
  9. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body Lotion SPF 50
  10. Clinique SPF 40 Body Cream

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.

Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50

Super sensitive skin types will love the Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50, which has been specially formulated to soothe irritated and vulnerable skin. Suitable for babies and children over 6 months old, the SPF is hypoallergenic and free from chemical filters, alcohol and fragrance. Infused with the brand’s signature WetForce technology, which protects skin even when wet, it’s one of the industry’s favourite SPF’s.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Lotion

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.

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.

Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Spray

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.

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.

Clinique Body Cream SPF 40

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.



Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!