If you have sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, protecting your skin from the sun is especially crucial, but unfortunately, many sunscreens have not been formulated for individuals with sensitive skin and can lead to discomfort and additional skin issues. Luckily, there are now many sunscreens available that are less likely to cause an adverse reaction, thanks to natural ingredients and advanced skincare technology. Below are some sunscreens that we would recommend for people with sensitive skin:
Best Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin
1. Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology SPF: 50
This product is perfect for those who want a sunscreen that not only protects their skin from the sun but supplies their skin with nourishment from soothing antioxidants and vitamins as well. Supergoop!’s formulation has no harsh chemicals, such as Oxybenzone, and is free of fragrances, oils, and parabens and the lightweight cream absorbs quickly instead of leaving that filmy residue characteristic of so many other sunscreens. Best of all it is a champion multi-tasker so you can use it on both your face and body without clogging pores.
2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Face Sunscreen for Oily Skin SPF: 60
Many sunscreens leave skin looking dull and feeling oily. If your sensitive skin is already acne-prone, you may not wear protection as often as you should. Thankfully, this product uses innovative technology, thermal spring water, and perlite plus silica for sun protection that absorbs up to 250 percent of its weight in oil and sweat. Skin is left with a dry, matte finish. It has no oils, fragrances or parabens and has been tested on sensitive skin.
3. EltaMD Skincare UV Daily Broad-Spectrum, Tinted SPF: 40
Often available at the dermatologist’s office, this non-comedogenic, fragrance-free sunscreen is tinted with a hint of color for a natural looking glow. The use of hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It contains no parabens and has been tested on sensitive skin so you can use it with confidence.
4. Eau Thermal Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF: 50
This non-whitening formula is a 100 percent mineral sunscreen. The antioxidants and spring water work to soothe sensitive skin. Ideal for skin that reacts to chemical and physical sunblock, it protects from both UVA and UVB rays. It is also effective for people who suffer from sun allergies and doesn’t leave white residue on your face.
5. Vanicream Sunscreen SPF: 30
Recommended by dermatologists, this cream can be used in place of your moisturizer. The broad-spectrum protection includes zinc and titanium oxide, with few dyes, fragrances or chemicals. For this reason, it is highly recommended for those with sensitive skin and with conditions such as rosacea and eczema. While it is heavier and slightly greasier than many of the other formulations on the list due to the fact that it is a physical sunblock, it is still absolutely worth it. If you have normal to oily skin, blotting papers can help keep the shine down.
6. Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF: 50
This formula offers powerful broad-spectrum protection without the sticky mess of most sunblocks. The one-step powder is available in four shades and is ideal for on-the-go touchups throughout the day. The mineral formula is safe for sensitive skin, but you may need to use a moisturizer if your skin is also dry.
7. MISSHA All Around Safe Block Total Moisture Gel SPF: 50+
Hot, humid air can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. Use this lightweight Korean-made gel sunscreen to cool and calm the hot, burning sensation on your face and neck. Filled with hydrating ingredients like aloe vera leaf extract, antozone-rose, and thanaka, it works to protect your skin from the elements as well.
Windsor Dermatology’s board-certified dermatologists use cutting-edge treatments to help their patients care for a range of skin conditions, from acne and allergies to skin cancer and psoriasis. Schedule an appointment today and let one of our experts help you choose a sunscreen that best fits your lifestyle and the needs of your skin. Call the office today at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online!