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The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin in 2019

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Having sensitive skin isn’t easy. In fact, it can be a right old pain. Use the wrong product and the reaction isn’t always so pretty. Lucky for you, nowadays we have so many products that are made specifically with the sensitives in mind.

Sunscreen is one of those products that commonly cause reactions in people’s skin. You really have to do your research and use the right product. Here I have put together the best sunscreens for sensitive skin in 2019.

The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin (in no particular order)

La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen

ultrasun Family All Family Sun Lotion

SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face and Neck Sun Cream SPF50

Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

FREZYDERM SPF 50 Velvet Face Sunscreen

Before we get to the actual sunscreens, I thought I should first answer some common sunscreen questions. There are so many myths and misconceptions regarding sunscreen, it’s times they got cleared up.

Why you still need to wear sunscreen even if you never get a sunburn

There are 2 separate reasons for wearing sunscreen, one is to protect your skin from getting burnt and the other is to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. While people with darker skin do have some natural protection that prevents them from getting burnt, they don’t have protection from UV rays. So yup, sorry but everyone needs to wear sunscreen when out in the sun.

Can children wear sunscreen that’s sold for adults?

Children can wear sunscreen that’s made for sensitive skin without a problem. This is because the sunscreen that’s for sensitive skin is made in the same way as sunscreen for babies.

When does the sunscreen bottle expire?

Most sunscreens will say the expiration date on the bottle. But there are always the few that break the rules, in those cases it’s safe to assume that you can use it for up to 12 months.

Is it a must to wear sunscreen every day?

Generally speaking, if you are not going to be locked up in your house all day, you should wear some sort of SPF. For many people, that’s covered in their moisturiser or foundation. If it’s the winter or it’s not a sunny day then that should be sufficient. However, in the summer and its sunny that is not enough to protect your skin from UV rays. If you will be out in the sun for any substantial amount of time you will need at least SPF30 – 50.

How often should you apply sunscreen when in the sun?

To get the best protection from the sun you need to apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you are exposed to the sun. Reapply every 2 hours after that. I know this sounds like a lot of work, and it is. But in the long run, it is totally worth it. Applying sunscreen can be annoying, but skin cancer can be a life sentence. Sunscreen also protects the skin from premature ageing and lines.

How to choose the best sunscreen

There are sunscreens that protect against UVA rays and there are sunscreens that protect against UVB rays. Since the sun emits both types of rays, you need protection from both and that is called broad-spectrum protection. Always look out for sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection because then you will be covered from all rays.

Which is better, a spray or a lotion?

The difference between the two is the difference in how you apply them. Most people when using a spray they only spray for a few seconds over each area. That is the convenience of the spray. However, spraying for a few seconds doesn’t give much protection to your skin. So while in theory, a spray is just as good as a lotion, I recommend a lotion because you will automatically be applying the sunscreen better.

The difference between US and EU sunscreens

Did you know that European sunscreens are better than US ones? And that does not mean if you buy a European sunscreen is the US that you get the same as its international counterpart. The US does not allow all the ingredients that the many European sunscreens have. This means that if they are sold in the US they require different ingredients to the ones sold in the EU.

The US allows far fewer chemical ingredients than the EU, many of these ingredients are vital in giving better protection from UV rays. It also means that the US sunscreens don’t apply as nicely and are a lot greasier to wear. European sunscreens also have better broad-spectrum coverage than the US sunscreens.

US people, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s 2019 and there’s online shopping often with international delivery as an option. Do I recommend ordering sunscreens from Europe? Oh yes. It’s 100% worth it and international shipping doesn’t always cost a lot.

La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid

La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid

La Roche Posay is known for their good quality skincare products which have all been approved by dermatologists. They specialise in skincare products for sensitive skin, and the La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid is no exception.

What I love about the La Roche Posay Shaka Fruid sunscreen is that it’s perfect to wear under your makeup. With its lightweight feel and its matte finish, you won’t notice that you are wearing sunscreen at all.

As well as it being for sensitive skin, it is also ideal for oily skin. It won’t cause any breakouts and because of its matte finish, it won’t cause any shininess either. It is waterproof, sand proof and sweatproof, everything you need for it to stay in place properly. I love how it doesn’t leave any grease or white marks. It blends and dissolves perfectly. If you have sensitive skin you probably know that you should keep away from fragrance, well yay for you, the La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid is fragrance-free too. La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid is a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid can be bought from Boots


Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen

Altruist sunscreens are some of the best sunscreens on the market. They are highly affordable, yet look super classy and expensive. If that’s not enough, with every purchase, they donate some of it to a charity in Africa to help those with albinism. I don’t know about you but I like supporting companies that think of the less fortunate. They are setting good trends.

Put all their good work aside, this sunscreen is the real deal. Every suncream has an official UVA rating. Altruist is 5* which is the highest rating, this means that when it’s used correctly, it protects your skin from all harmful rays, UVA and UVB.

It is available in SPF 50 and SPF 30. The SPF 50 is slightly shinier than the SPF 30. Applying it is really easy and it dries without leaving any white marks or stickiness.

It is suitable for acne-prone skin and those with very sensitive skin too. You can use it on your face and body. It is fragrance-free, paraben-free and water-resistant.

I don’t think it’s available in the US, but seriously, it’s worth every penny to ship in.

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen can be bought from Amazon


ultrasun Family All Family Sun Lotion

ultrasun Family All Family Sun Lotion

ultrasun Family All Family Sun Lotion is another winner sunscreen for sensitive skin. This broad-spectrum sunscreen can be used on all ages (although you can with most sun creams), it dries invisible which is a must for kids. I remember from the good old days when sun creams stained clothes. The number of clothes we ruined:(

They claim it can protect your skin the entire day after applying it once, I don’t recommend that but it does mean it has very high protection. I often use it on my children before school, that way I know they will be protected the best they can be even without reapplying it.

It is fragrance-free and water-resistant. They also claim that it is formulated with antioxidants, this is another claim you shouldn’t take too seriously. A dermatologist once told me that it doesn’t really work with the chemical combination.

The sun cream works wonders on those with sensitive skin and prickly heat. It absorbs really quickly without any grease.

ultrasun Family All Family Sun Lotion can be bought from Amazon


SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Protect Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50

Mineral sunscreens are one of the latest trends in sunscreen. They use minerals as the active ingredient, and they tend to be less irritating and more moisturising on the skin. Mineral sunscreen doesn’t get absorbed into the skin as a chemical sunscreen does. This makes it better for sensitive skin since what it really does is it creates a barrier between your skin and the sun.

SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense sunscreen is one of the only sunscreens on the market that combines 100% mineral broad-spectrum protection and universal radiance. The colour of the sunscreen adapts to the colour of your skin tone. I love this feature, it means you can use it instead of your foundation or cc cream. You can also apply it under your makeup and it won’t interfere with your makeup at all.

The sunscreen is ideal for sensitive skin. It is water-resistant and it has no chemicals.

While it may be a little on the pricier side, many say they can’t live without it now and that it’s worth every penny. It’s the quality you’re paying for and its quality that you get.

SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 can be bought from Amazon


Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face and Neck Sun Cream SPF50

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face and Neck Cream is another sunscreen that you need to try out. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is highly affordable and highly effective. One of its best features is that it has ingredients that absorb any oil that may break out during the day. It also isn’t heavy to wear and there is no grease or shine when wearing it. It’s comfortable and invisible.

The ingredients have many benefits to, it’s enriched with vitamin E which moisturises your skin at the same time as protecting it.

Like any good sunscreen, this one is also water-resistant and fragrance-free.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face and Neck Cream can be bought from Amazon


Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++

Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This is another mineral sunscreen. Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum not only targets protecting your skin from sun damage but also from everyday pollution, which also damages and ages your skin, a lot. It protects your skin from pollution as well as from the blue light on all the devices that we are surrounded by.

The sunscreen has a really lightweight formula that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. It has a slight tint which is a nice change from the classic white sunscreen, this also helps to even out the skin tones. The finish is slightly luminous, so if you have oily skin I don’t recommend using this sunscreen. Generally speaking oily and luminous should not be mixed.

The formula is fragrance-free and made with sensitive skin in mind.

Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++ can be bought from Amazon


Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

Drunk Elephant is one of those brands that wherever you turn, you see it. It has flooded Instagram with every few skincare posts being another Drunk Elephant product. If they’re that popular, they must be pretty good, no?

This sunscreen is a physical sunscreen which means, instead of using chemical ingredients it uses mineral ingredients that sit on top of the skin, and scatter the UV rays away from your skin. Physical sunscreens tend to be less irritating on the skin, this makes them a better option for sensitive skin.

Umbra sunscreen is an award-winning sunscreen, it is made without any chemicals or silicones. It is also fragrance-free and free from essential oils. Being a broad-spectrum sunscreen, it will protect against all harmful rays.

The formula is quite thick and it has a sticky consistency to it. You only need a pea-size amount each time because a little goes a long way. Once the sunscreen is absorbed the stickiness goes away and there is a slight shimmer to it. It is lovely for those with dry skin but I don’t really recommend it if you have oily or acne-prone skin, the shimmer and extra oil will bother you.

The main disadvantage that this sunscreen has is its price. It is expensive and I don’t think its necessarily better than the other sunscreens mentioned in this review. But then again if you’re a Drunk Elephant fan, then perhaps it’s worth it. It’s your call!

Umbra sunscreen has recently been released in a tinted sunscreen.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 can be bought from Amazon


FREZYDERM SPF 50 Velvet Face Sunscreen

FREZYDERM SPF 50 Velvet Face Sunscreen

This sunscreen is one of the loveliest sunscreens to put under makeup. It is a colourless sunscreen which sinks in beautifully to the skin. With its matte finish, you can be sure it won’t cause you any shininess. What’s more, it actually absorbs extra oil to help your face stay matte for as long as possible. They say you can expect matte skin for up to 6 hours.

The texture is so soft and velvety, you will have a hard time believing that it really is a sunscreen, never mind a sunscreen with an SPF50. The bottle will last you for ages because you only need a small amount each time you use it, a little goes a long way. It is a very good value for money. In fact, one of the questions I often hear about this sunscreen is why is it so cheap when it looks and feels so high end?! That is when you know you’ve struck gold!

FREZYDERM SPF 50 Velvet Face Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from all harmful rays. It is water-resistant and fragrance-free.

FREZYDERM SPF 50 Velvet Face Sunscreen can be bought from Amazon

My Thoughts

All of the sunscreens that I have mentioned here are worth checking out. They are all good solid sunscreens that will give your skin the best protection that it can have.

There is no best sunscreen, different products work differently on each person. What’s works for you may not work for your friend and that’s normal. We’re all individuals and the trick is finding what works best for ourselves. Btw that can also change, what works for you one year may not work as well the next year. With our forever changing hormones as well as our age changing we have to be open to changing our cosmetics too. Such is the life of a woman. We might as well embrace it:)

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite sunscreen is and why. If you don’t have a favourite sunscreen yet then make sure to check out these best sunscreens for sensitive skin, I’ll be surprised if you can’t find one.

Have a wonderful day,
 
Hollie xx
 
 
 
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10 Responses

  1. Adyns68

    My husband has oily sensitive skin. And during the dry season, he was really suffering from sunburns. He has been through so many different sunscreens but most of them still destroyed his skin. The last one litteraly had his skin pilling out every day, it was horrible.

    Until he started to use garnier ambre solaire. The improvement came slowly because he liked how light the sunscreen felt on his skin, he kept using it and after 3 weeks, the skin was back to normal.

    So, I will advise it to anyone with oily sensitive skin.

    Thanks

    • Hollie

      Garnier makes some fab sunscreens! I’m glad it worked for your husband.

  2. Kat

    Firstly I want to say thank you for sharing this! I am a big user of sunscreen due to my fair skin. So I have always had to wear sunscreen most days of my life or cover up appropriately with long sleeves. I am so relieved to read that you have included the need to put sunscreen on 30 minutes before going out in the sun. I wish the schools and everyone knew this around where I live. I have taught my children to wait for the sunscreen to work before they go out to play in the sun. Creating a post with a list for sensitive skin is a valuable addition for those of us who need to find one that with work for us.  Skinceuticals sounds like my pick of the bunch. I love that it adapts to various skin tones and uses minerals.  Thank you 🙂

    • Hollie

      I think many people are unaware of how important it is to wear sunscreen. I’m just doing my little bit to raise awareness!

      Skinceuticals is a great choice!

  3. RoDarrick

    Wow! Very well detailed article on the best sunscreen for sensitive skin and I must say, I enjoyed reading the post. I got sun burnt some days back and I feel it is high time I got myself a protection against it. Thanks so much for suggesting this much and I’m really appreciative of the fact that I got helped through this post. I will go for the Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. It seems nice to me.

  4. water life

    Hello

    Thanks for the informative topic. We all in the family use La Roche Posay. Although it’s a bit more expensive than others, we prefer it. It meets the needs of our infant and of my wife’s sensitive skin. I use the kids’ version, too, with my wife and we are all pleased. I also didn’t know that kids can use the sunscreen that’s sold for adults, intended to be sensitive skin, of course. That’s very useful information. Thanks for your propositions.

    Thodoris

    • Hollie

      When you use La Roche Posay, you know you’re in safe hands. Great choice!

  5. Marlene

    My son has real light white sensitive skin.  He is 9 years old, and I need to look into every product I use on him carefully.  I cannot let him leave the house without proper sunscreen.  I have used many different products over the past 9 years, always with the highest SPF, I can find.  I personally like to use the spray, in my opinion especially with a child you get to all the hard to reach places easier before they start to squirm and don’t allow you to apply the sunscreen anymore.  There is always a time limit when applying sunscreen to my son.  Also, the less greasy the better.  

    I did not know the European sunscreens are better than US ones.  To me, this is valuable information.  And I see you have one I like to use on your list, the Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face and Neck Sun Cream SPF50.  I buy it at the shop around the corner, and for me to know I have a good choice in my bag that I put on my own and on my son’s face is wonderful news.  

    Thank you for a great post with so much valuable information.  Information that every person on this planet needs.  

    • Hollie

      Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face and Neck Cream is one of my favourites too. I use it on my daughter the whole time! 

      Thanks for stopping by:)

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