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The Best Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

The Best Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

Sunshine is good for you. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is important for strong bones, and the sun has healing properties for psoriasis, acne, eczema or fungal infections.

But you can’t just head to the pool spontaneously. Sun protection is the first order of the day, everyday. Spending summer in the city? You still need SPF. Everyone is susceptible to the sun’s UV rays, all year round. We’re talking about super powerful beams here, with the ability to seriously age you as they pass through layers of clouds and even glass.

If you have sensitive skin you’re even more prone to sun damage but hey it’s okay! We have the silver lining with this round up of the best sunscreens for sensitive skin.

  1. La Roche Posay Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion SPF 30
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    La Roche Posay Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion SPF 30

    La Roche Posay is known as the sensitive skin specialist. Block harmful sun rays with La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 30 Cooling Water Lotion Sunscreen. Think advanced Cell-Ox Shield XL™ technology (which prevents sun damage), senna alata leaf extract and vitamin E (to balance free radicals and stop dryness). Bye bye signs of ageing, hello gorgeous skin.

    Where sunscreens have traditionally been thick and require slathering on, this La Roche-Posay number has a light-as-air texture that glides on the skin easily but works hard to condition, hydrate and shield against the sun’s rays.

    This formula has a select number of ingredients, packaged into a fragrance-free, paraben-free solution that’s been rigorously tested on sensitive skin. It’s also water resistant for 80 minutes.

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  2. Avène Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
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    Avène Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

    All of Avène’s products have a little bit of magic in them. The Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for the face is no exception. It contains a unique UVA/UVB filter system enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E to supercharge protection against damaging, sun-induced free radicals. Then there’s the magical part, Avène Thermal Spring Water, which has skin soothing properties and is at the heart of all Avène products.

    This sunscreen is designed for daily use and provides maximum broad-spectrum sun protection without irritating your skin. The sheer, lightweight lotion gives you intense hydration that layers invisibly under makeup and lasts 24 hours. Expect water resistance for up to 80 minutes.

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  3. Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
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    Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

    Sun talk can get too chemical and too complicated at times. All you really want is something that prevents sun damage and lets you get to the tanning part already. Skinceuticals understands, and it’s why they created the Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. You only need to know about the key ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These non-chemical filters sit on the skin, forming a shield against the sun’s rays and protecting you from the get-go.

    This formula also offers a first-to-market transparent, mattifying solution that’s non-irritating and ultra-sheer.

    Shake well before use, to evenly distribute ingredients.

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  4. Glytone Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40
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    Glytone Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40

    Glytone’s SPF40 sunscreen has the amazing quality of being suitable post aesthetic-procedure. Whether you’ve had a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or even laser treatment, this broad spectrum, mineral based sunscreen lotion will hydrate while providing UVA/UVB protection against sunburn and premature skin ageing.

    It’s free from fragrance, oil and parabens but loaded with hyaluronic acid to boost the skin’s natural moisture levels.

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  5. Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen SPF 55
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    Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen SPF 55

    The Hampton Sun SPF 55 continuous mist sunscreen is, by definition, accessible luxury.

    This formula is technical but decadent. Polycrylene is the active ingredient, a highly functional emollient that improves sunscreen properties by offering enhanced water resistance. It’s infused with vitamins A, C, E, aloe vera and other moisturizing agents to replenish the skin. You can also expect a hint of Hampton Sun’s Privet Bloom scent in this sunscreen, a perfume accord that smells like a summer’s day in, well, the Hamptons.

    This is sophisticated sun care at its best, bottled into a non-aerosol mist applicator that dispenses from any angle. Just spritz and go!

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Stay safe in the sun. Apply sunscreen at regular intervals, especially after swimming, towel drying or sweating. Browse our entire sun care range to help you stay protected.



Emma

Emma

Beauty Specialist

During the day, I’m a busy Beauty Content Manager, musing over all things beauty and make-up. By evening, I’m a dedicated beauty blogger, experimenting with shiny products and the newest lotions and potions. I trained in make-up artistry just to satisfy my cosmetics addiction. Overly interested in natural and organic beauty, as well as how diet and fitness have an effect on how we look and feel.


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