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Best sunscreens for sensitive skin that should be in your daily rotation

For years, people believed sunscreens to be harsh, greasy, pore clogging and not something that people with sensitive skin should use. However, that is not true. While sunscreen formulations have changed with time, so has the knowledge. The truth is, a sunscreen should be used by everyone and on every single day irrespective of your skin type, even if it is sensitive. All you need to do is find the correct formula.

For how your sensitive skin might also be prone to excessive dryness or acne, the distinctive formulations go further deep making it imperative for you to pick your product wisely. For instance, while the Bioderma Photoderm Crème SPF (Buy it for HKD 149 on Look Fantastic) is a great pick for dry and sensitive skin, the Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream (Buy it for HKD 167.5 on Look Fantastic) is best suited for highly sensitive, irritated skin. Using a sunscreen that’s not meant for your skin (much like any other skincare product) may further harm your skin.

So, how does one decide which sunscreen is right for their skincare collection? Keep scrolling to know more.

How to choose the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

The best sunscreen for sensitive skin is usually a mineral (physical) sunscreen. Formulated with either or both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, a mineral sunscreen forms a protective layer on your skin that does not let the sun rays pass through your body, and deflects them instead. Since, there is no absorption of heat or the ingredients into the skin, they are considered a safe choice for people with sensitive skin.

Additionally, look for the sunscreen texture — creamy texture for dry and sensitive skin and gel-based texture for acne-prone skin. You may consider other key ingredients in the formulation. For instance, hydrating and soothing elements like hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, and skin repairing components including vitamin C, niacinamide, ceramides and vitamin B5 can further add to the effectiveness of your sunscreen.

Furthermore, ensure that your sunscreen (like any other skincare essential) must also be devoid of chemicals, parabens, dyes, alcohol and fragrances in its formulation. Opt for a sunscreen that’s hypoallergenic, non-pore clogging and dermatologically tested. Aim to choose a formula that has mild yet effective ingredients.

And now that you know what to look for in a sunscreen for sensitive skin, take a look at some of the best that won’t trigger a reaction.

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Here are the best sunscreens for sensitive skin today:

Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

HKD 167.5

With Aloe arborescens leaf extract as its key ingredient, the Cosrx Sun Cream is a sunblock that feels like a moisturiser. Apart from preventing the skin from sun damage, it also aims at soothing and hydrating your skin deeply. It is super lightweight, non-greasy and leaves no white cast behind. It is infused with SPF 50+/PA+++ that provides complete protection from UV rays.

Image: Courtesy Cosrx

Bioderma Photoderm Crème SPF 50+ Sunscreen

HKD 149

The Bioderma Photoderm Crème Sunscreen provides optimum protection from the harmful UV rays. This face sunscreen for sensitive skin works by activating the skin’s natural defences and protecting from cellular damage and premature ageing. It has a creamy yet non-greasy texture which makes it best suited for dry and sensitive skin. It is a non-comedogenic, water-resistant and fragrance free product that does not leave any white cast.

Image: Courtesy Bioderma

Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive SPF 50+ Very High Protection

HKD 277

Offering long lasting protection from sun with just one application the Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive 50+ Very High Protection is formulated without any oils, perfumes, emulsifiers or preservatives. With SPF 50+ this sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays and is ideal for even the most sensitive skin prone to allergies.

Image: Courtesy Look Fantastic

Avène VHP Sunscreen Spray

HKD 201.5

Spray sunscreens are one of the best ways to reapply sunscreen throughout the day and the Avène Very High Protection Spray with SPF 50+ makes for a great choice. Best suited for sensitive skin, it prevents your skin from sun damage efficiently. Along with titanium dioxide, the formula also has the Avène Thermal Spring Water with soothing and anti-irritating properties. This sunscreen for sensitive skin feels weightless and non-greasy on the skin.

Image: Courtesy Avène

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid

HKD 195

The Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid is an ultra lightweight sunscreen that feels gentle and comfortable on the skin. Formulated with the Invisible Shield technology, it forms a preventive veil on the skin with an invisible, barely there finish. It’s an oil-free formula that’s safe for sensitive skin.

Image: Courtesy Nordstrom

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Should I use sunscreen on sensitive skin?

Answer: Yes, everyone (even people with sensitive skin) should use sunscreen every day throughout the year.

Question: Is Neutrogena sunscreen good for sensitive skin?

Answer: Yes, the Neutrogena Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 60+ is designed specifically for people with sensitive skin.

Question: Are there any side effects of using sunscreen on sensitive skin?

Answer: Sunscreens can have a negative impact on your skin if you aren’t using one that’s specifically meant for your skin type. For instance, physical (or mineral) sunscreens are a better and safer choice for sensitive skin. Additionally, consulting your dermatologist, before buying any skincare product if you have sensitive skin is essential.

Question: Are chemical sunscreens good for sensitive skin?

Answer: No, chemical sunscreens can have side effects on sensitive skin as the chemicals present in them can further irritate your skin.

Best sunscreens for sensitive skin that should be in your daily rotation

Divya Arora

With an academic background in Public Relations, Divya has a flair for writing about topics spanning genres like lifestyle, beauty, fashion, travel, FnB, tech and entertainment. She fancies everything that's a wholesome blend of contemporary finery and timelessness. Quirky earrings and tees are her weakness. When not creating content, you will find her devouring food, snuggling in with a book and a cup-a-chai, admiring skies or revisiting Hogwarts.


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