Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

By Hannah Liddle - 3 months ago | Updated
Best Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin

If there’s anything FaceApp has taught us, it’s to use sun cream a little more scrupulously because these results are something else. No one has aged well. I mean, I look like The Grand High Witch from The Witches when she’s not in disguise. Help! However, taking care in the sun isn't easy for those with super sensitive skin types and can often have an adverse effect, causing stinging, rashes, inflammation and itchiness.

After doing some digging into why this is, we discovered that there are two types of SPF – physical and chemical.

Chemical sun cream is absorbed into the skin, where it then soaks up UV rays before releasing them from the body. Usually made with a variety of chemical combinations, these formulas cause big reactions with sensitive skin types.

Physical sunblock is usually made from titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It sits on top of the skin and reflects UV rays away from us. The main downside here is that you'll be chilling on the beach with a completely white face...not cool.

Whether you have sensitive skin or are allergic to some of the chemical ingredients in SPF, finding a sun cream is painful and by no means fun.

Cosmetify’s very own SEO Manager, Emma, is allergic to SPF and knows all too well the horror that comes with trialling new formulas. Here’s what Emma has to say on the discovery of her SPF allergy and how she handles her reactive skin when out in the sun:

“I never used to be allergic to SPF until I was around 20. One day, I noticed my foundation had given me a rash on my chin, which it had never done before. I thought my beautiful and trusty MAC foundation had betrayed me. Alas, if only this was the case. It took me a little while and a bottle of Nivea SPF 30 to realise that it was actually the SPF in the foundation that had caused the rash. Ever since, I’ve been on the hunt for an SPF that won’t make my face look like the discarded skin of the Basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Best Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin

"Unfortunately for me, my reactive area is my face, which means testing has been not only painful but ugly as well. I’m still yet to find a cream that’s good for my skin as it really is a nasty process. I usually spend sunny days with a hat on and the biggest sunglasses I can find to avoid sunburn…it’s a warm ensemble but it does the job. Having said that, I'm really excited to learn about these sun creams for sensitive skin.”

If you're allergic, or think you could be, we highly recommend finding out exactly what it is you’re allergic to so that you can save yourself the pain and hassle of trial and error. And always test patch sun creams beforehand by putting a small amount in the crease of your arm 24 hours in advance.

With all of that in mind, we want to make sure everyone – yep, even you with the most sensitive skin – can enjoy the sun without having to worry about reactivity. So, we’ve gathered a list of the best sun creams for sensitive skin which will stop UV rays and flare ups in their tracks. Not today, Satan, not today.

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30

£11.60
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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40

£22.40
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Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | PA ++++

Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | PA ++++

£60.00
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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body Milk SPF50+

£
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SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50

£41.00
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Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Spray

Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Spray

£15.31
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Mimitika Face Sunscreen SPF50

Mimitika Face Sunscreen SPF50

£17.50
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Garnier Ambre Solaire Milk Sensitive SPF50+

Garnier Ambre Solaire Milk Sensitive SPF50+

£5.99
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Avene Very High Protection B Protect SPF 50+

Avene Very High Protection B Protect SPF 50+

£9.74
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REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30

£30.00
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Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Body SPF30

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Body SPF30

£18.95
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Bioderma Photoderm MINERAL Spray SPF50+

Bioderma Photoderm MINERAL Spray SPF50+

£16.50
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Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Sensitive Skin Protective Tanning Care Body Lotion - Extreme Sun

Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Sensitive Skin Protective Tanning Care Body Lotion - Extreme Sun

£44.50
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Ultrasun Super Sensitive High SPF30 Family Formula

Ultrasun Super Sensitive High SPF30 Family Formula

£35.95
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Badger Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 30

£
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Typically made from minerals and free from fragrances and irritating chemicals, these sun creams for sensitive skin are here to help you get through summer with ease. Need to hydrate your skin post-sun? Discover The Best After Sun Products and keep that tan glowing for longer.