If you have sensitive skin, is there anything more challenging than throwing in the additional headache of hot temperatures, sand, sea and chlorine?
This is a selection of sun care products that can be used by everyone in the family, whether your complexion is delicate or not. Because who wants to carry around a heavyweight range of different products to suit everyone?
I have used all of these brands myself, or they have been recommended to me by friends.
JASON Natural Care
What a great name for a beauty range, don’t you think? It means healer in Greek. Jason is a Californian brand that blends only safe, gentle and natural products. They test for sensitivity on human volunteers, never animals. Their sun protection range (some products specifically targeted for kids, others for the whole family) has been suggested to me by several people who find it’s the only thing that doesn’t irritate their skin. I am really excited to start using their SPF 45 this summer.
La Roche Posay
All La Roche-Posay products are designed specifically with sensitive skin in mind. I’d like to recommend their Multi-Position 50+ Spray (pictured in the image at the top of the page). Of all the sunscreens I have ever used this is the easiest to apply. It’s in an aerosol-style can, so quick and easy all over coverage is (almost) as easy as pie. Hallelujah.
A best seller from The Body Shop
This is everyday sun protection, rather than one just to pack for holiday. Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence from The Body Shop. It promises to protect your skin daily from the sun and other environmental irritants. Developed to suit sensitive skin, it is super lightweight and goes on after moisturiser, providing a barrier against both UVA and UVB rays.
Not the cheapest at £21 but a little goes a long way.
Piz Buin Allergy Sensitive
Piz Buin is such a stalwart of the suncare world and was one of the first brands to implement the SPF system in the 1960s. Their ALLERGY range has been recommended to me again and again by friends who find they react to other lotions.
Piz Buin also represents a really good price point. Lotions and sprays can start at £7 and face creams just £6.
Avene suncare was a total lifesaver for me when my daughter was younger and suffered from eczema. I’ve been loyal to the brand ever since and still turn to it every summer. This is a small SPF 50+ anti-ageing cream intended for use on the face, but I find it’s a good handbag/beach bag size option for topping up exposed necks and shoulders.
£18, I tend to buy Avene at Boots because they often offer multi-buy deals.
Sun sticks for the face and other sensitive areas
This is a personal solution I’ve cooked up for sensitive faces on holiday. I’ve found that conventional sun cream can particularly irritate the face, and run into your eyes when you swim or sweat. I combat this by using high factor sun sticks. The best one I have found is the Sensitive Areas Sun Stick from Vichy. It goes on brilliantly and doesn’t break. Sadly, it isn’t available in the shops in the UK, but you can order it on Amazon (beware of long delivery times as it’s probably coming from a seller in Greece or Spain).
A respectable alternative is No7 Advanced sun protection stick £12.
Please add any recommendations of your own in the comments section at the bottom, I’d love to hear from you.
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