Sunscreen is a must; but, it can present issues for those with sensitive skin. Finding a formula that works for you doesn’t have to be complicated; in fact, by following a few simple tips, it becomes easy to select the right one…for you.
Remember, sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreens should also be reapplied immediately after swimming, toweling off, or perspiring a great deal. For those planning on spending the long weekend swimming or perspiring, a water-resistant formula is equally important.
According to most dermatologists, those with sensitive skin should stick to zinc oxide and titanium dioxide formulas to minimize the potential risk for allergies. Below, I have listed a few products that work and are highly rated.
Honest Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive, SPF 30+
SUN BUM Clear Zinc Oxide SPF 50
CeraVe Suncare Sunscreen Face SPF 50
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 60
Avène SPF 50+ Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion
Chemical and mineral sunscreens work equally well for those with dry skin; look for a hydrating lotion or cream-based formula. If you’re not spending too much time out in the sun—especially in wintertime—a lot of daily moisturizers with SPF protection are good. Those ingredients will have a nourishing, oily texture that provides moisture to dry skin. Below, I have listed a few products that work and are highly rated.
Korres Suncare Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Multi-Protection Tint
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Oil Spray
Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 38
Neova DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer SPF 40
Active ingredients matter less with oily complexions, unless you are a sensitive skin individual; it’s the formulation that’s key. Sunscreens with a fluid like texture work best for oily skin. Below, I have listed a few products that work and are highly rated.
Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Oil Free Matte SPF 30
Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42
Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen SPF 55
JUICE BEAUTY SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch
Kiss My Face Sunscreen - Face Factor SPF 30
Normal skin can use just about anything; however, if you’re spending a long time outdoors, you need to upgrade from SPF 30 to at least 50, then reapply every two hours. Below, I have listed a few products that work and are highly rated.
Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Stick
AmorePacific Sun Protection Stick
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Enjoy being outdoors! But remember, more than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year; so wear your sunscreen!