We all know that good sunscreen is key to protecting our skin from damage and harmful, cancer-causing UVB and UVA rays. But, what happens when the effects of the sunscreen cause discomfort, pain, and even rashes?
In addition to irritating sensitive skin, most sunscreen products on the market today are filled with chemicals, fillers, and other harmful additives. So, what’s a customer seeking sun protection for sensitive skin this summer to do? Count on All Good Products. Let us show you what to look for in a sunscreen for sensitive skin, the benefits of using one, and other ways to protect your sensitive skin.
What Should I Look for in a Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin?
Mineral sunscreen is your best bet for sensitive skin when it comes to avoiding skin irritation. Look for sunscreen products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which protects the skin by creating a physical barrier between the skin and the sun’s rays. Here’s what to look for when looking for a better sunscreen for sensitive skin:
- Stay away from fragrances. Fragrances can cause irritation, redness, and sensitivity to the skin.
- Go oil-free. If you’re dealing with acne, eczema, or any other skin issue, it’s not an excuse to skip the SPF. Instead, opt for an oil-free sunscreen that won’t clog your pores or aggravate any skin conditions.
- Choose Hydration. Choosing a hydrating sunscreen is important for everybody with sensitive skin, but especially for people with dry skin and/or eczema. These sunscreens often contain colloidal oatmeal or ceramides to provide the same benefits as traditional moisturizers while also protecting the skin from UV rays.
- Full-Spectrum. For the ultimate in sun protection, it’s important to find a sunscreen that is labeled “broad spectrum”, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Also ensure the sunscreen you choose has an SPF of at least 30.
Can Sunscreen Be Used on the Face?
Although your “non-sensitive skin” peers may have the luxury of taking an all-in-one approach to sunscreen, sensitive skin sufferers are not so lucky. In fact, people with sensitive skin often find sunscreens formulated for the body cause irritation and breakouts when used on their face. What’s more, if you suffer from sensitive skin, it’s important to avoid sunscreens that contain drying ethyl alcohols. Use cream-based sunscreens instead of alcohol-based ones.
Sunscreens made with face-safe formulas are generally oil-free, meaning they won’t clog your pores. A sunscreen for sensitive skin will also nourish and hydrate the skin, reducing the redness and irritation associated with regular sunscreen use.
Benefits of Using Sensitive Skin Sunscreens
If you suffer from sensitive skin, these are some benefits associated with using sunscreen without nasty chemicals:
- Mineral sunscreen is far less likely to irritate sensitive skin.
- Mineral sunscreen can start protecting your skin as soon as you apply it (contrary to chemical sunscreen options that have to be absorbed into the skin, rendering it ineffective for the first 20-30 minutes after application).
- Mineral sunscreen is less likely to exacerbate acne, eczema, and other skin conditions than chemical sunscreens.
- Mineral sunscreens provide protection against the full spectrum of UV radiation. There are filters in chemical sunscreens that protect against UVB radiation, however, you need a mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect yourself against both UVB and UVA rays.
Others Ways to Protect Sensitive Skin from the Sun
In addition to mineral sunscreen, the following products can help ensure your sensitive skin is always protected from the sun:
- SPF lip balm. This product is the ultimate two-in-one combo: sun protection and hydration for the lips. Swap out your old gas station lip balm for an SPF lip balm, and you’ll never have to worry about the sun’s damaging rays on your sensitive lips.
- SPF makeup. Never forget the SPF again when your makeup products contain it! The Get Glowing Lip and Cheek Tint comes in a variety of colors for transitional use and can be applied for an instant pop of color on the go — and of course, sun protection.
What About Kids with Sensitive Skin?
If your little ones suffer from sensitive skin and you’ve noticed they may be forming a rash or irritation from traditional sunscreen, we can help. All Good has created a line of broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen specifically for kids. Our kid-friendly mineral sunscreen is made with plant-based ingredients, including green tea leaves, chamomile, and calendula, to create a sunscreen that is perfectly soothing and protective.
Our products are better to use on sensitive skin, and our active ingredient is clean non-nano zinc oxide. Our sunscreen for sensitive skin is also packed with nourishing antioxidants, including rosehip oil and green tea, to help revitalize and support your skin.
View our complete line of sunscreens today, with no nasty chemicals