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15 Best Sunscreens For Sensitive Skin

Medically reviewed by: Roger
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15 Best Sunscreens For Sensitive Skin April 24, 2019

Picking the right sunscreen for sensitive skin is a challenge. Merely checking the SPF is not enough – you need to be cautious about what you are putting on your face. Most sunscreens contain chemical ingredients to block UV rays, and any of the ingredients can irritate your skin. Fortunately, some brands cater to those who have sensitive skin. Below is a list of 15 best sunscreen lotions for sensitive skin that you can try.

15 Best Sunscreens For Sensitive Skin

1. Suntegrity 5-In-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen

Product Claims

This sunscreen will protect your skin from sun damage as well as dark spots, redness, fine lines, and inflammation. This is why this sunscreen consistently ranks well in the EWG ranking system (Environmental Working Group database). This is a chemical-free tinted sunscreen that you can use as a BB cream to prime, cover, and protect your skin.

Pros
  • 100% vegan
  • Contains active zinc oxide
  • Hygienic packaging
  • No parabens
  • No phthalates and mineral oils
  • No synthetic dyes and sulfates
  • No chemical UV absorbers
  • Fragrance-free
  • Cruelty-free (PETA and Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Non-greasy
  • Reef-friendly
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

2. Elta MD Skincare UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46

Product Claims

This facial sunscreen contains niacinamide that calms your sensitive skin and protects it. It is especially beneficial for those who have rosacea and acne-prone skin and discoloration issues. It is incredibly lightweight and easy to apply.

Pros
  • Dermatologist-recommended
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Zinc oxide-based
  • Available in both tinted and untinted versions
  • Oil-free
  • Sensitivity-free
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

3. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

Product Claims

This is a mineral-based sunscreen that is free of harmful chemicals. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen, and the best part is, the bottle turns blue when exposed to UV rays. In this way, it also reminds you to reapply sunscreen.

Pros
  • No parabens
  • No artificial fragrance
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Water-resistant formula
  • Reef-safe
  • No harmful chemicals
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

4. NYDG Chem-Free Active Defense SPF 30

Product Claims

This lightweight sunscreen contains squalane and argan extracts that prevent skin damage caused by environmental stressors. The micronized ingredients spread fast and blend evenly.

Pros
  • Cruelty-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • Non-comedogenic
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

5. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen

Product Claims

This sunscreen is perfect for normal, combination, and sensitive skin types. It is a tinted sunscreen that contains 100% mineral filters that are incredibly gentle on your skin. It provides a broad spectrum of coverage and gives a radiant finish. It contains plankton extracts that boost your skin’s resistance to the stress induced by UV rays and heat.

Pros
  • Contains zinc oxide
  • Water-resistant (up to 40 minutes)
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Paraben-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin
  • Non-oily
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

6. MD SolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense

Product Claims

This is a mineral-based sunscreen, which means it doesn’t contain UV-absorbing chemicals that often irritate sensitive skin. It has an oil-free formula and contains ceramides. It locks in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated. This sunscreen also helps repair your skin’s natural barrier and prevents photoaging.

Pros
  • Safe for kids (6 months and older)
  • Fragrance-free
  • Water-resistant (up to 80 minutes)
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Non-oily
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

7. Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream

Product Claims

This lightweight sunscreen contains zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients, such as beeswax, vitamin E, and sunflower oil. These ingredients soothe your skin and also strengthen its natural defenses.

Pros
  • Organic ingredients
  • Reef-safe
  • Biodegradable
  • Non-GMO
  • Non-greasy
  • No harmful chemicals
  • Water-resistant
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

8. Colorscience Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Product Claims

If you are tired of applying (and reapplying) sunscreen lotions and creams, try this lightweight mineral powder. It has a brush applicator with which you can simply dust your face, and you are good to go. It comes in a variety of shades (to match your skin tone) and protects your skin throughout the day.

Pros
  • Can be used alone or on makeup
  • Chemical -free
  • Water-resistant formula
  • Travel-friendly
  • Suits all skin types (even hypersensitive skin)
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

9. Vanicream Sunscreen Sport

Product Claims

The formula of this sunscreen is pure love for sensitive skin. It is good for skin that is prone to breakouts, rashes, and hives. It has a non-greasy formula that will not weigh your skin down.

Pros
  • No synthetic dyes
  • No artificial fragrance
  • No lanolin
  • No parabens
  • No formaldehyde
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • Water-resistant (for 80 minutes)
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

10. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen

Product Claims

This is sunscreen is oil-free and lightweight. It is easily absorbed and provides a broad spectrum of sun protection. It is formulated with purescreen technology that uses ingredients that are 100% naturally sourced. It is also suitable for people with eczema (approved by the National Eczema Association).

Pros
  • Water-resistant formula (for 80 minutes)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • PABA-free
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

11. SkinMedica Essential Defense Everyday Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 47

Product Claims

This lightweight sunscreen does not clog your skin pores and offers the highest sun protection. It contains antioxidants that keep your skin healthy and glowing. It protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Pros
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to apply
Cons

None

Rating

5/5

12. ISDIN Fotorprotector Fusion Water Color SPF 50

Product Claims

This has an ultra-light and ultra-smooth texture and sinks into your skin instantly. It doesn’t leave behind a glossy finish and a whitish cast on your skin. It prevents tanning, keeps your complexion even, and provides wide coverage.

Pros
  • Water-resistant
  • Developed with Safe-Eye technology (doesn’t irritate the eyes)
  • Can be applied on both wet and dry skin (thanks to Wetflex technology)
  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Biodegradable formula
  • No alcohol
Cons
  • Contains PEG-8
Rating

4.9/5

13. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry-Touch Sunscreen

Product Claims

This sunscreen doesn’t feel sticky on your skin and is ideal for acne-prone skin. It contains avobenzone, which is an FDA-approved chemical for protecting the skin from UVA rays. It is formulated with the advanced cell-ox shield technology and is suitable for sensitive skin.

Pros
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-greasy
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Allergy-tested
  • Non-comedogenic
Cons
  • Leaves an ashy residue on the skin.
Rating

4.9/5

14. Supergoop SKin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen

Product Claims

It contains olive polyphenols that prevent redness and irritation and calm your skin down. It is a lightweight sunscreen that contains zinc oxide. After you apply it, the sunscreen forms a protective barrier on your skin immediately and blocks UV rays. It can be used on the face and other body parts.

Pros
  • Natural ingredients
  • SPF 40
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-irritating
  • Cruelty-free
Cons
  • Contains PEG-100
Rating

4.8/5

15. Aveeno Active Naturals Protect + Hydrate Broad Spectrum SPF 70

Product Claims

This ultra-moisturizing sunscreen lotion protects your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. The formula of this sunscreen contains oats extracts that keep your skin hydrated, protect the skin barrier, and also calm it down. This sunscreen is perfect for daily use.

Pros
  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic
Cons
  • Contains PEG-100
Rating

4.8/5

Go ahead and pick the sunscreen you like. Share your experience and feedback with us in the comments section below.