Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin

Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you know the struggle of applying lotions and creams to your face and chest. Whether you suffer from breakouts, redness, rashes, dryness, or more, you have to be very selective in what you choose to put on your skin. When it comes to sunscreen for sensitive skin, it is even more important to be choosy about the ingredients.

Let’s talk first about the fact that sunscreen should be part of our every day application. Apply it under your makeup before going about your daily activities. Too many people forget sunscreen when dressing to go to work, do errands, exercise outside, or anything else that involves being outdoors. Your face gets the most sun exposure than any other part of your body. If you’ve ever noticed the areas of your skin that have always been covered, such as those parts under your bathing suit, you will soon realize how the sun affects your skin. Most likely your breasts and butt cheeks have the softest, most line free and freckle free skin. Why? Because, unless you are a nude sunbather, that skin has been protected from the sun all your life.

Let that sink in and you will realize how important sunscreen is. So if you want your face to look as smooth as your bottom, read on.

Protecting Sensitive Skin

While protecting your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, you also have to protect your skin from “potentially dangerous” chemicals in the very protection you are seeking. No, this isn’t a riddle or a tongue twister. Some of us believe they have to make a choice between one or the other, either suffer skin damage and sun burns or suffer from the irritating effects of sunscreen. However, you will have to make a choice. Be aware that there are “marketed” natural sunscreens out there that claim to be free of the chemical sun protection ingredients, yet micronized and nano-sized minerals are not truly chemical free.

What To Look For

  • Broad Spectrum

Always choose a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. You may think that all sunscreens cover this, but most only protect against UVB rays. These are the rays that cause the skin to burn. Meanwhile, the UVA rays are still able to penetrate your skin, causing wrinkling, premature aging, and skin cancers.

  • SPF 30 or 50

An SPF of 30 to 50 is highly recommended. An SPF 30 provides 96.7% UV protection and an SPF 50 provides 98% UV protection that will allow you to be in the sun longer without burning or suffering deeper epidermis damage. Just remember that a higher SPF add more chemicals to your skin to get the higher rating.

  • Oil Free

            For most people with sensitive skin, an oil free sunscreen works best to prevent breakouts.

  • Moisturizing

            For those with dry skin, a moisturizing sunscreen can be used in place of your daily moisturizer, under make up.

  • Zinc Oxide

             Everyone is different, so some may find Zinc oxide works better for them, it is a alternative to the chemicals, and does an great job of blocking out the harmful rays of the sun.

  • Titanium Oxide

            Like zinc, titanium oxide limits irritation to the skin, and provides good protection but make sure you have enough TiO2 and it has Zinc as well.

Other Key Words To Look For

  • Alcohol Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Oil Free
  • Nut and nut oil free
  • PABA Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Gluten Free

Remember to be gentle with your sensitive skin, but to also make sure it is protected from the sun at all times. This means applying sunscreen for sensitive skin every day, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors. And, don’t forget to apply in the fall and winter, too. Just because it’s not hot outside doesn’t mean the rays of the sun are not damaging your skin.