If you have sensitive skin, you have probably experienced irritation on your skin due to the wrong choice of sunscreen at some point. Having sensitive skin myself, I know what it feels like to use a product and sunscreen that doesn't agree with my skin - it just doesn't feel right.
What does it mean to have a sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is a condition caused by nerve endings becoming irritated when the barrier of the skin is weakened or broken down - which can happen when your skin's barrier is exposed to what we call 'triggers'.
The triggers can be anything from pollution, sun, wind and heat to skincare products and fragrances. When exposed to one of these triggering elements, sensitive skin may burn or sting, turn red, or just feel very uncomfortable in general.
When it comes to skincare products, those with a sensitive skin are generally more reactive to soaps, detergents, dyes and fragrances in topical products, and using the wrong ones can result in itchiness, dryness, and reddening of the skin.
Skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis are examples of extremely sensitive skin.
What type of sunscreen should I look for?
When it comes to sunscreen and sensitive skin, the only type of SPF to be used is a physical sunscreen.
A physical sunscreen works by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting UV rays with the help of active mineral ingredients - such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
A Physical Sunscreen is naturally broad spectrum and protects your skin from the sun as soon as it’s applied, with no need to wait. It is less likely to cause stinging on the skin, making it perfect for sensitive skin types and rosacea/eczema skins. It is also less likely to clog pores, making it the ideal choice for blemish-prone skins as well.
Physical sunscreen can rub off easily, meaning it needs to be reapplied more frequently.
Which Dermalogica sunscreens are the best for my sensitive skin?
- Invisible, lightweight and blends easily into all skin tones
- Provides added blue light protection
- Helps soothe redness and dryness
- Perfect for kids too!
- Sunscreen + primer + treatment all-in-one
- Smoothes skin and stimulates collagen
- Can be worn alone or under foundation
- Helps conceal dark circle with optical laminators
- Softens fine lines and reduces puffiness
- Protects the delicate eye area
If you aren't sure if your skin is sensitive, please reach out to us and we would love to help guide and support you in understanding your own skin further.
About the Author
My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With over 17 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.
On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!