If there’s one product that everyone needs in their skincare routine, it’s sunscreen. No longer reserved for sunny beach days, SPF is essential for every day—yes, even those days when the sun isn’t bright or you stay inside. But if you have sensitive skin, some chemical sunscreen formulas can be irritating, causing discomfort, burning, and stinging. But thanks to the ever-growing beauty market, there are new and sophisticated sunscreen formulations that won’t cause flare-ups—even the most delicate complexions.
What to Look for in a Sunscreen for a Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is nuanced, meaning what irritates one complexion might be fine for another. But there are certain things to keep in mind when shopping for an SPF suitable for sensitive skin types. According to board-certified dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, it's best to reach for gentle formulas that don’t contain any strong active ingredients or fragrances. “There’s nothing wrong with fragrance for the great majority, but the subset of folks who are sensitive often have issues with fragranced products,” she says. She also suggests choosing formulas that contain soothing ingredients like allantoin and niacinamide to keep your complexion calm while protecting it from the sun’s rays.
Ready to shop? We’ve gathered a few of Hrisch’s favorite options along with some of our own to make your search simpler. Read on for the est sunscreens for sensitive skin.