Sensitive skin complicates skincare. It means it is harder for people to find products that work, but don’t irritate the skin in some fashion. Understandably, the skincare industry has done its best to try to label products intended for people with sensitive skin. This is helpful, but isn’t always the most accurate when it comes to actually providing access to decent skin care. These products are still occasionally too much for people with sensitive skin. Those with sensitive skin likely understand this lament quite clearly and have experienced the issue firsthand. It can be annoying, yes, but it can also jeopardize the hard work you put into your skincare by making it hard to find adequate sun protection. We’ve put together a guide for how to pick out the best options available for those with sensitive skin. With a little guidance, you’ll hopefully be a little more comfortable this summer.
Read the Ingredients
Most people can simply grab a sunscreen or cream off the shelf and go. This isn’t the case for people with sensitive skin. You need to remember the general rules you’d use when looking into other forms of skincare products as well and read the ingredients. You’re looking for anything you know irritates your skin as well as hunting for known problem ingredients. The biggest potential issue for many people with sensitive skin is low quality products that utilize an non-specific “fragrance”. As a general rule, this is something you always want to avoid in any lower quality product. These are often made without much regard to the health of people’s skin in lower quality products. They’ll probably be okay for people with skin of average sensitivity with minimal issues, but sensitive skin will rapidly begin to have a clear reaction to it.
Find a Physical Blocker
Most sun protection products on the market are chemical. Everything is technically a chemical, but this means those sun protection products primarily use a particular reaction to provide their sun protection. Physical blockers are different. They are sometimes known as mineral blockers because they utilize zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide a physical screen against the sun. You will want to look for these anyway as they provide the better protection, but those with sensitive skin will want to do their best to find these. Chemical sun protection has its place, but it also has the highest likelihood of causing a negative reaction in someone’s skin. Physical blockers will rest on the skin while providing protection and ultimately be less of a potential hassle in the long run. Remember to make sure the product is still classified as broad spectrum protection for the best results.
Favor Non-Comedogenic, Nourishing Products
Lastly, you’ll want to try to favor products that are non-comedogenic. Sensitive skin doesn’t take much to irritate and clogging your pores certainly isn’t going to help. These products are specifically formulated to avoid clumping and clogging up pores. They are also typically easier to remove from the skin later for partly this reason. A gentle, non-comedogenic sun protection product will let you protect your skin without needing to worry about lingering issues. Additionally, you’ll want to find sun protection that offers a little extra boost to your skin to get the most out of it. The inclusion of Vitamin E or other skin nourishing compounds alongside a hydrating one can help your sun protection soothe your skin at the same time it is protecting it. Anyone with sensitive skin knows how important that can be.
Sun protection, like all other aspects of skincare, isn’t a foregone cause when you have sensitive skin. It does mean that things are a little trickier than you’d like them to be though. You should be able to find products that meet your needs by following this short list of guidelines. Sensitive skin may make things annoying, but you can protect yourself in spite of it and enjoy the sun just like anyone else.