The Best Sun Creams For Sensitive Skin

The Best Suncare For Sensitive Skin, by Not About The Kids

If you have sensitive skin, is there anything more challenging than throwing in the additional headache of hot temperatures, sand, sea and chlorine?

This is a selection of sun care products that can be used by everyone in the family, whether your complexion is delicate or not. Because who wants to carry around a heavyweight range of different products to suit everyone?

I have used all of these brands myself, or they have been recommended to me by friends.

JASON Natural Care

What a great name for a beauty range, don’t you think? It means healer in Greek. Jason is a Californian brand that blends only safe, gentle and natural products. They test for sensitivity on human volunteers, never animals. Their sun protection range (some products specifically targeted for kids, others for the whole family) has been suggested to me by several people who find it’s the only thing that doesn’t irritate their skin. I am really excited to start using their SPF 45 this summer.

The best suncare brands for sensitive skin, a blog post by Not About The Kids, Jason suncare

From £11.99. Available in the UK via the Jason website & Holland and Barrett 

La Roche Posay

All La Roche-Posay products are designed specifically with sensitive skin in mind. I’d like to recommend their Multi-Position 50+ Spray (pictured in the image at the top of the page). Of all the sunscreens I have ever used this is the easiest to apply. It’s in an aerosol-style can, so quick and easy all over coverage is (almost) as easy as pie. Hallelujah.

You may also like this post about the best beauty brands for sensitive skin, again all recommended by my friends.

A best seller from The Body Shop

This is everyday sun protection, rather than one just to pack for holiday. Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence from The Body Shop. It promises to protect your skin daily from the sun and other environmental irritants. Developed to suit sensitive skin, it is super lightweight and goes on after moisturiser, providing a barrier against both UVA and UVB rays.

Not the cheapest at £21 but a little goes a long way.

Piz Buin Allergy Sensitive

Piz Buin is such a stalwart of the suncare world and was one of the first brands to implement the SPF system in the 1960s.  Their ALLERGY range has been recommended to me again and again by friends who find they react to other lotions.

The Best Suncare Brands For Sensitive Skin, by Not About The Kids, Piz Buin

Piz Buin also represents a really good price point. Lotions and sprays can start at £7 and face creams just £6.


Avene suncare was a total lifesaver for me when my daughter was younger and suffered from eczema. I’ve been loyal to the brand ever since and still turn to it every summer. This is a small SPF 50+ anti-ageing cream intended for use on the face, but I find it’s a good handbag/beach bag size option for topping up exposed necks and shoulders. 

The Best Sun Care for Sensitive Skin, Avene

£18, I tend to buy Avene at Boots because they often offer multi-buy deals.

Sun sticks for the face and other sensitive areas

This is a personal solution I’ve cooked up for sensitive faces on holiday. I’ve found that conventional sun cream can particularly irritate the face, and run into your eyes when you swim or sweat. I combat this by using high factor sun sticks. The best one I have found is the Sensitive Areas Sun Stick from Vichy. It goes on brilliantly and doesn’t break. Sadly, it isn’t available in the shops in the UK, but you can order it on Amazon (beware of long delivery times as it’s probably coming from a seller in Greece or Spain).

The best suncare brands for sensitive skin, a blog post by Not About The Kids

A respectable alternative is No7 Advanced sun protection stick £12.

Please add any recommendations of your own in the comments section at the bottom, I’d love to hear from you.

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The Best Suncare Brands For Sensitive Skin, by Not About The Kids


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4 comments on “The Best Sun Creams For Sensitive Skin

  1. Karen Stout on

    I started using the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid 50+ on my face for everyday use and its brilliant. Very light on the skin with no stickiness or tacky feeling afterwards. My mum is converted now too and she’s a tricky one to please! I might try one of the sticks you’ve mentioned for the kids – they always complain about cream in their eyes and it might be a bit quicker on school mornings when we’re trying to run out the door!

  2. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Hey Karen, thanks for visiting 🙂 and thank you so much for the recommendation. I’m just learning about La Roche at the grand old age of 41. They have some brilliant products. I discovered the sticks for exactly that reason. Moaning children! But now we all use them, it’s much easier to apply to your face, and the kids can manage it themselves too. Hx

  3. Heather on

    Yeah, you featured my suggestion of The Body Shop’s Skin Defence. I hadn’t realised it’s gone up to £21 though, sure it was about £17-18 when I last bought it!

  4. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Hey Heather, thank you so much for the recommendation. I have been using this every morning, I really like it. It’s so light to apply. Also very happy with the Jason product, it has a great smell. Always get brilliant ideas from my friends on Instagram. Hx

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