The best sunscreens for sensitive skin are made with gentle formulas to guard against damaging UV rays without irritating your skin.
By now, you’re probably well aware that wearing sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine. With so many formulas to choose from, it can be easy to just use whatever sunscreen is the cheapest at your local drug store. However, those of us with sensitive skin can find it especially challenging to find sunscreen that is tough on UV rays, but gentle on skin.
When it comes to adding yet another product into our skincare routines, non-irritating formulas are key. Fortunately, with the wide array of cult-favorite and indie beauty brands, there are plenty of facial sunscreen options with skin-friendly ingredients that are both water-resistant and offer broad-spectrum protection. For starters, it best to look for sunscreens that are fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores causing breakouts.
A few standout sunscreens to incorporate into your summer skincare routine include Aveeno's affordable mineral sunscreen, cult-favorite Supergoop! Everyday Lotion, and Hailey Bieber's favorite Elta MD UV Clear. To point you in the right direction, we've found the best sunscreens for sensitive skin for to wear every day — especially on your face.
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
EltaMD sunscreen works to protect against the sun and contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and lactic acid to promote hydration and help calm sensitive skin.
Kinship Self Reflect Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 32
Featuring a breakout-free formula, Kinship's bestselling mineral sunscreen blends into all skin types beautifully as it moisturizes, primes and protects for healthy, glowing skin.
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Mineral Sunscreen
Neutrogena's oil- and fragrance-free sunscreen provides water-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes in the sun.
Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
"I had dry sensitive skin (eczema) and have been looking around forever for a hydrating sunscreen," wrote one five-star reviewer. "Bought this yesterday at Sephora, used it this morning and topped it off with my thick daily moisturizer - my skin feels great and hydrated."
Shiseido Urban Environment Vita-Clear Sunscreen SPF 42
Expect to see brighter and smoother skin with Shiseido's new sunscreen. The formula delivers effective protection and treats the skin from within using Vitamin C Ethyl, Hylauronic Acid, Spirulina Essence, and Hypotaurine.
CeraVe 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Affordable and reliable, CeraVe is one of today's premier dermatologist-approved brands. Its mineral sunscreen contains CeraVe's signature ceramides to restore and maintain the skin's barrier.
Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation
If you prefer an SPF option with light-to-medium coverage, Tower28's foundation-sunscreen hybrid is your best bet for sensitive skin.
Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion
This oil-free, non pore-clogging option from Sun Bum helps protect your skin from sun damage without causing breakouts.
TULA Skincare Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30
A lightweight broad-spectrum SPF 30 gel sunscreen that protects skin against the damaging effects of the sun and environment without feeling greasy.
Avene Eau Thermale Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen Fluid
Soothing thermal water and a fragrance-free formula makes this sunscreen suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.
innisfree Daily UV Defense Invisible Broad Spectrum SPF 36 Sunscreen
"One of the best sunscreens I have ever used," raved one happy reviewer. "I have super sensitive skin and works amazing! Zero white cast, blends in seconds, subtle glow but not greasy."
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
This oil-free sunscreen from La Roche-Posay is hailed for its "dry touch" qualities, which help to protect the skin without causing breakouts — making it a great option for even the most acne-prone skin.
First Aid Beauty Mineral Sunscreen Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This zinc oxide-based sunscreen promises not to cause breakouts while soothing skin with an infusion of vitamin E.
Blue Lizard SENSITIVE FACE Mineral Sunscreen
Australian sunscreen brand Blue Lizard offers non pore-clogging sun protection with the addition of hydrating hyaluronic acid.
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