We can all agree wearing sunscreen is important—in fact, celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau asserts it's the most important step in any anti-aging skincare routine. But finding a formula that works for your specific skin can be challenging. Certain sunscreens can cause irritation, breakouts, greasiness, and white residue. And while you may be tempted to use a chemical blend rather than physical (they're usually lighter, clearer, and more serum-like), chemical sunscreens absorb UVA-UVB rays into your skin and transform the rays into heat, which can damage the dermis (and sting your eyes).
Instead, opt for a physical sunscreen, but if you suffer from the aforementioned ailments, sensitive skin formulas are your new best friend. Below, find our favorites.
Light and hypoallergenic with a highly photostable filter, this milky sunscreen protects your skin from short-term and long-term sun damage—all the while hydrating and nourishing your face.
Keep your skin protected from the sun with this SPF 60+ option formulated specifically for sensitive skin. The lotion contains 100% naturally sourced physical sunscreens, including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil-free, and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
This non-chemical tinted lotion is more than just powerful sun protection—it actually gently cares for your skin using vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients.
Opt for this dermatologist-recommended, super-gentle sunscreen if you have sensitive skin (acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and/or lupus) or have recently undergone laser treatments, cosmetic surgery, microdermabrasion, or an acid peel. The formula helps prevent heat buildup on the skin as well as premature aging and uneven tone—all the while remaining chemical-free and eye-friendly.
Protect your face from UV rays and free radicals with this mineral sunscreen, created with no chemical filters or irritating ingredients. The brand has over 270 years of expertise in caring for sensitive skin, so we trust 'em.
When you're in a rush, there's nothing better than this brush-on mineral sun-protection stick that works as makeup and sunscreen with an SPF 50 in one. Sweep the brush over your face and body to release powder and reapply at least every two hours for full protection.
One of the undeniably popular sunscreens, La Roche-Posay's product offers a combination of patented high-efficiency sun filters and powerful antioxidants to further protect your skin—even at the cellular level.
This advanced organic formula is light as air yet protects against broad-spectrum UVA/UVB, IR (infrared), and HEV (high energy visible) light. Plus, it's fast-absorbing, made up of a blend of plant stem cells, and 100% vegan.
This one was recommended by Kim Kardashian West—a woman whose skin has yet to show a visible wrinkle. So yes, we're taking her advice. The cushion compact offers a sheer to medium buildable formula with a luminous finish as well as SPF 50.
A favorite of practically every editor at Byrdie HQ, this sunscreen—with a lightweight, silky texture and broad-spectrum coverage—works just as well as a primer as it does as sun defense.