What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?
We all know how crucial sun protection is, but if you have sensitive skin, finding a sunscreen that doesn't cause irritation can feel downright impossible!
Many sunscreens contain harmful active ingredients that may cause stinging, burning, irritation and redness when applied to sensitive skin.
As sensitive skin may be easily irritated, it's essential for those with this skin type to pay particular attention to the ingredients in the sunscreen they apply in order to prevent irritation.
You want to invest in your skin's health by getting a formula your skin will appreciate, leaving it feeling smooth, hydrated, and most importantly, safe from the sun.
Anyone with a history of sunscreen allergy or dermatological conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, prickly or other heat want to choose a high-quality sunscreen, that's designed with sensitive skin in mind.
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What ingredients in Sunscreen affect sensitive skin?
Research has established that fragrance in skincare products is one of the leading causes of negative skin reactions. Most people with sensitive skin are irritated by fragrance, especially synthetic fragrance and should look out for unscented or fragrance-free products.
Fragrance ingredients impart their scent through a volatile reaction, which causes a sensitizing reaction on the skin. Some products include masking fragrance to create a neutral smell so it's worthwhile to check the label to be sure it has no additional fragrance.
KINeSYS offers a range of Fragrance-Free sunscreens include KINeSYS SPF 30 Fragrance Free, KINeSYS SPF 50 Fragrance Free and SPF 30 KIDS. These Fragrance-free products are hypoallergenic and free of harsh chemicals making them ideal for anyone with fragrance sensitivities.
Allergic reactions can be triggered by a number of ingredients. People with sensitive skin need to be aware and consider avoiding the following ingredients in their sunscreen:
All parabens (e.g. all ingredients with butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-) can induce allergic reactions, contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with sensitive skin as well as exacerbate skin issues for those with existing skin problems.
All KINeSYS Sunscreens are Paraben free
PABA is used in sunscreens as a UVB filter and can cause problems with allergies and sensitive skin.
All KINeSYS Sunscreens are PABA free.
The chemical ingredient Oxybenzone can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after sun exposure.
Research shows nearly 65 percent of non-mineral sunscreens contain Oxybenzone, meaning the majority of sunscreens you will find include Oxybenzone, so check the label.
Oxybenzone may also be referred to as Benzophenone-3. Benzophenone-3 family is a big offender of allergic skin reactions and has in the past been named “Allergen of the Year” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
All KINeSYS Sunscreens are Oxybenzone free.
Preservatives may trigger allergic reactions, especially for those with sensitive skin. Anhydrous (water-free) hypo-allergenic, preservative-free products are less likely to cause an allergy to suncare products.
All KINeSYS Sunscreens are Preservative free.
Alcohol dehydrates the skin stimulating an increase in oil production which leads to clogging of pores. It also causes irritation, especially for people with sensitive skin or those prone to prickly heat.
KINeSYS Sunscreens are Alcohol free
Oil-based sunscreen formulas may trigger an acne breakout. If you have acne-prone skin, an oil-free, non-comedogenic formula is less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts because it's light in consistency and easy to spread. They are gentle on sensitive skin and will work extremely well for daily use on oily skin.
All KINeSYS Spray Sunscreens are Oil free.
Other Ingredients to Look Out For
Sulfates, dyes and colorants may also also be too harsh for your skin and cause irritation.
KINeSYS Spray Sunscreens are free of Sulfates, dyes and colorants.
Why KINeSYS is the best choice for sensitive skin?
The KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen range is dermatologist recommended, super-gentle on sensitive skin and provides adequate SPF and broad-spectrum protection while remaining skin-friendly.
It isn't formulated with any irritants, like synthetic dyes or preservatives which often trigger breakouts. Additionally, since its sweat and water-resistant, you don't have to worry about reapplying for 80 minutes after application.
If you are looking for sensitive skin sunscreen or want to avoid harsh chemicals in sunscreen, try KINeSYS. In addition to being a good option for those with sensitive skin, the unique formula leaves a light-weight smooth and matte finish, without feeling oily or greasy. You won't experience any of the stickiness that comes with the build-up from applying multiple layers of sunscreen throughout the day.
Do your Research
In Canada, the US manufacturers must list all active and inactive ingredients in their products. As with all cosmetic and skin care products, it's important to read labels and choose items made with safe ingredients that will work for your skin.
Also, check the website and contact the manufacturer for more information if you have a question – especially with ingredients listed under a trade name or fragrances. Remember, its much better to ask and be safe rather than risk a skin flare up.
How to test Sunscreens correctly?
Since sunscreens contain multiple active ingredients, it can be challenging to determine if you'll have a reaction, and, if you do, what component of the sunscreen caused it.
Therefore, it's recommended that you perform a patch test before the use of any sunscreen. This involves the application of a small amount of the product on the inside of the forearm for a few days to check if the skin reacts, prior to applying it to the rest of the body.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the active ingredients in our products we would love to hear from you.
General Sun Protection Practices for Sensitive Skin
- When choosing a sunscreen, use one that doesn't contain known irritates, such as one from KINeSYS spray sunscreen Fragrance-Free range.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat during sun exposure when ultraviolet rays are most intense.
- Look for lightweight, breathable cotton fabrics that protect your arms from the sun's rays while allowing the air to reach your skin.
- Wear sunglasses to help prevent damage like cataracts or vision loss when older.
- Your lips also need sun cream. Protect your lips with a coat of sunscreen or use a lip balm with SPF.
- Drink plenty of water or iced drinks to keep yourself hydrated. Sweating too much can quickly dehydrate you.
Whilst it may seem difficult if you have sensitive skin to find a sunscreen product that works for you, there are many options for you that can offer the adequate SPF and UV protection you require without causing any skin irritation.
We have put a lot of effort into ensuring our range of KINeSYS sunscreen products are suited to people with sensitive skin. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or for more information about particular allergies.