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There are generally two types of sunscreen: one is chemical, and the other is physical. Chemical sunscreens are meant to be absorbed into your skin meanwhile physical sunscreens, sometimes called sunblocks, are supposed to shield your skin from UV rays.
As a result, chemical sunscreen has become the enemy of sensitive skin because, in an average tube, it contains a sizable percentage of chemical substances that are prone to irritate sensitive skin. Nevertheless, it's still vital to keep your skin protected from the blazing sun that will cause premature ageing like skin cancer.
In short, never leave home without slapping on some sunblock or sunscreen. Here's a list of the best-recommended ones, in different forms and scents, made suitable for sensitive skin.
Best waterproof sunblock cream for sensitive skin
Price from RM31.08
Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen may appear to be white and thick, but it’s ultra-lightweight and water-resistant. This product will not leave a white cast on your face after application.
Additionally, this cream is powered by their proprietary Helioplex and Dry-Touch Technology for lasting protection from UVA and UVB rays. Since this sunscreen is devoid of any essential oils, you need not worry about your pores getting clogged too.
Best Korean sunblock for oily skin
Price from RM64.00
The Perfect UV Protection Cream from Innisfree is a refreshing and long-lasting sunscreen. It's made with Sunflower Oil to help keep your skin healthy and safe from UV rays. Additionally, the Jeju Green Tea extract in this cream also aids in preventing your skin from getting greasy with sweat and sebum.
Besides Tea Tree Oil, Naruko’s Tea Tree Anti-Acne Sunscreen also constitutes a percentage of 0.02% Salicylic Acid, which is another incredible acne-inhibitor. This sunscreen has a silky, watery texture and is lightly tinted to help even out your skin tone. Besides, it also uses Zinc Oxide, a physical sunscreen ingredient that's suitable for sensitive skin.
Best for dry and sensitive facial skin
Price from RM78.00
Supergoop’s Everyday Sunscreen is an oil-free broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s suitable to use on the face and body. It’s a fast-absorbing and lightweight sunscreen with amazing hydrating results as it’s formulated with beta-glucan—a naturally derived ingredient that helps replenish moisture in the skin. Unlike the typical coconut scent of generic sunscreens, this one has an interesting faint herbal-citrusy fragrance because it’s made with natural extracts of citrus, basil, and rosewood.
Sun protection for the rest of your body is often overlooked. Remember that it's equally as important to shield our body from harmful UV rays as well. Nivea's Sun Lotion absorbs quickly into your skin while offering maximum hydration to keep it smooth and radiant all day.
This Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield is made for sensitive skin using only natural mineral UV protectors. It is also driven by Dermalogica's very own UltraCalming Complex with Oats and other botanical actives. The blend works to help minimise discomfort, burning and itching. Besides, it also provides hydration and protection to your skin's barrier lipids.
Best spray sunblock for sensitive skin
Price from RM52.00
Soleil's Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist is currently the only 70%+ organic sunscreen in the market. This clear formula also provides superior and photostable broad-spectrum protection. It doesn't use harmful chemicals like Oxybenzone and Octinoxate.
The ingredients consist of Green Tea Leaf extract that's rich in antioxidants to protect your skin. Also present is the brand's trademark EcoSunComplex that's composed of Red Algae, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, and Chamomile Oil to improve your skin's health at large.
Best natural children’s sunblock stick for sensitive skin
Price from RM65.90
Badger’s All Season Facestick is not only children-friendly but also sensitive skin-friendly. Formulated with 100% certified natural ingredients and 98% organic ingredients, this face stick is safe to be applied even on your lips.
It has the sweet-smelling fragrance of a yummy blend of Tangerine and Vanilla, which both kids and adults enjoy. Additionally, this sunscreen stick uses non-nano mineral Zinc Oxide to block off harmful UV rays. Besides, sunscreen sticks are the best to travel with, especially if you’re a frequent air traveller.
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