Suncare for Sensitive Skin
Sun’s out, buns out – they say. Even though I am all for spending my spare time in a bikini, soaking up the sunshine, I am also very much against getting burnt. With blue eyes, freckles and fairly fair skin, I am definitely not the southern typ. Still, I manage to (almost) never get burnt. Why? Because I make sure to protect my skin. No matter what season of the year, I never leave the house without SPF in my face – even if it is 7am and I am only walking to the gym. Ever since I heard that protecting your skin from the sun is the best anti-aging remedy, it has become an essential part of my daily routine.
Finding the right suncare for sensitive skin, however, has taken me some time. With a bit of trial and error, I have actually managed to find lots of brands that work for me personally (dry, sensitive skin / eczema). I don’t do very well with super oily products or super thick consistencies. With Summer on the horizon and the temperatures heating up, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my personal favorite suncare products for sensitive skin types with you. And of course, these also work just as well if your skin is not sensitive. Lucky you!
- Tinted Moisturizer with SPF: after my morning beauty routine (aka serum + moisturizer) I always apply a second, tinted moisturizer with SPF. I have been using the one by Bobbi Brown for a year now and love it. The SPF is “only 15”, which is great for a quick trip to the supermarket or walk to the office, but for the rest of the day I like to step it up a notch with SPF30 or higher, which I usually get through my cushion foundations. Both the Bobbi Brown (SPF35) and Dior (SPF50) come with a good deal of sun protection. For a higher, slightly tinted product the Skin Ceuticals UV Minerals Defense SPF50 is a product I personally really like and usually wear on vacation or in regions where the sun is more intense.
- Anti-Aging Face Protection: If I am not wearing make-up with SPF, I resort to a sunscreen that is made for the face. This is the category where I have had the hardest time finding products suitable for my skin type. I was recently sent the Annemarie Börlind DNA-Protect and love it!! With the early arrival of Summer here in Vienna, I have been out on the deck quite a bit and have been wearing this sunscreen every day.
- Body Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin: Two brands that I love and do really well with are Piz Buin (obsessed with their scent) and Lancester. Both are light-weight milky formulas that don’t only protect my skin but also feel good and leave it moisturized all day. Other brands that have worked great for me are La Roche-Posay and Beach Bum with their moisturizing sunscreen spray. The scent is heavenly (think vacation in a bottle) and the application great with the spray. I went through 2 entire cans in Palm Springs last year. Unfortunately, it does not ship internationally – so I will have to wait to restock until my next target stop.
- Face & Body Oil: As mentioned above, I don’t do very well with oils. That’s why you usually won’t find me using them. However, there is one product that I absolutely love: Eisenberg’s “sublime tan”. I don’t really want to call it sun protection with only SPF6, but this stuff is bomb dot com for a golden hour spent at a beach club or an early morning breakfast in the sun. It leave my skin super soft and with the golden glow, reflecting the light. Plus, it smells like roses. So what’s the downside? The price (50€ per bottle… this one is not for sharing with your friends) and little protection.