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Our Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

NO.1 DERMATOLOGIST RECOMMENDED BRAND FOR SUN PROTECTION IN THE UK*.


Introducing Anthelios: Our Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

Our Best Face Sunscreen for Dry, Sensitive Skin

How to Apply Sunscreen on Sensitive Skin

As any Dermatologist will tell you, if there’s one skincare step you should never miss, it’s sunscreen. Yes, this final step in a daily routine is integral to your skin’s healthy appearance, as it defends the skin against UVA and UVB rays, in addition to the long and short-term DNA damage that it can create. From pigmentation to fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration, broad-spectrum sunscreen can help to prevent and improve a number of skin concerns.

But not all sunscreens are created equal or suited to your skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin. You may have found that some sunscreens sting your eyes and can make skin feel irritated. But the good news is there is now so much more choice, making it’s easier than ever before to find a sunscreen for sensitive skin.

So, how do you know what to look for when shopping for sunscreen? The first thing you should look for is the term ‘broad spectrum’. This means that the sunscreen provides protection from both UVA (the rays responsible for premature skin ageing) and UVB rays (the rays that cause the skin to burn when the sun is at its strongest). You should then look for the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating – the NHS recommends wearing a minimum of SPF 30 for the best daily skin protection.

You can also look for brands that are recommended by dermatologists. The La Roche-Posay formulas are recommended by dermatologists in the UK, and have been formulated with the needs of sensitive skin in mind.

Introducing Anthelios: Our Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin


La Roche-Posay is the no.1 Dermatologist recommended brand for sun protection in the UK*. Our sunscreen range, Anthelios, includes a wide variety of products in different textures – from creamy lotions, to invisible sprays, and lightweight fluids. The range even includes sticks and gels to reach those trickier areas like the back of the neck and ears, with dedicated formulas for babies and children. This means you can find the perfect sunscreen for you and your family’s needs while caring for your sensitive skin.

Close up texture shot of Anthelios UVMUNE 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ - a creamy, off-white formula.

Our Best Face Sunscreen for Dry, Sensitive Skin


Finding the right facial sunscreen for dry, sensitive skin can be tricky but once you get it right, it can be a total game-changer. Not only does it need to provide you with high broad-spectrum protection, but it also needs to work with the rest of your skincare routine and be suited to your skin type.

The award-winning Anthelios UVMUNE 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ sun cream is formulated for dry and sensitive skin on the face. It offers very high, broad spectrum, SPF50 protection, in a comfortable fluid formula. Not only is it resistant to water, sweat, and sand but features the most efficient UV filter protecting against the most penetrative rays**. This exclusive filter, named MEXORYL400, defends the skin against UVA, UVB and Ultra-Long UVA.

Two bottles of Anthelios UVMUNE 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+, with one positioned slightly behind the other against a blue background.

How to Apply Sunscreen on Sensitive Skin

In order to ensure your skin is protected from UV damage is by applying the right amount of sunscreen. Many people underestimate how much sunscreen they need which minimises the amount of SPF protection their skin receives. Dermatologists advise applying around a teaspoon-sized amount to the face and re-applying generously and frequently, especially after sweating. This is as well as avoiding direct exposure to the sun, particularly during midday hours, and wearing protective clothing when exposed. If you find re-applying sunscreen tricky once you’ve applied makeup, you can use a sunscreen such as the Anthelios Invisible Anti-Shine Mist. This has the light, fresh texture of a thermal spring water but contains high broad, photostable UVA/UVB & Infrared protection. It also has an invisible matte finish that won’t disturb makeup or the rest of your skincare.

Happier, Healthier Looking Skin

Now you know a little more about how to care for your sensitive skin while protecting it from UV damage, you can find the perfect sunscreen for your routine. Don’t forget to look for the ‘Dermatologist-approved’ label and choose a formula that best suits your needs. When you find a sunscreen that works well with your skin, you’ll start to see it as an enjoyable part of your skincare regime rather than a chore. For more details, check out our Sun Safety Guide, featuring our top tips for staying safe in the sun.

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*Study of 73 Consultant Dermatologists Jan-April 2023. For more info visit https://www.laroche-posay.co.uk/en_GB/antheliosnumber1claim.html.
**Ultra long UVA rays [380-400nm]. UVA causes premature ageing.




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