Having sensitive skin can be so frustrating! One minute you’re going about your day, applying sunscreen and heading out to the beach. Then, before you know it, you’re breaking out in a red, blotchy rash that begins to itch. Not again! Another bottle of sunscreen in the garbage, more money wasted, and added frustration…
As those of you with sensitive skin already know, when sunscreen wreaks havoc on your skin, you’re hit with a barrage of questions. What ingredient caused the reaction? Was it the same ingredient that made me itch in the previous sunscreen product? How can I be sure I’m finding the right culprit? You search the ingredient labels on all your sunscreen bottles in an attempt to try and unravel the mystery… This is not an enjoyable game.
Sunscreen products today contain so many ingredients, both natural and synthetic, that they are hard to count, let alone target for potentially irritating effects. As the fine print on labels gets smaller and smaller, it’s almost impossible to pinpoint the cause of inflammation or discomfort you experience when using a product. What to do?
Thankfully, I have a clear and simple answer for you. Here are some common ingredients that may be the cause of your sensitive skin irritation (and ruined pool day):
- Alcohol. This is a very popular ingredient and one that can irritate sensitive skin more readily than other skin types. Beauty products such as creams and toners contain alcohol to allow a quick-dry finish. However, it can also absorb your skin’s natural moisture, and for those of us with sensitive skin, dryness can lead to irritation.
- Synthetic fragrance. We all want to smell nice, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the comfort of your sensitive skin for a nice scent. Many scented lotions and creams can cause inflammation and weaken the inner layers of your skin. If you find have sensitive skin, and find yourself reacting to scented formulas, opt for fragrance-free instead!
- Sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, create a lather in products from toothpaste to soap. But you may want to stay away from this ingredient if your skin is extra sensitive, because it may cause irritation. Choose an oil or cream based cleanser instead!
- Oxybenzone. Not only could this chemical potentially be absorbed into your skin and wreak havoc once it does so, it may actually increase the sensitivity of your skin. Avoid it at all costs!
Now that you know which ingredients you may want to avoid, you’re probably wondering which ingredients are beneficial to sensitive skin. Let’s make life even easier for you, shall we?
Here’s a list of ingredients that can soothe and protect your skin:
- Oat Protein, found in our SPF 30 Sensitive Side 3-in-1 Sunscreen, is a grain protein that softens, soothes, and has anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient is the polar opposite of those irritating ingredients listed above.
- Licorice Root. Licorice is a great ingredient because it is soothing for your skin. The licorice root is one of the best natural ingredients for soothing inflammation.
- Hydresia© is another great ingredient for sensitive skin that’s derived from the safflower plant. The oleosomes in Hydresia help moisturize and hydrate your skin, making your even sensitive skin feel great. What’s the best part about Hydresia? It releases its vitamins and minerals very slowly, making the effects last longer!
Avoid the frustration – and itchiness – that result from applying sunscreen to your sensitive skin! Becoming better informed about the ingredients in the products that you use will help you make educated decisions. And educated decisions lead to better protection for your sensitive skin.
Skin protection is important, after all… Your skin contains everything wonderful about you!