Sunscreen for sensitive skin


As great as the sun may be for the soul, it can damage our skin. While some skin types and tones are less likely to be affected by the sun, you’re still at risk of sunburn and damage any time you go outside for too long.

Protection for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin needs special protection in the sun, and not only in summer or direct sunlight. With the right care and protective measures, even people with fair skin can enjoy the sun.

Sensitive skin needs extra attention

Children need more intensive sun protection than adults as their skin is not yet as developed and is therefore much more sensitive. Always make sure your child’s skin is protected and covered properly before they go out in the sun, and reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after intense physical activity or swimming.

People with very fair skin should take sun protection very seriously, and this is also true for acne or neurodermatitis patients, whose skin has been stressed by medication and usually reacts extremely sensitively to sunlight.

The more the skin is damaged by UV radiation, the greater the risk of skin damage later on in life. A good sunscreen for sensitive skin should be broad spectrum and protect equally against UVA and UVB radiation. The long-wave UVA rays penetrate deep into the connective tissue and damage the collagen, which is important for the skin’s elasticity. UVA rays are therefore largely responsible for skin premature ageing. Although short-wave UVB rays do not penetrate as deep into the skin, they are extremely aggressive and can cause sunburn very quickly.

The sun doesn’t only shine out in the open

Light cloud cover still lets through 90% of UV radiation, water reflects 10%, sand from 15-25% and snow can reflect more than 30% of UV radiation. Even under half a metre of water, the UV radiation is still 40%. That’s why you should always protect yourself whenever you are outside and especially when in the water from both direct and indirect UV exposure.

If you can, avoid direct sunlight, as well as the extremely intensive sun in the middle of the day. This is when UV is the most intense. Take extra care if you have very sensitive skin, and make sure children have a high protection factor sunscreen applied at all times before they go in the sun. Sun protection is more than just sunscreen, ensure to wear protective clothing, a hat and sunnies.

Other ways to protect sensitive skin

To protect your sensitive skin its best to ensure that you stay out of direct sunlight. Avoid spaghetti strap tops and wear T-shirts which cover the upper chest area and shoulders instead. Thickly woven fabrics offer the best protection, and special pieces of clothing with UV protection are extremely practical like a rashie.

UV protective clothing with UPF factor come in many styles - shirts, trousers and T-shirts, as well as swimsuits, or, if you are the avid surfer; a wetsuit. Some can be extremely light and dry out quickly and are ideal for all outdoor activities and especially for babies and toddlers.

No hat, no play

Sunglasses and a sun hat are absolutely essential in summer, as they protect your face and your eyes from sun damage. Your sun hat should ideally have a wide brim and neck protection, and sunglasses should have UV protection to ensure maximum coverage.

Relax and enjoy the sun – with the right protection

When it comes to sun protection factors, people with sensitive skin should use at least SPF 30 – or even better, SPF 50+ protection, like NIVEA Ultra Beach Sunscreen Spray SPF50+. For children, a sunscreen with SPF 50+ is essential, such as NIVEA’s Kids Swim & Play Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+. For the little ones in particular, we recommend water resistant protection for when swimming and splashing about.

Remember: Apply 15-20 minutes before heading out in the sun and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours! Apply plenty of sun cream to all areas that are exposed to sunlight remembering to pay close attention to the nose, shoulders, tops of the feet and the upper area of the forearms.

Always read the label. Use only as directed.