The best suncreams for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can be difficult to manage during sunnier weather, but these Mumsnetter recommendations will help keep you and your children protected and reaction-free all summer long

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Sunsense Sensitive, £16.99

If there's one thing the Aussies know about, it's looking after your skin in the sun. Sunsense is Australia's best-selling sunscreen and it's just as popular on this side of the globe, for adults and children alike.



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"It's really good on my sensitive skin, protects, doesn't make me too spotty and no stingy eyes."

"I get Sunsense as my son has eczema and other suncreams irritate his skin. It's expensive and has to be ordered in but well worth it - lovely, easy to rub in stuff."



Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Beach and Pool Sunscreen, from £5.44

Neutrogena gets top marks for protecting children when they're jumping in and out of the pool or sea. The handy spray bottle also means you don't get covered while trying to cover them!


neutrogena suncream

"My daughter has very, very sensitive skin so I did a bit of a market test and bought every one I could find and then did a home trial based on price, level of protection, application, feel, and absorption. This was best by a long, long, long way."



Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion, £17.50

If the chemicals in suncreams give you cause for concern, then Green People's lotion might be just what you're looking for. It contains 78% organic content and it's perfect for children who have had reactions to other run of the mill suncreams. 

organic children suncream

"After trying all of the ones on the shelf at Boots and spending a fortune, I stumbled upon Green People. It's more expensive than the high street brands but worth every penny as my son has never had a reaction."



Ultrasun Super Sensitive Sun Lotion, £19

For the most sensitive skin, Ultrasun is worth the investment. It's specially formulated to avoid 'prickly heat' reactions and works for the whole family.  

"They do a sensitive for face and also one for body, which has never upset my skin (eczema, rosacea, just generally hypersensitive)."

"I used Ultrasun Sensitive last summer on the whole family and it was a godsend, didn't irritate or dry out."



La Roche Posay Antihelios, from £15.50

For an every day suncream which is light enough to go under make-up, you can't go wrong with La Roche-Posay's Antihelios range - perfect for protecting your face from the sun, and avoiding sore eyes.

la roche posay antihelios

"It's so light I feel like I'm not wearing any cream at all."

"I used the La Roche-Posay one in SPF50 last year and for the first time my face didn't come out in painful boil type spots so I'd recommend it (plus it goes on over your normal moisturiser)."



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