As we all know, skipping sunscreen is the biggest beauty no-no a girl can make.But for those with sensitive skin, it’s often a case of choosing between the lesser of two skin evils – UV damage, or breakouts and rashes. Some of the common synthetic sun block ingredients, like octyl methoxycinnamate or oxybenzone can – and often do – cause irritation. I’m one of the frequently skin-irritated, but this spring and summer I’ll be upping my SPF coverage with reckless aplomb using Cliniderm Gentle Protective Lotion SPF 45, $29.
(SPF 45 on the face? I live on the edge, what can I say.)
This is a great lotion for the face and neck that’s been formulated for those with sensitive or reactive skin. It contains no parabens, fragrance or dyes and uses the natural and non-irritating zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as UVB and UVA ray blockers.
By the way, these ingredients are the go-to “physical block” sunscreens to look for if you frequently break out when using sun protection on your face. They’re most commonly known for their whitish colour-on application, but luckily, technology has come a long way from the chalky days of yore. New, micronized versions of these blockers mean you can slather on a higher protection SPF without ending up with a greasy face or looking like a goth-music lover.