After lots of research and a lot of trial and error I have found the best products that work well for my sun sensitive skin have the following ingredients. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios range was created specifically for sun sensitive and intolerant skin. Anthelios provides high sun protection for sensitive skin by offering:
- high protection against not only UVB rays but also provides protection against UVA rays, which together are responsible for 80% of the signs of premature ageing.
- minimalist formulas (fragrance-free, no parabens, non-comedogenic, tested under dermatological supervision).
- specially formulated textures to suit all skin types and skin concerns.
Despite the La Roche-Posay Anthelios products being great my sensitive skin they are also amazing on normal skin too, and I have seen that they are quite popular within the 'blogspehere'.
I recently came back from holiday and wanted to show you guys my sun care essentials I take on every holiday I go on.
My Sun Care Essentials (pictured below):
Somewhere on the beach in Tanzania
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Protective Oil - £17.50 from Boots
This is just heaven in a bottle. I was a bit skeptical about buying it at first because I am not used to using oils as sunscreen and I hate feeling oily whilst in the sun. However, this Protective Oil is not oily and once applied it dries to a moisturising finish that is not oily at all. You have to try it, I know its a hugh SPF but trust me I use this every time on holiday and still manage to tan, quite a lot actually.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+Extreme Face Fluid - £16.50 from Boots
I bought the pictured Extreme Face Fluid 2 years ago but I think they may have changed it to the Ultra Light Fluid. This is fluid for the face and it is very light and little goes a long way it. It does look a bit scary at first because of the white look to it, especially on my Afro- Caribbean skin but I find that if I mix it with a very little bit of a light moisturiser and then apply it to my face it doesn't leave a white cast. I tend to use this more when I am on holiday simply because the sun is a lot more stronger and hotter therefore I need maximum protection to stop my skin from reacting.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Stick (for on lips) - £11 from Escentual
Because this stick has a high SPF in it I find it leaves my lips with a lslight white finish to it however, I usually wear this wear under a lipstick with no problems. If I am not wearing a lipstick I then rub a very small amount of it into my lipsuntil it is clear. I habe to use this because my lips are the most sun intolerant and have the most reaction, so I must say this has been a life saver product for me and my sun allergies.
Simple Lip Protection SPF 20 approx £3-£4 from Superdrug
This is a lot more moisturising than the La Roche-Posay stick and does not leave a white residue. It is my fave of the two sun protective lip products I use. However, they are so hard to find, one summer they are available then the next they are not, which is why I buy at least 5 when I find them. Simple, please sort this out!
Garneir Ambre Soilare Face Cream Sensitive Advanced Protection Lotion SPF50+ mini size (not pictured) - approx £4 from Boots
Very similar to the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Fluid, I think they have similar ingredients in it specifically for sun sensitive skin. I bought this in the mini size which is great for leaving in my bag to use throughout the day to top up. I find that this formula is a lot more moisturisng than the Face Fluid which is why I use this a lot more when at home in the UK, it blends well into my skin without leaving a white cast.