rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


It’s official, it’s hot and I hope you are all enjoying this fantastic British summer weather. However if you have sensitive skin the sun and sunscreen can cause irritation, rashes, hives and prickly heat. Many sun blocks contain parabens, perfume and ingredients which irritate sensitive skin and even products which claim to be hypoallergenic can be problematic for those with eczema and very sensitive skin.

It’s a question I often get ask, what sunscreen do you use? What is the best sunblock for my child with eczema? Because let’s face it, buying sunscreen is usually a fairly expensive purchase so you don’t want to find on the first application that it makes the skin itch.

My best advice is to cover up when you can, wear a wide brimmed hat and sit in the shade whenever possible but sometimes you can’t avoid getting a bit of sun. Some exposure to the sun is actually very good for you. If you can get at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight you will boost your vitamin D levels, but any more than that and you should be protecting your skin from sunburn.

So here are four products you could try. I currently have Green People which I love. I almost cried when I recently lost a tube at customs which I’d forgotten was in my rucksack. Despite offering to eat some they wouldn’t let me keep it… I used to always buy Origins SPF20 natural mineral sunlotion but they appear to have discontinued it :(

  1. Green people sensitive skin sunscreen SPF50

    GreenPeople sensitive skin sunscreen

    This is my favourite sunscreen at the moment and although it’s a bit pricey at £19.95 a tube, it lasts, is easy to use and doesn’t irritate my skin. A small price to pay for healthy skin.

    This is what those Green People say about their sunscreen

    • Effective, natural broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection
    • Soothing and suitable for sensitive skin – scent-free
    • Moisture retaining for a longer lasting tan
    • Water resistant but not pore clogging

    Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25 is made without parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest sunscreen that nature can offer.

    It is made with organic Aloe Vera, Edelweiss, Green Tea, Rosemary extract & Beeswax, is completely scent Free and is also available in 20ml ‘Try me’ size, so why not try it and see?

    If you buy Green People sunlotion at the moment you get a free after aftersun product

  2. Aloe Up PRO SPF 50 Sunscreen

    Aloe Up Pro 50 sunscreen

    I haven’t tried this product before the product looks good and I love the use of soothing aloe.

    Dry, non-greasy, water-resistant, environmentally friendly sun protection from the mountains to the sea.

    Recommended for miliaria (prickly heat), sun-sensitive skin, heat rash, paraben allergy.

    Aloe Up has a minimum content of 35% pure Aloe gel, more than any other known sunscreen on the world market. Aloe is the same pH as human skin and when applied as a gel it stimulates the immune system to regenerate skin cells. It is a superb, healing moisturiser.

    The Aloe in Aloe Up PRO sunscreen soaks into the skin so you can’t feel it on, providing a dry, non-greasy, naturally waterproof protective barrier to shield the skin from harmful UVA and UVB sunrays whilst retaining the Aloe’s superb moisturising qualities.

    Because of its high Aloe content Aloe Up can be used sparingly and you don’t have to constantly reapply it during the day – a little goes a long way.

    Made from Aloe that has been organically grown without pesticides or fungicides. Biodegradable.

    FREE of PARABEN, OXYBENZONE and ALCOHOL. NO added FRAGRANCE. Tested only on humans.

    Excellent for sports players and children and costs just £12.95.
    Aloe Up PRO SPF 50 Sunscreen

  3. Earth’s Best™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

    Jasons Earths best mineral sunblock

    I have seen this product in the shops too but not tried it yet.
    Light non-greasy fragrance free crème protects vulnerable skin with an effective, mineral-based sunscreen that acts as a natural UVA/UVB reflective barrier. Water resistant for 40 minutes.

    This sunblock helps prevent sunburn and if used as directed with other sun protection measures (see Directions), decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

    Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Caprylic / capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Ethlhexyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil*, Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid. *Certified Organic

    You can buy Jason sunblock online and it is currently on special offer at £9.99 for 113g.

  4. DIY sunblock – make your own!

    Allergy Best Buys have a recipe available for natural chemical free sunblock so if you’re sensitive even to products like the ones above, if you just can’t wear any sunscreen maybe you could make your own? Visit Allergy Best Buys DIY sunscreen recipe to find out more.

Remember to always take special care of sensitive skin as it can burn easily. Slip, slap, slop and enjoy the summer while it lasts.

Which is your favourite sunscreen for your sensitive skin?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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