what is the best sun cream

What is the Best Sun Cream?

To maximise protection against the sun it is important to find the best sun cream for you, dependent on your skin type & needs.

What is the best sun cream for you?

When choosing the best sun cream you can be faced with many decisions - spray or cream? Factor 50 or 10? Face or body? The options are seemingly endless. Like with all skincare products, the best sun cream for you will hinge on the unique complexion of your skin. The best sunscreen for sensitive skin will be different to the best sunscreen for oily skin. Likewise the ideal sunscreen for kids will be different to sunscreen for adults. The first place you should start on your journey to discovering what is the best sun cream for you should be determining your skin type and individual needs.

The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

We use sun cream to protect our skin from harm, keep us comfortable and minimise the prevalence of sun induced signs of ageing and dark spots. So for those with sensitive skin it can be very frustrating when the sun cream they apply causes irritation and discomfort. People with sensitive skin can be more sensitive to UV light so finding the best sunscreen for sensitive skin is very important in order for them to be protected from both the sun and irritation.
 
So what is the best sun cream for sensitive skin? To find the best sunscreen for sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen with a mineral formula that is fragrance free. Perfumed products can be good at irritating sensitive skin so look for products that mention unscented, fragrance-free or similar.

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The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin with SPF50+

We always recommend using a high level SPF as it guarantees the most protection from UV rays. NIVEA Sun Sensitive Immediate Protect Sunscreen Spray SPF50+ provides immediate and reliable high level UV protection whilst having a soothing effect on sensitive skin. The formula is fragrance free, light, non greasy and water resistant; further enriched with Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil to protect and care for sensitive skin.

 

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The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin with SPF30

Although we recommend using the highest SPF, we know that it is not first choice for everyone. If you are opting for a sun cream with a lower SPF try NIVEA Sun Sensitive Immediate Protect Sun Lotion SPF 30. The caring formula of this suncream soothes sensitive skin whilst providing immediate protection against UV rays. Also fragrance free and water resistant, containing Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil, this sun cream is gentle on sensitive skin.

 

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The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin on Your Face

You probably don't use your face moisturiser for your entire body, or vice versa, as the skin on your face is different to that on your body. Particularly if you have sensitive skin. So consider using a specific sun cream for your face. NIVEA Sun UV Face Soothing Sensitive Cream SPF50+ provides highly effective and immediate protection against UV induced skin damage whilst caring for sensitive skin. The formula is light, perfume free, non-sticky and both soothes irritation and relieves feelings of tightness on the skin.

what is The best sunscreen for oily skin?

If you have oily skin, the best sun cream for you is likely to be different to someone who has sensitive skin. One of the biggest concerns for people with oily skin when applying sun cream is that it can make their skin feel even more greasy and sticky. They are therefore left facing a dilemma of risking exposure to the sun, or feeling like they have pore clogging grease smothered over their face. The best sunscreen for oily skin will help to control excess oils without clogging pores, whilst also providing reliable UV protection.
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what is the best sun cream?

best sunscreen for oily skin

The new NIVEA Protect & Dry Touch Invisible Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 provides effective and reliable immediate UVA/UVB protection whilst leaving skin feeling refreshed and silky. The formula is 100% transparent, light and non-greasy, making it perfect for oily skin. We have variations of this sun cream with different SPFs in both sprays and mists so you can find the best sunscreen for your oily skin.

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what is the best sun cream?

Best Sunscreen for oily skin on your face

The best sunscreen for oily skin should also help to reduce shine. NIVEA Sun UV Face Shine Control SPF 50 is specifically for use on your face and provides an immediate high level of UV protection whilst also offering a long lasting and instant mattifying effect. The cream absorbs excess oils from your skin's surface so your face can feel light, non-greasy and non-sticky.


The Best Sunscreen for Kids

Young skin is especially delicate and vulnerable to UV rays, it's extra important to make sure your kids skin has the best protection it can have. Whether you have a holiday abroad booked or your kids will be playing in the garden, understanding the what the best sunscreen for kids is plays a vital part in keeping them safe in the sun.

The best sunscreen for kids should: 

  • Contain at least SPF 30
  • Be water resistant (if they will be getting wet)
  • Where necessary, be suitable for sensitive skin
  • Be easy to apply and absorb quickly

What is the best sun cream for kids? Luckily, we have a wide range of sunscreen for kids so you can make an informed decision as to what sun cream is best suited to your kids lifestyle and skin needs. There is no definitive answer as to what the best sun cream is as everyone has individual needs and preferences. 

the best sunscreen for kids

The best sunscreen for kids

We know it can be an arduous task to get your kids to wear sun cream, so if you are looking for a best sun cream to easily give your kids immediate protection try NIVEA Sun Kids Sensitive Sensitive Protect & Care Trigger Spray SPF 50. This sunscreen for kids is easily applied and absorbed by using the trigger spray then gently rubbing it in. It provides highly effective and immediate UV protection, is extra water resistant and fragrance free so is suitable for sensitive skin.

best sunscreen for kids

what is the best sun cream that is reef safe?

A lot of sunscreens contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate which are harmful towards coral reefs, so are chemicals you should definitely avoid. Luckily all of our sun creams are certified reef safe and compliant with the Hawaiian Reef Bill. Not only that, but our NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture formulas are also all biodegradable, so you can be sure you are wearing the best sun tan lotion that is safe for your skin and the environment. Learn more about reef safe sunscreen here.

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recap: what is the best sunscreen?

Things to consider when looking for the best sun cream:

  1. SPF level - the higher the better
  2. Application method - sprays are quicker and easier to apply but creams are usually cheaper and easier to apply a full coverage with, although the best sun cream is the one you will actual stick to using
  3. Your skin type - remember the best sunscreen for oily skin is different to the best sunscreen for sensitive skin
  4. Lifestyle and clothing - are you needing sun cream for a holiday or for more general day-to-day use? Obviously if you are going to be wearing swimwear outdoors you will need more coverage and water resistance than if you need it just for your face on the way to work wearing long sleeves and jeans.
  5. Kids - if you have several kids that don't want to sit still during the application process, the best sun cream will be one you can quickly apply
  6. Is it reef safe and free from toxic chemicals?
  7. Bottle size - it is important to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, so the best sun cream will be one you can keep with you. So ask yourself if there is room in your bag to carry a full 400ml bottle or if a pocket-sized 50ml bottle is more handy.