How to stay sun-safe with sensitive skin

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Kiwis know the importance of taking care of their skin in the New Zealand sun, but for those with sensitive skin it can be tricky to find suitable sun protection and keep your skin in great condition.

If you or your child are one of the many with sensitive skin, remember to follow these skincare tips in summer.

  • Avoid the harshest of the sun’s rays by staying out of the sun during the hours of 10am to 4pm
  • Seek shade as much as you can, and cover up with clothing
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when outside and wear a rash top whilst swimming
  • Choose a sunscreen that moisturises and is formulated for sensitive skin
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outside, and reapply every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming or exercise
  • Turn down the heat in the shower or bath during summer so your skin isn’t irritated or stripped of essential oils
  • Vitamin E is great for skin health during summer so snack on hazelnuts and almonds which are high in this vitamin
  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost in the summer heat

Ingredients to look for in sensitive sun products

Robyn Hutch, NIVEA’s skin care expert, shared these tips for selecting sunscreen.

“When choosing a sunscreen there are two important factors: Protection and skin feel. Protection is provided by UV filters and these ingredients are declared on the product packaging. The range and quantity of UV filters used dictates the SPF level. Skin feel is important as well because a sunscreen should be pleasant enough to encourage use. A sunscreen will not provide the intended protection if it is not used sufficiently or has an unpleasant texture that leads to insufficient application.”

“If you have sensitive skin however, you could additionally try looking for a product specifically targeted to sensitive skin or that is even fragrance-free. If you are ever concerned about having a reaction to a sunscreen always perform a usage test on a small area of your inner forearm before applying to the rest of your both.”

These sunscreen ingredients can be helpful for those with sensitive skin:

Aloe Vera: Heals and soothes the skin.

Chamomile: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It can neutralise skin irritants and refresh sensitive skin.

Vitamin E: An antioxidant that helps protect and repair the skin.

Sun protection for sensitive skin from NIVEA

New NIVEA SUN Sensitive Protect SPF50 offers UV protection for sensitive skin. The non-greasy formula helps to soothe and calm reactive skin with Aloe Vera and Chamomile. Plus, the formula with moisturising Vitamin E helps protect and repair the skin by keeping it hydrated resulting in it being less vulnerable to sun damage. NIVEA SUN Sensitive Protect SPF50 is:

  • Fragrance-free
  • Skin compatibility dermatologically approved
  • 4 hours water resistant

Protection for our sensitive environment too

Global climate change is raising the temperature of our oceans at an alarming rate and our ocean reefs are suffering. Studies have shown that some chemicals used to filter UV light can damage coral and may threaten other marine life. As a result, the Hawaii Reef Bill was passed to ban the UV filters, Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. The NIVEA SUN range is 100% compliant with the Hawaii Reef Bill.

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Written by Kidspot NZ with information provided by NIVEA SUN.


  1. dawnblyth 01/12/2019 at 11:37 pm

    After recent consumer reports for sunscreen, it is important that you get the right one for your body and apply it properly. The sun is getting stronger and we need to keep ourselves safe out there

  2. Alezandra 01/12/2019 at 1:54 pm

    It’s that season again. Research is so important when it comes to sun care. I recently read an article that came out on certain brands not really delivering on the promise of it’s SPF claims. When it comes to sun and skin, this is something we shouldn’t take lightly.

  3. Shorrty4life1 28/11/2019 at 9:28 am

    This is a great read. My skin is very sensitive in the sun lately i think its because the sun is more harsh on our skin these days so I end up coming out in a rash where the sun has been shining on my skin. Must definitely give Nivea a go I always found that brand good when we brought for the kids when they were little but haven’t brought in years so definitely will try nivea protection out in the sun this summer.

  4. Bevik1971 28/11/2019 at 9:16 am

    We try and buy Organic sunscreen where possible for our daughter (and ourselves). We also don’t go out in the sun during it’s strongest times if possible, hats and long sleeve linen/cotton clothing as well. I have facial scarring from when I was a baby and was always told by specialists to not go out in the sun too much (no sunbathing etc) and always wear sunscreen to protect, so always have 🙂

    • Mands1980 30/11/2019 at 10:31 pm

      This will be great for my kids with added calming products for the skin Aloe Vera and Chamomile. Also vitamin e to repair the skin. We try put sunscreen on the kids and make them wear hats. But also trying to avoid the sun at the hottest times of the days.

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