You’ve already learned that you’re supposed to use sunscreen every day and reapply every two hours. However, you’ve tried and failed, because you just can’t seem to find a sunscreen that won’t burn the eyes. And it’s not even that you’re applying on the eye contour, you’re using it when you go running–and sweat drags sunscreen with it and instead of running, you’re jumping around trying to stop your eyes from burning. The same happens with both swimming in pools and in the ocean. The thing is, the eye-stinging from sunscreens is no joke, we’re talking about a good 15 minutes in pain. Additionally, you’re probably trying to wash it away with plenty of water to no avail.
How do we know this, you may ask? Well, we’ve all been there, suffering in excruciating pain, swearing we’ll never use sunscreen ever again. But, wait, there are a few solutions. Some brands have realized that they could no longer keep on just manufacturing eye-stinging sunscreens. Therefore, a few of them have come up with pretty great formulas that are totally eye-friendly. Here’s a round-up!
Best sunscreens that won’t burn the eyes
Heliocare 360 Water Gel SPF50+
Sunscreen for people who run or play sports
When training, there is always that one thing that messes with sunscreen application, and that is… sweating. There’s no way around it, you will sweat and it will drag sunscreen into your eyes. Therefore, you must always choose sunscreen that won’t burn the eyes. This Water Gel from Heliocare is perfect because it not only clings to the skin but was made for those who sweat profusely. No amount of sweat will disturb you now, and no competition will be lost because your sunscreen is trying to slip into your eyes.
Avène Sun Intense Protect Fluid Fragrance-Free SPF50+
For sensitive and sensitized skin
If you have sensitive or sensitized skin, this is the sunscreen for you. The Avène Sun Intense Protect can be used by everyone–and we do mean everyone, from people undergoing chemo, to babies and people with reactive skin. The fluid texture is suitable for every skin type, making it the perfect family sunscreen to take on holiday.
ISDIN FotoUltra Age Repair Fusion Water SPF50
Sunscreen that won’t burn the eyes with added anti-aging
If you’re looking for a sunscreen that will not only protect your skin, but also help you tackle some signs of aging, this option from ISDIN may be the solution. Formulated with 5 Star Daily Protection technology, this sunscreen guarantees not only a non-stinging formula, but also anti-oxidant protection. Additionally, the formula is hydrating while maintaining an extra fluid texture.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+
For oily skin
People with only skin aren’t usually fans of sunscreens with a radiant finish, but this one has been an unlikely hit. In fact, here at Care to Beauty we also know what it’s like to live with oily skin, and we adore this one. This sunscreen has an extra fluid texture that incorporates the most recent advance in photoprotection: Mexoryl 400. This is an exclusive filter that protects from long UVA rays; thus, it’s perfect if you’re trying to reach the highest level of protection available.
ISDIN Fotoprotector Fusion Water Color SPF50
The tinted sunscreen that won’t burn the eyes
The original, non-tinted ISDIN Fotoprotector Fusion Water is a sunscreen superstar, but we can’t help but think that the tinted versions are just as impressive. They’re available in three different shades! It’s very common for sunscreens to have one tinted version, but three is much harder to find. Moreover, this sunscreen is also formulated with the ISDIN-exclusive 5 Star Daily Protection technology, which grants anti-pollution protection.
Vichy Capital Soleil UV-Age Daily Water Fluid SPF50+
Anti dark spots protection
Vichy may not be the first brand that comes to mind when we think of sunscreen. However, last year Vichy introduced this little gem right here. It’s a hydrating formula with SPF50+, a very high PPD, and a super interesting formula that features niacinamide. All in all, just what you need to protect from dark spots. Additionally, it also contains peptides in order to have an anti-aging boost. What more can you ask from a sunscreen formula?
Heliocare 360 MD A-R Emulsion SPF50+
Protection for rosacea/couperose
Most sunscreens for people with rosacea are extremely thick and nourishing. However, this one breaks the mould, as it is extremely fluid. That by itself would be groundbreaking enough, but it doesn’t stop there. On top of the Fernblock+ patent that protects the skin from radiation, it also contains soothing ingredients. All in all, the perfect solution for those who struggle with redness and sensitivity, no matter their skin type.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Hydrating Cream
Nourishing and hydrating for dry skin
You’ve already read about Mexoryl 400 being the most recent sunscreen innovation. Even though the Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid, seen above, is the most popular sunscreen that contains this star ingredient, this Hydrating Cream gives it a good run for its money. This one is also fragrance-free but is ultra-nourishing. The best part? If you have dry skin, you’ll probably be able to skip the moisturizer. It’s the ultimate all-in-one for those that seek a nourishing formula.
ISDIN Fotoprotector Pediatrics Fusion Water Wet Skin SPF50
The one for kids
We’ve talked about your sunscreen burning your eyes, but what about your kids’ eyes? Trying to convince a kid to use sunscreen when they know it will probably sting their eyes… now that’s a challenge. And, honestly, we don’t need any more challenges in parenthood, thank you very much. As you can see by our previous picks, the ISDIN Fusion Water is a safe bet when you’re looking for sunscreens that won’t sting the eyes. This particular formula was specially made for the delicate skin of kids, so you can use it liberally.
Heliocare 360º Sport Transparent Stick SPF50+
If you engage in water sports or winter ones, then this is a must-have. An invisible stick that helps to protect you from the harms of radiation, with both no white cast nor eye stinging. This formula is resistant to water and sweat, making it ideal if you’re about to sweat profusely or just swim. This formula can be used freely on Black skin with no white cast, and the portable format makes it ideal to carry in your bag daily.
As you can see, there are plenty of options that let you actually live your life while wearing sunscreen. The best sunscreen is the one you’ll use. So, if that means having to get one that will protect your eyes, let’s go for it! Make sure to look through our selection of eye creams with SPF too–who knows if you won’t find your perfect match there!
Head of Content at Care to Beauty