As Mr Sun tends to show his face more often in Summers, we have no other option rather than greeting him and protecting ourselves our skin from high sun radiation with sunscreens.
To prevent Sun from damaging your skin, a Sunscreen with good SPF is a must. Before we jump into the list of best sunscreens available in the markets, understand the significance of SPF value.
SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor. SPF value tells you how effectively a sunscreen will protect your skin from UV (UVA, UVB) rays.
SPF= TIME IT TAKES FOR YOUR SKIN TO GET BURNED WITH SUNSCREEN
TIME IT TAKES FOR YOUR SKIN TO GET BURNED WITHOUT SUNSCREENS
For example, if it ideally takes you 20 minutes to burn without sunscreen and If you apply an SPF 10, it will take you 10 times longer to burn i.e. 200 minutes or 3 hours 20 minutes.
Based on the duration of Sun exposure and Indian temperature ideally, a Sunscreen with SPF 15-30 will suffice for our Indian skins for daily use. However, if Sun exposure duration is high, you can use sunscreens with SPF<=50 and not beyond that.
To Simplify the task of finding a good sunscreen for yourselves, we are listing down some of the best sunscreens available in the market suitable for Indian Skin:
Sun Cross Aqua Gel (SPF 26)
I personally love this and would suggest to my friends. This is suggested to me by Dermatologist because my skin is oily and acne prone and all other sunscreens when used for my skin immediately, leads to Acne.
I have used this for nearly a year and have not seen any considerable side effects
This is a gel based and waterproof sunscreen that’s not greasy at all and doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. It doesn’t leave White casts on your skin and is easily observed by skin because of its aqua nature and also protects your skin from UVA and UVB sun rays.I would recommend to everyone with Oily and Acne Prone skin to give this sunscreen a try. It is also ideal for dry skin if a little of moisturiser is used before applying this sunscreen. Click on image to buy.
Lotus Herbals 3 in 1 matte Sunblock (SPF 40)
The Good thing about this sunscreen is that it’s mattifying! This is one of the best sunscreens for people who expose to the Sun for longer duration and might have good chances to get mild sunburns.
This is non-greasy and doesn’t leave white casts on your skin. It’s very thin and gets absorbed b the skin easily and moisturises your skin as well leaving your skin shiny and gives you a base for compact and makes your skin tone even.
Of all, this is very affordable sunscreen.
Neutrogena(SPF 50+) Sunblock
People with dry skin who need to be out for really longer durations (more than 6 hours) in sun, can try this out. I don’t recommend this for daily use because of its high SPF factor.
However, when you are going out on a trip where you expose to sun for more time and likely to be tanned, you can safely go with it.
Again, this is non-greasy, light weight, sweat proof and waterproof leaving no white casts. This is Ideal for swimming and beach trips.
However, it might turn your skin oily if you have oily skin after some time.
Biotique Bio Sandalwood Sunscreens (SPF 50+)
People who prefer Herbal products can try this sunscreen.It’s made up of natural products like sandalwood, saffron, wheat germ, honey and bark of the arjun tree etc.
This is suitable for all skin types and is non-greasy, water resistant.
Also soothes, moisturizes skin keeping it healthy for day long and is best suitable for dry skin.
At the same time, it also provides protection from Sun UVA and UVB rays.
VLCC Matte Look Sunscreens (SPF 30)
This sunscreen is suitable for all skin types.
Its non-greasy and gets absorbed in the skin beautifully. It also keeps the skin hydrated for long.
Because of the Matt finish, your skin looks fair and soft.Since the SPF factor is less, you can use this daily and people who don’t like make-up can just use this one lotion for even skin tone and fairer skin.
Lakme Sun Expert Fairness (SPF 30)
This specifically suits for dry skin and does its job well.
This provides a matte-look and also provides required moisturisation for the day.
It also suits for normal to dry skin and is perfect for both daily use and when you spend more time in Sun.
And provides protection from UVA and UVB rays and makes your skin tone look even. In addition to what a sunscreen usually does, it also helps in skin lightening.Yippee!!!
Also read : Natural Skin tan removal tips
1)Please do perform a patch test on your skin before you start using the product. Especially for people with sensitive skin.
2)Always apply correct quantities to avoid white casts and make sure you apply it before 15 minutes you go outside to get better results.
3)Sunscreens are not just meant to be used only for summers.Sunscreens with SPF of 15-30 can be used daily irrespective of the season.