It is a given, there is simply no running away from sunscreens if you want to protect your skin from sun damage. Having said that, choosing one has always been a challenge for many. Various questions arise such as which SPF should be used, ingredients to look out for, etc. To make your selection a tad bit easier, we have compiled a list of sunscreens that work best for the Indian skin.
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Most of us believe that higher the SPF, better the protection. But this is not true. For instance, SPF50+ offers only marginally better protection from Ultra Violet B (UVB) radiation than SPF30+. Also, SPF50+ blocks 98% of UVB radiation while SPF30+ blocks 96.7%.
Thus, even higher SPF sunscreens need to be re-applied every 2 hours. Other sun protection measures like wearing hats, full covering clothes, sunglasses, staying in the shade; all should be followed despite applying high SPF sunscreens.
Here is a list of some of the effective sunscreens for Indian skin.
Lakme Sun Expert – Fairness + UV Lotion with SPF 30
Along with lending wide spectrum UV protection, this sunscreen is non-oily and light in texture. It is suited for the Indian climate and provides SPF 30 PA++ and mineral clay that help in better oil control. Post applying it, skin looks oil-free and fresh.
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun – UV Screen Matte Gel (PA++, SPF 50)
This sunscreen is contained in a tube packaging, which makes it easy to carry around during travels. As it is gel based, it is light, ultra-soothing and gives a matt look. The gel also protects from wrinkles and sagging. It controls oil secretion and thus is perfect for those who have oily skin.
VLCC Matte Look Sunscreen – SPF 30
This product provides broad-spectrum protection against ultraviolet A & B rays. The formula is a unique one that minimises sun damage and tanning. This sunscreen also protects skin against irritations and rashes. As this sunscreen has a non-greasy texture, skin feels satin smooth after applying.
Sebamed Multiprotect Sun Lotion – SPF 50
Sebamed Multiprotect Sun Lotion is yet another broad-spectrum sunscreen which is aimed to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. It also has pH 5.5 which helps in maintaining the natural UV barrier of the skin. This SPF50+ multi-protect sunscreen lasts for up to 6 hours and is water, sand, and sweat resistant.
Nivea Sun Lotion – Sun Moisturising (SPF 50)
As Nivea claims, their Sun Lotion with SPF50 is world’s No.1 sun care product. The protection provides against sun’s UVA and UVB is almost immediate. The PA++ and Advanced Collagen Protection included in its formula protect skin collagen which prevents skin wrinkles.
Moreover, it is easy to apply and non-fussy due to its light, non-sticky, water-resistant formula.
Bioique Bio Sandalwood Lotion – 50 SPF
Biotique Bio Sandalwood Lotion is a perfumed lotion with SPF50 that can be used for the face and body. It protects the skin and is extremely water resistant (retaining SPF after 80 minutes in the water).
Vichy Ideal Soliel SPF 50 Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch
This is a mattifying face fluid which has broad spectrum UVA and UVB filtering system. The protection provided is better compared to many other products. After applying it, skin looks matte and feels healthy.
Have you tried any of these high SPF sunscreens? As per you, which one is the most effective on the Indian skin?
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