“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” – Susan Polis Schutz.
Well, we don’t know about wild flowers but the advent of summer definitely means the fun pool parties, the backless summer dresses, the teeny-weeny shorts and the fuss free flip flops are back with a bang! Even though summer lets us bare our beautiful bodies, the hot and fiery sun makes it difficult to keep our backs spot free, our gorgeous arms tan lines free and our never ending legs picturesque. And that is where comes in the sunscreen lotions as armours for us!
Not only from sunburns, sunscreens also protect our skin from the two types of ultra violet radiations – UVA and UVB which causes harmful skin infections, premature ageing and even skin cancer. So, it is very important to use a proper sunscreen while being exposed to the sun and re-applying it at regular intervals.
We want you guys to be summer ready. So, we are sharing our list of top 11 sunscreens that are really effective.
1. VLCC Matte Look Sun Screen Cream SPF 30
Price: ₹ 315 for 100 gm
This sunscreen has a non-sticky texture which gives a matte look and makes the skin supple. It is enriched with pineapple extracts and other ayurvedic essential extracts and is suitable for all skin types. The USP of this product is that after going outside in the sun, the face starts emitting a glow.
2. Lotus Herbals Sandalscreen Sandalwood Sunscreen lotion with moisturizer
Price: ₹ 195 for 80 ml
It consists extracts of sandalwood, cuscus grass, sweet basil and honey. It protects the skin from UV rays as well as from pollution. This cream tones the skin and also helps in removing blemishes from the skin. It gives a dewy effect to the skin after application.
3. L’Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise UV Perfect Moisture Fresh Sunscreen-SPF 30
Price: ₹ 431 for 30 ml
This sunscreen has a long lasting effect and also contains anti-ageing agents. It boasts of an icy UV protector and high sun protection. It has minimum need of re-application and does not make the face greasy. It gives a slight shine to the skin and has a mild refreshing smell.
4. Lakme Sun Expert UV Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Price: ₹ 99 for 15 ml
It comes in a narrow orange tube and shields upto 97% of UVB rays. It gets easily absorbed into the skin. Enriched with extracts of lemongrass and cucumber, it has a slight shimmery texture. Suitable for oily skins, it is non-sticky and paraben free; might feel heavy on dry skins.
5. Forest Essentials Sunscreen Lotion with Aloe vera and sandalwood
Price: ₹ 1,250 for 40 ml
A little heavy on the budget, this sunscreen contains moisturizer which works on stressed skin and dryness along with protection against UV rays. It gives off a lingering mild sandalwood essence. It has a thick texture and gets absorbed into the skin easily.
6. Garnier Sun Control Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
Price: ₹ 130 for 50 ml
It comes in a white upside down container with an orange cap having a blend of vitamin E, glycerol and coriander extracts. It has runny consistency and has a very light orange colour. Even though water soluble, it works wonders on dry skin types.
7. Biotique Face and Body Sun Lotion SPF 30
As suggested in the name this sunscreen lotion can be applied both on the face as well as on the body. This product boasts about the blend of aloe vera extracts, sunflower oil and safflower oils. It has a runny consistency and is mainly suitable for oily skin types. After sometime of application, the skin might feel stretchy.
8. Jovees Sandalwood Protection Day cream SPF 20
Price: ₹ 230 for 50 gm
Enriched with sandalwood extracts, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and precious herbal extracts, it lends a radiant look to the skin. It works on the complexion making the skin smoother. It is very hydrating and is mild enough to suit even sensitive skin types.
9. Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sun Screen Gel SPF 20
Price: ₹ 260 for 120 ml
Suitable for both oily as well as dry skin types, it blends easily with the the skin. It comes in an attractive sea green tube and is travel-friendly. It is rich in nutrients and provides proper protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also has anti-tanning and anti-ageing agents which works on the skin.
10. Lacto Calamine Sun Shield Daily Use Sunscreen Variant SPF 30
Price: ₹ 199 for 50 ml
A very common brand to most Indian families, this sun screen from Lacto Calamine has lemon extracts which control excessive secretion of oil from the skin. It reduces blemishes, spots and pigmentation of the skin. It has a good SPF coverage and moisturizes well but might result in excessive sweating if applied more than necessary.
11. Himalaya Protective Sunscreen Lotion
Price: ₹ 200 for 190 ml
Bottled in the characteristic Himalaya white bottle with a green cap, it is enriched with extracts of spiked ginger lily and greater galangal and crab apple. It inhibits the UV rays and stops premature ageing of the skin. It is also rich in vitamins which regenerates skin cells.
You can take your pick from any of of these while keeping in mind your requirements and skin type for best results.
Be summer ready!