Wearing a Sunscreen is an essential part of your skincare routine when you go out in the Sun. India is a tropical country where the sun shines more and along with it comes the pollution during the summers. Nobody wants to get tanned and risk skin damage. It is better to be safe than sorry.
If you have never used sunscreen and don’t plan on using one, then you might be wrong and need to change that. This is because sun damage occurs over time and it may not show on your face currently but in the coming years the skin will start to look damaged. This may lead to skin cancer which has become common these days. But it is important to always apply a sunscreen before leaving your home.
Some of the important tips to keep in mind regarding using sunscreen are that for the Indian skin, the recommended SPF is 30. SPF is the Sun Protection Factor which means that if your sunscreen has an SPF 20 then the skin area that would burn after 10 minutes will be protected for 200 more minutes. Most Indians make the mistake of not using the sunscreen on the rainy days or during the winters but the intensity of the sun rays is present during these seasons as well. You should always apply your sunscreen around 15-20 minutes before leaving the house. Also, it is not recommended to use a sunscreen of 75 SPF because the SPF 30 sunscreen can easily block 97 percent of the UVB rays.
We have a list of the top sunscreens for both oily and dry skin types. These are as follows:
– Sunscreen For Dry Skin
1. Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50
If your dry skin is prone to sunburn then this sunscreen will help you a lot. It uses a combination of exclusive active ingredients. It has a light texture that is easily spreadable onto the skin and absorbs immediately. The sunscreen is free from parabens, alcohol, silicon, and other harsh chemicals that tend to dry out the skin.
Price: Rs. 1550
2. Kaya Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30
The Kaya Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen is also a good sunscreen for people with dry skin. It has a broad-spectrum formula that gives protection to the skin from UVA and UVB rays. It even helps in maintaining the essential hydration and nourishment throughout the day. The sunscreen is spread out smoothly and gets absorbed quickly. It has a non-greasy formula that’s PABA-free. The sunscreen contains Niacinamide, an active ingredient that helps to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, dullness, and an uneven skin tone on the face.
3. Biotique Bio Carrot SPF 40 Sunscreen
The Bio Carrot Sunscreen by Biotique is a nutrient-rich sunscreen lotion that is blended with extracts of nyctanthes leaf, carrot root, lodhra bark, and sprouted wheat germ. These ingredients make sure that your skin will stay soft, fair, and moisturized when you go out in the sun. It spreads smoothly and leaves your skin feeling light and supple. The sunscreen can be used as a base for your makeup as well.
Price: Rs 418
4. Natio Daily Defence Face Moisturizer SPF 50+
For all those who have dry skin, the Natio Daily Defence Face Moisturizer is perfect to give some extra hydration to your skin. The sunscreen is enriched with vitamin E and aloe that helps to deeply nourish, soften, and protect your skin from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun. It helps to guard the skin from premature aging. It has a creamy and runny consistency. It is a great 2-in-1 product that will protect your skin from sun damage.
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Price: Rs. 1200
5. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50
This sunscreen lotion is one of the best ones for people with dry and parched skin. It has an oil-free, non-comedogenic, and sweat and water-resistant formula that can stay for as long as 80 minutes. It works well when you are going for a swim. It is also good for the dry, acne-prone skin because it will not clog the pores or increase your acne.
Price: Rs. 1499
– Sunscreens for Oily Skin
1. Lotus Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel SPF 50
This is without a doubt the best sunscreen for people with oily skin. It has a translucent gel-based formula that spreads with ease, has an amazing fragrance, and leaves the skin feeling refreshed. The ingredients also include vanilla extract and horse chestnut that is amazing for the health and appearance of your face. It has a high SPF of 50 PA+++ for added protection.
Price: Rs. 236
2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50
This sunscreen by Neutrogena has proved to be the best for sun protection because it provides a superior balanced broad-spectrum protection against the UVA and the burning UVB sun rays as well as skin-aging. The sunscreen also has a light and fresh scent and it is also recommended for people with sensitive skin.
3. VLCC Matte Look SPF 30 Sunscreen Gel Creme
The VLCC Matte Look Sunscreen comes with an oil-free formula that will not disappoint you. It has a non-sticky formula enriched with the pineapple extract that helps in absorbing quickly and gives a semi-matte finish. The sunscreen has ingredients such as white sandalwood extract, turmeric extract, aloe Vera extract, and zinc oxide that help to nourish and repair the skin from within. Also, the sunscreen doesn’t have a gel formula but has a creamy one.
Price: Rs. 147
4. Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Aloe Vera is an amazing ingredient that works for all skin types. This sunscreen is from Aroma Magic that helps to give a combination of sun protection and the power of cucumber and aloe. It has been recommended to be used during the winter as it is hydrating and works best for people with oily skin during the winter months. It will not aggravate your breakouts if you have acne-prone skin.
5. L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Super Aqua Essence SPF 50
The L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Super Aqua Essence is easy to blend into the skin and absorbs smoothly leaving your skin feeling cool and calm. It is a nice product for the summer months when you don’t feel like using too much makeup or products on your skin. The sunscreen has a watery texture that will not clog your pores or cause breakouts. It has been highly recommended for those who have oily and acne-prone skin.
Price: Rs. 515