Summer and sunscreen are nothing less than synonyms. One of the most essential things in summer (after keeping yourself hydrated) is sunscreen. If you are someone who still is not convinced enough about how important a sunscreen is, you must go through this blog. Our skin, as most of us know is the most gentle part of our body. It is plain and unfair on our part to let our skin deal alone in this heat. This is exactly where sunscreen comes and saves our skin.
Types Of Sunscreens: Physical And Chemical Sunscreens
Broadly speaking, there are two different types of sunscreens: physical sunscreens and mineral sunscreens.
Often referred to as the physical blockers, the physical sunscreens protect our skin against the harsh UVA and UVB rays. Great for sensitive skin people, physical sunscreens do not seep into the skin but form a layer instead. Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are usually used in physical sunscreens and help form a layer on the skin. These need to put on 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. This method doesn’t initiate any skin rashes or irritation. However, it is more prone to get washed away with sweat.
Chemical sunscreens are made of ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone and padimate O. They work by absorbing the sun’s harmful UV rays. Unlike physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens don’t leave a whitish cast are usually lighter to wear.
What To Look For When Investing In A Sunscreen
While looking for a sunscreen, firstly you must be sure about your skin type. If you are unsure about your skin type, click on this link to know more. Broad spectrum, high SPF, PA+++, comfortable formula, and ingredients list are some of the important factors that need to be checked before buying sunscreen.
20 Sunscreens For All Skin Types
Say goodbye to suntan and skin darkening with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock. Having SPF 50, it will protect your skin from the harsh UVA and UVB rays of the summer. Enriched with exclusive Helioplex complex, it’s one of the most bought and used sunscreens of all times globally. Priced at Rs 200, you can give this a try if you haven’t already.
Lotus knows its skin care game and this sunscreen is one of the most common sunscreen lotions in India. A personal favourite, this is a gel-based formula which shields your skin from all the harmful rays of the sun. Infused with the goodness of Horse Chestnut and Vanilla extracts, it is most suited for normal to oily skin. If you are struggling with acne problem and wondering which can be the perfect fit for a sunscreen, then this can be the right one for you. Priced at Rs 315, get your hands on Lotus Herbals Sunscreen.
Suitable for all skin types, this sunscreen fully stands up to its name and is often recommended by dermatologists. It does shield the skin against all kinds of harshness. The oil-free and non-greasy formula settles and gives a complete matte effect. Forget about skin irritation or breakout as this product does not clog pores. Don’t let the sun take away all the fun from you. Because now you have such a great sunscreen with SPF 40 and PA+++ which you can get for Rs 730.
Every combination of skin people, take a look. Ponds non-oily sunscreen is here to end your search for the best suitable sunscreen lotion for your skin type. Apply it all over your skin, neck, and hands and leave all your tan related worries at home. Extremely light-weight, it absorbs into your skin like magic and lets your skin breathe. Priced at Rs 169, it makes both your pocket and skin happy.
High SPF and PA+++ are the perfect combinations for your summer kit. And guess what? Lakme does it again with this gem of a product. The high performing sunscreen locks 97% of all harmful rays and gives your skin and supple glow. The lightweight formula absorbs into your skin like a dream and makes it feel that you are bare faced. Priced at Rs 250, Lakme Sun Expert is one of the most affordable sunscreens available in India. The oil-free formula makes it a good buy for oily skin types.
Give your skin the protection it deserves with the help of Aroma Magic Sunscreen Gel. The non-oily, gel formula is great for oily skin family. The instant cooling effect is bound to make you feel refreshed even in this 40+ degree Celsius. The formula makes it one of our best sunscreen gels in India. Priced at Rs 170, bid goodbye to tan skin and skin irritations.
If you have sensitive skin, Avene’s Sunscreen Emulsion helps maintain the pH balance due to its thermal waters while protecting the sun. It is even more difficult if you are an influencer or beauty blogger with a number of outdoor shoots lined up. But Avene’s sunscreen not only will give you high protection against all kinds of dangerous rays. But will also ensure that no white effect is visible in your photographs. Now, isn’t it great? The lightweight texture is literally invisible on your skin and therefore gives you a very pleasant application. Priced at Rs 1600 it is a little steep on price. But the efficient quality of the product makes it worth a buy.
Nivea has recently launched this sunscreen spray. Now, that is something really cool. A very helpful product for someone who is always on the go, the top-notch deliverables of the product makes it a must buy. Firstly, it is the immensely effortless application which takes our heart. Just spray it all over your body and you are good to go. Then comes the non-oily formula with no grease whatsoever, making it most suitable for oily skin people. The high SPF is proof that it will fight against all harsh rays of the sun. Priced at Rs 699, feel instantly cool and get a silky smooth skin with this one.
Use it as a primer or use it as a sunscreen, it is going to give you great results. Formulated with mineral oil and molokhia, it offers a skin whitening action that is water and sweat resistant. The SPF50+ and PA +++ shields your skin against the collective harmful rays. Most suitable for dry skin people, the sunscreen hydrates your skin to the core. Priced at Rs 1590, get this two-in-one product and let all your UVA and UVB rays worry go home.
Within a short span of time, Mamaearth has become everyone’s favourite brand. This is mostly due to the strict testing that each and every product of this brand goes through. A sunscreen made of natural ingredients is sure to catch our attention. Containing natural ingredients like carrot seed and turmeric, the high SPF sunscreen protects and takes care of our skin thoroughly. This ultra lightweight sunscreen is specially formulated or Indian skin tone. So forget about tan and let your skin glow. Priced at Rs 499, you can use this product no matter what your skin type is.
Give protection to your skin against all the negative UVA and UVB rays of the sun with Perenne Sunscreen. If you wear makeup and sweat a lot during summers, this product can be very helpful for you. The water and sweat resistant formula will make sure that your makeup remains intact throughout the day. Suitable for all skin tones, the richness of natural ingredients ensures no acne or breakouts. Priced at Rs 1000, get healthy and youthful skin with this one.
We love anything organic, be it makeup or skincare. Organic Harvest makes it to this list for reasons more than one. Certified with blue light technology, this broad spectrum (SPF 60 ) sunscreen makes sure that you never know what sunburn or skin rashes due to excess heat are. The quick absorbing sunscreen settles into a matte finish which is water and sweat resistant. Priced at Rs 475, suitable for all skin types, get hold of this product to have a hassle and tan free summer. If you are from the oily skin family, check out their product which is suitable for you.
A 100% mineral sunscreen, this product from Clinique is suitable for all skin types. The comfortable lightweight formula along with the non-greasy effect makes it one of a kind. If you suffer from skin problems, trust this one and you won’t be disappointed. The Invisible Shield Technology does exactly what the name suggests. Children from the age of 6 months and above can also use this. This proves how safe it is. Priced at Rs 2400, this is a good investment undoubtedly.
Kiehl’s is another great choice if you are looking for a full proof mineral sunscreen. Best suitable for oily and acne-prone skin, the gentle sunscreen lotion absorbs into your skin easily giving you a very comfortable wear. Enriched with Vitamin E, it helps in reducing free radical damage. Your own skin tone will be enhanced due to its slight tint. Quit worrying about skin diseases and sunburns as Kiehl’s is giving you such a gem product. Priced at Rs 3250, this is dermatologically tested and contains no chemicals of any sort. Know more about Best Kiehl’s products here.
Infused with sunflower oil and Jeju green tea extracts, Innisfree’s sunscreen acts as a veil against all kinds of unhealthy UVA and UVB rays of the sun. The 100% mineral product is extremely gentle to your skin. The porous powder does not let your pores clog and provides a matte, non-greasy effect on your face. Priced at Rs 810, this is a great buy, especially for oily and sensitive skin people. Dry skin people, check out their other variant.
Perfect for all skin types, protect and rejuvenate your skin with Body Shop’s sunscreen lotion. Lightweight and easily absorbing, it will give you all the protection you need from the destructive sun rays. Enriched with Vitamin C glow protect, you will notice a radiant shine on your face. Loved by many for its whitening properties, this can be used as a primer as well. Priced at Rs 1745, get your hands on these for multiple purposes.
Every college goers favourite, Biotique’s sunscreen lotion is a natural gem. Enriched with the goodness of sandalwood, honey, sunflower oil, and Himalayan water, know your skin is in the best hands with this one. The wide spectrum (50 SPF and PA+++) will not let your skin burn or cause any irritation. Suitable for all skin types, the lotion based product is very mild and gentle. Priced at Rs 349, get this product to give your skin hydration, moisture as well as sun protection.
Pocket-friendly yet efficient, VLCC sunscreen lotion is enriched with natural ingredients like sandalwood, Ashwagandha, carrot, and wheat germ extracts. Ideal for every skin type, you will get both sun protection and a healthy glow to your skin. The easy application makes it travel-friendly too. Priced at Rs 150, it is a good buy if you are looking for a lower SPF.
Kaya Sunscreen lotion ensures high UVA protection and protects your skin from the destructive sun rays. It boosts oxygenation of the skin cells & helps in cell regeneration. Containing anti-oxidant properties, it takes care of the skin by providing your skin with an ample amount of hydration. The formula is very light which makes you feel that you are not even wearing anything. Priced at Rs 580, it is suitable for all skin types.
The Korean beauty is here and we cannot stop obsessing about it. Face shop’ sunscreen is formulated keeping the Korean beauty regime in mind. Containing sunflower extracts, this cream has got fabulous goodness in it. SPF 50 along with a 24-hour lasting formula has got you covered ladies. Bid goodbye to tan and dull skin and welcome your beautiful skin with open hands. Priced at Rs 1290, this beauty is for all skin types.
If summer means sunscreen, it also means wet wipes. To make our lives easier, Kara has given us such a helpful product. This is especially for those people who are always out on the road. Kara Sunscreen Skin Care Wipes are enriched with Aloe Vera and SPF 30. Take out a tissue, wipe your face with it to feel an instant cooling effect. Plus, it will give you sun protection too.