12 Best Sunscreen lotion for all skin types

12 Best Sunscreens in india

It’s time to beat the summer sun with the best sunscreen lotions for face and body in India. If you don’t care about wearing sunscreen or taking care of your skin for changing climates, you probably should start right away. The thing is, even if you don’t burn easily, you need to put it on because sunburn is only an immediate reaction, but sun damage, my friend, occurs over a lifetime. Also, skin cancer does not discriminate when it comes to the color of your skin, it can affect those with darker skin just as much as people with lighter skin. Scary, right? 

We found 15 best formulations of sunscreen lotion that will give you quality broad spectrum protection – warding off both UVA rays (with PA), which age your skin, AND UVB rays (with SPF), that are responsible for causing pesky sunburns. Find the one that best suits you, wear it on, and not just over that summer beach holiday. 

How to Apply Sunscreen ?

You may think sunscreen is reserved only for uber-sunny days, or that anything with SPF in it is enough to protect your skin from UV rays; but that’s simply incorrect information. Follow the pointers below to apply sunscreen the right way:

  • Just because it’s cloudy, or the dead of winter, doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen, as the sun’s UV rays filter through every element you can think of. The golden rule is: never, ever step out without layering your face (and body) with a good sun lotion
  • Dermatologists recommend minimum of SPF 30 when you’re leaving the house, especially if you’re going to be in the outdoors long. At the same time, there’s no need to go over SPF 50, after which the efficacy of sunscreen sort of plateaus.
  • Many of you probably use BB creams which purportedly have SPF in them. However, often the SPF count isn’t enough (<30), or the amount of product you apply on your face is unable to do the job (unless you slather it on generously and risk your makeup looking cakey). So here’s a simple trick we recommend — just mix your favourite BB cream with any of the sunscreens below to fortify its UV-warding power
  • In giving attention to your face, you may miss other exposed parts of your body that are equally sensitive to UV rays– we’re talking about your arms, your neck, your legs and your feet. Give them a generous slathering, too!

Top Sunscreen for Better Summer skin

Formulated with Helioplex® Technology, the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly without leaving any residue.

PROS:

  • SPF 50 gives high sun protection
  • Glides on smoothly, no residue
  • Feels lightweight
  • Perfect for all skin types

CONS:

  • The texture is slightly thick, but one can get used to it

The WOW Anti Pollution SPF40 Water Resistant Lotion is among the best sunscreens in India that not only shields you from UVA + UVB rays, but also protects you from PM2.5 pollutants. 

PROS:

  • SPF 40 gives high sun protection
  • Protects from PM2.5 pollutants
  • Formula fortified with Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Liquorice Extract and Vitamin B3
  • Water-resistant, can be used while swimming (in which case don’t forget to reapply)

CONS:

  • None

If you’re looking for a high-quality sunscreen that’s budget-friendly and is gentle on your skin, this one by Lotus is very popular. Its revolutionary formula combines broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection along with skin lightening ingredients. Its formula also helps soothe and rejuvenate your skin, while reducing oiliness and refining pores.

Pros
  • Light and non-greasy texture
  • Does not irritate skin
  • Offers UVA and UVB protection
  • Leaves you with a radiant, matte finish
Cons
  • The product tends to accumulate at the mouth of the tube

 

La Roche-Posay has been pioneering skincare research for over 15 years, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it makes some of the best sunscreen lotions in India. This SPF 60 formula uses anti-oxidant infused Cell-OX Shield technology to give you broad spectrum protection. Fragrance and paraben free, it’s perfect for sensitive skin. Also water-resistant for 80 minutes.

PROS:

  • Highest possible sun protection you can get at SPF 60
  • Water-resistant for 80 minutes
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Ideal for sensitive skin.

CONS:

  • Pricey

This nutrient-rich formula is packed with pure sandalwood, saffron, honey, wheat germ and the bark of the Arjun tree, to keep your skin soft, fresh, and moisturized. It’s water-resistant. So, it’s perfect to wear when you’re going swimming or to the beach. It’s quite moisturizing, so you don’t need to go in with a separate moisturizer, and it won’t leave you with that dreaded whitish cast either.

Pros

  • 100% Ayurvedic
  • Paraben-free and cruelty-free
  • Water-resistant (retains SPF even after 80 minutes in the water)
  • Broad spectrum sun protection with a high SPF of 50

Cons

  • It has a rather strong fragrance

The Kaya Youth Protect Sunscreen is filled with the goodness of botanical extracts like Geranium and potent antioxidants. It not only protects your skin from exposure to harmful sun rays, but also helps improve your skin’s elasticity while preventing photoaging.

Pros

  • Lightweight and non-greasy formula
  • High UVA/UVB protection against premature skin aging
  • PABA-free
  • Moisturizing formula

Cons

  • Tends to leave a white cast if you apply too much of it

The Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion is among the best sunscreens in India that absorbs quickly and wards of both UVA and UVB rays. The gel is light and non-sticky, giving you a shine-free finish. It’s recommended that you reapply the formula every 3-4 hours for best results. Use it on its own or as a makeup base.

Pros:

  • SPF 50 gives high sun protection
  • Gel is light, non-sticky
  • Absorbs quickly

Cons

  • Leaves a whitish cast initially, but this settles down after a while of application

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 is so much more than just a sunscreen. It brightens your skin with red algae extracts and Vitamin C, while giving you UVA and UVB protection to keep your skin young and supple. With a feather-light finish, it’s among the best sunscreens in India, albeit a bit pricey.

Pros:

  • SPF 50 gives high sun protection
  • Red algae extracts + vitamin C brighten your skin tone
  • Feather-light finish

Cons:

  • None

This sunscreen from Lacto Calamine contains beneficial ingredients like lemon extract that controls excess oil and vitamin E to help reduce pigmentation, dark spots, and premature aging. Its formula also helps in maintaining the pH levels of your skin. It has a slightly thick texture, but it spreads easily. It also works well as a base under your makeup.

Pros

  • Gentle on the skin
  • SPF 30 PA++ and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • The full ingredient list is mentioned
  • Travel-friendly packaging

Cons

  • Has a strong fragrance

If you have combination Skin then this is for you. The O3+ Mattifying Gel Cream controls excess shine and helps brighten your skin. The broad-spectrum SPF 50 protects your skin from harmful UV rays. The lightweight formula does not leave your skin oily and greasy. It provides a matte finish and makes the skin appear smooth and fresh.

Pros

  • Non-greasy
  • Lightweight
  • Absorbed quickly
  • Dermatologist approved
  • Prevents acne
  • Reduces excess shine
  • Suitable for normal to

Cons

  • None

 

It’s a close tie between the StBotanica Vitamin C SPF 30 PA+++ Sunscreen and the Body Shop Multi Defence Essence. Like the latter, this gives you broad spectrum protection while brightening your skin with vitamin C. Meanwhile, vitamins E and B3 protect against dullness. Free from silicons, parabens, sulfates and mineral oils.

Pros:

  • SPF 30 gives high sun protection
  • Vitamins C, E, B3 brighten skin tone at the same time.

Cons:

  • None

The VLCC 3D Youth Boost Sunscreen Gel Creme, SPF40 PA +++ is a paraben-free formulation that in addition to shielding your face from UV rays, improves skin elasticity and fades dark spots. Contains vitamin B3, saxifraga extracts and morus bombycis extracts. Use it on its own or as a hydrating base under your BB creams and foundations.

Pros:

  • SPF 40 gives high sun protection
  • Paraben-free formula
  • Contains vitamin B3, saxifraga extracts and morus bombycis extracts.

Cons:

  • None

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