Phew! It’s hot out there. The sun is riding high and sadly, wearing sunscreen is one of those irritating necessities, like salad and taxes. However, this super hero beauty product is responsible for single-handedly protecting your skin from damage and aging. And yet, most Indian women don’t wear sunscreen inspite of being aware of the risk of harmful rays throws up a research conducted by Vichy Laboratories.
UVB radiation penetrates the epidermal or outer layer of your skin; and aggarvates skin’s natural melanin production. It damages the skin DNA and causes other changes in skin cells.
UVA radiation damages the epidermis, and penetrates deeper into the skin to the lower levels harming collagen and elastin structure – your skin’s building blocks. It also hurts the blood vessels in your skin.
Do you need a different sunscreen for face and body ?
Yes, sunscreens for the body and the face are quite different. Face sunscreens are lightweight and formulated so they don’t cause breakouts or clog pores. They are usually non-greasy on the skin. You can use them as a primer as they’re invisible under makeup. Some modern day sunscreens are also tinted so that you can get a flawless complexion minus the foundation.
For the body, pick a moisturizer that comes with added SPF protection of 30 or higher to protect your skin from tanning and burning. Most of these are waterproof, and also have skin lightening properties.
Make sunscreen the most important part of your skincare routine for the daytime. Allow for at least half an hour for it to absorb into the skin. Keep your sunscreen on even when the sun’s not out. Here’s a quick tip – the SPF number only determines how much time you can spend in the sun. The higher the SPF, the longer you can go without reapplying!
So here’s our round up of the 10 best sunscreen superheroes for you…
1. Best for light protection
SHOP: Garnier Sun Control Moisturiser
A lightweight daily wear moisturiser with SPF 15 that offers the basic minimum sun protection, as it hydrates skin. Great for days when you plan to stay indoors.
2. Best hydrating sunscreen for the body
SHOP: Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24 Triple Lightening Lotion
Enriched with vitamin B3 and antioxidants, it protects your body skin from darkening, and prevents hydration loss. SPF 24 and PA++ offer broad-spectrum sun protection.
3. Best for uneven skin tone
SHOP: Lakme Sun Expert Fairness + UV Lotion SPF 30
Banishes uneven skin tone and evens out complexion with its melanin blockers. Protects the skin from sun damage. This lightweight cream is ideal for daily wear.
4. Best for oily and acne prone skin
SHOP: Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen MatteGel SPF 50
A sunscreen gel for those with greasy skin issue. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen that is lightweight and soothes sunburns. Gives your skin a matte look.
5. Best for a day under the sun
SHOP: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50
With helioplex complex, this waterproof sunblock is ideal for the sun worshippers or the beach babes. With SPF 50 it is a broad spectrum sunscreen that gives you long lasting protection for about 4 hours under the sun. Feels light and non-sticky on the skin.
6. Best to wear under makeup
SHOP: L’Oreal Dermo Expertise UV Perfect 12H Long Lasting UV Protector Even Complexion
It is a tinted moisturiser and sunscreen that protects your skin from the UV rays; and evens out your complexion at the same time. Great as a makeup base for some lightweight makeup.
7. Best for sensitive skin
SHOP: Vichy Capital Soleil Velvety Cream SPF 50
Give your dry, sensitive cream long lasting protection with this soft and silky cream. It also has hyaluronic acid that refines your complexion, and protects from sensitivity to sun-induced skin allergies.
8. Best for preventing tan
SHOP: Jovees Ayurvedic De-Tan Lotion SPF 40
The blend of natural extracts from carrot, ginger lily, green tea, lotus and cinnamon makes this an effective lotion to take away pigmentation caused by sun exposure. It prevents further tanning, and protects your skin from the UV rays.
9. Best for dark circles and sensitive skin
SHOP: Himalaya Herbals Under Eye Cream
Protects the delicate skin of the under eye area, and prevents dark circles. The sun-blocking natural actives protect the area from damage caused by harsh sunlight.
10. Best for delicate chapped lips
SHOP: Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Lightening Lip Balm SPF 30
The natural extracts not only hydrate the lips and prevent chapped lips, but also lighten pigmented lips and protect them from further darkening due to sun’s rays.