In a big tropical country like India, a period of warm and hot climate is very common. Some of us may love the outdoors, going to the beach and how we look with a tan, there are serious consequences when we get too much sun exposure. Overexposure to the sun has many ill health effects like it leads to sunburn, premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin cancer, including melanoma. Avoiding the sun permanently is not only difficult but can also have ill effects on our body. Sunlight consists of ultraviolet (UV) rays, as well as related rays such as UVA, UVB, and UVC. Out of these UVA rays are present throughout the day and are the most important cause of premature aging of the skin, photosensitivity reactions and skin cancer. UVB rays are most responsible for sunburn and skin cancer development. One cannot completely avoid sun exposure but can limit dangerous exposure and help prevent burns and long-term damage by using the wide variety of sunscreens available on the exposed part of the body.
As sunscreens are so much helpful and effective in fighting those harmful sunrays, that’s why I have come up with a list of some really good sunscreens meant for different skin types:
Sunscreens suitable for oily skin are:
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte-Look Daily Sun Block SPF 40 PA+++
Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 is a sun protection formula which combines protects skin from both UVA & UVB rays as it has both SPF and PA+++. It feels lightweight on the skin and gives a perfect matte finish to it. It gets easily absorbed. Its non-greasy formula provides you a shine-free, light & clean feel.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50+
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ comes in a white colored plastic tube. It has a smooth texture but the consistency of the cream is too thick. But after massaging for few minutes it gets easily absorbed into the skin not leaving behind any residue. It has a sweet floral fragrance which disappears after few minutes. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all. It is an oil-free formula but still, it doesn’t make skin dry. It keeps the skin moisturized by giving it a semi-matte – effect and clean finish to the skin and prevents the skin from looking shiny; while the light scent of the sunscreen cream provides a soothing effect. It is a Waterproof, sweat proof formulation which means it won’t easily wash off even if you sweat profusely in summers.
L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence SPF 30
L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence SPF 30 PA+++ comes in a light blue colored sturdy plastic tube. It is smooth in texture slight watery or runny consistency it melts on the skin and gets quickly absorbed giving a soothing effect to the skin. It makes the skin supple and smoother. It a Non-sticky, no – a greasy lightweight formulation which does not leave a white residue. It gives moderate moisture to the skin and gives it a velvety, silky and satin finish. It gives a dry matte silky finish to the skin. Due to its satin finish makeup easily glides on it. It has a faint smell which disappears almost immediately after application. It prevents from sunburns and getting tanned. It provides protection against harmful UV rays.
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel SPF 50: Normal to oily skin
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel SPF 50 comes in an orange colored plastic tube. It has a smooth texture and moderate consistency. Due to its texture and consistency, it gets easily absorbed into the skin in a fraction of the time. It doesn’t leave any kind of white cast behind which is a good thing. It has a sweet floral fragrance which keeps on fading. It is a light weight formula which does not feel heavy on the skin at all but gives a cooling and soothing sensation to the skin. It keeps the skin highly moisturized and gives the skin a matte, shine-free finish. The ultra soothing matte effect of the Lotus gel controls oil secretion, leaving your face replenished. It protects skin from harmful sun rays. The product works efficiently on oily skin and controls oil and sebum secretion for 3-4 hours.
Lakme 9 To 5 Mattifying Super Sunscreen SPF 50
This Lakme sunscreen is creamy in texture and white in color. The smell is sweet mild and pleasant which fades away after some time. The sunscreen gets easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t need vigorous massaging. It gives a perfect matte finish to the skin post-application which makes it suitable for oily skin. This sunscreen has PA+++ SPF 50 which means it provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Sunscreens suitable for dry skin:
Lakme Sun Expert with SPF 30 PA++ Fairness + UV Lotion
Lakme Sun Expert Sunscreen Lotion protects skin from damage caused by the sun. It has SPF 30 which keeps you protected from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s a light formulation and sits on skin with a mild pleasant fragrance which fades after some time. It maintains the health of the skin keeping it moisturized all day long. It also gives a whitening glow to the face.
Lacto Calamine Sun Shield with SPF 30 PA ++
Sun Shield from the beauty house of Lacto Calamine is a wonderful product for dry skin. It is enriched with vitamin E and aloe Vera which helps reduce dark spots, pigmentation marks and protects your skin from harmful radiations of the sun while trying to maintain the pH level of the skin. It also keeps your skin protected from infections.
Himalaya Herbals Protective Sunscreen Lotion
It is a wonderful herbal beauty lotion which is much suitable for normal to dry skin. It is made up of Aloe Vera, spiked ginger lily, crab apple and greater galangal which not only keeps the skin hydrated and protected from harmful sun rays but it also prevents skin from aging and skin cell degeneration. It can protect your skin whole day, so you need to carry a small bottle with you every time you step out in sun.
Lotus Herbals Sandal screen Sandalwood Sunscreen Lotion with Moisturizer
Lotus Herbals Sandal screen Sandalwood Sunscreen is a lotion cum moisturizer. According to me it suits all types of skin but works perfectly for dry skin. Its herbal ingredients protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It makes the skin look glowy and gives a matte finish on your skin which gives a very healthy look to the face.
Garnier Sun Control Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15
It is a wonderful sunscreen for dry skin people. It helps in protecting the skin from UV rays. It keeps skin moisturized by retaining its moisture. It makes skin soft and supple. It doesn’t make skin look dry at all and keeps it well hydrated.
Sunscreen suitable for combination skin:
Lakme 9 to 5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen SPF 50
Lakme sunscreen lotion comes with SPF 50 PA+++ that helps you fight against both harsh UV rays that are UVA and UVB. It keeps the skin protected from tan and sunburns caused due to UVA and UVB rays. It is a lightweight creamy formula. It is super hydrating and keeps skin soft and supple.
Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion pH 5.5
Sebamed Sun Care 50+ has a pH value of 5.5 which means it will be mild on the skin. The best part is that it is is water and sweat resistant which means it won’t wash away easily. The product provides you protection from the harmful rays of the sun. The lotion is very light and is non-sticky. It doesn’t leave any residue behind and gives the skin semi-matte finish.
Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector
Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector is also a good sunscreen as it’s a sheer and weightless formula which blends in super easily. Daily use of this sunscreen protects the skin from tanning and sunburns. This sunscreen is not at all greasy or oily.
Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen
Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen with SPF 15 protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. It also hydrates the skin, neck, and hands without feeling sticky. It spreads easily on the skin and gets absorbed easily. It sits lightly on the skin without making it feel heavy or oily.
Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel with SPF 20
Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel forms provide effective sun protection from harmful UV rays. It keeps the skin well moisturized as well. It prevents from tanning up to great extent. Only a small amount easily covers the entire face. It’s easily bendable.
It sits lightly on the skin doesn’t make skin feel oily or greasy.
Sunscreen suitable for sensitive skin:
Avene Eau Thermale Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+
Avene very high protection emulsion comes in a pump tube packaging. The sunscreen is off-white in color and has a soft texture and thick consistency. It is a perfumed emulsion so the fragrance is quite pleasant but the fragrance fades away after few minutes. Due to its thick consistency, it becomes difficult to blend it into the skin. It gives a no – sticky matte finish to the skin. It does not leave any white cast. It is light and nongreasy and feels pleasantly soothing on application. It is allergy tested due to which it is suitable for people with sensitive skin. It is water resistant so can safeguard the skin even when skin comes in contact with water or even if you sweat profusely.
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with PureScreen
This sunscreen comes in a white colored plastic tube. It has a smooth texture but the consistency of the cream is too thick. But after massaging for few minutes it gets easily absorbed into the skin not leaving behind any residue. It has a sweet floral fragrance which disappears after few minutes. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all. It is an oil-free formula but still, it doesn’t make skin dry. It keeps the skin moisturized by giving it a semi-matte – effect and clean finish to the skin and prevents the skin from looking shiny; while the light scent of the sunscreen cream provides a soothing effect. It is a Waterproof, sweat proof formulation which means it won’t easily wash off even if you sweat profusely in summers.
Elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45
Elta MD UV Shield sunscreen is a sheer, oil-free formula. Due to its this property, it can be worn under makeup or alone. It’s UV Shield helps in combating skin-aging free radicals associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR). It’s a great pick for the oily or acne-prone skin. It’s a Fragrance-free, oil-free, Paraben-free formula. Due to its nongreasy formula, it can be used over or under makeup. It is good for sensitive skin as it is on Comedogenic in nature.
Clinique’s Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40
This sunscreen is a lightweight daily moisturizer. It provides protection against harmful effects of sun rays. This formulation gets easily blended into the skin. It makes skin soft and smooth. It has a moderate consistency. And the best part is that it is an oil free formulation and it is not – acnegenic.
Just Herbs No Sun Aloe vera & Calendula Sun Screen Gel: Combination to oily skin
Just Herbs No Sun Aloe vera & Calendula Sun Screen Gel is suitable for all those who always use Ayurvedic herbal products. All the products from just Herbs are made up of 100 % natural ingredients which are suitable for all skin types. This sunscreen comes in a transparent plastic pump bottle which has got a pump dispenser which works great. It has a got a smooth and soft texture with moderate consistency. The fragrance is very subtle, floral and herbal mixed, which is natural and mild. It doesn’t get quickly absorbed into the skin, so one has to be patient while blending it into the skin. It doesn’t leave any residue but if used in great excess it will leave some white cast behind. It gives a semi-matte finish without any greasiness. It feels light on the skin. It provides protection against tanning up to great extent and aloe Vera has soothing, cooling effect on sunburn area. It also provides great moisturization and hydrates the skin very well without making it oily.