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Sunscreens for Year-Round Sun Protection: According to skin types

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With this extremely hot and dry weather and the recent FDA announcements about sunscreen safety, there’s more confusion about SPF than ever before. But, one thing that doesn’t change is the fact that whether it’s cold or hot, sunny or rainy, Sunscreen is the one thing you should never forget before heading outdoors for the day. 

Applying (or reapplying) SPF protects the skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays, thus minimizing the risk of painful sunburns, skin cancer, and premature signs of ageing, such as sun spots and wrinkles.

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Some come in higher SPF, which determines how well they protect your skin from the sun. There are two main types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. And the best way to determine which sunscreen will best protect your skin from the sun is to choose the ones that are formulated especially for a particular skin type.

Read more to find out which sunscreen suits you best, according to your skin type. The blog also includes pros and cons of these sunscreens. So, always try to select a sunscreen based on your skin type, for effective results.

Sunscreen for Normal to Dry Skin

Those with normal skin can use pretty much any chemical or physical sunscreen for daily use. Sunscreens with broad-spectrum are more preferred, as they protect from both UVA & UVB radiation. Whereas, Chemical lotion sunscreens are usually better for everyday use, but micronized physical sunscreens can also be good on most skin types, too.

1. Himalaya Protective Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15

Himalaya sunscreen lotion

For those of you who are into cosmetics that are loaded with the goodness of only natural ingredients, then Himalaya sunscreen lotion is meant for you. This nutrient-rich formula is packed with a unique blend of numerous natural and organic ingredients like Spiked Ginger Lily, Gandhapalashi, Aloe Vera, Crab Apple and Seva. It provides double action- protection to your skin from the sun while giving all the nourishment it requires.

Pros:

  • Only a small amount is enough
  • Contains US patented cinnabloc
  • At a decent price range
  • Double action skin protection
  • Protection from both UVA and UVB exposure

Cons:

  • Heavy smell
  • Overdose of it makes skin greasy

2. Glenmark La Shield Sunscreen Spray SPF 40+

La Shield Sunscreen Spray SPF 40+

This is one of the most highly recommended sunscreens by dermatologists in India. It’s one of those products thatcombines sun protection with medicinal aspects that are beneficial for your skin. Its fluid texture offers better spreadability and absorption and provides protection against both UVA and UVB exposure. La Shield Sunscreen is non-comedogenic which protects your skin from harmful sun rays.

Pros:

  • Broad spectrum
  • physical and chemical protection against sun rays
  • Water resistant.
  • Dermatologically tested
  • A transparent and non-sticky formula
  • Ensures better spreadability and absorption

Cons:

  • Won’t prevent tanning if you are out in the sun for a prolonged period of time

Sunscreen for Oily Skin

In the case of oily skin, you’ll want to be especially careful when selecting your sunscreen. Since few products in the market can make already oily skin appear even greasier. It does best with formulas with gel or alcohol or with lighter lotions.

3. Sebamed Multiprotect 50+ Sun Lotion

Sebamed Multiprotect Sun Lotion SPF 50

If you’re looking for a high-quality sunscreen that’s budget-friendly and is gentle on your skin, then Sebamed is your perfect option. Sebamed sunscreen spf 50 is a broad spectrum sunscreen with micro-pigments, which prevent sunlight-induced damage to the skin. It’s the most popular non-sticky sunscreen for sensitive, oily skin. And the best part? It’s water-resistant.

Pros:

  • It has a pH of 5.5
  • Contains Nano-sized particles of micronized titanium dioxide
  • With a pH value of 5.5
  • Improves the elasticity of photodamaged skin
  • Quick absorption
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Spray nozzle not so good
  • A bit pricey

4. WOW am2pm Sunscreen SPF 50

WOW AM2PM Sunscreen SPF 50

WOW products have captured the hearts of lots of people in the last few years, because of their premium quality products that are unsullied by artificial additives or harmful synthetic chemicals. Powered with exotic ingredients like Moroccan Argan Oil, Liquorice Extract, WOW am2pm Sunscreen helps save the skin from darkening, pigmentation and visible signs of ageing.

Pros:

  • It is Water-resistant
  • Reasonable price range
  • Travel-friendly
  • Free of harmful parabens, mineral oils,
  • Broad-spectrum i.e. protection from both UVA and UVB radiation
  • Quick absorption

Cons:

  • Greasy and sticky
  • Doesn’t absorb easily

Sunscreen for Combination Skin

If you have combination skin, you’re probably dealing with certain areas of your face being oily (like T-zone, forehead, nose, and chin) and then others being more on the dry side. This type of skin needs a proper balanced formula that is not overly moisturising or matte.

5. Mamaearth Ultra Light Indian Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++ 80ml

Mamaearth Ultra Light Indian Sunscreen SPF50

Specially formulated keeping in mind the Indian skin tone, this Mamaearth sunscreen has a texture of a lotion and is super light. According to the company claims, it provides sun protection for upto 6 hours and treats already present tan. The sunscreen is suitable for all skin types and also prevents skin dryness.

Pros:

  • Non-greasy
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Certified Toxin Free
  • Has a subtle cooling sensation
  • Doesn’t leave behind white cast
  • Broad spectrum
  • Gentle and non-irritating
  • Keeps skin moisturized.

Cons:

  • A bit oil therefore, not suitable for oily skin.

6. Glenmark LA Shield Sunscreen Gel Spf 40

LA Shield Sunscreen Gel

Being one of the most recommended sunscreen by Indian dermatologists, Glenmark LA Shield Sunscreen offers superior broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. In a gel formulation, it easily spreads over the skin, giving you a matte finish.

Pros:

  • Oil-free, non-greasy
  • Water resistant
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Alcohol and dye free
  • Non-irritating
  • sweat-resistant
  • SPF 40 and PA+++

Cons:

  • Pricey, according to consistency.

Sunscreen for Sensitive and Acne-prone Skin

One huge mistake that people with acne make is to avoid moisturizers and sunscreens because they think that these products will make them break out, but the scenario is actually the opposite of what they think.

If a person is prone to acne, overly dry skin will actually lead to the secretion of more sebum (oil), which result in more breakouts. For people with sensitive and acne-prone skin, you should look out for products touting the “non-comedogenic” label.

7. Stiefel Ansolar Gel Cream Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Ansolar Gel Cream SPF 30

The texture of the Ansolar sunscreen is almost like a makeup primer, buttery soft. As it is a gel based cream, it is easier to apply and gets absorbs immediately. Its S3 complex provides protection against cellular damage caused by UV rays all the while reducing signs of sun damage such ass tan, sun spots, lines and wrinkles.

Pros:

  • Water resistant
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Broad spectrum range
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist Recommended
  • Does not leave a white cast

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • A little bit heavy

8. Avene Very High Prot 50 Cream 50 ML

Avene Very High Prot 50 Cream

From a very well-known brand from Paris, Avene sunscreen contains a unique antioxidant complex (Pre-tocopheryl + Pro-taurine), which provides skin protection from oxidative stress. With a velvety smooth texture, the sunscreen just like its name, provides high sun protection to sensitive skin.

Pros:

  • Non sticky
  • Do not leave behind a white cast
  • Water resistant
  • Broad spectrum range
  • Alcohol free
  • Soothing and non-irritating
  • Has an Airless pump-tube
  • Fragrance-free.

Cons:

  • A little bit pricey.

That’s a wrap up for Sunscreens in India, best suited for different skin types. All in all, sun protection does not have to be expensive but needs to be consistent. Make it an all-year-round habit and not just for summers. Which one are you looking forward to trying? Let us know in the comments section below.

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