We all are aware of the dangers of the sun, and we still avoid using sunscreen, which is more harmful than we know! As good as the sun feels on our skin, it is even more harmful without any sunscreen on it. It’s not the question of not getting tanned or sunburnt, it is about protecting our skin from damage. And, the best part is, we know exactly what it does, and still forget to put it on!

 

Did you know, your skin can be exposed to damage even when you are sitting in front of a computer?

 

Pollution, dirt, debris and other factors, which we by default expose our skin to on a daily basis can cause long-lasting and unwanted damage.

Sunscreen That Suits Every Skin Type

Just like how our fingerprint is unique, so is our skin type, and not knowing it can be very confusing. Being aware of your skin type is paramount, and it gives you clarity of how it should be taken care of. These are the common skin types and the types of sunscreen that can be used daily for protection.

Normal skin

If you are blessed with normal skin then you could use almost any type of sunscreen, but make sure it has a broad range of SPF, 30 or 50. Make sure to pick one which is water repellent if your outdoors for a long time.

Dry skin

Mineral and chemical based sunscreens usually work well on dry skin. Look for a sunscreen which not only hydrates the skin but is either a lotion or cream-based product. These ingredients will moisturize the dry areas of the skin and nourish it.

Oily skin

Formulation is key while picking out a sunscreen for oily skin. For daily use, it is best to pick one which is fluid like in texture and won’t be greasy when it is applied on the face.  

Combination skin

Choose a sunscreen which is feather-light with a matte finish which you can apply all over your face and has at least an SPF of 30.

Our Top SPF Picks:

  • Lotus Herbal Safe Sun 3-In-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF-40
  • Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA Fairness UV Sunscreen Lotion
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunblock SPF 50+
  • L’Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise UV Perfect Moisture Fresh Sunscreen – SPF 30
  • Garnier Skin Naturals Sun Control Daily Moisturiser SPF 15
  • Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA Fairness UV Sunscreen Lotion

What To Look For In A Sunscreen?

There are many factors which come into the picture when you’re on the hunt for the perfect sunscreen. What’s the point of applying sunscreen, if you’re not doing it the right way? Here are a few pointers, to keep in mind while picking a sunscreen.

Since we have to wear sunscreen for the rest of our lives, you might as well do it right, and here is how.

 

1. Make sure to read the ingredients the sunscreen has, and make sure you find these ingredients are mentioned in your sunscreen before you purchase it:

  • Titanium dioxide
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Avobenzone
  • Zinc oxide

 

2. Sunscreen should always be applied 20 mins before heading outdoors.

 

3. Opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen lotion or a gel-based sunscreen which is non- comedogenic and hypoallergenic. These sunscreens will not only shield the skin from the sun, but will also help avoid any rashes, clogged pores, acne, and sunburn.

 

4. SPF 30 or 50 are the best options to use SPF 30 protects your skin against 96% of UV rays and SPF 50 gives 98% protection from UV rays. Higher the SPF the better it is for your skin.

 

5. A water-repellent sunscreen gives the right amount of protection if you are constantly out in the sun.

 

6. Make sure to re-apply your sunscreen every 2 hours even when you are not outside in the sun.

 

Shielding your skin from the sun will not only protect your skin for the long run but also avoid any severe skin conditions from forming in the future. It is very important to be aware of, which sunscreen suits your skin type the best, in order to get the most out of your sunscreen. So, always remember to shield your skin before you brave the sun!