Best Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an important part of any skin care routine. According to beauty experts, it’s extremely important to wear SPF cream whenever you are heading outdoors during sunny hours. This is because even though it might not have an immediate reaction but over a longer term, sunburn can have excruciating impact including sunburns, dark spots, wrinkles and in the worst case even skin cancer. Check out some of the best sunscreen varieties based on user reviews, dermatologist recommendations and lab findings.


Best sports sunscreen overall

Overall

Coppertone sport

Coppertone SPORT

SPF– 50
Price (INR)– 939
Amazon Review– 4.5
Brief– Continuous sunscreen spray perfect for travelling. Breathable for your skin, water resistant for around 80 minutes and stays strong on sweat.

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Neutrogena cooldry sport

Neutrogena Cooldry

SPF– 70
Price (INR)– 2198
Amazon Review– 4
Brief– Broad Spectrum Uva/Uvb Protection, Water-Resistant (Up To 80 Min), Sweat Evaporates Away, very good for sensitive skin.

Budget

Thinksport

Re’Equil

SPF– 50
Price (INR)– 695
Amazon Review– 4.5
Brief– Offers broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB/IR Protection, water resistant, removes excess oil and prevents skin ageing for all skin types


Best beauty sunscreen recommendations by top dermatologists

SPF 30 is the most recommended sunscreen of all as it basically filters out around 97% of UV rays with 3% reaching under the skin. Whereas SPF 60 which tops this category is able to filter around 98.5% of UV rays thereby allowing only 1.5% reach the skin and hence twice as effective as SPF 30.

Also, it is recommended to go for higher SPF as usually it’s been tested that people mostly apply around one third the amount against the listed SPF count. More often than not, it is recommended to keep re-applying the SPF cream every 2-3 hours to make it work effectively.


Best premium sports sun screen

Banana Boat

Banana Boat

SPF– 100
Price (INR)– 2089
Amazon Review– 4
Brief– Delivers highest level of spray protection. Provides advanced UVA/UVB protection and is water/sweat resistant with no greasy feel.

Supergoop

Supergoop


SPF– 50
Price (INR) – 3178
Amazon Review– 4.5
Brief– Moisturizing, lightweight and absorbing sunscreen lotion with Cellular Response Technology. Preserves skin’s youthful glow.

Coola Suncare

Coola Suncare

SPF– 50
Price (INR) – 4579
Amazon Review– 4.5
Brief– Great sunscreen for sensitive skin, effective sunblock lotion, allows skin to breathe in high intensity activities, hiking, beach side for every age group


There is a myth that water resistant SPF would take care of skin for longer hours, but actually SPF cream with water and sweat resistant characteristics can only last for an hour or two, and hence there is a need to reapply again.

So the best recommendation would be to apply SPF sunscreen along with various other accessories like appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses and try to stay in shade during hot sunny days. 

Will any sunscreen suit my face type?

An important safety measure has been imposed by FDA for sunscreen regulations i.e. the composition of sunscreen should have the active ingredients of both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Also there are multiple other factors that are at play when deciding the based on your face type – Whether you have normal or sensitive skin, whether you have dry or oily skin since sunscreen can prove to be quite greasy/ oily with sticky feeling, whether it is sweat resistant or not, whether it is stinging or irritating, whether it has fragrance or not, whether it is leaving white residue or not etc.

Quick Sunscreen tips

  • Look for the broad spectrum on the label which ensures that SPF protects against both harmful UVA and UVB rays (UVA rays prematurely age skin and UVB rays burn; both can cause skin cancer.) 
  • It is recommended to choose SPF 30 and above.
  • Go for water resistant lotions which is easy to apply and can stay for longer durations.
  • If your skin is sensitive or acne-prone, mineral sunscreens are recommended else chemical sunscreens should be fine (with ingredients like oxybenzone or avobenzone).

Now that you are familiar with SPF and it’s use, check out some of the best recommended SPF sunscreens under budget segment basis user reviews, dermatologist recommendations and lab findings.

Best budget picks

Mamaearth

Mama Earth

SPF– 50
Price (INR)– 449
Amazon Review– 4
Brief– Provides 6 hours of protection against harsh UVA/UVB rays. Keeps skin moisturized. Specially curated for indian tones.

Man Arden

Man Arden

SPF– 50
Price (INR)– 399
Amazon Review– 4.5
Brief– Non-Greasy, lightweight, sweat & water resistant sunscreen. Minimizes risk of photo-ageing. Free from harmful chemicals.

Izzori

izzori

SPF– 50
Price (INR)– 329
Amazon Review– 4.5
Brief– Dermatologist recommended for UVA/UVB protection with multi use sunscreen formula for healthy skin and even complexion tone.


Other recognized brands

Lotus Herbals

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Uv Screen Matte Gel

SPF– 40
Price (INR)– 206
Amazon Review– 4
Brief– Skin lightening sun protection formula with uniform matte finish to the skin. It has fast absorption and non-greasy formula

Ponds

Ponds

SPF– 50
Price (INR)– 263
Amazon Review– 4.5
Brief– Light-weighted, beautifully scented, non-oily sunscreen. Need to reapply after 3 hours for sun protection. Suitable for all skin types.

Lakme

Lakme

SPF– 50
Price (INR)– 331
Amazon Review– 4
Brief– Perfect for hot, summer months. Prevents sunburn, dark spots, and premature aging by blocking upto 97% harmful UVB rays. Gives a cooling effect.

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