The sun is upon us and it’s sure the time to soak in some vitamin D. Going to the beach, having picnics in the park or just going out and enjoying the blue sky and warm sun are all activities that people enjoy during summertime.
Stepping out in the sun is only natural but what you must realise is that those rays are also doing a great deal of damage to your skin. Sunlight mainly consists of UV rays that further consist of harmful UVA, UVB and UVC rays. These rays are the biggest cause of premature aging and may lead to skin cancer. It also leads to pigmentation, discolouration, dark spots and a lot more that results in an unhealthy looking skin.
It’s a simple step that takes hardly 30 seconds each day, yet many women and young girls tend to avoid this step. Either they are ignorant about it, do not consider it that important or are just too lazy to apply it. Whatever the reason, the fact of the matter is that if there is just one product that you must apply in summers before leaving the house, it is a sunscreen with a good SPF in it.
You may not notice a difference now, but 10 years down the line, your skin will definitely thank you for it. This simple step can take years off your face and can be of great benefit for your skin in the long run. There are various formulas of sunscreens available today. So we pick out our top favourites that you can swear by this summer.
1. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch with SPF 50+
A cult favourite, this one’s got all the reasons to be popular among all skincare lovers. The dry touch formula by Neutrogena with SPF50+ is a heavy duty all round sunscreen that can be used on face as well as body. It visibly reduces tanning and despite being so effective, is really gentle on the skin. It comes in a tube, is white in colour and thick in consistency.
It is water proof and sweat proof and doesn’t leave a white film on the face unlike many other sunblocks on the market. It’s great for people with oily skin as it absorbs quickly and leaves the skin looking matte and not shiny. Neutrogena, having made its mark as a skincare brand, has products that are medically approved and work well on sensitive skin. This sunblock doesn’t clog pores and a little product goes a long way. It is a no-fuss product that does the job and gives you value for every penny.
2. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 ultra-light spray for face and body
Another great overall product, this sunblock comes in spray form and can be used on both face and body. Its high SPF makes it super effective and is great for using when you are out and about under the harsh sun. Its alcohol free formula is a respite for people with sensitive skin. It is water resistant and contains some amount of antioxidants which are always appreciated by the skin.
It comes in a can and be sprayed on easily on your skin. It is light in formula and feels very hydrating on the skin. Spray some on the required area and rub it in. It absorbs quickly, spreads evenly and gives a matte finish. It’s easy to throw on in your handbag and reapply throughout the day after every 2 hours if you’re out for longer durations.
3. CeraVe SPF 50 Sunscreen face lotion
This next one is suitable for people with normal to dry skin. This version of CeraVe sunscreen is the new and improved version containing an SPF of 50. It is a mineral based lotion and contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It even contains ceramides which have skin healing qualities and vitamin C that is helps to achieve a glowing skin. This lotion blends easily and quickly and is lightweight. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for something to act as a moisturizer as well as sunscreen.
4. Loreal Paris advanced suncare clear cool lotion SPF 50
The sunblock from Loreal Paris is based on a unique cooling formula which is especially meant for the warmer months. At first the lotion may seem too runny and almost serum-like but once you apply it, it doesn’t seem sticky or greasy. It comes out as a clear lotion and blends well without leaving any residue on the face.
It feels extremely cooling on the skin and works well as a moisturizer too. It contains vitamin E and white grape seed and is beneficial for the skin. It applies as a thin layer and is great to use as a base underneath your makeup. It is ideal for people who wear makeup on a daily basis and want the sunscreen to substitute as a primer before applying any makeup.
5. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate SPF 50
As the name suggests, this sunscreen by Aveeno is quite nourishing and moisturising. It has a water resistant formula and is oil and sweat proof. The brand is well trusted for its skincare and is recommended by dermatologists. It contains oats and helps lock in the skin’s moisture to keep it hydrated.
Though most Aveeno products are made entirely out of natural ingredients, this one does contain some benzyl alcohol in it. The sunscreen is meant for both face and body but we suggest people with extra sensitive skin may want to test it out on their body first. It has mild scent to it but nothing too overpowering. It is overall a very hydrating sunscreen and is ideal if you have dry and dehydrated skin. We recommend this especially for the body.
6. EltaMD UV daily SPF 40 tinted
Though reading tinted in the name may seem intimidating to some people, the first thing to know about this sunscreen is that it has the most natural finish and doesn’t look like you have applied any sort of makeup at all. It is fragrance free and paraben free, hence ideal for sensitive skin.
It is perfect for mature skin as it’s lightweight and glides easily on the skin without getting into wrinkles and creases. Its tinted formula reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and gives you an even looking complexion. It contains natural hyaluronic acid and vitamin E which are great nourishing agents for the skin and make it look healthy and youthful. Again, it is great as a base for putting underneath your makeup. It is also perfect for getting a natural no-makeup look in summers. Just apply this on a clean face and top it off with a compact powder to keep your skin from becoming oily throughout the day.