9 Sunscreens available in India | Skincare Review

 

Hi everyone! Today’s post is all about sunscreens and the different options available in the Indian market. The suns rays can cause a lot of visible and invisible damage to the skin. The visible spectrum i.e UVB rays cause burning that shows itself in the form of tanning and sunburn. The invisible spectrum containing the UVA rays causes ageing by facilitating free radical chain reactions and breakdown of collagen. To protect our skin sufficiently from the sun’s harmful rays, we need a sunscreen that has broad spectrum protection i.e protection from UVA (mentioned as PA+++ on the packaging) and from UVB rays as well (mentioned as SPFxx, where xx is a number).

 

 

Top Sunscreens in India
Top Sunscreens in India

 

The number that follows the SPF basically helps you determine the duration for which the sunscreen protects your skin. For Indian skin, we can assume a factor of 8 and multiply it with the SPF number to get an estimate of the minutes of sun protection. So an SPF30 sunscreen gives about 8×30 = 240 minutes i.e. 4 hours of sun protection. If you’re going to be in the sun for a long time, make sure to go for a high SPF sunscreen that contains adequate PA protection as well.

 

Apart from the protection factor, we need to choose a sunscreen that has a consistency suited for one’s skin type. If you have dry skin, a hydrating cream or lotion would work well for you, while oilier skinned people need to go for lighter textures like gels or mattifying lotions. This is a really important factor because if the sunscreen doesn’t suit your skin type and doesn’t feel good to use, you would inevitably skip this very important step in your skincare routine! So do pay attention to the consistency and texture while choosing a sun protection product. Now lets talk about some of the sunscreens currently available in the Indian market. I’ve briefly reviewed 9 sunscreens below.

 

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector, Clinique Mineral Sunscreen for the Face
Shiseido Perfect UV Protector, Clinique Mineral Sunscreen for the Face

 

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How to Remove Makeup Effectively

 

Hi everyone! I often get asked about the best ways to remove makeup effectively so today I’m sharing a few of my tips on how to cleanse well. If you are a regular makeup wearer, its very important to remove every last bit of makeup to maintain healthy skin. If you’re cleansing halfheartedly, you’re bound to get clogged pores, breakouts and dull looking skin.

The kind of cleansing routine you have at the end of the day depends on your skin type, the kind of makeup you wear during the day and your preference, of course. Some people like to only use watery cleansers like micellar waters while some people jump in straight with a face wash, whereas others like a deep oil or balm cleanse. I personally tailor my cleansing routine based on the kind of makeup I’m wearing and the state of my skin. On days when I’m wearing heavier makeup, particularly waterproof mascara, I will use a cleansing oil or dedicated eye makeup remover. And on days when I have just little or no makeup on, I like to use a micellar water. In either case, I like to follow up with a gentle face wash to remove all traces of the cleanser, for thoroughly cleansed skin.

 

Eye and Lip Makeup Removers for Waterproof Makeup
Eye and Lip Makeup Removers for Waterproof Makeup

 

The most common kind of cleansers that almost every makeup brand makes is a bi-phase makeup remover for the eyes and lips. These contain a watery phase and an oil phase which are supposed to be mixed by shaking well before use. The presence of the oily phase ensures removal of all makeup that the water phase cannot remove. Among the more affordable options, the Maybelline Express Eye & Lip Remover does a great job though I like the Chambor one a little more. Among the higher end options, nothing beats the Clarins one which is super effective but not harsh and has the right balance of the water/oil phases. The Shiseido one is good for lighter makeup but doesn’t work as effectively on waterproof mascara. The Elizabeth Arden one on the other hand has a generous proportion of the oil phase which makes it a little greasier, but also more effective against long lasting makeup.

Keep in mind that these kind of removers are only meant for the eyes and lips, for wateproof and long lasting makeup. They can be a little dehydrating when used all over the face.

 

Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal
Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal

 

Micellar waters are very convenient as they don’t need to be rinsed and are very gentle on the skin. They are ideal for when you have light or no makeup and suit sensitive skin types as well. You can read more about Micellar waters in my recent post here.

Tip : For removing kohl or eyeliner from the inner rims of the eyes, you can use a cotton bud dipped in micellar water. I do this for the lower lash line as well to remove the smudged kohl between the lashes.

 

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Best Matte Lipsticks under Rs 1000 + Sale Alert!

 

Hi everyone! Matte lipsticks are a big trend and I love the polished & clean look they give to the lips. I’ve partnered with Nykaa.com to share with you some of my favorite matte lipsticks in the Indian market. All these lipsticks are under Rs 1000 and there are some fabulous shades there – both for everyday wear and special occasions. Hope you enjoy the video! Don’t forget to check out the Nykaa Rainbow Sale for some fabulous discounts!
 

 

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10 Refreshing Bath and Body Care Products

 

Hi everyone! Everyone gravitates towards fresh, energising bath and body products in the summers and while we wait for the monsoons, let me share some products I’ve been loving this season. I love fruity scents and the occasional florals in my body care products so the majority of these are fruity scents.

 

Fresh bath and body care products
Fresh bath and body care products

 

Fresh bath and body care products
Fresh bath and body care products

 

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