Best 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

 

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector (Rs 2300 for 50 ml)

  • Very light, watery consistency
  • Blends down completely with no white cast and no greasiness
  • SPF 50+ and PA++++ protection
  • Very water resistant
  • My verdict : Feels very light, gives reliable and long lasting protection.

 

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen for the Face (Rs 2050 for 30 ml)

  • white, light weight fluid, blends well with no white cast
  • feels mildly moisturizing but not heavy, contains no scent
  • purely physical (mineral) sunscreen, good for sensitive skin
  • SPF 30 + UVA protection
  • My verdict : Feels gentle on the skin, but slightly low on the SPF for long exposure.

 

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid Sunscreen

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid Sunscreen (Rs 1450 for 50 ml) – Buy online

  • Slim packaging with nozzle, watery fluid consistency
  • Very watery in consistency but has a slightly oily feeling
  • Unscented, recommended for sensitive skin
  • SPF 50+ and UVA protection
  • My verdict : I wanted to like it but despite its watery consistency, it left a slightly oiliness on my skin. Would try this again when my skin is less oily, in the winter time.

 

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50 Mattifying Face Fluid

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50 Mattifying Face Fluid

 

Vichy Capital Ideal Soleil SPF 50 Mattifying Face Fluid (Rs 1300 for 50 ml) – Buy online

  • Creamy consistency, blends down to a matte finish
  • White colored cream but doesn’t leave any cast on the skin
  • SPF 50+ and UVA protection
  • My verdict : Really liked the mattifying formula for the summer. Recommended for normal to oily skin.

 

Affordable Sunscreens by Lotus Herbals and L'Oreal Paris

Affordable Sunscreens by Lotus Herbals and L’Oreal Paris

 

L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence Advanced Watery Gel (Rs 500 for 30 ml) – Buy online

  • Slim packaging, watery gel consistency
  • Blends well, mildly moisturizing and non-oily
  • SPF 50+ and PA++++ protection
  • affordable, works for all skin types
  • My verdict : Really like this because its light, non-greasy, high protection and affordable, works all year round for my skin.

 

L’Oreal UV Perfect Aqua Essence City Face Mist (Rs 799 for 64 g) – Buy online

  • Comes in a mist form, doesn’t leave any residue or color on the skin
  • SPF 50+ and PA++++ protection
  • Affordable, can be easily reapplied as it doesn’t need to be massaged
  • My verdict : I want to like it but I can’t tell if its depositing any product on my skin as the mist is so fine.

 

One of the best sunscreens for oily skin - Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Sunblock

One of the best sunscreens for oily skin – Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Sunblock

 

Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Sunblock (Rs 355 for 100 g) – Buy online

  • Mattifying cream formula, no white cast
  • Sandalwood colored cream, mildly scented
  • Gives oil control, great for oily skin
  • SPF 40 and PA+++ protection
  • My verdict : Been using this for years, works extremely well for oily to super oily skin.

 

Lotus Professional Sunblock Mist (Rs 595 for 100 ml)

  • Comes in a spray bottle form
  • Dispenses a white fluid, needs to be massaged
  • Slightly oily feel and mild white cast, prefer this for body and not face
  • SPF 50 and PA+++ protection
  • My verdict : I use this for the body as its easy to spray and blend, feels a bit heavy and oily for the face.

 

The newest sunscreen in the market - Plum Chamomile and White Tea Sheer Matte SPF 50 Day Cream

The newest sunscreen in the market – Plum Chamomile and White Tea Sheer Matte SPF 50 Day Cream

 

Plum Chamomile and White Tea Sheer Matte SPF 50 Day Cream (Rs 520 for 60 ml) – Buy online

  • White cream formula that blends down to a matte finish
  • Mildly moisturizing, no white cast
  • Contains anti-oxidants like white tea and soothing chamomile
  • SPF 50, affordable
  • My verdict : This works for my oily skin, has a matte finish though I would prefer the powdery matte finish of the Lotus SPF 40 sunblock over this for very oily days.

Some other sunscreens I’ve loved using in the past are Avene High Protection Sunscreens (review here) and the Just Herbs No Sun Moisturizing Gel (great for oily skin).

 

 

Hope you found this post helpful!

Which is your favorite sunscreen?  Share your comments below.

 

 

46 Comments

  1. June 24, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    great post…….I wanna try the lotus one for my combination skin 🙂

  2. kristina
    June 24, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Hi Ankita,so great Ankita, i am using Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Sunblock . Can u suggest me a buffing foundation brush and any good foundation brush which is best for flawless and full coverage.

    • kristina
      June 24, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Actually tomorrow i am going for shopping Thank you

      • Ankita Srivastava
        Author
        June 24, 2016 / 8:51 pm

        You can go for the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Its available online.

        • kristina
          June 24, 2016 / 8:58 pm

          Actually i want which is easily available in market I am new in makeup. Sorry if i disturbed u Ankita Actually i really trust u

          • Ankita Srivastava
            Author
            June 24, 2016 / 9:03 pm

            Hi, there aren’t many options available in the Indian market that you can buy in stores. I’d suggest you go for Real Techniques online.

  3. June 24, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Very helpful post. I keep going back to Lotus, I seriously need to try something else.

  4. kristina
    June 24, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Thank u so much ANKITA.

  5. June 24, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    My all time fav is Clinique Sheer city block SPF 40. When its a mineral sunscreen the sun protection factor is pretty great.
    Works great for sensitive skin and the tint is awesome to give it some light coverage!

    • Ankita Srivastava
      Author
      June 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      I haven’t tried the Sheer City Block yet. Does it have a universal shade or different tints?

  6. June 24, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Grateful that Lotus is good for oily skin, as well as mildly scented.

  7. June 24, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    I have only used Lotus and Lakme sunscreens till now..But this article was very useful and informative….Thanks for sharing… 🙂 🙂

  8. June 25, 2016 / 12:37 am

    Lotus one is my absolute fav, tempted to try the shisedo one!!

  9. Vidishaa
    June 25, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Great compilation Ankita and nicely summarised. I am using the Neutrogena Ultrasheer Dry Touch sunblock SPF 50+ and I really like it. I have oily skin and the sunscreen would make it little shiny but nothing which can’t be controlled with loose powder. And it is effective as well. I would give Just Herbs sunscreen a try as I really like their products.

  10. June 25, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    i really love the lotus herbal one i always prefer to use that before i leave i guess other’s too are great ones though

  11. Tanima
    June 25, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I love the lotus sunscreen matte.its good in a very cheap price.

  12. Nishi
    June 25, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I have used lotus and lakme sunscreen yet and though I have dry skin n lotus works really well in summer for oilfree look I want to know which sunscreen to use for winter as lakme sunscreens for dry skin get into my eyes and it irritates.Any suggestions?

    • Ankita Srivastava
      Author
      June 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      You can try the L’Oreal Aqua Essence Watery Gel that I’ve recommended above.

  13. Nishi
    June 25, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I have used lakme and lotus sunscreens yet and though I have dry skin lotus matte spf40 works really well with lotus alphamoist moisturizer.lakme sunscreen for dry skin gets into my eyes and irritates my eyes so I stopped using it.Thanks to your reviews that I use lotus sunscreen ☺☺

  14. June 25, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Beautiful compilation! Currently using L’Oreal Even Complexion SPF 50 one and loving it 🙂

  15. June 25, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    great post! sunscreen is overlooked by so many of us and yet it’s such an important step in skincare.. i use a nivea sunscreen at the moment, which is functional but i’d like to the give loreal one a go once i’m done with this, it sounds great because i have oily skin! the vichy one looks promising as well, i’m using the vichy night detox cream right now (bought it after reading your review on it!) and it’s very light on the skin x

  16. June 25, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Great picks. Lotus 3 in 1 matte is my go to sunscreen. I like the just herbs one too.

  17. Sneha
    June 26, 2016 / 12:03 am

    I was waiting for this post since you posted a picture on Instagram.
    Great and very informative one.
    I have now realized that only mineral sunscreens suit my skin. Thanks for recommending Clinique’s sunscreen Ankita.

    • Ankita Srivastava
      Author
      June 28, 2016 / 11:59 am

      You’re welcome. Did you pick up the Clinique sunscreen?

      • Sneha
        July 13, 2016 / 1:47 am

        I tried clinique’s sample. I liked it but I was thinking to give Avene a try too. Could u plz suggest between these two?

        • Ankita Srivastava
          Author
          July 15, 2016 / 2:40 pm

          Hi Sneha, have a look at Avene’s ingredients. If its only a titanium dioxide or zinc oxide based sunscreen, its purely physical and should work for you.

  18. June 26, 2016 / 3:51 am

    Very useful post Ankita! I loved the lotus herbals 3-in-1 matte and La Roche-posay for my skin. I also love Avene ultralight hydrating sunscreen, which I am using right now.

  19. June 26, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    I’m currently using the Lotus 3 in 1 matte sunscreen and I just love the matte finish!

  20. Deepali Solanki
    June 26, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Could you please specify a sunscreen to be used in monsoon season. It makes sense for Lotus matte sunblock to be used in summer and any hydrating sunscreen in winters. But what about monsoon. Please help.

    • Ankita Srivastava
      Author
      June 28, 2016 / 11:58 am

      You can use a water resistant one like the Shiseido UV protector in the monsoons.

  21. June 27, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Thanks for the useful info Ankita. I use Lotus matte sunblock and it works perfectly for my oily skin 🙂

  22. June 27, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I am currently using the banana boat sport SPF 50. its great for my combi skin as its really light and also leaves a subtle glow on the skin. Sadly not available in India but I stock on it from Dubai. its a must try!

  23. June 27, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I want to try the vichy one ….

  24. June 27, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    I have used Lotus, Vichy and Avene.. and I feel Avene & Lotus work best on my oily skin. Would be trying Clinique next 🙂

  25. June 27, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Very informative post! I love the idea of facial mist with SPF as it can be a real good alternative when you have makeup on!

  26. June 28, 2016 / 8:35 am

    I really want to try the lotus fae mist, it looks like easy way to top up the sunscreen. Great compilation 🙂

    • Ankita Srivastava
      Author
      June 28, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      Hi, the Lotus mist is quite heavy and more of a spray than a mist. You can’t use it to retouch your sunscreen but the L’Oreal one will work for touch ups without ruining your makeup.

  27. June 28, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    I really love the lotus sunscreens ! The MatteGEL is also great from lotus !

  28. June 28, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    What an amazing post. so much info in one. i love my lotus sunscreens to the core.

  29. June 28, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    I am going to buy La Roche Posay sunscreen after I finish my Neutrogena dry touch one.

  30. Ramyaa
    June 29, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    You seemed to have missed Lashield Sunscreen. It is very nice, dermatologicaly tested. And trust me, its oil free gives a matte with glowy look.

    • Ankita Srivastava
      Author
      July 2, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      Hi Ramyaa, I’ve never come across this brand before. Where is it available?

  31. July 2, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    This is a great compilation. I’ve tried just one from your list. Got to give the others a whirl.

  32. Neha jeena
    September 10, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    i m currently using neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch sunscreen & i have acne prone oily skin .Is it safe to use ?

  33. Poonam
    October 8, 2016 / 12:29 am

    Nice post ankita,but lotus sunscreen neutrogena sunscreen r v difficult with make up..how to use make up wid sunscreen?lotus one starts rolling with make up and Neutrogena gives white cast..and also suggest about d quantity of sunscreen,i have read two full finger shud b applied plz reply asvi just trust ur opinion only

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