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Hail Sunscreens: A Guide To Sun Protection For All Skin Types

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Sunscreens are almost as necessary for your skin as aqua. Just like you need to hydrate throughout the day, your skin needs to be protected from the sun at all times. Afterall, it’s not just about sun damage or tanning, but also protection against severe burns, harmful UV rays and even skin cancer!

But with sunscreens only being recently added to Indian cabinets, there are a plethora of questions that pop up while buying one. What is SPF? How much SPF is needed for my skin? What kind of sunscreen would suit my skin? Or even which brand to choose from? Well, we are here to help!

Here’s a list of sunscreens that are branded as ‘most effective’ for different skin types by our editors. Why? Keep scrolling…

For Dry Skin

NIVEA Body Lotion, Aloe Protection SPF 15, for Daily Sun Protection

If the sun causes your skin to flake and itch and dry up like a desert, this bottle is about to become your BFF. With special aloe vera protection, the moisturizer deeply hydrates your skin and protects you from sun damage throughout the day.

Cheryl's Cosmeceuticals DermaShade Sunblock SPF 50

A genius blend of pomegranate extracts, tomato extracts and lots of Vitamin C, this one is a great sun block that your skin will love. It prevents all harmful rays from getting in contact with your skin; plus, it aids in avoiding dark spots and pigmentation.

For Sensitive or Acne Prone Skin

Olay Total Effects 7 In One Day Cream Gentle SPF 15

This miracle anti-ageing product fights seven different signs of ageing with the added benefit of SPF 15 that protects your skin. Trust Olay to make you look fabulous and radiant even under the harsh sun. Best part: it nourishes your sensitive skin without causing any irritation or breakouts.

Avene Day Protector Tinted Cream Spf 30 Pa+++

They call this magical elixir ‘the only filter you’ll ever need’. With their master ingredient – Avene thermal spring water, this tinted moisturizer is perfect for when you want to sport the effortless, no-makeup look. It’s also well-suited for sensitive skin, with no parabens, no alcohol nor sulphates.

For Oily Skin

Re'equil Oxybenzone And Omc Free Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++

A unique matte-finish and anti-irritant formula, Re’equil’s Oxybenzone and OMC free Sunscreen is a must-have for oily and acne-prone skin. It is a broad-spectrum sun protector that provides upto 6 hours of benefit. It also deeply penetrates the skin, avoiding any breakouts.

Kaya Ultra Light Aquagel Sunscreen SPF 25

This one is a gel-based, cooling formula with a weightless matt finish, tailor-made made for oily skin. It doesn’t clog pores and controls your oil balance and even reduces the risk of acne. Moreover, Kaya’s Aquagel sunscreen will not only protect you from sun damage, but also other pollutants and environmental damage.

For All Skin Types

Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 30 Moisturizer

The perfect concoction of Vitamin E, peptides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this little jar of goodness will help your skin combat all kinds of sun damage and provide deep moisturization as per your needs. PS: It suits all skin types and will make your skin plump and smooth.

Mamaearth HydraGel Indian Sunscreen SPF 50, with Aloe Vera & Raspberry

A gel based formula, this one’s curated specially for Indian skin. Armed with SPF 50, this lightweight hydrator will sooth your skin while protecting you from UVA & UVB and other harmful rays of the sun. Cherry on the top? It has no parabens, mineral oils or any harmful chemicals.

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